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  1. 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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      16 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve C# IntelliSense to open the window after a backspace should it find matches and match on case insensitive.

      Improve C# IntelliSense to open the IntelliSense window after a backspace. If you fat finger a key and lose the window the only way to get IntelliSense window back is to go back and retype the "." for those of us that heavily use IntelliSense in other languages this would go a long way.

      3 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please add support for Azure Websites performance monitoring with Application Insights

        Application Insights doesn't support server performance monitoring in Azure Websites (only Cloud Service and Virtual Machine) It would be nice if the tiles are also available in the new Azure Portal.

        87 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Avoid duplicate work item being created

          I don't know if there is a solution out there to help prevent users from creating a work item that already exist without having to go query for it.

          I just thought that it would be nice to implement in TFS, the ability for the title to be like an 'auto-search' field. When a user enter a title for the work item, it searches through all the existing work item of that type, and give some suggestion. Similar to the suggestion field in this forum. As soon as we type something in, it gives us a list of existing suggestions.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

            Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

            It is currently only supported in C/C++

            Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

            42 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

              Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

              Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

              51 votes
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                5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • A cache-key parameter when using PartialCaching and TemplateControl.LoadControl(string virtualPath)

                If you use PartialCaching on your WebUserControls and load them dynamically with TemplateControl.LoadControl() in a for-loop block all of those UserControls will have the same output results!

                Controls should be cached with different keys but Asp.net assign duplicated key for all controls. This happens because TemplateControl.LoadControl use "AddStackContextToHashCode" method to generate a cache-key.

                for example:

                // All WebUserControls have outputcache directive in their ascx files!
                for(var controlName in lstControlNames)
                {
                var control = this.LoadControl(controlName);
                this.Controls.Add(control);
                }
                --------------------------------------------------
                All control outputs will be the same after when they cached by Asp.net, that's becasue AddStackContextToHashCode generates the same cacheKey for all controls…

                12 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Better logging in htmllog

                  I would like to be able to do more with my htmllog file. SmartBear's test complete product has a nice implementation. But to describe what I want:

                  - I would like to be able to sort the log into hierarchical folders.
                  - I would like to be able to assert specific things into the log. I would like all regular assertions go into the log.

                  In this vein, I would like to be able to continue running a test when an assertion occurs. I

                  Thanks

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                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add close button to Splash screen (like in MS Office 2013)

                    As a user I would like to have Close (and Minimize) button on the splash screen like in MS Office 2013 so that I can gracefully kill the application if needed.

                    With a few plugins e.g. ReSharper load time increases significantly and I wish I didn’t have to wait the app to load before I can close it – especially if I launched it accidentally.

                    4 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Offer a checkbox as a workitem layout field type

                      In Web Access, a Boolean field still has to have a pulldown list. Takes up space and hides the fact that there are only two acceptable values.

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add more support for immutability to .NET (especially C#).

                        Since the introduction of LINQ in .NET Framework 3, C# is supporting more and more functional programming features. Mutability of data is an important functional paradigm, which should definitely be there as an option in C# for those who would like to harness the power of the functional paradigm without moving to pure functional languages like F#.

                        What I suggest is:

                        Retain the support for mutable state as a default, since C# is first and foremost an Object Oriented language, while adding full support for immutability, which should be optional for developers to exercise or not as they choose.

                        Immutability…

                        7 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make these improvements to Microsoft Test Manager

                          Here is a list of improvements that I like to see added to Microsoft Test Manager:
                          - Make Testing Center dialog fill the entire screen: makes it easier to see more test plans
                          - allow test suites (both static and query based) to inherit test results: that way I can craft e.g. query based test suites based on test case priority and report against failures in high/medium/low priority tests
                          - make test result (pass/fail/block/not applicable) a field in MTM/TFS queries: allows for finding all those tests cases across multiple test suites that failed
                          - make the associations between test case…

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make TFS web access more web-like

                            Currently, TFS web access is clearly designed by people who do not understand WEB and are deeply rooted in desktop applications.

                            From TFS as web application I would expect that:
                            - each task in lists is normal <a href link so I can middle click it to open it in new tab/window, copy link address to pass link to someone else
                            - I can copy any text on any screen (like task ID on lists)
                            - I can search the page using browser search (ctrl-f or /) - right now it is impossible because everything out of viewport is not…

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Move user settings out of .fsproj file

                              Command line parameters for debugging are stored in the F# project file. This makes it hard to keep your commits clean.

                              My suggestion is to do the same as C#, where this information is stored in .csproj.user, which is not put in version control.

                              This doesn't really have anything to do with the language itself, but it *is* part of the package.

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow WPF support without XAML

                                I can't stand XAML, the language is a hybrid of XML that was never intended to be used the way it is.

                                WPF looks great, and allows designers to do some pretty fun tricks, but dealing with the XAML code is a nightmare. Can you please allow us to create WPF applications without ever even seeing or writing a single character of XAML?

                                Allow for C# code to be written for an entire WPF application! Please!

                                From what I understand XAML is converted to C# anyway during compile time, so for those of us who can't stand XAML let us…

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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…

                                  269 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Order Team Projects by name in the Properties window of a Release Template

                                    It would be great to have the Team Projects ordered by name in the Combo Box of the Release Template Properties Window (see attached image).

                                    It becomes difficult to find the desired Team Project in this list when our Collection has a large number of Projects.

                                    4 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Suspend and Resume work on Requesting/Recieving a Review

                                      Whenever i request a review, i want to suspend my work. I would like a checkbox in the request review form which, when enabled, implicitly suspends my work when i hit 'Submit Request'.
                                      There should be 1 shelveset associated with this combined action.

                                      Current procedure:
                                      When I request a review, I usually want to work on another task until de review has been done. So immediately after requesting the review (which creates a shelveset), I suspend my work, which makes another, equivalent shelveset.
                                      After my requested review had been done, i want to resume with the reviewed work exactly from…

                                      5 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support Assert.ThrowsException and UITestMethod attribute

                                        VS2013Update2(or 3) supports Universal Project. It's a wonderful thing.

                                        However,
                                        since Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestPlatform.UnitTestFramework.AppContainer.dll is not contained in Windows Phone, we cannot write universal tests.

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                                        ストアアプリ用の MSTest には、いくつかの新機能があります。パラメタライズドテストは、最も素晴らしい新機能でしょう(これは Windows と Phone ともに利用可)。

                                        例外をテストする Assert.ThrowsException と、UI スレッドでテストを実行する UITestMethod 属性も、とても便利な新機能なのですが、残念ながら今のところ Windows ストア アプリ専用です。そのためユニバーサル プロジェクトでユニット テストを書くときにこれらの新機能が使えず、とても苦労することになります。

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                                        see also: Microsoft Fakes for Windows Phone Unit Tests
                                        https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5894285-microsoft-fakes-for-windows-phone-unit-tests

                                        10 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide the ability for project templates that load NuGet packages to Update to Latest at the time of project creation

                                          This idea came out of a Mobile Services discussion - because of differing cadences, the project templates that load with VS projects are significantly out of date by the time the VS update that includes them is released. As a result, the project creation process involves first loading the NuGet packages referenced by the project and, then immediately waiting a similar amount of time while updating those very same NuGet packages to the latest versions (in the case of Zumo, they were as much as 3 revs & 3 months out of date with VS2013U3.)

                                          This is certainly not assumed…

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