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  1. Support structs in the VS2013 Debugger Return Value feature

    The new "Return Value" feature in the VS2013 Debugger is awesome, but the limitation where it does not support structs is very problematic - there are a lot of important value types within the .NET framework itself (DateTime and TimeSpan, for instance) that I would really like to be able to see in the Autos window after stepping over a line.

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      1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • A cheaper license that allows Team Room access

      I am using VS Online Basic for free. I want to use team room, but its very expensive to pay 60 dollars * 4 members, just to use team rooms.

      We need some alternative

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      • Provide commenting support in .skin files

        Currently, when editing .skin files in Visual Studio, the comment/uncomment icons in the toolbar are greyed out. In addition, if you include server-side comments in your code, then the Theme attribute in Page Directives do not recognize the Themes because of the comments in the .skin files. Therefore, please add support for commenting in .skin files so that the code can be more easily maintained and increases readability.

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Possibility to trigger AI availability tests manually

          Availability tests should also be possible to trigger manually, as this would be common requirement for operations and support teams.
          Business case:
          1. Deploy any fix
          2. Immediately trigger predefined tests from AI without need to launch VS, as operations usually doesn't have VS knowledge

          4 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Security Administration from the HTML Client, as well as self-managed password change

            Please provide the ability to manage users and roles from within the HTML Client, eliminating the Silverlight client, so LS applications could be 100% mobile and web. Also the ability to the user to change its own password, and reset to a new one if forgotten.

            3 votes
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              0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Respect class hierarchy when creating class diagrams.

              When creating class diagrams inside a folder, please respect the folder hierarchy (that the classes generated by class diagram should be inside the containing folder only along with the proper namespace as we get when we add a new class).

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                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Embed console applications on VS IDE

                When debugging a console app, VS opens a console window. This breaks the workflow as the console always pops in the most inconvenient place and switching windows back and forth can become really annoying.

                Other IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) include a built in console window embedded in the IDE itself (it prints STDOUT, STDERR and reads STDIN). This is really helpful as you can see the output of the program and the debugger+code+breakpoints+data at the same time and on the same window.

                It would be nice to have a built-in console on VS for console applications. Especially if it is searchable…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

                  If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

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                  • Add PHP to Visual Studio

                    Even dough PHP is not a Microsoft Language, The IDE could be working for it and generating Microsoft an Income.

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                      1 comment  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve testsettings editing dialog so it runs decently and doesn't hang

                      When I edit a test settings file (for builds or using with Code UI/Selenium tests), Visual Studio is very slow and I get the loading screen a lot. It's easier to change the file in a text editor.

                      Also when I use the manage Test controllers under Roles (we use VM Ware to manage our test agents) and close the dialog after making a change, it often crashes Visual Studio.

                      As a user of Visual Studio, I would like this feature to not be a pain to use.

                      Thanks!

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                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Compile-time attributes

                        It would be great if there was an interface for attributes which would serve for notifying a user about the used classes / methods like obsolete attribute.

                        When using obsolete attribute a specific warning message can be shown. However, there is no general interface for attributes that could generate warning messages.

                        It would be useful to have: ExperminetalAttribute for experimental classes / methods or other user-made ones.
                        The support for this could be done by implementing specific attribute interface.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Is it possible to add dynamic date and time when ever taking backup of folders/files or database.

                          I need to give the backup folder name as Backupfolder_20140513_1223 so that I can keep date and time

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make the WPF WebBrowser control more customizable by making the virtual method CreateActiveXSite accessable

                            WPF contains a WebBrowser class which is a nice wrapper for the native ActiveX control. For customization of the browser an ActiveXSite object is assigned to the browser control. The interface IDocHostUIHandler for example, is used in the internal WPF class WebBrowserSite.

                            The browser control also allows customization using other interfaces, IServiceProvider for example. The classes and methods required to inject these customizations are 'internal' to PresentationFramework assembly. Therefore it is not possible for others to customize the browser control.

                            The WebBrowser control class of Windows Forms is a good example of how it should be. That class has a…

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                              1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • More support for WPF Automation with Coded UI

                              Coded UI doesn't support WPF that well, I was disappointed and surprised microsoft isn't focusing on making coded ui work well with WPF,I had to use Windows Automation API for half the controls in the application I'm automating, Coded ui is developed on top of windows Automation API and its surprising Microsoft doesn't think there are people who still use windows based applications

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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open source TFS Chat Room functionality

                                While I love the chat functionality in TFS, there are various features that would be awesome to have (code syntax highlighting, popup notifications, Lync integration, etc.) While I could theoretically post a suggestion for each feature, the odds of it being implemented anytime soon are slim (as I'm sure your development team is busy implementing other TFS features.)

                                What would be awesome is if the TFS Team Chat functionality was released as an open source project, so other developers can add enhancements.

                                As a stop-gap, I've started a Github project for a Chrome plugin that implements code syntax highlighting, desktop…

                                6 votes
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                                • Add Control+D to duplicate line.

                                  As a developer,
                                  I would like to use Ctrl+D to duplicate a line,
                                  So I don't have to highlight the text followed by Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V. This will devTime.

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Universal Providers: Add schema and/or table name prefix configuration.

                                    The universal providers do not include a namespace style prefix to them which results in conflicts where the tables are in the same database as the application (prevents cross database joins).

                                    Having the ability to specify a schema, which also enables schema level security, and/or to specify a table prefix will help avoid naming collisions.

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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide webform engines templates for MVC3 projects in Visual Studio 2013

                                      I currently work on a project written in MVC3 (originally MVC2) which uses the WebForms view engine.

                                      We recently moved from VS2012 to VS2013 and now when I want to add a new item, select Visual C# >> Web >> MVC from tree all the view/partial templates offered to me are MVC 5 xxxxxx (Razor). Seems the only way around this is to close solution, reopen it in *VS2012* add my new view/partial save and the close and reopen in VS 2013 - WTH!!

                                      This is just plain ridiculous! There are some nice changes in VS2013 that I find useful…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • integrate zoomable canvas and nodeXL into the shell

                                        integrate zoomable canvas and nodeXL into the shell combining the on-chip graphic engine and gpu for graph traversal , virtualization , and hit testing . Hardware accelerated graph processing to enable the UI to be expanded in virtual space , and extended to include semantics enabling knowledge organization and retrieval instead of file structures and text searches .

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Attach source code for hlsl debugging in VS graphics debugging.

                                          In VS 2013 when I start debugging shaders, graphics diagnostics can't find the shader source. Why ? I can find it ! Surely you can attach the source to the debugger automatically or provide a way to manually select the source hlsl.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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