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  1. Customize the columns on the Task Board

    - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
    - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
    - allow setting of WIP limits per column

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    • Add ID numbers to the Task Board tasks and work items (PBIs and Bugs)

      When looking at the Task Board tasks and master work items, it would be helpful to know the ID numbers of the items up front instead of having to open the tasks and master work items up.

      181 votes
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      • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

        Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

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          2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

          In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

          We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

          180 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path

            Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path.
            For example:
            When I want to add all files from the subdirectory /path/to/files I must add files separately:
            /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file1.js" />
            /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file2.js" />
            /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file3.js" />
            ...

            It will be more usefull if I have ability to setup references through wildcard:
            /// <reference path="../path/to/files/*.js" />
            or more widely:
            /// <reference path="../path/to/*/*" />

            180 votes
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              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              179 votes
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                9 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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?

                177 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                  In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                  Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                  As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                  See also:

                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

                  176 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • TFS Integration with ServiceNow

                    Many of my customers use ServiceNow for managing project initiatives, tracking costs and resources, and for their ServiceDesk. TFS currently has no integration with this tool, and the customers could get a lot of value out of being able to link information in ServiceNow to TFS work items and report on them. So it would be great to have an easy way to synch data between the systems.

                    176 votes
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                    • 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 →
                      • 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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                        • Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

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

                          175 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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.

                            175 votes
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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.

                              174 votes
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                                11 comments  ·  General  ·  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…

                                173 votes
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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

                                • 'params' keyword for every list

                                  If you're a C# developer, I bet you've used something like this before:

                                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params AnotherType[] array){...}

                                  It is a lot easier to use the 'params' modifier than to create a new array with all the paremeters of the same type you want to insert in a method, specially when it comes to small test projects.

                                  However, using this comes with a disadvantage: you MUST use the array type. No IList, List<T>, Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, etc.. I believe there is no such reason not to allow these list-like types to use the params keyword. Example:

                                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params ListType list){...}

                                  171 votes
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                                    18 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.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                                      The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                                        3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Offer all "Ultimate"-only programmer productivity features in "Premium" or "Professional"

                                        There are too many programmer productivity features that are locked away in Visual Studio "Ultimate" edition. All such features that benefit the individual developer, like CodeLens and the rich debugging information, should be moved down-level into Premium or even Professional. The price jump between Premium and Ultimate is way too large to get it simply for these features. Ultimate could be targeted at enterprise developers, who would make use of enterprise-y features like UML diagrams.

                                        168 votes
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                                        • 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).

                                          168 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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