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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

      Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

      Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

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        5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

        It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

        Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

        Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

        11 votes
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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Static Interfaces

          I've been thinking about static interfaces, and I think they would be really useful for software which uses reflection to identify and assemble components. Currently I find myself having to design around this limitation with unnecessary factories or by enforcing conditions at runtime (like checking for methods and throwing exceptions if they aren't present).
          It would be great if the following was possible:

          foreach (var type in Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetTypes().Where(t => t is IStaticInterfaceType))
          (type as IStaticInterfaceType).StaticMethod();
          This could be used for singleton patterns, initialization methods, registration methods, constructor contracts, or any number of other things.

          I don't know how much overhead…

          24 votes
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            2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Compliable strings

            If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
            System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

            In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

            Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

            271 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Lightswitch OData connection URI to be changed dynamically at runtime

              The following suggestion is a popular one and thankfully the LS Team provided support for changing database connection strings at runtime.

              http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4406782-allow-lightswitch-data-source-connection-string-to

              _InitializingConnection is a great improvement, but as Xander's suggestion states, we need the same for OData...the new_SendingRequest method doesn't allow changing the RequestURI.

              Please also expose _BuildingRequest method so we can dynamically change Odata connection at runtime.

              The scenarios are all the same as the above mentioned suggestion, and several other duplicate suggestions exist.

              It would be great if votes could be combined or moved to this one.

              29 votes
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                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

                -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

                We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

                In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

                12 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

                  Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
                  Which field to display on the card
                  Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
                  Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
                  Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

                  And also usability features:
                  - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
                  - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
                  - Ability…

                  85 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • User Voice: Let the the USERS decide when a suggestion is "completed"!

                    Several of the features that I care about and have voted on have been marked as "completed" on user voice -- but they're clearly not, a good example of this is:

                    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2654486-vs11-bring-back-the-old-pending-changes-window

                    But there have been many others -- and you can see in the comments for such items that many users completely disagree that the action taken qualifies as "completing" the solution to the initial problem.

                    Let us vote on the response as to whether it's satisfactory or not (or even Like/Dislike) -- if a response gets enough negative votes (say, more than 50%?), the User Voice team team…

                    11 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide the ability for project templates that load NuGet packages to Update to Latest at the time of project creation

                      This idea came out of a Mobile Services discussion - because of differing cadences, the project templates that load with VS projects are significantly out of date by the time the VS update that includes them is released. As a result, the project creation process involves first loading the NuGet packages referenced by the project and, then immediately waiting a similar amount of time while updating those very same NuGet packages to the latest versions (in the case of Zumo, they were as much as 3 revs & 3 months out of date with VS2013U3.)

                      This is certainly not assumed…

                      5 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Generate tiles and splashscreen in multiple scales in Blend

                        #Design mockup attached to this idea

                        Creating all the visual assets for a new app is today a quite heavy process usually done in programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.
                        What could be really awesome was if Blend could support a small tool where it would be easy to generate visual assets such as tiles and splashscreens for different kind of apps.

                        If Blend could support vector graphics such as AI files, and place them intelligently inside some guidelines for icons, and generate all the scaled assets, and even scale the resize the icon inside depending on the…

                        16 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow to save tests runs and restore crashed ones - Visual Studio Test Explorer

                          Save the last run in a temporary location and been able to loaded at any time. Been working with Visual Studio Test 2010 and this always been a problem, now with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 I'm getting random crashes at the middle of my work, is becoming annoying and a wastes of time, every-time Visual Studio crashes or become unresponsive I have to rerun the whole regression ( > 1000 test, ~2 hours to complete)

                          24 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Global variables at release management

                            At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

                            206 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                              Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                              MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                              For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                              3,037 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Automatically break on NullReferenceException and other core exceptions.

                                It would be nice to be able to debug/inspect the moment these errors happen, instead of having to reproduce the circumstances where the error occurred again, and with carefully placed breakpoints installed etc.

                                6 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    30 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio Online - expand the Basic license with Tests

                                    Expand the Basic license with a part of the Testhub...
                                    We have a test team and one test leader. The test team run only manually tests, like excel spreed and mark the tests passed or not, and report bugs.
                                    The test leader creates and writes the test specifications.
                                    Create and write test cases should be in the Advanced license (existing feature).
                                    But running manually tests and create bugs should be in the Basic license as well. My suggestion is to expand the Basic license with running manually tests and create bugs when running these tests.

                                    12 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add "Start URL" to WebRole properties to launch a specific URL on F5

                                      It would be really helpful if you extend the "Startup action" of a WebRole with a "Start URL" parameter. The two options "Launch browser for HTTP endpoint" and "Launch browser for HTTPS endpoint" are not enough. If you do not know what I mean look at the project properties of a Web Application project unter "web > Start Action > Start URL". Take a look at my attached image.

                                      21 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                                        As I wrote on this post:

                                        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                                        would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

                                        14 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • change graph x axis from relative time to absolute time in the load test report

                                          The load testing tool is till not in part the others in the market. One basic feature is showing graph x axis time in absolute time rather than relative time.

                                          8 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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