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  1. Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

    My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop replacing absolute file paths in csproj with relative ones

      If I add a project reference or link to a file to compile then don't break the absolute path I manually put there with a relative one that breaks.

      If the IDE adds it as a relative link then I'm ok with that as long as it respects my change if I choose to update the link. Or make it an option when the IDE generates the path.

      VS2012. Please comment if it is fixed in vs 2013

      6 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Include Visal Basic on .NET Native

        Please do not forget Visual Basic when making .NET Native! C# being the most popular language on Windows Store doesn't mean we must be forgotten. :(

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ability to move the objects in the uimap.uitest from one parent control to other

          At the moment uimap.uitest doest not have the ability to move the control to a different parent , having this would be useful when the object hirerachy in the application is changed

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            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 30 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Forms Authentication for Team Foundation Server

              One of the major difficulties of deploying Team Foundation Server to a workgroup installation is that TFS is dependent on Active Directory domain user accounts to work. Therefore, TFS cannot be deployed in a distributed workgroup environment because of this dependency. However, alternative source control providers such as Sourcegear Vault do not have such limitations and therefore can support Forms Authentication for authorizing users to access source control. Team Foundation Server should adopt a similar model to support Forms Authentication be able to support more distributed deployments and decouple the dependency on Active Directory. This will enable much more Internet…

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              • Add and assembly attribute for the compiler to bypass null reference exception.

                Like in Objective C, when you access a method or property from null, nothing happens, instead of raising an exception.

                Actual scenario:
                string temp = null;
                var type = temp.getType(); <- null reference exception is raised

                Proposed scenario:
                string temp = null;
                var type = temp.getType(); <- nothing happens, go to the next instruction, type variable will also be null

                In basic terms, null.something returns null instead of raising an exception.

                10 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • RegularExpression in SearchProperties

                  Hi!

                  I write an example which shows what i mean.
                  I would like to find a window which has got a title with dynamic content.
                  For example the next titles are the possible cases:
                  1. "AAAAAAAA This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end"
                  2. "BBBBBBBB This is a window title WSDWSDWSD and this is the end too"
                  3. "CCCCCCCC This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end or not"
                  4. "........ This is a window title ASDASDASD"

                  I would like to find the 2. title.
                  If i could use regex, i use the…

                  31 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make it possible to choose which .NET debugging engine to use when debugging from start external program

                    VS2012 and later versions of VS seems to choose the .NET 4.0/4.5 debugging engine by default when using "start external program" in project settings and running program by pressing F5.

                    When I am debugging older versions of the software (which uses .NET 3.5) VS is unable to debug since it uses the "wrong" engine (4.0/4.5).

                    I found an existing forum post on this subject:
                    http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/768651/visual-studio-does-not-attaches-debugger

                    This thread shows two possible workarounds:
                    1) Attach to process with correct debugger engine
                    2) Add exe-file as existing project (File -> Add -> Existing Project) in solution and override debugging engine in "project"(exe) properties.

                    15 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Ensure Compatibility

                      When you work on new technology ensure its compatibility with previous versions also. You can ensure compatibility for other platforms like JAVA, Oracle, Ruby, Python, etc, but why not for you .NET extensions, add-in, and others. Start working for these thing else .NET development will just be a history.

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                        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add saturated arithmetic intrinsics

                        Add the following specialized intrinsics for:

                        T = { signed char, unsigned char, char, ..., unsigned long long }

                        constexpr T sat_add<T>(T, T);
                        constexpr T sat_sub<T>(T, T);
                        constexpr T sat_mul<T>(T, T);

                        Add the following pseudo-casting operator for:

                        template<class To, class From>
                        constexpr sat_cast<To>(From rhs);

                        Where:

                        To = T from above
                        From = T from above + { float, double, long double }

                        All non-NaN values are saturated converted to the nearest int.
                        NaN is undefined.

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow template steps to be renamed

                          Once a workflow step is added to a Deployment Sequence, I should be able to rename it so I know what action is being performed.

                          For instance, if I drop a "Create Folder" step, I should then be able to rename it to "Create Website Folder"

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • settings and extentions and samples

                            with vs 2013 remembering your settings for multiple pc's it would be nice if it remembered your installed extensions and samples also. And gave you the option to select the ones you want to install. Example home pc and work pc I want my samples and extensions synced, so I don't have to remember which ones I want and use.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • TFS Express should allow specifying any SQL Server instance

                              Currently, TFS Express forces an installation of SQL Server Express. Even if the installation is a default instance of SQL Express, the TFS installation will not work.

                              Therefore, TFS Express should support any instance of SQL Server even if it is a default instance and it should support other editions of SQL Server including SQL Server Developer Edition.

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                              • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                                The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

                                169 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  • Add TryTakeAsync to BlockingCollection(Of T)

                                    There is no point to keep a thread waiting while it is blocked waiting for a TryTake of a BlockingCollection, so why not making a TryTakeAsync that will enable the thread to be used somewhere else while the collection blocks the thread?

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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Web Performance and Load Test - provide custom counter logging eg. SendMeasurement(<name>, <value>)

                                      Web Performance and Load Test - In coded test in a similar way to how transaction times are aggregated together across all virtual users and load generators, it should also be possible to log custom counters. For example using a function such as:

                                      SendMeasurment(<name>, <value>)

                                      <name>: name of counter we wish to increment.
                                      <value>: value by which we wish to increment counter

                                      This is provided in Webload and LoadRunner and the lack of which is hindering us widely utilising MSVS Ultmiate as a Load testing solution. The counters could be cumulative or refreshed every sampling interval. A couple of usage…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add TaskBar Preview Buttons for VS [Build, Stop ...] + Move Preview as Widget

                                        I would be a great adition for Visual Studio to add at TaskBar Preview Window for each instance some level of control like : Build, Rebuild, Stop, ReStart...

                                        And a super nice adition for Windows would be to be able to drag/drop the TaskBar Preview "Window" as a mini-widget to any place of the Screen and maybe pin it there.

                                        10z.

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a NuGet section into Add Reference dialog to show assemblies from installed packages

                                          Add a NuGet section into Add Reference dialog to show there assemblies from installed packages.
                                          When you retarget a PCL library usually you need to reinstall NuGet packages to reference correct assemblies. Or if the target PCL profile differ for you PCL library and for your app you need to manually add correct reference from NuGet package folder. So you need to browse for it which is very annoying!

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