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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support Find & Replace in build definitions

      After cloning a build definition you need to do som editing in it and parts of the branchpath is the main thing that needs to change. For us having several builds pointing to the same branch we also have a lot of cloaked folders in each builds source settings which takes some time to edit.

      Having a find and replace possibility would be great!

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      • Add support for BlackBerry10 to Multi-Device Hybrid Apps

        BlackBerry10 WebWorks SDK is built on Cordova. It is relatively trivial to get the existing hybrid app framework to support BlackBerry10 as a target platform (my project builds) but additional integration for launching apps on the device and linking up with the web-inspector would be nice!

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          0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • allow encrypted values on hosted build controllers

            A feature to add key value pairs (encrypted) so that such values can be available during build execution in post build scripts. These are useful in scenarios like publishing to private nuget feed.

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            • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

              For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

              This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

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                2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please enhance the customizability of the interface.

                In VS2008, we could customize the toolbars by drag and drop, which was easy and handy, but from VS2010 on, we could no longer do that.

                Second, in VS2008 we could make a toolbar vertically positioned, but from VS2010 on, toolbars could only be horizontal.

                Please bring those features in VS2008 back to us.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • TypeScript support for Application Insights

                  Please release some (maybe the one that your developers are already using ;)) official TypeScript Definition files to enable type script developers to use the JavaScript API of Application Insights.

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                    1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please include the visual studio sdk into the visual studio installer and build more language for the sdk

                    My english is not very well.
                    As we know, the visual studio has kinds of language versions. But the sdk only has the english version. I hope when we install the visual studio, we can also select to install the sdk which language is the same with the visual studio.
                    Best thanks for the visual studio developers, it is a powerful IDE.

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                      0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include Team Members on Task Board People View even when Tasks are not Assigned to Team Member

                      A great UI benefit of the task board is to be able to reassign tasks to team members by drag and drop. However, if a team member does not have any tasks assigned to them, that person does not appear on the task board. By having all team members appear regardless of task assignment, assigning tasks is much easier than opening the work item and assigning.

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                      • Direct support for PowerShell in pre/post build events

                        Currently only cmd/batch files are supported. PowerShell is a great replacement available on every Windows box basically. Writing complex pre/post build scripts is way easier in PowerShell.

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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Filter out IP address range in Application Insights

                          Add the ability to exclude an IP range for request origins in Application Insights. We would like to exclude traffic coming from within our company and collect stats only from our customers.

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                            0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • While selecting files to add to VCPROJ, the list of the files in the selection dialog should be in different colours

                            While selecting files to add to VCPROJ, in the selection dialog,

                            Show file names in different colors with some criteria like

                            files that are already part of the project in one color
                            files that are not part of the project in one color

                            It makes the user developer easy to access.
                            And this helps the porting teams to clear the files that are unnecessary.

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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • MSVC team: Do the same stunt as what the .NET team has done with Roslyn and rewrite your compiler.

                              Use C++. Use an AST. Make a public API to use that AST, among other compiler capabilities. OPEN SOURCE IT!

                              - Rewrite because we feel that you can't do much with all the legacy cruft in your current codebase.
                              - Use C++ because current codebase is has lots of stuff written in C. *It's a C++ compiler after all.*
                              - Create public API. CaaS or something. Like Roslyn. Like clang, LLVM. Even GCC seems to up their efforts in this area. You don't even need to outsource C++ Intellisense to some other company!
                              - Open source because there's really no…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • "Bluetooth Low Energy" and Documents Flexibility

                                Please provide BLE scanning in peripheral mode, please update it, its already available in iPhone and Android, in windows phone 8.1, still its not available. We can scan and get MAC address without pairing device. Documents launching is also a typical process, sometimes .docx and .xlsx are not supporting.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support <LISTITEM value="[project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" /> in TFS work Item AssignedTo Field Allowed Values

                                  It is possible to currently customize work item template so that it filters AssignedTo field list of users to a given team (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Team1" />) or to a security group (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" />). But when you have multiple teams defined in a team project the only sensible way to filter is using <LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" /> because if a "[Project]\Team1" is used, in Team2 it is only possible to assign work items to members of Team1 (and that is not the desired outcome).

                                  I believe if there is a way for us to define" [Project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" in LISTITEM of the ALLOWEDVALUES of…

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                                  • Show Dependencies in Backlogs and on Kanban and Task Boards

                                    Teams need to visualize their dependencies in their backlogs and boards. These web access tools should follow predecessor/successor links in work items to display the dependent work items. This could be implemented many ways from showing the work items in a greyed/dim state to show it is a dependency, to providing a visual cue that a work item has dependencies and hover over the cue to see details of the dependencies.

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                                    • Use red icon for plus sign instead of green when showing source control newly added file in solution explorer

                                      By default, the green + sign is visually non-distinguishable with still locked files. But red check mark is visually distinguishable. I think a red + sign will be more visually distinguishable.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • End marker in query syntax to avoid the ugly parenthesis

                                        One of the things that I dislike about the query syntax is this:

                                        var xyz =
                                        (from a in b
                                        where a.c == 1
                                        select a.d).ToArray();

                                        What do you think about the idea of extending the C# query syntax a little so that the following was possible?

                                        var xyz =
                                        from a in b
                                        where a.c == 1
                                        select a.d
                                        end.ToArray(); or perhaps even $.ToArray();

                                        The syntax could even allow multiple 'end' markers to be chained:

                                        var xyz =
                                        from a in b
                                        where a.c == 1
                                        select a.d
                                        $.Distinct()
                                        $.ToArray()

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Compare With Previous Version Shortcut

                                          Mostly compare function is used to compare with previous checked in version, but to do this, user has to open version history and select the most top two version and click compare at context menu.

                                          Whereas if there is a option in context menu like "Compare With Previous Version", it could compare automatically with previous checked-in version if exists.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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