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  1. Assign a Work Item to Multiple People

    Allow work items to be assigned to more than one person, enabling work item tracking by ad-hoc teams.

    This would be useful for pair programming for example. When pairs form impromptu teams that exist just for the duration of the sprint. Or for when the build has failed as all those who have checked in code could have the failure assigned to them as a bug. Ideally in that situation, there would be a quick way for one of the assignees to take ownership to inform the others that they're working on it.

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      13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support calculated fields in TFS

      The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

      For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

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        5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Give option to search only in uncommented code

        When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

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          8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

          Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

          In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

          I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

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            11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

            As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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              9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

              VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

              With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

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                4 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • support parameters for radio buttons and checkboxes in MTM

                I can use parameters while creating action recording and playback for text fields and drop down elements. This does not work for check boxes or radio buttons (For example, if I create a parameter with value "Yes" and use that for a check box, the binding does not work)

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                  8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

                  Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

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                    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                    When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                    One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                    The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                    A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                    (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                    The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

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                      3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add more garbage collector options including a low latency option and an option tuned for immutable data structures

                      GC latency in .NET 4 is orders of magnitude worse than competitors like Staccato (2008). Performance when using immutable data structures is several times worse than alternatives like OCaml (1995).

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                        5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Collapse Product Backlog Items marked as Completed.

                        It is confusing to my team that when a Product Backlog Item is marked as Done and all associated tasks are marked as done that the story remains on the board in its default state.

                        My assumption is that it would show up collapsed and either move to the bottom of the list or change colors to "gray out".

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                          8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                          Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                          But how about an alternative?

                          How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

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                            2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Buy JetBrains and incorporate Resharper

                            JetBrains make Visual Studio a better app. Either learn from them, license from them, or buy them.

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                              9 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                              Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                              In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                              struct S {
                              int a;
                              int b;

                              S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                              };

                              int main()
                              {
                              S s(42);
                              }

                              and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                              GCC issues…

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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                Make inline asm in x64-bit projects.

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                                  10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support for UML State Machine diagrams

                                  VS2010 is missing support for UML State Machine Diagrams (also known as UML State Machines, or UML State Diagrams).

                                  We are already using state machines to do code generation, but unfortunately the solution is not built inside VS2010. We even have to manually parse the state machine diagram "dsl" which is not fun. Would be a huge time saver if it was integrated.

                                  To be honest it does not have to be "UML" but that is the best fit for what is already in VS. We need triggers, guards, entry/exit actions. Nested and orthogonal states would also be useful.

                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UML_state_machine

                                  145 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide more visibility for a test case's result status

                                    Currently in MTM, you have to switch back and forth between the Test and Plan tabs because you can't see the test run status (i.e. Active, Passed, Failed, etc.) at the same time as you can assign testers to test cases. This makes re-balancing the workload across a large set of test cases very painful. (Also, the interface for assigning multiple test cases to a tester (or testers) is cumbersome.)

                                    It's difficult to report on test case result status within a suite - you can only easily report status using the pie chart for the entire test plan.

                                    Allow the…

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                                      6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Static site/html generation as a project type with Publish support

                                      Static file hosting (CDN) is by far the most cost-effective, reliable and scalable way to get content on the web. Unfortunately, Visual Studio doesn't make creating such sites easy. That's tragic since Visual Studio includes all the required technologies to create a best-in-class solution (project meta data, Razor, T4, Publishing, etc.)

                                      A "Static Site Generator Project" would allow me to author master pages, html, content, css, javascript and "publish time" code. When published the project will generate a site than can be hosted via any static file serving service (including removable media). Operations done during publishing would include HTML generation…

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                                        5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                                        The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                                        Why bold, but not italics?

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                                          2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add spellcheck Russian language (isSpellCheck = true)

                                          Please, Add support Russian spellcheck in wpf and silverlight controls!

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                                            2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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