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  1. 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).

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      17 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.

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        14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

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          6 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide the ability to prioritise Backlog items in a sprint backlog by dragging and dropping the item

          When I am working with the sprint backlog in the new new web UI I want a way to easily re order the backlog items in the sprint.I can currently do this in the main product backlog but not in a sprint backlog

          298 votes
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            15 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

            It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

            297 votes
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              1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

              Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

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                4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

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                  8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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/.

                  289 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

                    285 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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).

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

                        283 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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.

                          283 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            283 votes
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                            • 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.

                              279 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Speedier F# compiling

                                Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                                276 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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

                                  271 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

                                  • Embrace Grunt, Yeoman & Bower for Javascript development

                                    It would be nice if you embraced and baked in support for Grunt, Yeoman and Bower in Visual Studio (tooling).A node.js command window would also be great. (e.g. something like the NuGet Package Manager window etc.)

                                    271 votes
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                                      under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Compliable strings

                                      If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
                                      System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
                                      System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
                                      System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
                                      System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

                                      In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

                                      Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

                                      271 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        265 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

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                                            5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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