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  1. 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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    • Support elastic tab stops

      Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

      http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

      P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

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        7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

        The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

        What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

        The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

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          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • TFS Integration with ServiceNow

          Many of my customers use ServiceNow for managing project initiatives, tracking costs and resources, and for their ServiceDesk. TFS currently has no integration with this tool, and the customers could get a lot of value out of being able to link information in ServiceNow to TFS work items and report on them. So it would be great to have an easy way to synch data between the systems.

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          • IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

            We often find ourself writing statements such as:

            If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
            {
            // Do something with c
            }

            It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
            the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

            208 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
              • Allow Burndown to use story points instead of hours

                We typically don't use hours on our tasks. It would be nice to change the burndown in TFS to use story points on completed/non-completed PBIs instead.

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                • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

                  as it works with Visual Studio already

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                    2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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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                    • 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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                          After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                          please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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                            2 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support MVVM in VS.NET Metro templates

                            MVVM is widely recognized as the best pattern for xaml-based projects.
                            Please change the vs.net templates so that they generate a basic skeleton of an MVVM project (adding subfolders for Views, Viewmodels, Behaviors, Converters)
                            Add also basic classes like the DelegateCommand and other tools commonly used for MVVM implementation.

                            This is a short description for:
                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithcsharp/thread/30254e92-5133-45de-b3c9-f52a72515821

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                              5 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

                              201 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

                              • Add MIDI to WinRT to help musicians

                                Musicians use MIDI. MIDI is not supported for Metro applications. MIDI should be part of WinRT and connect to USB devices and any other kind of MIDI device installed on the PC. One Microsoft employee who is also a musician has suggested a possible inferior solution:
                                http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithnativecode/thread/72f78574-02c3-4986-8d5f-623b31c89765?prof=required

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                                  9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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 →
                                  • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

                                    Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

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                                      4 comments  ·  Install  ·  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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                                        • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                                          In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                                          Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                                          As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                                          See also:

                                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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