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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

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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!

        224 votes
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          8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          223 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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

            222 votes
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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…

              220 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                  • 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…

                    216 votes
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                      5 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!

                      215 votes
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                        38 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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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                          34 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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>

                          215 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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

                            214 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
                              • 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.

                                207 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

                                      203 votes
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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

                                        203 votes
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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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