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  1. 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…

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      8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
      • 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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          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

            Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

            http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

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              2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
              • C# Script window similar to LinqPad

                I want to be able to write scripts to try out things that I would normally create a console application for. It should be really easy to reference projects from the solution that I have currently open and all editor features should be enabled, such as refactoring and intelisense.

                Ideally after I have written code in a script I would then be able to easily move it into one of my projects.

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                  4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Setting breakpoints on auto-implemented properties

                  Often times I am motivated to create properties that have no custom accessor or specifier bodies. For example:

                  class Person
                  {
                  private int _age { get; set; }
                  }

                  The advantage of a property over field in this case is that if I ever want to debug how and when _age is being mutated or accessed I can fill in the bodies of get and set with an obligatory backing field:

                  class Person
                  {
                  private int _ageBacking;

                  private int _age { get { return _ageBacking; } set { _ageBacking = value; }
                  }

                  and set breakpoints in the get and…

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                    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add IntelliSense for Node.js scripts and AMD modules

                    WebMatrix has good IntelliSense support for Node.js server-side code.
                    It can even resolve exported functions from other module using require().

                    Can this be added to Visual Studio's Javascript IntelliSense engine?

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                      under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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

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                        3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow humans to differentiate between files and folders in VS2012

                        The icons in the Solution Explorer has a very important purpose and function. And I'm (along with half of the world, it seems) not very pleased to see that this UX functionality was abandoned during this recent redesign.

                        The ability to differentiate files from folders.

                        This is the most important information that those icons has to provide the user with. By far. And there are three facts that prevents the "Hey, I'm a folder"-information from getting to the user:
                        1) The icon shape does not look like a classic folder (although an esoteric, modern one)
                        2) The icon is black…

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                          3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                          It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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                            1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add support for Java style "throws" keyword

                            In Java, "throws" keyword is used in method signatures, informing about the exceptions may arise from this method.

                            public void ReadFile() throws IOException, FileNotFoundException { ... }

                            When developer use this method, Java compiler forces the developer to implement an exception handling strategy, surrounding this method with try-catch, or adding these exceptions to the new method's signature..

                            public void UseReadFile()
                            {
                            try {
                            ReadFile();
                            }
                            catch(IOException ioex)
                            { ... }
                            catch(FileNotFoundException fnfex)
                            { ... }
                            }

                            public void UseReadFile throws IOException, FileNotFoundException
                            {
                            ReadFile();
                            }

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                              37 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add context menu item in solution explorer to open Source Control Explorer showing selected file

                                When you right-click in VS 2010 Solution Explorer it would be great to have a shortcut there that opens up Source Control Explorer immediately showing the selected file.

                                Currently a user is required to open Source Control Explorer and manually expand (and know) all the folders in the path to get to the desired location.

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                                  under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                                  When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

                                    Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

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                                      2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enterprise Library as default framework

                                      I think include enterprise library as default framework will become handy as this will help for consistency. As my concern, I think most of development works now need dependency injection (unity), Logging tool and config tool. So why not put enterprise library as the first option

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                                        20 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Test Case Work Items to be created for Native C++ Unit tests

                                        I want the ability to associate native C++ Unit tests to Work Items of type Test Case so that I can import these test cases into Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) and run these tests from MTM. We already have a large number of C# unit tests and we have done a large amount of automation around MTM. We do not want to solve this automation problem again for native C++ Unit tests.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide keyword expansion in the source code control system.

                                          I would like keyword expansion similar to what was available in VSS. This would store the filer version number in the file when it is retreived from source code control. This is needed for control of text files where you want to know what version of the text file is installed in a customers environment. We use the version of the source code of our sql files to determine if we should run the script file or not. Currently we are unable to use TFS because of the lack of this feature. I am not happy with the client side…

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                                            9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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