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  1. Hierachical Navigation Menu

    In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

    285 votes
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      21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

      The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

      285 votes
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        17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

        It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

        [RowTest]
        [Row(10, 10, 100)]
        Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

        281 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

          There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

          279 votes
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            8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

            Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

            Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

            278 votes
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              9 comments  ·  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));
              }

              278 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

                ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

                Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

                274 votes
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                  under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                  Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                  SomeClass value = null;
                  if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                  {
                  dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                  // do something with the item...
                  }

                  This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                  It would be optimal to be able to do:

                  SomeClass value = null;
                  if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                  {
                  // do something with the item...
                  }

                  Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

                  270 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                    Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                    266 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • XML comments schema customization in C#

                      Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                      Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

                      262 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Better code navigation in F#

                        Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

                        260 votes
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                          3 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 in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                          While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project 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

                        • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

                          Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                          http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

                          260 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                            When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                            My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

                            259 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

                              It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

                              258 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Do not eliminate the CLASSIC view of MSDN

                                  Microsoft is apparently about to eliminate the classic view of MSDN in favor of the poor low-contrast, pale, washed out 'lightweight' view. When you visit MSDN now you will see the following if you are viewing the CLASSIC view:

                                  "This view of the MSDN and TechNet Libraries will be replaced soon with the Lightweight view. Try it now by clicking the Lightweight link above."

                                  This is more of the same from Microsoft in reducing the developer experience to a shred of what it once was, and makes using MSDN as unpleasant as the grey theme of VS2012.

                                  249 votes
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                                    20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                                    Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                                    248 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Built-in support for NuGet packages

                                      Build definitions should be able to query (customizable) NuGet feeds (HTTP/HTTPS) & download packages referenced by the solution(s) - as we don't want them in source control (setting?).
                                      In addition, build definitions should be able to create, push & publish packages to any NuGet feed.
                                      This should be possible and configurable out-of-the-box, without any customization.

                                      248 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

                                        Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

                                        Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

                                        246 votes
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                                          15 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Speedier F# compiling

                                          Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                                          245 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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