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  1. Shift+Click a control in the toolbox to lock it and a new control is added for every click on the form.

    As a former Borland Delphi developer, I miss a simpel function in the VS IDE.
    In Delphi you are able to [Shift]+Click a control in the ToolBox and this control is now locked so that you can place several controls on the form, simply by clicking the form.

    This makes it very easy to place a lot of similar controls, like labels or textboxes, on the form.
    The control is released by clicking an arrow icon afterwards.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Easier Immutable Classes (case classes)

      I often find myself writing immutable business objects (objects with no logic, only data). For example, EventArgs and Exception classes. Here is one I wrote today:

      public class SelectedMazeChangedArgs : EventArgs
      {
      public Maze PreviousMaze { get; private set; }
      public Maze SelectedMaze { get; private set; }
      public SelectedMazeChangedArgs(Maze previousMaze, Maze selectedMaze)
      {
      PreviousMaze = previousMaze;
      SelectedMaze = selectedMaze;
      }
      }

      This is what that same class would look like in Scala:

      case class SelectedMazeChangedArgs(Maze PreviousMaze, Maze SelectedMaze) extends EventArgs

      As a bonus, Scala also automatically overrides .equals() and .hashCode() for you.

      When you write a lot of EventArgs…

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Jump from 'Find Changeset' results list to branch history to be able to do operations like 'Track Changeset'

        The Source Control Explorer context menu function 'Find > Find Changesets...' is a good way to find a changeset by using certain search criteria. However, from picking up a result from the results list I want to be able to jump to the history of the branch which contains the changeset and get the changeset be focussed. From there I would be able to do useful operations as 'Track Changeset' or 'Get This Version'.

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Decrease menu height, or only visible with ALT key

          Please put the menu in the top bar as in the attached screenshot or make it only visible when the ALT key is pressed. As example, please see Firefox 12. It uses minimum height for the menu and the top level menu (file, edit etc.) is only visible when alt is pressed. it is also a setting so, if users want it permanently visible then can check a box.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Build a update tool for Domain Services

            RIA services are a great addition to the Silverlight stack. However when one makes model changes to say for example an Entity Framework model (such as addition of a table), there is no way to update the domain service that uses that model without regenerating.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Increase speed of DeflateStream

              Compress mode of System.IO.Compression.DeflateStream is quite slow.

              Please improve performance.

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                1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • support java console test at coded ui test

                In our project we have used java console applicaiton and have maked automotion.

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow work items to be moved from one team project to another

                  Life will be much easier in TFS if work items can be moved from one team project to another (within team collection) just like source code files/folders.

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove the "common" directory from metro templates

                    The readme in the "common" folder states clearly that one should not touch the classes in there and they are used by most if not all metro templates . . . That's a huge stepback from previous templates! If there are classes that are required by pretty much every metro templates, why aren't they in WINRT instead of laying around at random in our own code?

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                      2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • make coded ui tests disableable with continuous testing

                      I'm using VS 2012 and I have 'Run Tests After Build' selected in the Test Explorer. The only problem is that after every build, it is also running the Coded UI tests which I do not want to run on every build. Using the VS CTP I have managed to filter the tests to the assembly I want but it does not save my filter and It does not seem like the most efficient way. It would be nice to disable coded ui tests from that completely.

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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide a keyboard interface for Add Reference

                        I trust that the perf is as good as can be done given constraints.

                        But why doesnt F3 search?
                        How am I supposed to move between types of reference? It used to be Ctrl-Tab. Now its 15 tabs and a down arrow. Not good enough. Either break it out as access keys in labels or do something.

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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide an interface IParsable<T>

                          Provide an interface like

                          public interface IParsable<T>
                          {
                          T Parse(String)
                          Boolean TryParse(String, out T result)
                          }

                          so it is possible to write more generic parser logic.

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Master Lookup Table

                            A lookup data type may be of use here that would allow configuration very similar to the choice list only stored all in one table with the ability to import data to it. Using a single query as a data source that is based on a single table that holds (among other info) the value to be displayed in the dropdown and the name of the field (FieldName) calling the query. The query could then return * where Fieldname = me.control.name.

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                              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • add SAP support

                              Add SAP support to get actionscript from the screen.
                              If the test create a action script with SAP, the tests don't can be automatized.

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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Simple concept change

                                *** Visual Studio has grown into a tangled web of new concepts, tools and language support. ***

                                The Visual Studio drop down menus just grow and grow and even this drop down menu concept is starting to look very old!

                                The user interface needs changing to perform three basic tasks.

                                1) Design
                                2) Test and Run
                                3) Package or deploy

                                Within these basic units, uses from diffrent programing disciplines can set options, extensions or addins for there own everyday usage.

                                Greater emphasis would be placed on the "Visual" designer part as users can use multi-touch drag and drop for both…

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                                  0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow multi HTML clients

                                  Please make possible to add more than one HTML Client to a Lightswitch Project

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                                  • TFS Sample Project

                                    I would like to see a sample project for TFS (i.e. AdventureWorks Sample Project) similar to SQL Server sample databases. It could be used for training and demonstration.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow customisation of ID field

                                      The primary key (ID) has the same name in every table. When using a BI tool like Qlikview this means you have to go and manually rename those fields one by one when writing the data access script. It would be great if we have the option to either rename the ID field, or even just if the application defaulted to caling it TableNameID

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                                        1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • VBA Editor

                                        I'm going through large amounts of legacy VBA in a really bad IDE. I'd really like to be able to use copy and paste the VBA code into a Visual Studio 2013 project so I can go through the code much easier. While I wouldn't be able to run the code, I'd like to be able to searching through the text and ability to refactor the code would really nice, especially considering that there is probably a lot of VBA code that could be refactored. I'm currently pasting VBA code into a VB Module but it's not the same and…

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                                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • programmable view selection

                                          I would like a way to change the app view when calling out to another application in Windows 8 e.g., putting it into snapped view and the new app into filled view (is that correct?).

                                          I am aware that a design decision was made over this but I find it contrary to the idea of Web X.n (2.1,3.0, whatever) evolution.

                                          IMHO sandboxing feeds into this proposal perfectly so, e.g., I could snap my app containing links that could be shown in full IE rather than using a web brush.

                                          I believe that it is the designer / developer that should…

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                                            1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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