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  1. Easier Immutable Classes (case classes)

    I often find myself writing immutable business objects (objects with no logic, only data). For example, EventArgs and Exception classes. Here is one I wrote today:

    public class SelectedMazeChangedArgs : EventArgs
    {
    public Maze PreviousMaze { get; private set; }
    public Maze SelectedMaze { get; private set; }
    public SelectedMazeChangedArgs(Maze previousMaze, Maze selectedMaze)
    {
    PreviousMaze = previousMaze;
    SelectedMaze = selectedMaze;
    }
    }

    This is what that same class would look like in Scala:

    case class SelectedMazeChangedArgs(Maze PreviousMaze, Maze SelectedMaze) extends EventArgs

    As a bonus, Scala also automatically overrides .equals() and .hashCode() for you.

    When you write a lot of EventArgs…

    6 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Non Hosted Build Controller Support Azure Continuous Delivery In TF Service

      I would like to use the AzureContinuousDeployment.11.xaml from TF Service on a self hosted build controller to deploy my solution to Azure. According to Mr. Trevor Hancock this can only be done on the Microsoft "Hosted" Build controller as explained on the bottom of this thread:

      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/cd00b397-4970-4d33-bf55-3cbde2d3e792/error-with-azure-deploy-on-self-hosted-build-controller

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • ReflectPropertyDescriptor.SetValue preserves stack trace in case of exceptions.

        If an exception is raised while updating a data bound property of a windows forms control, it seems that System.ComponentModel.ReflectPropertyDescriptor will always catch the exception and eat its stack trace.

        So we end up with unhelpful stack traces like this one:
        at System.ComponentModel.ReflectPropertyDescriptor.SetValue(Object component, Object value)
        at System.Windows.Forms.Binding.SetPropValue(Object value)
        at System.Windows.Forms.Binding.PushData(Boolean force)
        at System.Windows.Forms.Binding.UpdateIsBinding()
        at System.Windows.Forms.Binding.CheckBinding()
        at System.Windows.Forms.Binding.SetListManager(BindingManagerBase bindingManagerBase)

        However, this does not reflect the real source of the exception, which can make debugging a real pain.

        To be honest - this is a duplicate of http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/740318/reflectpropertydescriptor-setvalue-does-not-preserve-stack-trace.

        But maybe you could reconsider this issue since at least I couldn't…

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • SQL-Serverconnection on Start

          I have some Connections on Serverexplorer to different SQL-Servers on different locations. I use only one with VPN.

          On Start of VS2012 it checks all Connections with error. (ok - only 1 from 4 VPN is open). But I need 1-2 minutes wait for this check.

          How can you add an option, that VS2012 NOT check this connection on startup? Only if I open it manuell.

          7 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • support utf-8

            in the narrow win32 api
            in the console output
            everywhere!

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • allow properties of a class to be passed as an out or ref parameter

              I have a property i need to set from a sqldatareader however to do so I have to add what I consider to be extraneous code

              string buf = null;
              buf = sqlDataReader[0].ToString();

              int ID = 0;
              int.TryParse(buf, out ID);

              object.id = ID;

              Seems like this should work

              string buf = null;
              buf = sqlDataReader[0].ToString();
              int.TryParse(buf, out object.id);

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I did not ask for windows version 8 and I want the original windows 7 back. I do not want Visual Studio on here as cannot do a thng I want o

                I have a computer with windows 7. I believe something has been updated to windows 8. I'm old and want nothing new. I do not want this Visual Studio as it comes up as home page.

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                  0 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • candidate changes

                  I suggest that the Promote Candidate Changes window allow changes to be ordered by file modified times. When there are a lot of candidate changes and I've just saved a file to disk it can take a while to find it in the list and promote it to an included change.

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can you try to make streaming live inside the VS? maybe someone want to see what other people coding, and other people maybe want to share t

                    Can you try to make streaming live inside the VS? maybe someone want to see what other people coding, and other people maybe want to share what they coding... Or something like this, you got the idea.

