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  1. Update the Hosted Build Controller to WiX Toolset v3.9

    WiX Toolset v3.8/3.9 has integration support for Visual Studio 2013. This brings the features listed here http://wixtoolset.org/documentation/manual/v3/votive/ (and maybe others) to VS2013.

    The hosted build controller has WiX Toolset v3.7 installed. This version does not have integration support for Visual Studio 2013.

    Please update the hosted build controller to WiX Toolset v3.9 so we can use WiX Toolset v3.9 in VS2013 to create setup projects and build them on the hosted build controller.

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    • Proxies for type composition

      It would be very helpful, and improve code maintenance, to have a way to automatically proxy functions. In particular to implement an interface via another internal object.

      The basic syntax would be:

      public class Composed : ISomething {
      SomethingImpl impl;

      proxy impl as ISomething;
      }

      Though individual method proxying would also be available.

      See http://mortoray.com/2014/12/22/adding-proxies-to-c-a-simple-proposition/

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Specify directories for C++ project filters

        With the .NET languages like C# the folders in which we place source files (*.cs) are mirrored in the file system. The same isn't true of C++. The folders/filters are virtual and only exist within the solution explorer and IDE.

        I think it would be great if we could assign directory paths to these filters that would automatically keep the files in the right location when creating or moving files between the filters.

        For example, I could have a solution structure like;

        + Header Files
        ++ base
        +++ point.hpp
        +++ size.hpp
        +++ rect.hpp
        + Source Files
        ++ base
        +++ point.cpp …

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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • [bug] Fix that FreeLibrary crashes the main executable if the unloaded dll uses openmp

          Note: This was supposed to be a bug report, but I get "You are not authorized to submit the feedback for this connection." when I click "Submit a bug".

          This trivial example reproduces the problem on VS2010 and VS2013 (I did not try other versions). If the attached main.cpp is compiled as win32 executable and dll.cpp as a Dll with openmp enabled, then the main executable crashes after the FreeLibrary call.

          This seems like a bug in the openmp implementation.

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          • Referenced C++ projects should be able to contribute include paths etc.

            Currently when you reference a C++ project, there's the Link Library Dependencies option which affects the linker.

            Wouldn't it be great if a referenced project could contribute include paths, preprocessor definitions etc.?

            Obviously I do not mean adding the referenced project's AdditionalIncludeDirectories and PreprocessorDefinitions, but introduce a new set of properties that would be "exported" into referencing C++ projects.

            This would be along the lines of Android NDK's LOCAL_EXPORT_CFLAGS, LOCAL_EXPORT_C_INCLUDES etc. As you're introducing Android support in VS2015, you must be somewhat acquainted with the ndk-build system by now.

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

              Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve process isolation and messaging for broken plugins

                Visual Studio has a tremendous amount of plugins and extensions. Most serious developers working with the IDE make use of many of them. Although stock Visual Studio continues to improve, these plugins can be absolutely essential for productivity. The problem with plugins in Visual Studio is that it's hard to tell when a plugin is crashing or causing performance issues. If it is clear that a plugin is causing issues, it's sometimes tough to know _which_ plugin is causing issues.

                I recommend the Visual Studio team takes some inspiration from anther class of applications which have dealt with this issue…

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                  0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support environment variable setting for Active configuration profile

                  To support immutable deployments to different environments, the environment-specific environment switches should be defined within the environment, not the build configuration. This approach aligns with best practices and the future approach of ASP.NET vNext and is suited for swapping deployments between environments. Currently, there is no way to specify different configuration profiles other than at build time.

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                    0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create short guidance on the differences between VSO, On-premise TFS, and TFS on Azure IAAS

                      Teams new to TFS (or moving IT to cloud) constantly struggle when trying to decide between Visual Studio Online and on-premise TFS. With TFS on Azure IAAS also as an option, the decision is even more difficult. The Rangers could create some short and concise guidance on which one to select.

                      There is some guidance from Microsoft already out there (http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-products-vs), but it is mostly marketing/licensing fluff and doesn't address the details. What am I really missing with VSO at the technical level? E.g. Can I update a process template?

                      Note that multiple queries to the Rangers forum…

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                        1 comment  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • TAG prioritization in the TFS Build system

                        This request is to add TAG priotization to the TFS Build Agent/Build Controller/BuildDefinition system as an addition to the existing very simple TAG filter approach.

                        If the above TAG priorization approach cannot be made for some reason, "static" Build Agent prioritization could instead be added to the TFS Build Controller and its user interface. As the prioritization then cannot be made per BuildDefinition, this approach would be less flexible.

                        Possible uses of this:
                        - Prioritize a fast (physical?) Build Agent over a slow (virtual?) Build Agent, i.e. give always you the best build performance and keep the redundancy of having…

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                        • Develop a Dockable Window/Tabbed Document Framework for Windows Forms Projects

                          Notwithstanding the fact you folks can't seem to figure out how to make an icon with color and depth any more, your dockable windows and tabbed documents used in the IDE are great. Please make that library available for developers. Or, develop a new framework...whatever. It's your call. I just know we want it.

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                          • Languages....I have an suggestion....60. 40N05.001 C01

                            Several computers need a new languages, thought is important...

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • C#, official access to private members...

                              Official access to private members to avoid Reflection calls and Expression compilations in real world C# applications.
                              Please check the attachment.
                              Regards from Germany
                              Christian Ohle

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                              • I would like to see that the C# editor and compiler get XML support.

                                I would like to see that the C# editor and compiler get something like XML support. It is very simple to integrate and extremely helpful at development time and furthermore, it allows unbelievably powerful new futures. Please check the attachment and for the case that it is interesting I could send test application and code examples.
                                (I wrote an own c# compatible Compiler for fast runtime compilations)

                                Regards from Germany
                                Christian Ohle
                                Free programmer

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                                • SSL Service Referrence

                                  Adding SSL wcf service reference with certificate authentication options and username and password in the add service menu. Currently this doesn't happen and adding so will generate error.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement array visualizer for C/C++ during debugging

                                    While debugging numerical code, viewing and plotting array data (2D and 3D) is quite useful.

                                    Third party tools are available for .NET but not for C/C++.

                                    Compaq and later Intel had an Array Visualizer that was quite popular but is now discontinued.

                                    I recommend implementing this feature for Visual Studio and at least C/C++.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add and Edit tags from backlog list

                                      That would be handy to be able to set tags when using quick backlog item creation tool. In addition that would be great to be able to edit backlog item tags from the listing.

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                                      • Make code editors more awesome with delimited column selection

                                        Currently, if you alt-drag in a code editor, you can select a rectangular area of text. I propose that if you ctrl-alt-drag, you select jagged columns of text delimited by spaces. This idea was inspired by the way Excel's TextToColumns feature lets you choose between fixed width and delimited.

                                        If ctrl-alt is not practical for some reason, an alternative would be an editor mode (similar to word wrap mode). In addition to spaces, it would great to be able to configure several other characters to act as delimiters, such as semicolons, angle brackets, and curly braces.

                                        (The attached file is…

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                                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • SSIS: Add an indicator to Task items indicating there is an EventHandler Implemented

                                          Similar to indicators that make you aware expressions are involved, it would be nice if there were a letter E (or something) in the upper right corner of tasks alerting you to the fact that the task has an event handler implemented.

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