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  1. Allow implementing one of the accessors on a property without implementing another

    As it is now, you can either use automatic properties fully, or implement the accessors yourself. What's missing is a fairly common scenario of:

    public Type Property
    {
    get;
    set { doSomethingMoreComplicated(); }
    }

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Preserve user created solution folders when regenerating the solution in VST4U

      It is hugely useful to be able to debug add in dlls in Unity: http://unityvs.com/documentation/dll-debugging/ and it is great that the Unity plugin preserves the references to external projects when the solution is regenerated.

      It'd be nice if we could organise these external projects into solution folders and have the tool preserve to user defined folder structure as well as the project references when regenerating the solution.

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Using 'new' keyword for constructor declaration instead of class name

        The purpose is to avoid dealing with retyping long names. For example:

        public class MyClass {

        public new(string arg) {
        //constuct something
        }
        }

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow declaring get/set for a single statement with out using curly braces

          For example:

          class MyClass
          {
          private string _name;
          public string Name
          {
          get return formatName(_name_);
          set _name = value;
          }

          private static string formatName(string name)
          {
          return "[" + name + "]";
          }

          }

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Mtm sends an email with a test report when the automation test run is done

            When a automation test run is complete. My team wants it to automaticlly send emails to persons of my choise with a test report. There should be a option in the test manager GUI where the person could set an option "send email when done". Also there should be option to which email it should be sent to. This should be possible without involving coding, thats how it is today.
            The report should be like the report in mtm but maybe in a doc/pdf format. A product owner should be able to read and easily understand and base decision on…

            12 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

              VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

              You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

              Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

              Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

              Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

              514 votes
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                5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Task<T> implement covariant interface ITask<out T>

                Task<T> sounds like a good candidate for covariance. Except classes can't be covariant in .Net, only interfaces can.

                So it would be nice if Task<T> implemented a new, covariant interface ITask<out T>.

                I believe that adding a new interface to existing class doesn't break any backwards compatibility, so this shouldn't cause any problems.

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                  2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create a [PreventCheckIn()] attribute

                  Sometimes you need to add temporary code to a project which you may not want to check into your repo. In larger applications, keeping track of this temporary code is challenging. My proposal is an attribute we can add to our code which will prevent a check in until the code is removed.

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Disable XAML layout property alteration in Blend and Visual Studio when using the designer

                    The designer in Blend and Visual Studio adds, and alters, a lot of properties when you do very basic tasks, such as adding controls and visual tree changes, such as 'group controls into' a panel.

                    Example 1: Adding a TextBlock in Blend;
                    <TextBlock
                    HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                    TextWrapping="Wrap"
                    Text="TextBlock"
                    VerticalAlignment="Top"/>

                    What I'd like to see was, when ever you add a control Blend should just add the Text / Content and don't touch anything else.

                    Example two, adding 3 TextBlocks and grouping into a StackPanel;
                    <StackPanel Margin="0,0,397,134" Orientation="Vertical">
                    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
                    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
                    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/> …

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                      0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • XAML support for #regions for improved overview of

                      Developers / designers should beable to add regions to xaml files, and hereby "group" xaml logically.
                      The place where it would make most sense would be in resource dictionaries.
                      I'd would love to create regions where I could group my 1000's of lines of resources into fontsizes, colors / brushes / font families, Text Styles, control templates ect.

                      The regions could be reflected as a treeview in the Resource pane in Blend, as well as in the dropdown used to 'navigate sibling and parent elements in Visual Studio'.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create Entities from Excel/CSV File

                        When creating new entities can we please have the ability to import directly from an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file including column names/data types and the data.

                        Maybe the data part can be converted into a post-deployment script if a database project exists?

                        This would save so much time when creating new entities.

                        Can also be the ability to copy existing entities from one solution to another?

                        Thanks – Mark Phillipson

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                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • to make an app

                          I suggest you to make an visual studio app, because many people are developing on te way. But they can't use visual studio because they have no app. Because of that they will use other programs that have an app.

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                            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            • Include more robust instrumentation/error reporting in the LightSwitch model/code gen framework

                              At the moment, if any kind of corruption occurs in the LightSwitch model as a result of people changing property/screen/data source names, it's basically back to the beginning and recreating the project from scratch. Trying to hack the LSML files without appropriate supporting documentation is like shaking jars to find which one contains the nitroglycerine.

                              PLEASE - you seriously need to add more instrumentation to the code-gen framework and improved error reporting to ensure that LightSwitch application models are more robust, and at least tell the user where a problem has occurred rather than simply leaving sneaky traps lying about…

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                                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow configurable operations on save, like sort/remove usings and delete whitespace

                                There are a lot of nice code cleanup tools in VS, like automatically sort usings and remove unused ones, format document, delete trailing whitespace, remove unnecessary code like namespaces that are also in using clasues.
                                Allow VS user to select among these document clean up tools and have them run on file save or using a special "Clean file" command button.
                                This configuration should probably also be saved per solution/project.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add WP8.1 (Silverlight) support for Application Insights

                                  I integrated App Insights per the setup page for "Windows Store and Windows Phone projects" - this doesn't work for 8.1 Silverlight. It does some things to my project, adds some files, but the demo code for logging events/page views doesn't compile, and just running the app (as instructed) after setup logs nothing to App Insights.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add column options button in grid view for Web Test Manager

                                    Currently column options are only accessible from list view in Web Test Manager. The column options button would be very helpful in grid view as attached.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add the ability to search the "Fonts and Colors" customization list

                                        With every new version of Visual Studio, there are more and more UI elements with bizarre default colors depending on the theme selected (Razor background color, regex foreground color, etc.), and it's often very difficult to find the right item in the list of options to customize the color.

                                        Sometimes, it's difficult to even know what a particular item is CALLED (wanted to change "peek" color the other day and had to Google for what the UI element was called within the list).

                                        Please provide some form of search functionality to narrow down this list to make color customization easier…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Continue support for MBCS (Multi-Byte Character Sets) for MFC and C++

                                          After VS2013 the MBCS variants of the standard library and MFC are declared deprecated. Conversion to Unicode will cost our company litteraly thousands of productive hours (over 3 million source code lines to convert). So this deprecation is a bad idea. Please continue the support of these variants of C++ projects, and continue the support of MBCS in MFC!

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                                            13 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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