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                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Finding what I want on your website is not a pleasant experience and needs to be changed.

                      I suggest that you use a flow chart to find your visual basic products, your current system is to confusing and difficult to follow.
                      When I entered my email address below the underscore character did not print. The underscore character does not print in this box eithe, fix it.

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                      • CIL language support in Visual Studio

                        Add support for programming in Common Intermediate Language (CIL) in Visual Studio.

                        Project templates, syntax highlighting, IntelliSense and debugging.

                        7 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • to enable setting default value for AreaPath

                          When one team is working with multiple projects, with multiple AreaPath's, it is a good feature to leave AreaPath feald without any value, so tester need to select one of the offered values.
                          Defect created from TM should have defalut plan AreaPath as it is now.

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide a Cancel option for Search All option.

                            I accidently did a search for "<" and had to wait for a while before the search complete and the system is back top operatable mode. If there is a easy to use option to cancel an existin gsearch that will be great or at least a confirmation dialog that pops up when found entries go above 1000 etc.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Auto-filled numbers in the IDE

                              It's fantastic in VS IDE that we can mark a block of text by selecting a rectangular area with the Alt key pressed. I believe it could be more fantastic if users can fill with series of numbers vertically. Imagine you mark a vertical, thin area in the IDE, press Ctrl-M, N (or anything like this), then a series of numbers is automatically filled in that area (like line numbers). This could be used when you need to generate a series of numbers sometimes.

                              It could also be helpful if you, say, press Ctrl-M, L (or anything like this) and…

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Extend string class methods

                                Extend the string class with

                                bool myStr.IsNullOrEmpty
                                bool myStr.IsNotNullOrEmpty
                                string myStr.Before("@");
                                string myStr.After("@");
                                string myStr.Between("www.", ".com");

                                18 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • change color of team favorite box query when it exceeds a value

                                  When you mark a query as a team favorite, it is always a green box in the home page. it would be good if we can customize it so if the query exceeds over the number you specify, it turns red.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow forecasting when filtering by tag

                                    Currently we use tags to help us prioritise our releases within the backlog.

                                    When filtering down to that specific tag, we are unable to use forecasting to estimate our sprints and are having to manually move each item (approx 150 items currently in this specific tag) to the top of the backlog in order to use the forecasting feature. As you can imagine, it is very time consuming!

                                    Please allow forecasting to be used in the backlog while filtering by tag.

                                    16 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fix the API and back-end in SharePoint

                                      The API in SharePoint is abysmally bad. It is confusing, the documentation is often just plain wrong- with argument names and argument descriptions saying opposite things.

                                      The SPSite and SPWeb objects are also a mess. They sometimes throw NullReferenceExceptions for no apparent reason and are poorly named.

                                      CAML is arcane, difficult to create, and poorly implemented. JSON would be a vastly superior way of creating database queries.

                                      The way SharePoint stores list data in its database as of 2013 is mind-numbingly bad. It serializes the data for list items and stores it in a single SQL column. This means it…

                                      5 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Team Explorer - Home - make it more functional with live information about each hub

                                        I seldom use the "Home" hub in team explorer. It would be nice to use this as a dashboard so that I can see things like:

                                        * Last build status (pass/failed, time taken, who requested it)
                                        * Pending Changes hub - # Edits | # Adds | # Conflicts
                                        * My Work - Show in progress work items
                                        * Source Control - Latest changeset number, last person to checkin

                                        See the mockup and discussion here:

                                        ericphan.net/blog/2013/10/18/suggestion-visual-studio-2013-team-explorer-home-window

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow TFS root level Projects to be managed in Visual Studio IDE

                                          When creating a new project in the Visual Studio IDE I am asked to add it to the last active root level project in TFS. I can select other existing projects, but I cannot create a new one. Even in the Team Explorer and Source Control Explorer, I don't see an option in the IDE to add a root level project to my default collection.

                                          There is a button in Team Explorer that opens the website. After creating a new project, I then have to go back into Team Explorer, go to the Connect section, Select Team Projects, then check…

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