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  1. Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

    It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
    Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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      5 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We are very interested in extending Application Insights to as many platforms as possible. Xamarin support is for sure on our backlog. We are currently prioritizing and scheduling future improvements. As of today, we don’t have any ability to comment on when this support may arrive.

      Joshua Weber – AppInsights PM

    • First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

      WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

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        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

          Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

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            4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Burndown to use story points instead of hours

            We typically don't use hours on our tasks. It would be nice to change the burndown in TFS to use story points on completed/non-completed PBIs instead.

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            • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

              //weak reference:
              var value = weak(new Reference());

              //weak event:
              var source = GetLongRunningObject();
              source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

              Or in VB.NET:
              'reference:
              Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

              'event:
              Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
              AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

              I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

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                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable reporting with Visual Studio Online

                It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with VSO. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

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                • 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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                    0 comments  ·  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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                      • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                        As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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                          12 comments  ·  Project  ·  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

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                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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

                            • 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 →
                              • 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/*/*" />

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                                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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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                                  • 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…

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                                      5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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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                                      • 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.

                                        178 votes
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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)

                                        • 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.

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