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  1. Separate Config Transforms from configuration

    Config Transforms not only need the ability to work on any Config file in any project, there needs to be an option to always do the transforms not just tied to Configuration (Debug/Release/etc).

    See CodeAssassin.ConfigTransform. It does transform on every build/publish to a new file: web.debug.config.transformed and web.release.config.transformed, etc.

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      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Kill the UI Experts @ Microsoft that thinking more clicks for the same operation is a good idea. Pending Changes Source Control Window SUCK

      Pretty much every software developer on the planet that uses Visual Studio is use to the pending changes window in VS2010 and now in VS2012 that entire interface has changed, takes more clicks and more mouse moves to do the same thing. I'm a UI Expert. Are we really that bored as humanity that we need to make the same thing more complicated? I thought the entire point of technology was to make our lives easier. Like Windows 8 and the dumbing down of access to information, VS2012 is a perfect example of where UI designers need to do something…

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        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Range checking in debug mode (for valarrays)

        All array types (normal arrays, vectors, valarrays, etc.) should be automatically range checked in debug mode. Your documentation suggests they are, but at valarrays are not.

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        • Awful multi-language support in resx files in C# WinForm apps when refactoring/renaming

          Imagine this situation:
          I created a WinForm app in C# with a form named "CodePrinterClient".
          There's a button named "buttonStartStop" on "CodePrinterClient".
          Then I enabled the "Localizable" option for "CodePrinterClient" and I localized CodePrinterClient into zh-CN and en-US.
          Currently, the "Language" option for "CodePrinterClient" is "zh-CN" and I renamed the button to buttonStart.
          Then all codes with "buttonStartStop" were refactored into "buttonStart" and all "buttonStartStop"s inside "CodePrinterClient.zh-CN.resx" were renamed, too.
          However, when I edited the UI of "CodePrinterClient" in en-US or (default), the button "buttonStart" had no Text attribute, because no "buttonStartStop" items wererenamed into "buttonStart" in other languages' resx…

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            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add the SharePoint based Dashboards to Team Web Access

            Instead of having to open yet another console (SharePoint) it would be useful/efficient if all reporting/dashboard information could all be displayed/managed in Team Web Access similar to Jira.

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              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Scrum Workflow should not hide hierarchically defined Product Backlog Items

              "By Design" in TFS2012 Update 1 only leaf node PBIs are shown in all Scrum Workflow views other than the Product Backlog.

              However this behaviour causes PBIs to become "lost", if a non-leaf PBI is committed to a release it simply disappears from all views in the workflow except manually defined workitem queries.

              Moreover the "Create Backlog Query" option is now inconsistent with the view since the resulting query does still include the hidden non-leaf PBIs.

              I believe the most generally useful behaviour would be to not hide the non-leaf PBIs and have the views work with hierarchical PBIs as…

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                4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • VisualStateManager Storyboard TargetName should be checked

                I think one of the most common failures of Windows Store apps certification is crash related to snap view. It is often caused by removing or renaming of XAML elements, which still preservs in the VisualStateManager.

                For example this causes a runtime crash when backButton element does not exists:
                <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>

                <!-- Visual states reflect the application's view state -->
                <VisualStateGroup x:Name="ApplicationViewStates">
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenLandscape"/>
                <VisualState x:Name="Filled"/>

                <!-- The entire page respects the narrower 100-pixel margin convention for portrait -->
                <VisualState x:Name="FullScreenPortrait">
                <Storyboard>
                <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="backButton" Storyboard.TargetProperty="Style">
                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="{StaticResource PortraitBackButtonStyle}"/>
                </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
                </VisualState>

                <!-- The back button and title have different styles…

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                  0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support multiple websites in a single web role within an Azure Cloud Service Project

                  Currently, Azure Cloud Service Projects only support associating 1 website with 1 web role. (More are possible through XML configs, but difficult and buggy) Often is the case where we want to have multiple websites deployed on a single web role with full deployment support for each.

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                    0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • VS2012 should not become unresponsive when TFS is offline

                    As I write this TFS azure is experiencing issues. I have started VS2012 in offline mode to work around this outage.

                    However, VS2012 remains unresponsive, bringing my entire development effort to a standstill.

                    VS2012 should be able to handle outages much more gracefully than this.

