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  1. Avatars for cards on the task board

    Show team mamber avatars on cards on the task board. Avatars are powerful on a physical kanban board and this would allow quick visualisation of who is assigned to each work item and give users a better relationship with the info they can see.

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    • Allow all work items to share the same fields

      In my "Assigned to Me" query, the results consist of Stories, Tasks, Issues across multiple iterations/sprints. I use this query as a task list, and when I have issues, I can manage it using "Priority" field. However, when the iteration is mixed, the work items that don't have a priority field make it pointless to use priority.
      It would be nice to be able to use a single field across all work items to sort them in the order I intend to work on them.
      It would also be nice if Priority had more than 4 levels, but I can…

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      • Creating Queries - Token for Team

        There ought to be a token, like @Team, to limit the domain of workitems in a query to only those that fall within the area path (or its substitute) associated with it. I want to write one query to share with all my Teams. @Project limits to team project which is too big. @Team would be just right. TFS already knows what those Team criteria are because it uses that limit when showing backlogs. And there is a Team concept because I can create a Team Query. This would avoid a TON of duplication of work. We have 15 teams.

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        • Allow base class binding in Microsoft Fakes shims.

          As for now Microsoft Fakes allows to bind interfaces only. Binding of base classes will allow to easily mock up classes like System.IO.StreamReader, which have abstract base class.

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Intellisense for Tuples

            When defining Tuples, you can give types to parameters but cannot give any names to them. For example:

            public List<Tuple<
            string /*Description*/,
            double /*Amount*/>> Distributions { get; set; }

            When using this public property you can tell that it is a list of tuples of string+number but what are those? It would be nice if Intellisense could somehow give you a hint that the string type is "Description" and the int is "Amount".

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              1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • async associations

              Suppose we have code that uses .net assembly, let's name that .net assembly "FooLib".
              FooLib has classes which methods use synchronous calls for I/O opertations, but we have no FooLib source code, thus we can't modify FooLib classes methods to consume asynchronous API for I/O operations available in .Net Framework.
              I think we need a tool that will provide us opportunity to define associations for certain FooLib class methods which will mean that compiler will modify FooLib class methods and replace theirs I/O operation calls from synchronous to asynchronous, mark theirs methods with async keyword and embrace methods return type…

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Code Fixes visible in the code editor margin

                Visual Studio "14" CTP contains useful feature in the Code Editor that shows a light-bulb icon in the left margin of the editor when the editor notices your code could be improved. Although the code editor shows such places in code with a lighter font color, I think there could instead be a simple margin indicator, such as some yellow color in the scroll bar or margin at the positions where Code Fixes could be applied.

                These color indicators would help in quickly looking at places that might require code changes.

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                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow color coding of open file tabs in the editor

                  In large projects, one can have dozens of files open in the code editor. It would be useful to be able to color-code the tabs so that you could quickly link together files in your mind. This could be a simple way of flagging files into categories, just like you can do in Outlook for email messages. Maybe 5-6 different colors would be just enough. The color could be set By right-clicking the tab and selecting the color from the popup menu. The color would be saved as part of the session.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • A new class RegistryWatcher like FileSystemWatcher

                    Please create a new .NET class for registry changes like FileSystemWatcher.

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dynamic Modularization Framework

                      In the DevOps trend, Microsoft needs to bring a reference open modularization framework.

                      Some years ago COM based developement has been a step into that direction with language independence.

                      Since that time OSGi specification has been recognized and it is already strongly supported in the Java world meanwhile being
                      centralized and target only single programming language.

                      We need a framework to support distribution execution and programming language independence. Modern solutions which may be written in different programming languages need to be able to call each other transparently so that it can be applied in many different platforms and langagues.

                      This…

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                        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Port Visual Studio core to .NET and open source it

                        Each version of Visual Studio has moved towards being a native .NET apps. But today, the COM foundation in VS is still there.

                        The next logical next step would be to finish to port to core of Visual Studio including the VS Shell, open source it and package it as "IDE application" project types.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Named Token String Formatting

                          Currently when using `String.Format` to insert text in a string placeholders are defined by index; e.g.

                          string s = String.Format("{0} is the name of my pet {1}","Brian","Dog");

                          Instead it would be nice to have a mechanism to allow these placeholders to be named, such as:

                          string s = String.Format("{name} is the name of my pet {animal}",{"name","Brian"},{"animal","Dog"});

                          It seems to be a popular question on forums, suggesting there's demand:
                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/159017/named-string-formatting-in-c-sharp

                          33 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support code metric without Visual Studio on the server

                            It would be great if the Visual Studio Code Metric Powertools for 2013 can be used on a build server without Visual Studio.

                            15 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Increase the length of token names

                              The length of the token names in MRM is too short (50 characters) to facilitate the naming of tokens in a readable manner. Please increase the maximum length of this item.

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                                1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Anonymous type definition

                                Allow c# to define types in inline way. For example I have a web api action that returns a Dto. I have to define action as:

                                public class Dto
                                {
                                public int Key {get; set;}
                                public Group Value {get; set;}
                                }

                                action:
                                public Dto GetDto()
                                {
                                ...
                                }

                                I suggest to write action method as:

                                public {int Key; Group Value;} GetDto()
                                {
                                ...
                                return new {Key = key, Value = group};
                                }

                                Also C# can defer type from action method. So this code can be valid:

                                public anonymous GetDto()
                                {
                                ...
                                return new {Key = key, Value = group};
                                }

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                                  Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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                                    under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add option to prevent indentation of classes inside namespaces in C# code

                                    The option is there for C/C++ but not in C#. Please add it in C#

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                                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create an Anti-Null-Coalescing Operator

                                      To replace the common logic of:

                                      return x == null ? null : x.Property;

                                      have an operator to provide such logic.

                                      return x !?? x.Property;

                                      This is similar to the idea of a safe navigation operator (?.), only may be simper to implement.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow expressions directly in WPF data bindings

                                        Allow simple expressions in WPF data bindings like
                                        content = "{Binding MyData.Size / 2.5}"
                                        or
                                        Height = "{Binding SomeControl.Height + 100}"
                                        or
                                        content = "{Binding MyData.Prize * 1.25 + 5.00} + ' euro' "

                                        without the need for creating a converter.

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • PingReply: Include the RoundTripTime no matter the status

                                          When using the System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping class to ping an address, a PingReply object is returned. This object includes the round trip time of the ping request. However, the actual round trip time value is thrown out whenever status != IPStatus.Success.

                                          That may be OK when you are only interested in a typical ping response, but for anything more advanced, it becomes problematic.

                                          For example, if you were to reproduce a trace route, all the intermediate hops return a PingReply with status == IPStatus.TtlExpired, and due to the non-success status, the round trip time is always set to zero.

                                          The underlying COM…

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