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  1. Support Windows 8 apps in tfspreview hosted build

    The hosted build controller in Team Foundation Server Preview should support building of Windows 8 applications.

    232 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

      Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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        7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

        add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
        <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro"; > link </a>

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          5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

          Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

          227 votes
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            9 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11

            I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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              8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Separate WPF designer from xaml text editor

              Separating designer from xaml text editor will allow use them on multiple monitors. Also it takes times to open a xaml file because the designer loads. Even if only xaml text editor is visible. I prefer to edit xaml manualy and don't need the designer. If i need it some day, i will open it explicitly

              224 votes
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                3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

                The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

                Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

                222 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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

                  221 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Let lambdas with a statement body be converted to an expression tree

                    The C# compiler supports translating a lambda expression to an expression tree (System.Linq.Expressions).

                    Today lambdas with no statement body (only a single statement) are supported just fine.

                    Expression<Action> x = () => Console.WriteLine("Hello World");

                    But lambdas with a statement body (braces), which is needed to have multiple statements, doesn't compile.

                    Expression<Action> y = () => { Console.WriteLine("Hello"); Console.WriteLine("World"); };

                    I believe there is a lot of awesome stuff not being possible due to this lack of support.

                    It seems very unproblematic to implement, but if there are any hidden issues with this feature, it would be nice to know so…

                    220 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                      possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

                      219 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                        Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                        Thanks!
                        Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                        Visual Studio Online Team

                      • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

                        Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

                        A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

                        217 votes
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                          8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add many-to-many relation support

                          Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                          It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

                          217 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hans-Otto,

                            Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                            Thanks,
                            Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                          • Compilation responsivness and enhancement

                            C# and VB.NET compilers are blazingly fast! However, on RebuildAll scenarios, the user experience could be (easily) enhanced if:

                            1) The progress bar would show accurately the RebuildAll progression.

                            2) If before compilation, VS could warn/break if one or several target DLLs WndHandle are currently hold by some processes, and which process hold which handle (the process explorer way)

                            3) RebuildAll doesn't try to recompile DLLs relying on DLLs that didn't compile successfully.

                            217 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

                              On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

                              217 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Incorporate the ribbon and ditch the toolbars!

                                Is there any other app that has an incredible amount of commands that would benefit more from a results-driven UI? I think incorporating the ribbon is a no brainer!

                                216 votes
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                                  38 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Built-in support for NuGet packages

                                  Build definitions should be able to query (customizable) NuGet feeds (HTTP/HTTPS) & download packages referenced by the solution(s) - as we don't want them in source control (setting?).
                                  In addition, build definitions should be able to create, push & publish packages to any NuGet feed.
                                  This should be possible and configurable out-of-the-box, without any customization.

                                  215 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                                    When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                                    Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                                    This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                                    Syntaxt like:

                                    private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                                    215 votes
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                                      42 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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)

                                      207 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make code review feature usable

                                        The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                                        1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                                        2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                                        3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                                        206 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Recover trx files for Unit Test

                                          I found in VS 11 Beta or VS 2012 RC, when I did some unit test, there is no trx file that stores test results any longer in the TestResults folder, so in this case, I have no way to check my previous test results, this is very inconvenience, especial when I want to save all my unit test results in somewhere, why did you remove this feature in the new version?

                                          205 votes
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