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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow humans to differentiate between files and folders in VS2012

                      The icons in the Solution Explorer has a very important purpose and function. And I'm (along with half of the world, it seems) not very pleased to see that this UX functionality was abandoned during this recent redesign.

                      The ability to differentiate files from folders.

                      This is the most important information that those icons has to provide the user with. By far. And there are three facts that prevents the "Hey, I'm a folder"-information from getting to the user:
                      1) The icon shape does not look like a classic folder (although an esoteric, modern one)
                      2) The icon is black…

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                        3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • WCF Data services currently does not support datatimes like Time, Timespan, etc. Maby it should.

                        WCF Data services currently does not support datatimes like Time, Timespan, etc. Maby it should. Or at least some way to convert on the fly.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Move file operations to a separate thread and not VS-UI thread.

                          Visual Studio should make the programmer efficient whenever possible. VS file operations including but not limited to "save" and "open" occur in the VS-UI thread which causes the VS-UI thread to hang/wait while file operation and file parsing completes. This is especially noticeable when VS file operation occurs over a WAN. VS file operations should be moved to their own thread separate from VS-UI thread allowing VS-UI to perform other tasks while file operation(s) complete including but not limited to allowing the VS-UI user to edit other open files/tabs.

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                            0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support Duplex WCF Client

                            To allow one of the below: (this is for .NET Framework on Windows Phone 8)

                            1) Expose following constructor (as protected)
                            ClientBase(IInstanceContext callbackInstance)

                            ... such that it would be possible to extend ClientBase to support Duplex scenario.

                            2) OR... migrated existing implementation of PollingDuplexHttpBinding in System.ServiceModel.PollingDuplex.dll

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                            • Web Access Product Backlog should allow drag-and-drop to team (area path)

                              In TFS Web Access, on the Product Backlog, it would be nice if you could drag-and-drop to a team (area path), like you can with an iteration. In multi-team projects, teams have to drag the item to an iteration, and then open the item to assign a team (area path).

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • A program for Calculator uses 1 button and a program for Data Levels Chance Programming to force starting by first branch

                                I send Execution file of project includes the two programs.

                                About Calculator Program: Start debug then click on Calculator button then input First Number like 3 then OK then input Second Number like 2 then OK then input Operation like + then OK then show result sure it will be 5
                                This Program has 5 operations are: "+", "-", "*", "/" and "^",

                                About Data Levels Chance Programming program: you must start by branch_id=1,after first branch records finish you must continue by a fixed pattern of branch_id(2 then 3 then 4 .........etc),Price&Quantity of product must <>0, branch_id=INT(branch_id).
                                Best Regards
                                Ahmed…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                                  Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                                  The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                                  For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                                  The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

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                                  • A program for Calculator uses 1 button and a program for Data Levels Chance Programming to force starting by first branch

                                    About Calculator Program i sent in my prior suggestion
                                    it has 5 Operations are:
                                    "+", "-", "*", "/" and "^"

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Have 'Team Work' for the Team Explorer

                                      I supervise a small group. So instead of having a meeting so that they can tell me what TFS tasks they are working on every day, it would be nice to be able to select different project members and see what tasks they have in their 'In Progress Work'. I would rather hold meetings that discuss 'what's next', and give the team members who are mature enough the freedom from micro-managing. But some need hand-holding and I need to monitor their progress and make sure they are keeping on track. Adding a task to the 'In progress work' doesn't seem…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • C# automaticaly cast synchronous lambdas to asynchronous

                                        automatic cast from
                                        Func<..., T> to Func<..., Task<T>>,
                                        Action<...> -> Func<..., Task>

                                        example:

                                        Foo(Func<Task<bool>> action)
                                        {
                                        ...
                                        if( await action() ) { ... }
                                        }

                                        change
                                        Foo(async () => true);
                                        to
                                        Foo(()=>true);

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • A program for Calculator uses 1 button and a program for Data Levels Chance Programming to force starting by first branch

                                          I send Execution file of project includes the two programs.

                                          About Calculator Program: Start debug then click on Calculator button then input First Number like 3 then OK then input Second Number like 2 then OK then input Operation like + then OK then show result sure it will be 5 .

                                          About Data Levels Chance Programming program: you must start by branch_id=1,after first branch records finish you must continue by a fixed pattern of branch_id(2 then 3 then 4 .........etc),Price&Quantity of product must <>0, branch_id=INT(branch_id).
                                          Best Regards
                                          Ahmed Abdelrazek

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