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  1. Allow readonly modifier on local variables, not just properties.

    Readonly modifiers shouldn't be canned for just instance-level properties on a class. Readonly isn't always to explicitly prevent subsequent code from changing a value. I would argue readonly modifiers can significantly improve code comprehension and readability:

    Imagine the following code in a method definition, where prod_count would be a local:

    int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

    If the compiler would allow this:
    readonly int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

    All of a sudden, I know as a developer reading the code that I don't have to scan for prod_count getting reassigned to something...I can mentally write it off as, okay that's just…

    17 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Have a big button MTM Test Runner to Pass or Fail the current step and move to the next

      The reason for the big button is that when testing a windows store app or a touch enabled application, it would be easier to avoid putting the device down or switching to the keyboard. We have a touch screen monitor with MTM running and it is great to be able to touch the device to perform the test and then simply touch the monitor to say that the test has passed or failed. Problem is, that the button to pass or fail is too small for touch.
      Also an auto drill down into shared steps would be good, that is…

      22 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

        For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

        This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

        17 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

          As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
          This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

          One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

          Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

          59 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

            C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
            For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

            R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
            R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

            99 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support Test Inheritance for base classes in different assemblies

              Visual studio test does not detect tests defined in an abstract base class of a separate assembly.

              This was supposedly fixed in Visual Studio 2010 (though several users claim it wasn't even fixed then), but is definitely still a problem with visual studio 2012 update 4.

              See: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/466528/visual-studio-test-mstest-and-lack-of-inheritance-support-for-base-classes-that-resides-in-different-assemblies

              15 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please add support for Azure Websites performance monitoring with Application Insights

                Application Insights doesn't support server performance monitoring in Azure Websites (only Cloud Service and Virtual Machine) It would be nice if the tiles are also available in the new Azure Portal.

                35 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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…

                  7 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Official opening of WTL support

                    Total is well known, WTL based on ATL, it was an excellent Win32 application development framework. Relative to the MFC,WTL a more lightweight, high efficiency, the links generated by the small size of the program. My only regret is that while WTL is initially within Visual Studio release, WTL is not supported by the Visual Studio official. I think, Microsoft to retain developer, especially C++ developer, in UI framework Shang does needs efforts, MFC bloated and old, ATL does not too for GUI program, pure SDK of program complex degrees too high, most manufacturers in using Visual Studio using C++…

                    25 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Code review the changes for a task

                      We follow agile and we check in frequently. We create tasks that spans from a day to 3 days. Once the task is completed by the developer it is sent for review. So we have multiple changesets to review. It is very hard to have a good picture of the changes to a file since the changes are across multiple changesets. As of now, we are finding all the files that are affected by that task and go to "view history" of the file and pick the most recent version and the version before the task started to get a…

                      80 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

                        please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

                        961 votes
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                          55 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                          When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

                          129 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Horizontal splitter between controls in TFS Work Item Type

                            In the layout of a TFS work item type you can use a vertical splitter between two columns. Why isn't there a splitter for horizontal divides between two controls in a column?

                            Please extend or provide the splitter for horizontal support, Thanks :-)

                            9 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

                              85 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                                Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                                100 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Hybrid App support for JavaScript Universal Apps

                                  In JavaScript Universal App project there should be a way to add a reference of Windows Runtime component to Shared JavaScript library project. This is a key feature of Hybrid Apps that is missing from existing Universal App Templates.

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

                                    Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

                                    It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

                                    Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
                                    http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

                                    Please bring it back!

                                    NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

                                    62 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable .NET Native for LightSwitch

                                      To make it as fast as Access & Windows Forms :)

                                      25 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

                                        Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

                                        247 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Create a MSDN Subscription - Lite version - cheaper and limited tools

                                          Currently all MSDN subscriptions are expensive for individual developers and they provide all s/w that are not really required by individuals.

                                          An individual developer, for hobby, can use express editions of SQL Server, does not need Enterprise editions of OS / Office and similar software that increase the cost of MSDN license.

                                          The suggestion is to create a MSDN Lite subscription that individual developers can buy and will provide tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Azure

                                          The licensing cost should change little bit-
                                          * For individual developers, the rates should be lower.
                                          * For enterprises, the price can be…

                                          1,203 votes
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                                            21 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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