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  1. 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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      12 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  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.

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        4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add server-side git hooks

        Please add server-side git hooks. Github has this feature and it is extremely useful.

        More info here: http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks#Server-Side-Hooks

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          9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

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            7 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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              5 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

              268 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

              • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

                It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

                I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

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                  22 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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                    12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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

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                      15 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Speedier F# compiling

                      Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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).

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                          8 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 →
                          • Add support for desktop apps to Application Insights

                            Currently Application Insights only supports Phone, Win Store, and Web/server applications. Please add support for WinForms/Console/WPF (desktop) applications as well.

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                              8 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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.

                              259 votes
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                              • Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

                                In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

                                249 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.)

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                                    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support .editorconfig

                                    It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                                    "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                                    You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

                                    248 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

                                      247 votes
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                                        20 comments  ·  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…

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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.

                                        • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                                          Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                                          The end result would allow this sort of code:

                                          unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                                          {
                                          T t = new T();
                                          T* tPointer = &t;
                                          T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                                          var tSize = sizeof(T);
                                          byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                                          T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                                          }

                                          Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                                          Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

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                                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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