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  1. Allow pre and post build event scripts to be written in C#

    With Roslyn, C# scripting has become a reality. This should make it simple to make the pre and post build boxes optionally use C# for their scripts. It also doesn't seem a stretch to just make these full on editor windows, with Intellisense and code coloration.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Port Visual Studio to ARM architecture (to match Windows 8 ARM build)

      The first public version of Windows 8 seems to come out this autumn. Microsoft claimed ARM support. Can't imagine, why I need Windows on ARM without Visual Studio.

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        1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add build numbers manually for environments where Source Control for TFS is not used.

        Our project is managed using TFS2010 but code is managed using SVN.
        Currently I have to run a fake Build Definition to add a build number in TFS so builds can be assigned to a Test Plan.

        I suggest to allow the user to add a build number in MTM manually with a description of what is the desired test areas and also allow the user to link work items to be tested to the build.

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          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stop requiring a PC restart after installing updates

          VS2012 Update 3 requires the PC be updated when complete. Given that this is 2013, and MS was bragging about getting restart scenarios down to something like 5 back when Win2K was released, it seems like high time that non-kernel updates - particularly user level applications - should not require the entire system be restarted. I just can't believe that we're *still* having to do this; 10 years ago, I'd have put money on MS being able to dynamically restart the *kernel* without a reboot by now!

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            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Override Recent Project/Solution Names on Start Page

            The Recent section of the Start Page is a convenient way to quickly open your project. It would be nice to have the ability to change the display name to help differentiate it from one project/solution to another. As an example, if you're working in a branch, the same solution name will appear twice in the list. Presently, I wait for the tooltip to pop-up to insure it's the right one I want.

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              2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable "Find All References" in metadata

              When I use "Go to Definition" for something defined in a DLL, it takes me to metadata. I would like to be able to use "Find all References" from here so I can find where a specific method or property is used. This can be done from any use within the project, but not from metadata.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Automatic move constructors in c++

                Another feature of C++11: Move constructors should be generated automatically.

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add c++ const/mutable equivalent like in C++ into .NET

                  1)
                  When develop common libraries it is hard to protect data from 3rd side modifications.
                  It is require deep copy what sometimes not acceptable (due to performance or memory issues),
                  In native C++ was really cool thing: const/mutable modifiers for classes, functions and function parameters.
                  It should be really nice if it will be added into one of next version of C#.

                  2)
                  Sometimes it is cool to mark some variable as final (to notice that it shall not be modified in rest of a function.
                  In C++ was great thing const for variables in methods.
                  It is also highly…

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Open Source SQL Server Compact (CE)

                    Although it has not been officially announced Microsoft is deprecating SQL Server Compact (CE). SQL Server CE filled a crucial use case for a small in process embedded database engine for applications and even websites. This need has not changed, if anything it has only become more so with the move to isolated phone and tablet (Metro) type apps. Without SSCE Microsoft won't have a product which fills this use case. Jet DB, MSDE and now SSCE will all be dead.
                    SQL Server Express LocalDB is not a replacement for SSCE, particularly due to the deployment constraints requiring admin privileges,…

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                      0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Find in files search option for Team Foundation Server

                      We have demands from our users that wishes to do code search across all solutions they have stored in TFS. I think that option was available in VSS and was pratical to do impact analysis and the likes.

                      The only option we have now is to check out everything from source control and index the content with windows search or sharepoint. It works but is not very practical...

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                      • to provide a razor editor that can be used on OSX machines

                        Dear Microsoft:

                        Thank you very much for all the effort you have been puttin into providing the development community with great tools. I have been using Visual Studio and team foundation service and I love it. It has changed the way I do things. There is still something missing. I work with a group of Open Source entusiasts. Most of them have mac computers. As a matter of fact, I still have not worked with any interface designer that does not own a Mac. I keep trying to make them move to .Net. Azure and TF service are great incentives…

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                          2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MTM Test Result - Select test suites from current plan checkboxes should also select child textbox

                          I am using MTM 2012 with update 4. The checkboxes under Plan>Results>Test Suites are not respecting parent inheritance. When I try to review the test results and narrow down the suites selected, I have to select or deselect each suite individually and this is not convenient. Is there anyway I can just select/deselect a parent suite and by default all children folders should respect that selection?

                          I am referring to the below link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh553099(v=vs.110).aspx

                          In the example provided on this page, deselecting Test Suite 1 should automatically deselect Test Suite 1.A and 1.B. Is there a setting I am missing?

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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • TFS online bulk backlog item drag and drop

                            Ability to bulk select and prioritize items in the backlog.

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                            • Include ObservableSet/ObservableHashSet to BCL

                              In .NET 3.5 the BCL team finally introduced HashSet. But we had to wait until .NET 4.0 to get an ISet interface. For 4.5, can we please get an ObservableSet or ObservableHashSet (whatever they'd like to call it) class? (For 5.0 I'm planning to ask for a ReadOnlyObservableSet, but I'll try not to overwhelm the BCL team by requesting that too soon.)

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                                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add facility to update codemap manually and/or automatically following code changes and rebuilds.

                                I use codemap quite heavily while I am refactoring legacy code. I frequently find myself wishing there was a way to keep a codemap that I've created up to date with the actual codebase as I progress. I know that there are valid reasons why one might want to be able to create codemaps as "snapshots" in time of a codebase. But I think it would also be valuable and convenient to be able to have the option to "resync" an existing codemap with the current state of the codebase as well.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Reduce Disk I/O on build - Allow "In Memory" bin and obj output

                                  If you have 3 or more projects in a solution and you only want to run it, is incredible the waste of time in the build projects creating all the obj files (mostly for resx if it is a win forms app) and also the bin folder for intermediate projects.

                                  We only need to final bin folder to get ready to run, writing to disk in the middle obj and bin folders is taking a lot of build time, fragment the disk, and we don't need them.

                                  I played a bit creating a Virtual Ram disk and use ntfs links…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use relative path in testsettings for Setup & Celanup script

                                    In the testsettings of VS there are absolute paths used for the test setup & the test cleanup scripts.
                                    This is annoying I think when moving the solution (and also as a matter of principle ... )
                                    The deployment items in the testsettings for example do have a relative path. (of course)

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                                    • TFS Kanban WIP-limits configurable hard limits instead of soft limits

                                      The kanban functionality in TFS see here (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2012/08/13/introducing-kanban.aspx) mentions that the Work In Progress limits are soft limits. I'd like to see the limit be configurable to either be soft or hard. I prefer hard limits because the tool would be able to be used for enforcing the process and not adding new work.

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                                      • Kill the UI Experts @ Microsoft that thinking more clicks for the same operation is a good idea. Pending Changes Source Control Window SUCK

                                        Pretty much every software developer on the planet that uses Visual Studio is use to the pending changes window in VS2010 and now in VS2012 that entire interface has changed, takes more clicks and more mouse moves to do the same thing. I'm a UI Expert. Are we really that bored as humanity that we need to make the same thing more complicated? I thought the entire point of technology was to make our lives easier. Like Windows 8 and the dumbing down of access to information, VS2012 is a perfect example of where UI designers need to do something…

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                                        • Bring back C++11 user defined literals

                                          http://www.stroustrup.com/C++11FAQ.html#UD-literals
                                          I believe that you already had that in the VisualStudio2013RC. Why did you take it out in the VS2013 release?
                                          User defined literals are awesome, and we need them!

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