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  1. Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

    Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

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      under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • I wish catch multiple exceptions in the same catch

      For example:

      try
      {
      // smth}
      catch (RemoteException, NamingException , CreateException e)
      {
      // smth
      }

      1,500 votes
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        53 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Visual Studio startup and shutdown faster

        Application startup without any solution/project should be instantaneous (less than 1 second)
        Application shutdown should not exceed 100ms for each open project and should show a progress bar.

        1,499 votes
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          15 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Changed the title to clarify that this is Visual Studio startup/shutdown.

        • make it possible to move a Team Project between Team Project Collections

          Currently you need to move an existing Team Project to a new Team Project Collection. I would like a feature to move Team Project between Team Project Collections without using TFS Integration Toolkit or other 3rd party tools.

          1,487 votes
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            20 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

            To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

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              under review  ·  20 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

              Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

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                16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry inn Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                While it is at an early stage, it contains useful refactoring functionality including some rename refactoring, as well as other functionality, and is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

              • Add non-nullable reference types in C#

                Non-nullability checks have to be manually encoded hundreds of times in any large real-world project, and they are not compile-time-enforced. There are code contracts in .Net 4.0, but their usage is still very verbose, and only partly compile-time-enforced.

                What I wish is a pendant to the null-lifting operator ?, for instance, !, so that one could write:
                void MyMethod(string! s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

                Or, the way ReSharper does it:
                void MyMethod([NotNull] string s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

                1,285 votes
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                  46 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow "default" values on automatic properties

                  When using auto-properties, I should be able to set a default value without having to create a constructor, like I can with a field:

                  Something like:
                  public bool IsActive = true { get; private set; }

                  1,266 votes
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                    67 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    It is our plan to add this feature to C#.

                    The syntactic form of it will be to put an initializer at the end of the auto-property declaration, just like for field initializers:

                    public int X { get; set; } = x;

                    The initializer directly initializes the underlying field – it doesn’t go through the setter. For that reason, it is now meaningful to allow getter-only auto-properties:

                    public int Y { get; } = y;

                    For getter-only auto-properties, we would generated the backing field as readonly.

                    Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! We looked at the feedback in our design discussions, and ended up deciding that this was the best approach all up.

                    Mads Torgersen, C# Language PM

                  • Improve WPF Editor performance

                    Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                    1,205 votes
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                      under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make Solutions Load Faster

                      Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

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                        3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

                        We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

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                          7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

                          We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

                          Hope that helps.

                        • Report Designer

                          As Microsoft determined LightSwitch as tool not only for developers, it would be very useful to have Report Designer and be able to make Report directly from LightSwitch.
                          This is one of the most wanted feature that non-evelopers need.

                          At the moment, making reports is bit of challenging and need a big efforts to be done.

                          1,089 votes
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                            25 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                            When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

                            1,086 votes
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                              under review  ·  31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                19 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Update standalone FxCop to support .NET 4.5 and Portable Libraries

                                Please update the standalone version of FxCop to be on par with the latest edition of the Code Analysis in VS 2012 to support developers using the Professional Edition SKU. This implies support for .NET 4.5 and for Portable Libraries.

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                                  48 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve performance of Visual Studio builds and other uses better when working with solutions with several projects (ex. 40+)

                                  When working with a large number of projects in a solution, builds and loading of the solution can become quite slow. We are currently working with around 40 projects and Visual Studio is starting to crawl and this is unfortunate since we are aiming at having possibly over 300 total projects part of the solution due to a modular application design but are afraid of doing so due to performance woes. Making Visual Studio better at handling large projects in terms of performance and also in terms of ease of navigating between projects and their contained files will greatly reduce…

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                                    18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio Task Manager

                                    One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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                                      8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support a .NET 4.0 Service Pack on Windows XP Supporting those .NET 4.0 Bugs Fixed in .NET 4.5

                                      This idea is in contrast to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2723735-make-net-4-5-work-on-any-os-that-supports-4-0 and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3116039-support-xp-for-4-5-until-the-end-of-xp-support-, which I do not support. It is parallel to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3095632-make-vs2012-not-hide-net-4-0-bugs-when-targeting-, but I think is the converse of it.

                                      Consider a developer who must support customers running Windows XP, and who also is unable or unwilling to debug their applications on a machine separate from their main development machine. Such a developer may feel that he cannot upgrade to Visual Studio 2012, since that installation would replace the .NET 4.0 assemblies on the developer machine, making it impossible for the developer to encounter the fixed .NET 4.0 bugs.

                                      Unfortunately, it…

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                                        34 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Better NullPointerException Error message

                                        Let's say you have the line

                                        a.b().c().d().e().f().g();

                                        and you run it and get an
                                        System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                                        Where did this happen? what do you need to fix?

                                        A better error message would be

                                        The Call: null.e()
                                        Caused a Null Reference Exception

                                        this would make debug/life a lot easier.

                                        I would also suggest you use the full method signature so you might get

                                        The Call: null.e(string, List<string>)

                                        1,016 votes
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                                          25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make VS scalable by switching to 64 bit

                                          No matter how fast and efficient VS will be, we will eventually reach some limit.

                                          I've reached the memory limit since VS 2003 -- around 1.3gb memory usage VS started to give out of memory exceptions. That was using 20-30 projects.

                                          Nowadays we have more than 70 projects in the solution and VS 2010 doesn't reach the x86 memory limit (on a 64 bit windows). Eventually we'll reach the number of projects that will be the tipping point for VS.

                                          Using a 64 bit build of VS will enable us to just buy memory and still work with that solution.…

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                                            16 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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