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  1. Support calculated fields in TFS

    The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

    For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

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      4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Get Context menus up faster

      When you right click an item in Solution Explorer in particular the menu it is very slow in appearing. Make that faster and snappier. Context menu in editor is also slow, and can be improved too.

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        2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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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          35 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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?

          124 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

            Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

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              2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

              add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
              <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro"; > link </a>

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                5 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Use any Silverlight control without having to create a "custom" control

                It would be great to be able to use any standard Silverlight control in LS without having to create a "custom" control wrapper around it

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                  6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Split "Solution Explorer" and "Compilation Order"

                  This would allow alphabetically sorted items in the solution explorer, and support for folders in F# projects.

                  Currently, the only way to organize large F# projects is to (artificially) break them down into smaller projects.

                  The codeplex project "fsprojectextender" is a proof of concept.

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • See which test plans/runs are running on a lab environment

                    Via MTM lab management you can now only see that the lab environment is running tests.

                    I would like to see which test runs/plans are running and also those that have been queued for running in the lab environment.

                    Purpose: In a situation where multiple teams can use the same environments for their regression tests, it would be very handy for an admin to see who is running the tests and also which ones are queued.

                    Also to set priority, similar as in the build queue in TFS.

                    123 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add range operator

                      USING:
                      1.
                      Range operator with three operands:
                      bool b1 = 5 ? 1 .. 9 // true
                      bool b2 = 100 ? 1 .. 9 // false

                      2.
                      Second syntax of the for loop:
                      for(i = 0 .. 99) // loop 0 to 99 step 1
                      http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591753-second-syntax-of-the-for-loop

                      3.
                      Second syntax of the switch statement:
                      switch(i)
                      {
                      ....case(5 .. 10)
                      ....{
                      ........Console.WriteLine(">=5 AND <=10");
                      ....}
                      }
                      http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591758-second-syntax-of-the-switch-statement

                      4.
                      Slicing:
                      var list = new List() { 1, 3, 3, 7, 8, 9 };
                      var slice = list[0..3];
                      // suggested by Chris M.
                      // http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2213037-c-slices-support

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                        12 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  ·  6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
                          • 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  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Configure defaults for views in TFS windows

                              Working on Visual Studio, when you open a work item query, the results window shows its contents in the horizontal split view. If we prefer the vertical split view, we have to change it every time we open the window. Team explorer should have a way to configure this behavior. The same happens for folder/flat view in pending changes window.

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                                7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Git Provider should *not* add new files to index automatically

                                The new Git source control provider in VS2012 U2 works quite nicely, but it keeps adding new files to the git index automatically. This messes with my git workflow so much I actually had to disable the provider. The behavior also seems quite arbitrary, i.e. it doesn't make sense to me why anyone would want to add a new file to the git index right when it was created. Please make the Git provider not touch git and the git index ever, unless the user requests it to do so (the provider is actually quite good in this regard already,…

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                                  2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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

                                  120 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
                                    • Enable the ability to disable folder right migration on branching

                                      In TFS 2012 and TF Service a new “feature” has been added so that when you create a branch it carries the folder rights of the trunk with it.

                                      Say you have a branch called trunk. Trunk is the golden standard and should only be modified by a core team who are architecting the project. You also have a team of college new hires who will be useful to the project but also should not under any circumstances change the trunk. After setting permissions, the new hires will make a branch off of trunk to complete any tasks they have…

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                                        2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • make dedicated C# syntax for IEnumerable<T> type definitions

                                        Just like Nullable<int> can be written as int? I would like to be able to write int* in stead of IEnumerable<int>. This would of course also work for reference types like a custom defined Person class. IEnumerable<Person> would then be equivalent to Person*.

                                        IEnumerable<T> has become a very important type within the .NET framework and in my opinion it would make sense to include some minor syntax in the C# language to avoid to have to write the types rather long name for example when defining method parameters and return values that are enumerable. The 'var' keyword isn't allowed everywhere…

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                                          11 comments  ·  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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                                            5 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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