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  1. Give option to search only in uncommented code

    When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

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      9 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…

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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

      • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

        Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
        Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

          Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

          While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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            6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add a report that shows the age of pending changes

            This would show which files are currently checked out and how long they have been checked out. Would improve transparency within teams to see how long developers are going without checking in code.

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            • Faster thread loading PDBs and fetching PDBs from the symbol server

              Loading PDBs is incredibly slow especially when fetching from a remote symbol server. It should be possible to thread loading of the symbol files for all of the load time DLLs (i.e. those loaded before the first instruction executes). It would also be great when debugging minidumps (since all of the loaded DLLs are known ahead of time)

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

                See the following two blog posts for additional context on debugging performance and pdb loading
                Debugger performance tips and tricks: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio.aspx
                Understanding symbol settings: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/01/05/understanding-symbol-files-and-visual-studio-s-symbol-settings.aspx

                Andrew Hall
                Program Manager, Visual Studio Debugger

              • Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

                Intellisense should work automatically against C# and VB expressions but also allow hooks for other expression languages.

                184 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a backup service for Visual Studio Online

                  As a paid subscriber Microsoft does not provide a back to Visual Studio Online. If a user accidentally deletes a project there is no way to recover.

                  184 votes
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                  • 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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                    • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

                      It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

                      In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

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                        Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product. We will be providing an update soon.
                        - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

                      • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

                        Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

                        It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

                        Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
                        http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

                        Please bring it back!

                        NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

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                          6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Implement real-time collaboration on the Kanban and Task board

                          The Kanban board is an invaluable tool for teams, however not all teams sit in the same physical room when doing planning meetings, nor should I be forced to refresh to see what's going on throughout the day. It would be great if the Kanban board supported real-time collaboration so all connected participants could see what the rest of the team is doing. This could be achieved using the Microsoft SignalR framework.

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                          • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                            Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                            In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                            I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

                            182 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  General  ·  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?

                              178 votes
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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow delegates and generics to be used in attributes

                                Alter section 17.1.3 of the C# language specification to allow for additional language features to be used in attributes. For example, being able to specify a delegate (anonymous or not) would allow one to look up a member-specific validation method using a static method:

                                public static bool NameValidator(string name) {
                                return !string.IsNullOrEmpty(name);
                                }

                                [StringValidation(NameValidator)]
                                public string Name { get; set; }

                                One better would be to allow anonymous delegates or lambda expressions:

                                [StringValidation(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                public string Name { get; set; }

                                Better yet would be to allow for generics in attributes:

                                [Validation<string>(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                public string Name { get;…

                                177 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Report Controls to WPF toolkit

                                  One of the missing feature of WPF is that it it does not have report controls in the toolkit. Because most applications are data driven and in LOB apps report is indispensable.

                                  177 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add more garbage collector options including a low latency option and an option tuned for immutable data structures

                                    GC latency in .NET 4 is orders of magnitude worse than competitors like Staccato (2008). Performance when using immutable data structures is several times worse than alternatives like OCaml (1995).

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                                      5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

                                      VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

                                      With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

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                                        4 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • A TFS Web Dashboard for large flat screens in team rooms

                                        It’s getting more and more popular for developer teams to have a large flat screen in their team room to monitor the current development state.
                                        I suggest that the TFS web interface provides support for this usecase.

                                        This support should include following aspects:
                                        - Most of the web-site area should be used for the dashboard
                                        (e.g. a new tab next to HOME, WORK, BUILD, or a specific URL)
                                        - The area should be based on a simple grid which can be used to position several “live tiles” on it.
                                        (similar to the queries which are displayed on the Home page…

                                        172 votes
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                                        • Compilation responsivness and enhancement

                                          C# and VB.NET compilers are blazingly fast! However, on RebuildAll scenarios, the user experience could be (easily) enhanced if:

                                          1) The progress bar would show accurately the RebuildAll progression.

                                          2) If before compilation, VS could warn/break if one or several target DLLs WndHandle are currently hold by some processes, and which process hold which handle (the process explorer way)

                                          3) RebuildAll doesn't try to recompile DLLs relying on DLLs that didn't compile successfully.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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