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  1. Allow acceptance testers to access TFS test hub

    We find it a little overkill to require UAT testers to have a VS Test Pro with MSDN subscription simply to be able to record the steps and findings of their tests.

    It would be a good and useful idea to create an exception for UAT testers to be allowed access to the test section of TWA to create test scripts and record their results. At the very least, they should have access to be able to record results against a test script that was created by an MSDN subscriber.

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    • Support CDATA sections in XML DOC.

      It ought to be easy to support CDATA sections in the XML doc since System.Xml already supports it. This will greatly improve readability e.g. in <code> or <example> elements.

      Say my code involves "if (x && y && z)" or "x < y" and so on. Today I am forced to encode this using (normally best-practice) entity references. If I could use

      <code><CDATA[[if (x && y)]]></code>

      this would be much easier to read (especially when there's a bit more code than in my example).

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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add 3D transform matrix (Silverlight or CSS 5 Like)

        The idea would be to be able to apply simple 3D transforms matrix on any FrameworkElement. This would drastically increase the design possibilities of WPF, and make some sceneries much easier (such as "tilting" a Framework element being pressed)

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          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Create a project type where the build action does nothing (by default)

          I would like to be able to create a Visual Studio project who's build action is to copy to a given directory.

          The reason why this would be useful for the following scenarios:

          1) You are building a project does not have a compilable build step (ie. the project is just a bunch of files, like an html only website)

          2) You want total control over what the build action does

          The default behavior of this project would be to copy all content to the given output directory.

          My current use-case is I have a project that contains custom deployment…

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            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • keyword "checked" should can be not use the return value

            While I'm doing with the db pager, I found I should check the page index and page size which is user input.
            So I write these codes.

            public static void CheckPagerParameter(int pageIndex,int pageSize)
            {
            try
            {
            checked(pageIndex*pageSize);
            }
            catch(OverflowException exception)
            {
            throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException("index and size are too bigger",exception);
            }
            }

            But it can not compiler finish until I change "checked(pageIndex*pageSize)" to "int forCheck=checked(pageIndex*pageSize)".
            Why we must use the return value?
            Sometimes, we really do not care the return value from checked keyword.

            Please change this.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create a CXamlView / CXamlFrameWnd for MFC

              With CXamlView we should be able to write XAML and embed it into our document/view architecture. Instead of event routing, the view could send WM_COMMAND messages or something like that. CXamlView would only apply to a view, and could be mixed with any other view in the CFrameWnd.

              On the other hand, CXamlFrameWnd would be a class which also loads an XAML; however it should be able to draw the entire window (for instance, the non-client portion of the Window).

              Finally, both classes should simply incorporate WPF under the hood: no dependencies on .NET or other framework except for MFC/ATL/Win32…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide a Visual Studio Express for ARM based tablets like Surface RT

                I was the proud owner of a Microsoft Surface RT and many times I had an Idea I had to first write it down and test it at home when I had my Surface RT with me in the train or in the plane.

                I think there is a big thing missing in the whole RT tablets Idea and that is an IDE to allow developers to develop application for their beloved tablet or phone.

                Let's have a Visual Studio Express version that can be deployed on Surface RT and the like and it can be restricted to developing Universal…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Analyze Item menu should offer an option to change the colors of Maintanibility Index range default values

                  An architecte or a Manager should be able to change the default values for ranges for color signification in Code metrics for the maintanability index values (it should be customizable), for example : 0-15 = low , 15-30 = moderate , > 30 maintenable instead of 1 hard-coded values as currently available in VS
                  A yellow is between 10 and 19 indicating that the code is moderately maintainable. A red rating is between 0 and 9 indicating low maintainability

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                    0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Solution Explorer should include file copy paste functionality to File Explorer.

                    Solution Explorer should include file copy paste functionality to File Explorer. This enables users to export files quickly in alternative sorted outputs. Such as, case requirements for educational courses that are not granted Team Foundation services for their students.

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                      0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Solution Explorer should include file copy paste functionality to File Explorer.

