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  1. WinRT Desktop App profile

    This comes off of the ARM Desktop post here:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/09/building-windows-for-the-arm-processor-architecture.aspx#10266574

    As stated in the article, ARM devices can't install desktop apps other than Office 15. Here is an idea to provide desktop apps via the windows store using WinRT instead of Win32:

    * I agree totally with not allowing users to install applications for ARM hardware outside of the windows store. At least for the first generation of ARM PCs, this will greatly help reduce consumer confusion and improve their experience with these PCs. They find software for their PC in one place and everything they see in the windows…

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      7 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  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 →
      • Coffeescript intellisense

        Full support for Coffescript is needed

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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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            8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make source code (text) editor faster

            With a lot of extensions installed, the source code editor can really slow down on some older systems. Scrolling isn't smooth, and typed text can have big delays in showing up.

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              1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  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

              138 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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;…

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                      8 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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                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

                        133 votes
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                          under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
                          • 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?

                              133 votes
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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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…

                                132 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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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                                      3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
                                      • IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

                                        We often find ourself writing statements such as:

                                        If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
                                        {
                                        // Do something with c
                                        }

                                        It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
                                        the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

                                        129 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Persist the last view of the Query Results in VS (Horizontal/Vertical)

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