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  1. Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

    It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

    Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

    Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

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      19 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

      If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

      Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

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        12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

        VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

        You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

        Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

        Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

        Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

        592 votes
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          6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support for collectible assemblies

          Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
          Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

          582 votes
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            10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • TFS to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets.

            It would be very useful if TFS has the ability to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets in a single operation.
            This would eliminate the need to create too many branches for each development project.

            575 votes
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            • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

              These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

              SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

              VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

              SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

              570 votes
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                9 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

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                  9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow use of DataTestMethod / DataRow in all unit testing projects

                  As I understand it these attributes are limited to use in WinRT/Metro and now with update 2, Windows Phone 8. It would be very helpful to be able to use them in all test projects e.g.

                  [DataTestMethod]
                  [DataRow("a", "b")]
                  [DataRow(" ", "a")]
                  public void TestMathos1(string value1, string value2)
                  {
                  Assert.AreEqual(value1 + value2, string.Concat(value1, value2));
                  }

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                    8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Windows Phone 8 Development on non-SLAT processors

                    I'm sure there are many developers out there with "older" systems that are completely capable of running Windows 8 64-bit and Visual Studio 2012 but are not able to develop and test Windows Phone 8 applications because of Microsoft's choice to make the Windows Phone 8 emulator a Hyper-V virtual machine. There should be a mechanism to run the emulator using either VMware Player or VirtualBox which will use SLAT if it's present but will continue to work if it isn't or update Hyper-V to do the same.

                    I don't understand this choice as I am able to write applications…

                    552 votes
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                      31 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                      Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                      Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • C# support static extension methods like f#

                        C# support static extension methods like f#

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                          10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Use proper mouse wheel routing

                          In the year 2011, maybe it's finally time to handle WM_MOUSEWHEEL by the window under the cursor, rather than using the backward way of handling them in the window with focus?

                          535 votes
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                            13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                            Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                            The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

                            535 votes
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                            • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                              Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                              btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

                              524 votes
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                              • 518 votes
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                                  We added support for Cross Browser testing with VS 2012 Update 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/10/30/introducing-cross-browser-testing-with-coded-ui-tests.aspx

                                  For MTM scenarios, you would need to import action recordings from MTM into a Coded UI Test and change browser type to the desired one.

                                  I would like to know if this satisfies the needs of folks on this thread and I can close this to release votes or if people are specifically looking for the ability to specify browser type from within MTM.

                                  Prachi Bora, Visual Studio Program Manager, MSFT

                                • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

                                  A simple property in C#:
                                  int MyProperty
                                  {
                                  get
                                  {
                                  return _myProperty;
                                  }
                                  set
                                  {
                                  _myProperty = value;
                                  }
                                  }
                                  private int _myProperty = 42;

                                  Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

                                  /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                                  int MyProperty
                                  {
                                  get
                                  {
                                  return _myProperty;
                                  }
                                  set
                                  {
                                  _myProperty = value;
                                  }
                                  }
                                  /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
                                  private int _myProperty = 42;

                                  It's too bad that
                                  /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                                  int MyProperty
                                  {
                                  int _myProperty = 42;
                                  get
                                  {
                                  return _myProperty;
                                  }
                                  set …

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                                    8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                                    Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                                    Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                                    493 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • ...develop an empowering Process Template editor!!

                                      The current editor's user experience is a barrier to process improvement through customization of of the template itself. The idea that an out of the box process template will satisfy all customer needs (or even one of the several shipped by MSFT) will be a limiting factor on meaningful and valuable implementations of the product.

                                      479 votes
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                                      • Faster geometry rendering

                                        When we need to visualize very detailed vector graphics wpf is pretty useless. Even the basic transformations, such as pan/zoom take a lot of time (using RenderTransform or GeometryTransform).
                                        Pure Direct3D handles it very well, and that's what I would expect from WPF (the geometry is static and frozen).

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

                                          Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

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                                            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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