                      Solution Explorer should include file copy paste functionality to File Explorer. This enables users to export files quickly in alternative sorted outputs. Such as, case requirements for educational courses that are not granted Team Foundation services for their students.

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                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Separate the "get latest" and "checkout for edit" in the context menus

                        Having the "checkout for edit" right beneath the "get latest" context menu item tends to lead to accidental clicking on it when trying to click "get latest", especially when working on VS through an RDC where there can be latency. This can be painful when VS starts marking the entire solution contents as checked out for edit.

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                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Custom UI controls for custom applications that interact with TFS

                          Based on a discussion on the ALM Champs list and ALM Rangers Forums:

                          I’d love control(s) that:
                          - Allows me to pick files and/or folders from TFVC and/or Git
                          - Allows me to configure and save a ACL for an object of my choosing (akin to the Team Administrator ACL)
                          - Allows me to select a Build (output)
                          - Allows me to select tests to run (akin to the automation… window)
                          - Allows me to pick one or more area’s/iterations
                          - Allows me to pick one or more teams
                          - Check-in UI
                          - etc

                          These would allow others to easily…

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                            0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Increase default width for "ID" column or make it automatically adjustable in LINK controls

                            In TFS link controls, it is very annoying to constantly have to re-size columns every time a window is opened in TFS (as their width is not saved before closing window).
                            While I believe it may be hard to fix this issue globally for all columns, my proposal is to fix it at least for one particular case - "ID" column for linked work items (bugs, tasks, user stories, etc.).
                            I see two ways for this:
                            - adjust automatically the width of "ID" column to be able to see work item ID at once the form is opened
                            - increase…

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                            • Extend regex syntax to support verbatim string chunks

                              Let's say someone tries to find all public properties, with stub implementation returning null. Regex would look something like this:
                              "public\ [a-zA-Z]+\ [a-zA-Z]+\ \{\ \{\ return\ null\;\ \}\ \}"
                              I suggest to support something like
                              "public\ [a-zA-Z]+\ [a-zA-Z]+'''({ { return null; } })", where '''() would indicate that every symbol inside () should be interpreted as is, e.g. like in C# verbatim strings.

                              Also, I would add some symbol to separate regex string pieces visually.

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow sloppier code duplication

                                In VS 2008 the editor would allow right-button drags of selected text - the context menu on button release showed move or copy options.

                                This made it convenient to duplicate multiple lines with sloppy selection by selecting from the end of the *previous* line to the last character in the selection - something I do frequently...

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                                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a 'List functions / methods in file' panel for C++

                                  Add a 'List functions / methods in file' panel for C++ (similar to 'VA Outline' from Visual Assist: http://docs.wholetomato.com/default.asp?W187)

                                  Other simpler editors, like Notepad++, already have this functionality in a while.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add IIS logs Application Insights

                                    Allow App Insights to capture the IIS logs from the webservers. This would be very helpful when debugging on prem servers.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide Support for SMTPS (SMTP over SSL)

                                      The SmtpClient class does not support SMTPS. This issue is affecting us and were are having to use the deprecated System.Web.Mail.MailMessage class its "Fields" property which uses CDO Fields to make SMTPS work (I am referring to this property:
                                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.mail.mailmessage.fields(v=vs.110).aspx)

                                      If you look at the documentation for SmtpClient.EnableSsl property (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.mail.smtpclient.enablessl(v=vs.110).aspx) you will see that SMTPS is explicitly not supported: "This connection method is sometimes called SMTP/SSL, SMTP over SSL, or SMTPS and by default uses port 465. This alternate connection method using SSL is not currently supported."

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Unary operators -- and ++

                                        i++ / i--
                                        ++i / --i

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow for a way to define a "default view" for a work item query.

                                          My team sends out a link to a “Features” work item query, which is our priority list now for our business stakeholders to consume. The issue is that every user can customize the view, and the default columns are not very helpful for business folks. We’d like to set up the default view to be more helpful, so business folks don’t have to edit the columns they want to appear.

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