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  1. Add intellisense reset option

    Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

    While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

    This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

    7 votes
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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

      Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
      Which field to display on the card
      Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
      Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
      Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

      And also usability features:
      - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
      - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
      - Ability…

      112 votes
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        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make CTRL-F use standard Quick-Find window for RESX editor instead of Find-in-Files dialog

        If you have a .resx (resource) file opened in the VS Resources Editor - which is the default when double-clicking on a .resx file - and you press CTRL-F, you get the Find-in-Files dialog. This is very annoying because you cannot simply search in the current document, which is what you want if you press CTRL-F.

        Instead of this behavior, the standard Quick-Find window which appears in any other source editor should be shown when pressing CTRL-F.

        2 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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++

          45 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • WPF - SVG support

            SVG (scalable vector graphic) is becoming very prominent these days. All major browsers support it.
            Performance and functionalities are improving very quickly.

            Knowing that, it sounds very intereting for those who want to design a graphical design application (like an UML designer) to do it with SVG.
            The document result could be a SVG or an XML with embeded SVG in it. Having a SVG file would enable anybody to see the result in any browser/OS.
            Many other advantages come with it.

            The actual HTML5 browser model is Javascript based and by the way is interpreted and untyped.
            - By…

            5 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              256 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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.

                435 votes
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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 →
                      • 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.

                              2 votes
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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 →
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