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  1. 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 →
    • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

      The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
      However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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        4 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

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          3 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…

          219 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
            • 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…

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                4 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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!

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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.

                  213 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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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

                    • Global variables at release management

                      At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

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                        6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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

                        208 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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,…

                          208 votes
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                            34 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)

                            206 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                              “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                              Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                              This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

                              204 votes
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                                29 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visualize the rights of a user/group on all different aspects of a Team Project

                                You can set rights in TFS on a lot of different levels. On Team Project, Area/ Iteration/ Team Queries, Source Control/ Folders/ Files, Builds / Reports / SharePoint. Especially in TFS with different TFS groups that sometimes contain the same users/groups, it is hard to see why a user has a specific right or is not allowed to do something. At the moment it is hard to find this without checking everything manually.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support Adding Workflow Activities to Toolbox Using Toolbox Controls Installer

                                  Third-party builders of workflow activities (like for TFS Build) would like to be able to add their workflow activities to the Workflow Designer Toolbox by either having end users install our activity package using a VSIX deployment (using the Visual Studio Gallery) or by an MSI Installer.

                                  This process would be similar to the way other third-party component vendors are able to add to the toolbox for WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverilght, WPF, etc. controls. We would like the same functionality for Workflow Activities.

                                  Original Forum Post with more details: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsx/thread/410242a8-42ac-42b6-8fcf-08088bd5b31a

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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • include graphics debugger in VS2012 Express Edition

                                    Because PIX is now officially replaced with the graphics debugger ( and even crashing with anything DX11 on Win8 ), but graphics debugger is not included in the Express Edition, it is now literally impossible to develop anything DX11 because of the lack of any means to debug.

                                    Homebrew software, demoscene programmers, after-work tinkers were always a significant driving force for MS and DirectX, but now it is impossible for anyone to learn/play/experiment with DX at home. I suggest to include the graphics debugger just as PIX was included before in the DX SDK for free.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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.

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                                          3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • F# add Unit Test support

                                          Although FP style is Unit Test ready code there is no support in VS for Unit Test feature in F#.

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                                            7 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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