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  1. Add Table-Valued Function support to LightSwitch attached database data sources

    The ability to add database views to LightSwitch attached database data sources is very powerful in allowing you to "shape" the data that you send back to the client. Although you can create a query in the LightSwitch data source over such an imported database view and add additional parameters, the way that those parameters interact with the underlying view is auto generated by the Entity Framework and you do not have any control over that. Additionally, views might sometimes not be the optimum way to get the best performance when doing this.

    Table Valued Function (TVF) support has been…

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      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • allow us to have more than 3 projects listed in the project drop down list (TFS Web)

      I have many TFS Projects. Basically, when I want to switch to another project, I pretty much always have to click 'Browse All' because the drop down list only shows the last 3 accessed. It would be great to configure how much projects are listed into the drop down list.

      25 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

        Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

        155 votes
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          3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Disable XAML layout property alteration in Blend and Visual Studio when using the designer

          The designer in Blend and Visual Studio adds, and alters, a lot of properties when you do very basic tasks, such as adding controls and visual tree changes, such as 'group controls into' a panel.

          Example 1: Adding a TextBlock in Blend;
          <TextBlock
          HorizontalAlignment="Left"
          TextWrapping="Wrap"
          Text="TextBlock"
          VerticalAlignment="Top"/>

          What I'd like to see was, when ever you add a control Blend should just add the Text / Content and don't touch anything else.

          Example two, adding 3 TextBlocks and grouping into a StackPanel;
          <StackPanel Margin="0,0,397,134" Orientation="Vertical">
          <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
          <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
          <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/> …

          31 votes
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            1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make Fakes available with Visual Studio Professional Subscription

            Fakes and Shims are only useful if every developer in the team is able to use it to enhance their unit tests. Limiting its availability to just Architects and Senior developers (who usually have Premium or Ultimate level subscriptions) sounds like such a bad idea. This is killing the power of such potentially amazing tool! Please consider this.

            Thanks.

            21 votes
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              0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Visual Studio Tools for Unity available por Visual Studio Express

              I see MS has recently released Visual Studio Tools for Unity for VS2013... but it seems to work only for Pro and above versions. Is it possible (or even planned) to be released for VS Express?

              46 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Partial deployment of SharePoint artifacts

                Really, waiting 5+ minutes while it deploys after changing 2 letters is NO FUN. This can sometimes decrease productivity tenfold. We do need partial deployment.

                So what would be very good to have is this kind of experience:
                1) right-click on a project item -> "Deploy to SharePoint"
                2) plus, a setting for the project: "Deploy on Save".

                By a project item, I mean all possible types of items: items that are deployed to 15 hive, items in Modules, and even Features.

                11 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  49 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • New debugging feature: debug shunts

                    I sometimes find myself running code in a testing configuration where certain parts of the code can't be run, or certain variables need values assigned. Currently, I set a breakpoint at the start of the code that needs to be skipped, or at the point where variables need to be set up, and then I use 'Set Next Statement' and assignments in the Watch pane to set things up.

                    This works fine, except that if I need to do multiple test runs, I have to repeat these steps *every single time*. For that reason, I'd like to propose a new…

                    23 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Release Visual Studio Professional for Free to Replace Express Editions

                      For MIcrosoft moving forward, and to compete against Apple and Google, etc. I believe replacing the feature limited and cut-down express editions of Visual studio and release the Professional version of Visual Studio for free. Microsoft should implement a marketplace in Visual Studio where developers can sell their add-ons and Microsoft can take a small cut from the sales.

                      It gets frustrating as a indie to have such a huge upfront costs for developing for Windows/Windows Phone when Apple (for instance) offer it's development tools for free and without limitations. I can develop for both desktop and and mobile apps…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Open source Silverlight

                        Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

                        For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

                        However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

                        * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
                        * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
                        * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
                        Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

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                          42 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Kanban Column field to be used in work item queries

                          It is a constant source of frustration for our users that they are unable to use the Kanban Column field in work item queries. This field is recorded in the history of a work item whenever it is moved from one Kanban column to another but this information is not available to be used for reporting purposes. This would allow various additional Kanban metrics to be easily produced.

                          10 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • odata v4

                            upgrade Lightswitch OData to v4

                            53 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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…

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                                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • TAG prioritization in the TFS Build system

                                This request is to add TAG priotization to the TFS Build Agent/Build Controller/BuildDefinition system as an addition to the existing very simple TAG filter approach.

                                If the above TAG priorization approach cannot be made for some reason, "static" Build Agent prioritization could instead be added to the TFS Build Controller and its user interface. As the prioritization then cannot be made per BuildDefinition, this approach would be less flexible.

                                Possible uses of this:
                                - Prioritize a fast (physical?) Build Agent over a slow (virtual?) Build Agent, i.e. give always you the best build performance and keep the redundancy of having…

                                10 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                                  Seriously, how cool would that be?

                                  50 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Web deploy parameterization in website project

                                    Web.config parameterisation is not working for "website project" in visual studio 2013. I have created Parameters.xml and tried “webdeploy” as mentioned in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff398068.aspx.
                                    Based on my test, the data that in our own parameters.xml file won’t be added to the generated parameters.xml and SetParameters.xml files when I created a web deploy package.
                                    Big “web site” projects are hard to convert to “web application" project type. Lot of people may face the same issue.
                                    I would suggest incorporating web.config parameterisation featured with "Website Project" as well.

                                    38 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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.

                                      12 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Do Not Collapse Comments

                                        It would be nice if the comments simply did not collapse with CTRL+M+O. That or if there is a blank space between two blocks of comments. Do not treat them as 1. But instead it will collapse the entire section even though comments may not be a part of the one above it (obv limitation of VB because they do not have multi-line comments). I'm sure if we could just have a more robust commenting system. Things would have been peachy and I may not have switched to C#.
                                        This should be simple, and to me already done as the…

                                        10 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Extend TFVC Shelfset/Changeset functionality to allow patch generation

                                          There are a number of scenario’s where I’d love to be able to take a changeset that was checked in somewhere and convert it into a shelfset.

                                          1) A changeset that was rolled back, but now needs to be re-applied. It’s quite hard to do this (Get-specific, check out all files, shelf, get latest, unshelf).
                                          2) Apply a changeset as a patch from one branch to another without in a baseless fashion (I suspect that a baseless merge with the specific changesetid would work as well)
                                          3) Transplant tip of one branch to another branch (say from feature a to…

                                          6 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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