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  1. Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

    My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Show real dates instead of "3 days ago" in Build, Work item tracking and Version Control

      In several places of the product, dates are shown as "3 days ago" rather than the real date. Telling me that a build finished "3 days ago" is not very useful to me and frequently reduces my efficiency.

      Please change the way how the dates are shown. Ideally add a global TFS setting to define how dates are shown in both the web portal and in visual studio. If the setting is set to "real dates", then show the date including time (hh:mm:ss)

      192 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add MIDI to WinRT to help musicians

        Musicians use MIDI. MIDI is not supported for Metro applications. MIDI should be part of WinRT and connect to USB devices and any other kind of MIDI device installed on the PC. One Microsoft employee who is also a musician has suggested a possible inferior solution:
        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithnativecode/thread/72f78574-02c3-4986-8d5f-623b31c89765?prof=required

        191 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add nameof operator in C#

          Add a nameof operator in C# like typeof operator.
          Syntax:
          nameof(<TypeName>),
          nameof(<TypeName>.<MemberName>)

          It is really required for maintenance as refactoring enabler.

          It is wished for notify property change.
          I have heard about the CallerInfo attributes BUT here is the key example that show that only a nameof operator will solve all the needs:

          We need it in order to fill attributes:
          [GlobalizedDescription(typeof(CommonResources), nameof(CommonResources.MyProperty)]

          MEF property or method contracts are also obvious example

          191 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Stop treating workarounds as a legitimate alternative to standards compliance

            Particularly in the world of C++, where the delta between what the compiler accepts and what the standard says is quite large, it is common for people to report bugs against the compiler.

            Often, however, these are met with refusals to fix the compiler, and claims that there are workarounds.

            I would love you to change this policy.

            Yes, sometimes there is a zero cost workaround to a particular flaw. But that's not a reason to not fix the bug. I write code that I wish to compile in g++, VC++, and sometimes even clang++. Being forced to avoid standard…

            188 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Work with the R# team to make VS startup with R# inside faster

              R# is a super popular addin and dramatically slows down VS startup. This situation certainly impacts negatively the VS startup issue many are complaining about.

              Through he VSIP program R# guys and VS guys should meet and see how the R# bulk code (>40MB of dlls) load could be smartly deferred when the user is choosing a sln / loading a sln / starting work with a sln.

              187 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Centralized Build View & Management

                Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

                Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

                185 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                  Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                  Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

                  185 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add native support for GIT

                    Version Control

                    185 votes
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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                      Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                      The end result would allow this sort of code:

                      unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                      {
                      T t = new T();
                      T* tPointer = &t;
                      T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                      var tSize = sizeof(T);
                      byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                      T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                      }

                      Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                      Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                      184 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

                        The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

                        What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

                        The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

                        182 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a report that shows the age of pending changes

                          This would show which files are currently checked out and how long they have been checked out. Would improve transparency within teams to see how long developers are going without checking in code.

                          182 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

                            It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

                            I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

                            179 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add high resolution icons for those who use high DPI screens

                              When you set your screen to high DPI (>100%) icons in toolbars get really blurry. In VS 2010 it was a pain to create great UI while your ide looked so bad.

                              Icons should look pixel perfect independently of your DPI.

                              176 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. In Visual Studio 2013 we made incremental improvements in how we render icons under different DPI scaling. We are also considering future improvements around multi-resolution/DPI icon sets.

                                Visual Studio UX Team

                              • Make the "My Work" section available in VS 2012 Professional

                                I've recently discovered that the fantastic new "My Work" section of Team Explorer that is enabled with TFS 2012 is not available in Visual Studio 2012 Professional. The My Work feature is one of the tenets of TFS 2012, as it defines and enables a new and much improved workflow. To limit it to VS Ultimate is to cripple one of the basic features of TFS 2012 for the majority of Visual Studio users.

                                176 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

                                  In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

                                  175 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Test Suite Security Permissions in MTM

                                    Implement security permissions at the test suite level within MTM. Currently one can set permissions in a test plan and in doing so the tester is unable to delete the test plan. Problem however, is there is no means to restrict at the suite level. So even if a tester cannot delete the test plan, they are capable of deleting any and every suite within this test plan. Since all test execution results are stored in the test suite, the plan setting should either be inherited by the suites or there should be a means to customize for the suites…

                                    174 votes
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                                    • Embrace Grunt, Yeoman & Bower for Javascript development

                                      It would be nice if you embraced and baked in support for Grunt, Yeoman and Bower in Visual Studio (tooling).A node.js command window would also be great. (e.g. something like the NuGet Package Manager window etc.)

                                      173 votes
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                                        under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Integrate Team Wiki / project documentation pages

                                        To document a project, we currently use the tfs team wiki pages and sharepoint. It would be nice to have the same in the online tfs version.

                                        173 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

                                          Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

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                                            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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