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  1. Indicate changes on document tabs with yellow or green

    I often look to the scrollbar in VS 2013 to see what saved/unsaved changes there are throughout the current document. That was a nice IDE improvement! As the next step in that direction, I would like to have the same ability, at a summary level, when looking across tabs of open documents. This is in the same spirit as the traditional asterix that appears in the tab of a document that has unsaved changes. I propose replacing the asterix with a small yellow square of the same size and position as the asterix. For documents with saved changes, then, there…

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • MIDL shouldn't cause rebuilding when switch configurations

      Whenever I add an .idl file to be compiled with MIDL I have to remember to fix the default project properties.

      By default files that midl generates all go to the same output folder. This means whenever you switch between Debug/Release or Win32/x64 that anything that includes these generated files is seen as being dirty and unnecessary rebuilding occurs

      These files need to be changed each time so that they output to platform/configuration specific output files.

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        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • New Logo !!

        Hahaha

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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make windows phone 8 SDK available for windows7 platform

          Currently, if we develop the windows phone 8 app, we must have windows8 plateform. But in most enterprises, there're no windows 8 upgraded. Most of them has windows7 platform, but it can only use windows phone SDK 7.1.So if we can extend our SDK to windows7 platform, the mobile biosystem for windows phone will be improved more than now.

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            2 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add comments to SSIS packages in BIDS

            I'd love to be abe to attach a comment bubble to a Control Flow or Data Flow step to explain to the next developer what the **** I'm doing. :-) I know that there are already Annotations on the design surface... what I want is either: 1) to be able to draw a line between an annotation and a Control Flow/Data Flow step; or 2) to be able to right-click a step and click on "Add Comment" something like Office has, and then be able to show/hide comments on the design surface. Thanks!

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              0 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow users to enter a comment when blocking a test point

              Many testers that I talk to want to be able to add a short comment when blocking a test point. So from the Test Manager Test Tab, I highlight a test point and click the block button. Here I want to be prompted for an optional comment explaining why the test point is blocked. Saving a comment at the test CASE level is not always appropriate. Someone suggested adding it to notes of the test result, which is great so long as you've run the test. What if it is blocked before you've ever run it?

              So, for a UI…

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                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Specify the default remote git repo of teams/areas of a team project

                I suggest adding the ability to specify the default remote git repository of a team of a team project. When a particular team of a team project is selected, and I sync changes, changes will sync to the git repo I specify instead of syncing with the repository that has the same name as the team project.

                Current Workaround:
                Currently it is possible to sync with any repository from within VS 2013, but I have to jump out of the team project in order to connect to that repository. I also have to know the URL of that repository in…

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow code reviews of several contiguous changesets

                  Large change sets are not ideal. But tons of little code reviews is not ideal ether.

                  Also, many shops don't have control over source control like they should. I can easily get a request to review a new feature that has several checkins on it.

                  Please allow me to review several checkins if they are all in a row. (So that you can do a diff before and after.)

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support new / secondary views in the DOM Explorer

                    Currently the DOM Explorer only works on the main app view. This makes it harder to debug secondary views.

                    If you open a new view as in the "Multiple Views Sample" app you cannot use the DOM Explorer on the secondary view.

                    9 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow typing over find results to replace text and then apply changes

                      As a Developer who is trying to find and replace some text I want to replace the text in a text editor and be able to only apply partial changes using alt keyword or even regex or *.pattern text in the find results pain. And I wat just the searched text to be lined up correctly so I can use "Alt" and select multiple lines within results, and also reorder the list so I can select the desired pages in the correct order or partial list using hold down alt while I select a partial sub sectin of results and…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Different icon for project reference and assembly reference

                        Would be nice to easily differentiate a project reference to an assembly reference by changing the icon under a projects references.

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                        • Jump from 'Find Changeset' results list to branch history to be able to do operations like 'Track Changeset'

                          The Source Control Explorer context menu function 'Find > Find Changesets...' is a good way to find a changeset by using certain search criteria. However, from picking up a result from the results list I want to be able to jump to the history of the branch which contains the changeset and get the changeset be focussed. From there I would be able to do useful operations as 'Track Changeset' or 'Get This Version'.

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • type providers

                            Implement type providers for c# & vb.net

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show test results in status bar & red/green indicator without having to expand test explorer

                              I love the addition of the test explorer and the ability to have tests running after build. I think a good quality of life and space saving measure would be to display the summary output (tests passed/failed) in the status bar down the bottom of Visual Studio.

                              I would prefer not having the test explorer window open all the time so I can save screen realestate unless there is something I actually care about so if all my tests are passing, I shouldn't need it open to know that.

                              Something else that could help with visualising this is to show…

                              63 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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

                                  6 votes
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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…

                                    9 votes
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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.

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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 →
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