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  1. 344 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Open fast

      Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
      Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

      It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

      343 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Versioning of Work Items

        Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

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        • Sql Server Compact 5

          Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

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            15 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add web deployment projects to VS11

            I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

            338 votes
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              14 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

              Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

              337 votes
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                12 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

                336 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  336 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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…

                    336 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Project  ·  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/.

                      335 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

                        333 votes
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                          15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                          It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

                          332 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enhance the Open Query in Microsoft Excel to allow cross-project queries to be exported.

                            Now we get error: TF208015: You are trying to add work items that are not in the selected team project for this Microsoft Excel file. Only the work items from the *** team project will be added to your work item list. If you want to add work items from another team project, open a new Microsoft Excel file from that team project.

                            Are you kidding me? How is it the TF client can display the results of the query, but the export cannot handle them too? Makes it incredibly cumbersome to manage program-level reporting...

                            331 votes
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                            • Better support to Continuous Deployment Practices

                              The Microsoft ALM platform has adopted a lot of Agile practices. The new Dev11 Agile Planning Tool is the dream of any agile team. So, we have fantastic tools for planning, designing, developing, testing, building, but what about deployment?

                              A software can be done without “formal requirement”, without design, test, etc. But we have to deploy it in order to use. So, I think we could make the life of build master easier and add a kind of deployment process in team build.

                              I know we can customize the build process template, we can use BRD Lite from Rangers, but…

                              331 votes
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                              • 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.

                                330 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Dave,

                                  Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                  Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                  Thanks,
                                  Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

                                  With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

                                  329 votes
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                                  • Global variables at release management

                                    At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

                                    328 votes
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                                      18 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • XNA for WinRT

                                      I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

                                      325 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Google V8 Debugger Protocol support

                                        Please add support for the Google V8 Debugger Protocol, which would make developing in Javascript using Node.js and Visual Studio a lot less painful.

                                        http://code.google.com/p/v8/wiki/DebuggerProtocol

                                        323 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve multi language support

                                          There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

                                          There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

                                          323 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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