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  1. Have a way to configure a retention policy for test artifacts

    I should be able to specify how long a test result should be stored in TFS. A retention policy (like the build retention policy) would be useful

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • c# script for macros

      It would be amazing if it would be possible to replace the ageing VBA tools and language for macro development with something that would allow c# script. A lot of people operate on this periphery of program development are developing macros in office to help automate repetitive tasks. It would benefit them more, I believe, to utilise up-to-date tooling and use a more popular and better supported language like C#. This might also provide them with an in-road to software development.

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        1 comment  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • verbosity level for devenv

        Provide devenv option for setting verbosity level per build session. Similar to /verbosity option for msbuild.

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow Editor Style integration with Metadata

          Sample idea:

          "I want to tell VS that EF scalar and navigation properties in a linq query must be colored orange in my code."

          General Idea:

          Suppose you have a Data Layer generated by your own T4 templates for Entity Framework, and you add some properties to those Entity classes through partials. Then you make many linq queries.
          How many time you peek to the definition of some property in order to know if it is a custom property or an actual EF mapped property?

          It could be nice that we can match attributes (e.g. [NavigationProperty]) with some visual style…

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            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

            IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

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              0 comments  ·  IntelliTrace  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bookmarks for TFS Source Control explorer

              New option in Visual Studio TFS source control explorer to create bookmarks of source location paths

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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • how do I allow user to perform all the project admin work associated with Work items without allowing the managing of permissions?

                If a user is a team administrator within a team or has edit project level permission, they can manage permissions. How can allow a user to be able to enable iterations, customize a kanban board, etc but not be allowed to add or remove user to teams or to the team project?

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                • Add Save As feature for Solution and Project in visual Studio File menu .

                  I would like to suggest a feature in Visual Studio, As i am facing this problem since many years, so thought to suggest here.

                  when I write some sample code in Visual Studio by selecting any of the project templates, i want to save that project in a different location(new) with a different name(new), it is applied to solution too.

                  As you people know Save As option in Notepad, MS Word and in so many other applications.

                  Functionality of this may be like this :
                  Can have two options in file menu
                  1. Save Project As
                  2. Save Solution As

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                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Collection initializers for read-only collection properties in VB.NET

                    I'm very happy that Microsoft is committed to VB.NET have the same features as C#.
                    One feature I use extensivle in C# is collection initializers. I've just noticed that VB.NET supports these but not for read-only class properties.
                    I found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd293617.aspx that if a collection has a an Add method, it is used to initialize the variable. This should also apply to read-only collection properties.

                    Here is compilable C# code showing the feature working:

                    using System;
                    using System.Collections.Generic;

                    namespace ConsoleApplication3
                    {
                    class Class1
                    {
                    private readonly List<Int32> list = new List<Int32>();

                    public List<Int32> ListProp
                    {
                    get
                    {
                    return this.list; …

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                      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back

                      Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back
                      or give us another way of getting to it, which doesn't take half a day

                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/08/19/asp-net-web-configuration-tool-missing-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx?PageIndex=2&wa=wsignin1.0#comments

                      Does not work, and I don't have all day, after spending hours doing wonderfull stuff with WebApi i'm now stuckm until I jump thru hoops

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Perform Load/Performance Test in parallel with CodedUI Hand Written tests

                        I had written a CodedUI hand script. When i run this codedUI test, i just want to perform load/performance tests too for all the requests in this scenario(using hand scripts).
                        I mean in WebtestCoded itself i will call CodedUI test.
                        Why don't i perform loadtest using my own scripts?

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Simplify the recommended disposition pattern

                          Since the introduction of SafeHandle, declaration of a finalizer in a non-handle class should be exceedingly rare. However, the recommended disposition pattern (as documented at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fs2xkftw.aspx and as verified by static analysis rule CA1063) "caters" to finalization by declaring the virtual Dispose(bool disposing) method.

                          In order to simplify the work of implementers, please consider adjusting the recommended disposition pattern for the overwhelmingly common non-finalizable case to include only a single Dispose() method, as opposed to both the Dispose() and Dispose(bool disposing) methods. (See http://msmvps.com/blogs/calinoiu/archive/2010/02/03/what-s-wrong-with-the-net-design-guidelines-dispose-bool-disposing.aspx and http://msmvps.com/blogs/peterritchie/archive/2013/01/20/the-dispose-pattern-as-an-anti-pattern.aspx for additional details.)

                          In case this is a concern, please note that this would…

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • let vs11 save solution explorers open

                            when im working on vs11 and add new solution explorers its disapper after a close the project and re open it vs doesnr save my workspace

                            i like to make it remember my changes

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                              1 comment  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • support SqlCmdVars when using MsDeploy dbDACFx provider

                              When MsDeploy 3.0 was released, it came with the new dbDACFx provider to do incremental database deployments based on dacpacs (created with Sql Server Data Tools aka .sqlproj). I would like to be able to use SqlCmdVars (supported by sqlpackage.exe) when creating msdeploy packages. These sqlCmdVars should be set using the Parameters.xml file so parameteres can be entered when using the IIS Manager Import Package wizard, the same way as fx appSettings can be entered.

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                                1 comment  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Extend for each loops to be able to handle Linq clauses (eg. where, order by)

                                At the moment, we have to use 2 lines to do the following...

                                Dim ps = From p in People Where p.Active=True Order By p.Surname, p.FirstName

                                For Each p In ps ...

                                It would be neater to be able to write code such as

                                For Each p In People Where p.Active=True Order By p.Surname, p.FirstName

                                I don't see why this can't work with C# too.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Treat WPF with the respect it deserves and fix its performance issues

                                  It's clear that WinRT/NET is the future. And it's clear migration from WPF to WinRT/NET won't be that difficult. But WinRT/NET for desktop won't be available for Windows 7, although I'm sure you'll push it to Win8.X when Win10 comes out. Considering Win7 adoption it will still take at least 5 years before we can ship products just for WinRT/NET!

                                  Hire another 20 developers and fix WPF! Specifically fix the performance! Rendering needs to be a lot faster!

                                  I can't understand why MS is saving on WPF by investing only in WinRT/NET, at the same time pushing away millions of…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • "release management"

                                    Release management: The ability to call a release template from another template or the ability to have sub templates.

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                                    • The product backlog items in the sprint board should be color coded

                                      The backlog items are color coded by item type in the latest version of the TFS. It would be nice if the same color coding was applied to backlog items on the sprint board.

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                                      • Provide Solution Explorer Support in VS11 for F#

                                        improve the solution explorer for F# - let us expand .fs files to view types/modules and methods like you can in C# and every other "first class" language. In addition let us use the "search solution explorer" bar for F# types/symbols as well and improve the "goto xyz" support for C# -> F# and vice versa

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                                          1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Automatically update Bookmarks when line numbers are changed..

                                          Update bookmark when line numbers are changed due to addition or removal of some lines in VS code view. For example, I created bookmark for a line of code, say line no. 100, and named the bookmark meaningfully like "Calculation Formula". Later when I added 2 lines of code to the top of the page so now my calculation formula moved to line number 102 but the bookmarks aren't updated automatically. They are still pointing to the line number 100 which is meaningless now. It would be nice if the bookmarks gets updated automatically along with the movement of the…

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