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  1. Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

    The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

    Please keep the server updated.

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      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • New syntax to map interface members to the base class

      Explicit interface implementation in VB makes the code much better readable and maintainable than C# code with its implicit (i.e. hidden/secret) interface implementation.
      It is one of the main advantages of VB over C#.

      However there is one drawback: If a class implements an interface, all interface members have to be implemented directly in that class.
      There is no way in VB to map an interface member to a member of the implementing classe's base class.

      In C# this works implicitly without any extra code. In VB, of course, we want to maintain an explicit way to achieve it.
      A…

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        1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow build summary to display code coverage percentage based on lines of code

        When code coverage is run as part of a build the percentage displayed in the build summary is calculated based on the number of blocks covered. We would like to be able to configure this to calculate the percentage based on lines of code covered - as we fail the build based on lines of codes covered.

        We have to stick with lines of code rather than code blocks for compatibility with other tools we use.

        31 votes
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        • Support markdown as an alternative to html for workitems

          Markdown is now widely adopted and that would be a more fluid experience when writing workitems.

          Having to select text and click on a toolbar to do basic formatting such as bullet points is not really efficient.

          Github like support would allow code snippet in Tasks which might prove to be helpful.

          28 votes
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          • Make Smart Unit Tests available to Visual Studio Premium

            In Visual Studio 2015 Smart unit tests are a fantastic idea!
            Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

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              3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide official logos for the .NET languages

              We need something to stick on our laptops.

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                5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hey Niklas,

                Cool suggestion. We actually do have, or at least had, logos for the .NET languages and stickers bearing them. I have one for VB on one of my laptops and one of each for VB, C#, and F# on another. We used to give these out at conferences and events, I’m not sure if we ran out. At times we’ve also had T-shirts and mugs. Everyone’s always asking us where they can get them. We really should put up a storefront somewhere so that all our fans can show their love. I’ll get on that and let you know what we come up with.

                Regards,

                Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic, C#, and F# Languages Team

              • Support for collectible assemblies

                Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
                Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

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                  13 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Integrate NTVS into Visual Studio and/or put more resources into NTVS

                  NTVS is an indispensable part of modern JavaScript development work. At the moment updates to NTVS are few are far between.

                  I would like NTVS to receive the same kind of attention as ASP.net - if not more.

                  28 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - Node.js  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Trigger Rollback activity when a Release is Rejected (somehow) by the user/approver

                    Nowadays, the Rollback activity in the Release Template is triggered only if one of the previous activities fail (returning a non-0 status code).

                    It would be great to be able to trigger a Rollback activity if the release is Rejected by some of the Approvers.

                    By now, when it happens, we need to trigger a new Release manually to rollback the application to the previous version. It takes a hard work because we need to find the latest valid (and released) build, etc.

                    103 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Open many solution in one IDE

                      One solution per window - horrible!
                      Or do this optional in settings.
                      Normal like in Netbeans.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add trend chart support for tag-based queries

                        Trend charts are really useful to track progress against backlogs and bug counts on the home page. It would be great to extend this functionality so trend charts could be built based on tagged work items, for instance to show an overall trend of technical debt stories in a product. Currently when this is attempted the chart pane contains the error message: "Work item trend charts do not support queries conditional on Tag state"

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                        • Modify CultureData to support PersianCalendar

                          Currently, the windows OS does not return the correct Calendar for "fa-IR" culture, so anytime you create a new CultureInfo instance you end up with a wrong calendar!
                          I couldn't help but notice in the .net reference source there's also a similar issue with the "zh-TW" culture which you have managed to fix when you make reference to CalendarIds property, as you can see here:
                          http://referencesource.microsoft.com/#mscorlib/system/globalization/culturedata.cs,93714edd02838809

                          As mentioned above there's a line of code in culturedata.cs class which fixes ""zh-TW"" culture with Calendar.CAL_TAIWAN
                          I suggest you do the same with PersianCalendar (which is a built-in type within .net framework)
                          I…

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                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Additional PSRemoting options and package download via HTTP(S)

                            Could you please provide a way to specify the Enter-PSSession options -ConfigurationName, -Port, -Authentication and -CertificateThumbprint, next to the ones that are already available when deploying a component (such as UseCredSSP, SkipCaCheck, etc.)?
                            Especially -ConfigurationName would be welcome, since it would allow admins to create a dedicated PSSessionConfiguration that can be secured appropriately.

