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  1. When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing

    When checking in pending changes, don't force SQL Server Data tools windows to be saved before continuing. I'm opening SQL Server Data tools windows in VS 2012, and it is extremely annoying that I can't check in pending changes for my Web/VB.NET/C# projects without saving everything. My trying to check in, a window pops-up asking to save my "query" windows. I click "No", but then it still does not check in my code files (which were previously saved). I have to either save my SQL scripts, or close those windows just so I can continue. It would be best if…

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      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Deploy SSIS Packages developed using SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio 2012 to either SQL2008R2 or SQL 2012

      Ability to choose the deployment target environment for SSIS Packages either SQL 2008 R2 or SQL 2012 similar to the functionality that SSRS has. This necessary to help larger shops transition from SQL 2008 R2 to SQL 2012 without having to upgrade all production systems at once.

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        0 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix XDesProc

        Fix XDesProc.exe so it doesn't hang everyone's systems.

        Just wondering, are you deliberately ignoring this bug, which has been reported by hundreds of developers?

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          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • code convertor

          convert sql statement between C# and Sqlserver

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            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Edit & Continue: Support for generics

            There are 3 main areas where Edit & Continue doesn't work, this reduces speed of development significantly in some cases. I suggest that this great feature is improved to cope with newer features of Visual Studio:

            - Support for Generics

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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for the great suggestion.

              Due to the way we work on features, having a single suggestion that represents what is actually many features across different teams is difficult to track and prioritize. Instead, I’ve changed this suggestion to represent “Edit & Continue: Support for Generics”. We already have two other suggestions representing anonymous methods and x64 support. If you voted for this suggestion for either of those, feel free to move your vote:

              Anonymous Methods:
              https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4079440-edit-continue-allow-the-modification-of-lambda-

              64-bit:
              http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2037667-x64-edit-and-continue

              Regards

              David Kean
              CLR Team

            • Provide a link to the exact subscription that generated a given alert

              Currently, TFS alerts have a footer with the following text:
              - You are receiving this notification because of a subscription created by Mr. Rogers

              However, it can be very difficult to find _which_ subscription it was. We had a case where someone put an 'or' instead of an 'and' in an alert definition and we started getting spammed with build alerts for every build. We had to review each subscription individually to find this. A hyperlink in the alert back to the generating subscription definition would be invaluable.

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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • CodeLens Support For Visual Studio 2013

                Please add support for vs CodeLens

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Save more previously-used connections in the Schema Compare tool

                  When comparing databases, the "Select Source Schema"/"Select Target Schema" dialog has a drop-down of the most recently-used connections, but the dialog seems to have a hardcoded limit of 5 connections. I work with more than 5 databases, when the different projects I work on are multiplied by the different environments across which I am comparing, and I find I am constantly re-entering connection details to databases.

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                    0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Option to automatically collapse all inactive preprocessor blocks

                    I suggest that Microsoft add an option to automatically collapse all inactive preprocessor blocks in the Visual Studio/C++ IDE.

                    This feature would be extremely easy to implement, and enhance productivity considerably, especially for projects that contain many compilation alternatives.

                    This feature appears to be on relatively high demand;
                    - http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/97ad0528-8dd8-44eb-b4b8-ede8fdb3cf61/hide-inactive-preprocessor-block
                    - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9094391/collapse-all-inactive-preprocessor-blocks-in-visual-studio
                    - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17332077/can-i-programmatically-collapse-expand-all-preprocessor-blocks-of-a-certain-name

                    Best Regards,

                    Richard Baxter

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Complete C# Snippet Implementation

                      The Snippets feature in C# always seemed incomplete compared to the VB.NET version. The snippet file format has support for Imports and References, presumably which will add the relevant using statement to the top of the file, or add specific references. However, these have never been supported in C# snippets.

                      Could these functions be implemented for C# snippets please?

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add intelligent sort, and filter capabilities to Autos, Locals, and Watch Windows

                        I'd really like a way to filter the debugger windows based on
                        * variable name
                        * type
                        * value
                        * changed (red)
                        * valid vs. invalid memory (e.g. 0xcdcd, 0xcccc), or <Unable to read memory>
                        * public, private, protected, const, etc qualifications

                        The UI I'm picturing would be column filter widgets in Excel Lists.

                        Some potential use cases:
                        1. Stepping into a class function where the this pointer has many dozens of members, I might want to see all the bools, all non-zero entries, all non-null pointers, etc.

                        2. It can be difficult to find the entry I want if…

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Extend Data Breakpoints to watch for data read in addition to write

                          I know how to make a data breakpoints for when the data changes, but it would be nice to break whenever a certain address is read(or output a trace of what function was reading it). That way, I could quickly log everything that happens based on a particular symbol's value, not just assignments to it.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Solve the object file collision

                            Having the same file name in two or more locations in your file hierarchy causes Visual Studio to use the same object file name & this cause link time problems. Please have VS generate unique object files (maybe based on a hash of the relative file path from the project file)

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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

                              I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Export Template Project option to include Packages and assign new/”free” <IISUrl>

                                Today when we want to export our application as a Project Template, packages will be left untouched and the <IISUrl> will be the same as when created the project from day 1.

                                The packages “problem” can be solved, today, in two ways, what I know of.
                                1. Copy the packages folder manually to the new /Projects/MyProject folder.

                                2. http://docs.nuget.org/docs/reference/packages-in-visual-studio-templates

                                I think this could be solved within Visual Studio, maybe an option when exporting or some other solution that will help us developer with this somewhat annoying problem.

                                But the <IISUrl> problem is what I really would like to see being…

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide some tutorials on UPNP/DLNA

                                  I have been Looking all over the internet for tutorials on how to interact with DLNA/UPNP enabled devices. However after hours of pointless redirections to "tutorials" I found nothing that a newbie to the framework could use to start developing their own DLNA/UPNP enabled apps for windows or mobile... Ooh and the intel upnp sdk has been useful but the codebase is large and unexplained with a shroud of mystery on what half of the code actually does. It is really hard to find any example tutorials of how to develop these apps. Could somebody knowledgeable from the VS team…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support nested types in Windows Workflow XAML

                                    The current Windows Workflow design surface does not support nested types, but these are perfectly valid as an InArgument or OutArgument in a CodeActivity.

                                    The two issues are:

                                    1. Arguments or Variables in a XAML workflow cannot be of type SomeType.SomeOtherType and this happens often when we use 3rd party libraries or COM-callable wrappers
                                    2. Trying to write any expression that involves a nested type which is serialized to XAML(and generates a <file>.g.cs) throws a designer error, even though this is perfectly valid code.

                                    This is terribly inconsistent and sometimes makes me reconsider choosing WF when with this feature it…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add "commutative" keyword for C# operator overloading

                                      When overloading the multiply operator in a manner that takes two different arguments (best example is some user written Vector2D and a double), it is required to write two different overloads to specify the Vector2D*double and the double*Vector2D.

                                      Please allow a "commutative" keyword that lets the compiler produce the two required signatures, e.g. (double d, Vector2D v), (Vector2D v, double d) automatically.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Debug->Exceptions->Thrown options scoped to specific blocks of code

                                        Breaking on thrown exceptions is generally noisy. When I turn it on, my intent is to see what's wrong with a very specific block of code. It would be useful to be able to select a block of text, right click, and have a menu that lets me toggle which kinds of exceptions to break on for that block of code only.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Custom AOP Aspects implementation and aspect-weaver using Roslyn

                                          Roslyn is a very open compiler framework which could be used to implement AOP aspect-weaver at compile time instead of using Dependency Injection containers at run time which is not good for many scenarios.

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