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  1. Make TFS more Audit Friendly

    We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

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      11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add native Markdown support

      Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

      Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

      To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

      242 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • New VS option "Go To Definition Implementation"

        VS offers an option “Go to Definition” when you want to see a function definition; however, if your object is implementing an interface this option takes to that particular interface and you are forced to look for the object that implements this particular method. I propose a new option called “Go to Definition Implementation” which would take you to the object that implements that particular interface.

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          6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • The ability to develope and "plug-in" a common module/widget to an existing applicatoin

          The ability to developed LS applications in modules. Most LOB applications start off simple and evolve over time into large systems. The ability to develop smaller modules and link them together would be a great advantage in LS.

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            18 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow stored procedures to be run easily

            If LightSwitch will easily support update, insert and delete stored procedures it will allow my company to adopt LightSwitch. We cannot build a separate WPF project each time we want to modify the data this way--and from inside LightSwitch it is just too slow and too complex to do. Thank you!

            241 votes
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              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

              Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

              There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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                5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Structure All Nullable Values

                .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

                If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

                class someGenericClass<T>
                {
                T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
                because T may already be null */

                T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
                what you wnat is keep what's null null,
                and turn non-null into null */
                }

                The only problem is that this does not exist!
                If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

                239 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow extensions/plugins for VS Express

                  That way I could use ReSharper, etc, with a nice lightweight version of VS.

                  I don't use TFS, nor MSTest, etc.

                  239 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "Ignore All" and "Reload All" buttons to Reload Project dialog

                    When projects and solution is regenerated outside of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio picks detects the change and offers user to Reload or Ignore, it offers one or two dialogs per project. There's no way to "Ignore All" or "Reload All". This is low-cost high-impact feature for many developers who generate their solutions and projects using external tools.

                    238 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                      Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                      Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                      PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                      Example use case #2:

                      I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

                      237 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to constrain linked work items based on rules/conditions

                        For example, I want to prevent the creation of Sprint Tasks before a Product Backlog Item is ready for development, assigned to a Sprint, contains a description, and is prioritized.

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                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support Windows 8 apps in tfspreview hosted build

                          The hosted build controller in Team Foundation Server Preview should support building of Windows 8 applications.

                          232 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • JavaScript Navigation toolbar

                            I vote for navigation windows and function/class browser for JavaScript, which we waiting from vs2005

                            230 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Switch to Clang

                              Why?

                              Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
                              Because it is more C++11 compliant.
                              Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
                              Because it will require less of your maintenance.
                              Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
                              Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
                              Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
                              Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
                              Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

                              229 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Intellisense snappier

                                Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

                                229 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                                  TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                                  Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

                                  227 votes
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                                    9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                                    We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

                                  • Use a build controller over more than one Team Project Collections

                                    Make it possible to have one (or more) build controllers that can be used by one or more team project collections. This makes it possible to have one build mainframe, and a lot of team project collections (e.g. per customer a collection).

                                    226 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

                                      Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

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                                        9 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Workflow Designer Integration

                                        Lightswitch is a killer app with respect to LoB application development. My current client is giving up on the ASP.NET platform for an LoB application because Oracle has sold them on the idea of ADF forms and their BPM (ex Weblogic) Workflow integration using JDeveloper (sic).

                                        Lightswitch is the perfect counter to ADF offering same/richer UI interactions, speed of delivery and ease of use, however lack of Workflow Integration makes it unsuitable for developing workflow application. With Sharepoint's anemic WF support and WF runtime's default set of activities library, building LoB WF applications in ASP.NET is a pain.

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                                          6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Extension Properties

                                          I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

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                                            6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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