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  1. control the maximum idle time of a connection in the ado.net pool (mainly SqlClient)

    in cloud scenarios, there are multiple worker roles all connecting to a shared database. each worker role has a connection pool which ado.net maintains internally.
    now, if my sql db allows a maximum of 180 connections; one option is to configure the connection string for each worker role to allow 180/n connections. But, this approach doesn't gel well when I want to scale up or scale down - I don't want to have to keep touching the connection string.
    As I scale out (due to CPU requirements of my service), more and more connections become idle in the per-worker-role connection…

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      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • agricultural activities

      easy implementations for farmers

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        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow iteration change from Workboard

        We only allow one Team Project per department/functional area. This means there are usually 10 or 20 projects/solutions in one Team Project. The problem is that each of these projects can have sprints going on at the same time. But only administrators can change the sprint from TFS Web Client and then everyone else will only see that iteration on the workboar.

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          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Extend BuildNotification.exe to allow "claiming the build"

          Right now, the BuildNotication.exe file only allows for one way communication: anyone running the tool can see the status of the builds that they have subscribed to.

          Other build systems have the ability to "claim the build" through the their version of the tool that gives status. Examples of this are Open Source options such as Jenkins/Hudson or CruiseControl.NET or paid options such as JetBrains TeamCity.

          The concept behind "claiming a build" is the idea that someone has taken responsibility to investigate (and if they can) fix the build. By someone "claiming the build", in essence that person is saying…

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Online

            As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

            I am sure we are not the only ones.

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              60 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make existing Visual Studio visual designer and extensible enough to be available for other programming language such as F# as well

              I don't know how to write this suggestions clearer than the current title. I'll try to explain the background of this suggestions
              This is the current situations in VS 2012:
              1. F# has included as one of first class language since VS 2010
              2. F# user base has grown larger than before, thanks to #1, Microsoft! But unfortunately? (read next)
              3. Can't create ASP.NET project template using F# other than C# or VB.
              4. Can't create WPF (hence Silverlight) project visually using F# (again, other than using C# or VB)
              5. Can't create visual Windows Store app using F#, just…

              37 votes
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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add VSTO support for MS Access.

                Without VSTO for Access it is near to impossible to implement extended Coded UI Tests for Access. That seems to be the only valid way to create automated UI Tests for MS Access!

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                  0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow MTM to record assertions

                  QA can currently record actions that can be made into Coded UI tests.

                  But they can't record "assertions".

                  This seems odd because they are visually asserting already.

                  The assertion dialog for MTM could be much simpler than in Visual Studio. 99% of all assertions come from the "Display Value" field. Just make that the only one that MTM uses.

                  This allows the QA role to create much better actions that can then translate into Coded UI tests.

                  18 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • PowerShell Interop

                    The current way of creating a powershell session and invoking cmdlets is very clunky and late binding / reflection like. It would be nice if C#/.NET/VS had a language integrated approach of adding a referene to a PowerShell cmdlet and calling it in a fully typed way.

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Auto-suggest implementations for (interface) parameters.

                      API designers are dissuaded from using Interfaces because users cannot benefit from auto-complete for parameters or the `new` keyword.

                      This is catastrophe in a runtime that doesn't support implicit interfaces and with a userbase that is drugged out on Intellisense and autocomplete.

                      Let us designate recommended implementations with either XML documentation or parameter attributes, so we can use interfaces properly while keeping our API users happy.

                      9 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

                        The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Generate dynamic upgrade maps for persisted workflow instances via the designer

                          Currently, we can only dynamically upgrade persisted workflow via code. This is because in WF 4.5 there is no designer support for the workflow definition update phase (designated as phase number 2 on this page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh314052.aspx). Considering one of the key selling points of the framework is the workflow designer, it is surprising that no support exists for dynamic updates.

                          7 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Discoverable Work Item IDs in Team Rooms

                            Using hashtag-style work item IDs provides links to those work items, but you don't always know the ID off the top of your head.

                            It would be nice to have discoverability of work item IDs, perhaps as an intellisense-style popup when you hit the # key.

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • need a true 64-bit cross compiler / cross linker.

                              Some projects are so large that the 32-bit linker exhausts the entire process's address space when doing a link, particularly in the presence of link time code generation. The 64-bit version of link.exe should be able to receive as input 32-bit OBJ files and output a 32-bit executable.

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add more controls to Lightswitch HTML Client

                                Currently the Lightswitch HTML Client for LoB apps is excellent, but also very primitive in some regards. Without controls like Tree Views or Data Tables it can be difficult to build even basic data intensive applications with LS. This is made more complicated by that fact that the client exposes only a few hooks for Javascript and HTML injection by default, and tying custom plugins and controls into LS can be surprisingly complex.

                                In short, it would be a huge boon to LS HTML to add more controls and would expand the use cases of it significantly.

                                Some controls that…

                                82 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Application Template

                                  Keep ASP.NET MVC 3, ASP.NET MVC 4 templates in Visual Studio 2013. Try to make ASP.NET MVC 5 Web Application template similar to earlier MVC Application templates. Now in Visual Studio 2013 we have to navigate through ASP.NET Web application then have to select MVC. There is no templates for MVC 3 or MVC 4.

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Copy charts when save as query

                                    When try to 'save as' query ( copy from old query ), i need to copy charts as well.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Run a mumble server on TF

                                      It can be helpful to have your own mumble server (murmur) for better team communication. Mumble is an open-source VoIP-programm. Is there a way to add this?

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                                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Replace "Open Command Prompt" with "Open Git Shell" in Team Explorer for Git based repositories

                                        Which should open a PowerShell + Posh-Git console instead of a regular DOS-Shell console. This way it will be easier to work with Git repositories from a command line. Also take a look how "Git Shell" works in "GitHub for Windows" application. We need exactly the same thing which can be opened right from Visual Studio, or even better a PowerShell-based console which would be opened in one of Visual Studio windows (similar to NuGet)

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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Encapsulate the idea of Enums as Bit-Flags | Flag Keyword

                                          Right now we have to implement bit-flags using enums and they have to follow very specific formats to work. One wrong typo, and they don't work!

                                          I suggest creating what is shown in the pictures below.

                                          Right now, if you don't know how to implement flags, you have to do some research into the subject matter, and might still make mistakes. Why not have bit-flag creation be just as simple as enum creation?

                                          I also suggest that there *might* be ways to abstract out the use of bitwise OR, AND. If you don't know this bit-hacks, then you have to…

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                                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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