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  1. Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

    C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
    For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

    R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
    R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

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      4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

      please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

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        95 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ad a next button on the task board to switch to the next team member

        If the team is in the Daily meeting it would be great to have a button which starts from the "All" option on the team member view to the first team member and then each time you press it to the next team member. Make the button touch enabled.

        A randomizer would be nice which selects the team members in a random order.

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        • Exclude time spent on Azure Cloud Service deployment from Visual Studio Online build minutes

          At the moment, I am developing an Azure Cloud Service, hosted in Visual Studio Online and configured for Continuous Deployment.

          During one build, the time spent generally amounts to around 1 minute for the actual building of the solution and 7 minutes for deploying it to Azure.

          Having to use 700% more build minutes just because Azure deployments are slow seems unfair to me as a Visual Studio Online customer. I suggest you exclude the Azure deployment time from the build minutes cost, to make this a more attractive feature to use.

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            0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow for devtools install without Visual Studio

            Provide a way to install the C++ compiler and toolchain without having to install the full Visual Studio suite. (Similar to XCode Tools on OS X). This would allow many open-source projects that currently have to rely on the MinGW toolchain to use the Microsoft approved tools.

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement Python-like array slice functionality

              Languages like Python make it very easy to access elements in an array using slice notation.

              For example, consider this array:

              int[] myArray = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8};
              Console.WriteLine(myArray[2]); //outputs "3"

              Accessing individual elements is straightforward with the indexer notation. However, to access multiple elements within the array is more complicated. To access the indexes 2 and 3 as a shallow copy of the array, I would have to:

              myArray.Skip(2).Take(2);

              In a language like Python, I can simply state:

              myArray[2:4] //which starts at index 2, and goes until index 4 but doesn't include it.

              The Python-like…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • C++ compiler should warn for mismatched braces in header

                I just spent a lot of time hunting down the one header that didn't close its namespace. VS doesn't immediately notice this; instead it starts spewing errors far down the line, when the unclosed namespace leads to interesting nesting and thus name lookup failures.

                To make up for the late errors, you get so many of them that the compiler aborts before it reaches the end of the translation unit, which means it never notices that there are missing braces at the end.

                Clang has a -Wscope warning where the compiler tells you if a header doesn't end in the…

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Random item operator

                  I like the idea of an operator where you can supply a list of elements and at run time will pick on from random for you, this could be nice for mocking with a bit of variation.

                  var ideaZero = "2 avantgarde road"?!"35 dwayne street"?!"another addressline";

                  var ideaOne = ?"string 0"!"string 1"!"stirng 2";

                  Not the best idea in the world but it might be nice to have and I could see places people might want to use it with out writing some class.

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Order Builds in Team Explorer by Start Time instead of Finish Time

                    In our build strings, we postfix the build definition names with an orderable identifier, more specifically, an auto-incremented numeric identifier:

                    Build Definition Foo BuildID.1
                    Build Definition Foo BuildID.2
                    Build Definition Foo BuildID.3

                    I felt safe thinking that it's the build with the greatest identifier that's the latest build until I found out that in Team Explorer, builds are sorted by Date Completed.

                    We want to be able to configure this at Team Project Collection level, so we can sort build by start date.

                    The reason is that our builds can run in parallel and may sometimes take longer. As a…

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                    • Improve TFS Branch Merging user interface

                      We work in a mainline with branch-per-release, so periodically we need to merge one or more bugfix change-sets to the active release branch. Often this means a batch of several non-contiguous changesets need to be merged to the same branch.

                      1) When we open the merge dialog it doesn't remember the last-used settings (it defaults to "merge all changes" and the oldest branch - we always want to do a "merge specific changesets" and almost always this will be targeting the most recently created branch. If it just remembered the last settings I used, this would save a lot of…

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                      • Use "Find Result" 1 and 2 in rotation

                        I wish there is a option to enable showing "Find Results" with "Find Result 1" and "Find Result 2" window, to keep "most recently find results" for convenience. Thanks.

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                          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Hide comments by default

                          If it is possible to add an option to hide code comments by default because I'm maintaining several projects with many comment lines. Thanks.

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                            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enhance "Find Result" Window

                            If we could have a "Find Result" window with "most recently find (MRF)" results (say, 3 results), it will be very useful. We always find "text1", "text2" and than find "text1" again. I wish we have a "Find Result" window which is with a droplist (like the one at the toolbar in "Output" window) so that we can show one of the MRF when need. Thanks.

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                              0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Copy paste of type name from a variable tool tip

                              When hovering above a variable the editor displays a tooltip with the type information.

                              It would be useful to enable a right click menu that would place the info in the clipboard for future use, this is especially true for long namespaces.

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                                1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Compile both VB.NET and C# code in the same project

                                Some scenarios that I can recall off the top of my head:

                                ​1. I want to gradually port a big VB.NET project to C#. I can't do it all at once because it'll take time and automated conversion tools don't work perfect.

                                2. I'll be able to use unsafe code and other features which are not available in VB.NET.

                                It doesn't have to support both languages in a single file. I just want .cs and .vb files in the same project to be compiled.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • In my opinion comments that start in column 1 should be sacrosanct

                                    There should be a formatting option in the Editor that states "Do not format column 1 comments".
                                    All too often I have formatted some comments in a module, only to have them moved over by the editor so that the comments no longer are in column 1.

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add "Start URL" to WebRole properties to launch a specific URL on F5

                                        It would be really helpful if you extend the "Startup action" of a WebRole with a "Start URL" parameter. The two options "Launch browser for HTTP endpoint" and "Launch browser for HTTPS endpoint" are not enough. If you do not know what I mean look at the project properties of a Web Application project unter "web > Start Action > Start URL". Take a look at my attached image.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow a variable have two names

                                          One_name_would_be_more_mnemonical (=long) and the_other could be an alias for use in complex expressions, for their easier readability

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