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  1. Make "Go To Definition" faster (C++)

    Clicking on that option often takes 5-10 seconds and it completely hangs the GUI.

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      6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

      Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

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        3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Chris,

        Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

        Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

        Thanks,
        Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

      • 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…

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        • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

          Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

          194 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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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              3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

              193 votes
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                12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

                //weak reference:
                var value = weak(new Reference());

                //weak event:
                var source = GetLongRunningObject();
                source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

                Or in VB.NET:
                'reference:
                Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

                'event:
                Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
                AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

                I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

                193 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • provide an (extensibility) API for the Microsoft Test Manager

                  Currently we need to go quite some lengths in order to extend and customize the Microsoft Test Manager functionality (Planning, edition and running tests) because the functionality mtm(.exe) provides only overlaps to a certain extend to our usecases and right now it offers no public API which we can build upon.

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                  • Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path

                    Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path.
                    For example:
                    When I want to add all files from the subdirectory /path/to/files I must add files separately:
                    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file1.js" />
                    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file2.js" />
                    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file3.js" />
                    ...

                    It will be more usefull if I have ability to setup references through wildcard:
                    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/*.js" />
                    or more widely:
                    /// <reference path="../path/to/*/*" />

                    193 votes
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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

                      WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow impediments to be viewable next to their respective tasks within the Board page.

                        Up until a few weeks ago, we had been using the Urban Turtle extension for TFS, which was much easier to work with than the base web interface. I love the new TFS web interface, however, there is no way to view impediments to a task (no easy way). If an associate is waiting on something in order to complete their task, we add an impediment to the task. Urban Turtle then shows that impediment (in yellow) next to the task, so that we can easily see that the developer is unable to proceed. This allows our project manager to…

                        192 votes
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                        • Enable reporting with Visual Studio Online

                          It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with VSO. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

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                          • 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.

                            191 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow the ability to prove that a code review was done for a task

                              I was asked to escalate this from here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5e9c476d-a728-4505-a310-9614b1c3b06f/how-to-find-a-work-items-code-review-request?forum=tfsworkitemtracking

                              We are using VS2013 connected to TFS2012.

                              We are currently being audited as to our development practices. Overall it is going well and we can provide evidence on our processes.

                              However it seems TFS won't allow us to find a code review for a task.

                              We use a 1 tier branch, so everything gets committed and released from that. Before a commit a code review request is created. Only when the code review passes will the code be committed. This all works fine. However when looking at a task I cannot…

                              191 votes
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                                Thanks for the feedback on this idea. We’re currently investigating how we might improve the traceability from code reviews to work items. We’ll provide more details in the future after we better understand this work.

                                Matt Mitrik
                                TFS Program Manager

                              • 190 votes
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                                  19 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

                                  In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

                                  We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

                                  189 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                                    Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

                                    188 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Export to Excel from Team Web Access for TFS 2012

                                      Bring back functionality to allow a user to export to excel / open a query in Excel from TFS 2012

                                      188 votes
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                                      • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

                                        Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
                                        Which field to display on the card
                                        Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
                                        Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
                                        Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

                                        And also usability features:
                                        - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
                                        - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
                                        - Ability…

                                        188 votes
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                                          Hopefully you’ve seen some of the progress we’ve made here, and more that’s coming. A bunch of our planned updates are outlined in this blog post.

                                          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/01/21/agile-project-management-futures.aspx

                                          These suggestions are already possible:
                                          - Change priority
                                          - Minimize the first and last column
                                          - Definition of Done
                                          - Swim lanes

                                          The other suggestions are all in progress

                                          Thanks.
                                          Aaron Bjork

                                        • 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.

                                          188 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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