                            Also, could you please provide a more firewall-friendly option than file shares to download the deployment package from? Perhaps something like HTTP(s) or SFTP/FTPS downloads.

                            Both features would help in using Release Management in Test/Acceptance/Production environments that are separated from eachother through firewall and/or network routing rules…

                            31 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Rename Visual Basic to B# and Support B# With Absolute Parity

                              Dotnet 2015 made it clear: VB.NET developers need to switch to C# or be left behind. Very sad.

                              VB syntax is friendlier, easier to read and code and maintain. Yet Microsoft is killing off this superior language bowing to pressure from myopic C# developers and Mono.

                              4 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Moving of task to different Teams and Sprints

                                We have got many teams working on backlog in different sprints, and the work will be split across.

                                User Story "XYZ" has got 2 task, and it is in Team A (Area Path or Scrum Team) and Sprint 1. Now if I move to say Team B which has got Sprint 3.
                                The User Story along with task moved should show up in Task Board of Team B's Sprint 3 .
                                Currently TFS 2015 shows User Story along with Task moved between Sprints of the same team, but if it different team shows as un-parented item.

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                                • Allow SuppressMessageAttribute to work types within a namespace

                                  Right now the SuppressMessageAttribute only suppresses diagnostics against a namespace, but not the types within it.
                                  So this:
                                  [assembly: System.Diagnostics.CodeAnalysis.SuppressMessage("Style", "CC0061", Scope = "namespace", Target = "CodeCracker.Test.Design", Justification = "No need for tests to have async sufix.")]

                                  Would not work against types inside the "CodeCracker.Test.Design" namespace, but only if the diagnostic was on the namespace itself.
                                  To be able to do that, we need to add a SuppressMessageAttribute to each type individually, what is error prone, ugly and demands a lot of attention.
                                  There needs to be a way to allow for the suppression of diagnostics agains all types within…

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                                    2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add configuration variables to Release Template

                                    Configuration Variables are nice! But it would have been great to have those in the Release Template "scope"

                                    I'd like to define a configuration variable like "LogDirectory" where all my components would inherit instead of settings one variable within all the components of the release template.

                                    Needing a different value within all Release Templates, global and server variables are not usefull in this case.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create first-class HTML5 UI framework for VS Cordova

                                      There are numerous UI frameworks out there that integrate with Cordova/PhoneGap mobile apps, however, the great majority of them are tailored toward iOS and Android apps. WP/.NET developers do not feel welcome while using these frameworks. I'd like Microsoft to create a UI framework that targets iOS, Android, and WP platforms so .NET developers may create Cordova apps comfortably. At the moment, I'm not sure how WinJS solves this problem. I hope to see UI controls that don't feel like Metro-style widgets but more like WPF/Silverlight controls.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bring also Bower, Grunt love to Apache Cordova Apps

                                        As in aspnet 5 web projects, it would be nice to have bower, grunt, npm working inside the apache cordova apps.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for the feedback. The support for Grunt and Gulp in the Task Runner Explorer is coming to Cordova apps in a future release of Visual Studio 2015.

                                          Mads Kristensen
                                          Program Manager
                                          Visual Studio Web Tools

                                        • File Scoped Namespaces

                                          Background

                                          .NET style guidelines recommend having at most one namespace per file. The current namespace syntax only allows block scope, resulting in every file typically having all of its contents (save using statements) wrapped in a namespace block. This leads to both vertical space being wasted (the curly braces used to delimit the block) and more importantly, horizontal space being wasted, with all of the important content indented by an extra tab (if style guidelines are being followed). The indentation from the namespace block conveys no useful information- it is just code bloat.

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                                          Allow a single namespace declaration per…

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