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  1. Please provide NT Service monitoring

    Please provide NT Service monitoring

    42 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

      If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

      37 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Task<T> implement covariant interface ITask<out T>

        Task<T> sounds like a good candidate for covariance. Except classes can't be covariant in .Net, only interfaces can.

        So it would be nice if Task<T> implemented a new, covariant interface ITask<out T>.

        I believe that adding a new interface to existing class doesn't break any backwards compatibility, so this shouldn't cause any problems.

        11 votes
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          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  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.

          21 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Test Explorer is severely limited

            I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

            1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

            2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

            68 votes
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            • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

              in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

              Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

              2,818 votes
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                11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Why Visual studio 2013 doesn't have easy way to run multiple selected webtest/coded web test?

                I work in a company which has 100 of client sites and I have coded web tests for all those sites as well as I have couple of coded UI test and load test to verify those sites login and up and running or not by using visual studio 2010 ultimate, I can easily run all those tests or partial number of tests easily from the Test view or from the Test list editor of VS 2010. Every month during our IT maintenance I run all those web and coded UI tests.

                Now I have installed Visual Studio 2013 ultimate,…

                52 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Put release templates under version control

                  The release templates should be put under version control, as with the build templates, I want to know what has changed, when and by who. And also know that I can work on the template and undo changes I don't like.

                  18 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 12 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Navis Support for programmatic processing of data

                      What I'd really like to see for the visualizers is

                      Debugger passes a pointer to an object, to a pgm that I write for that type, and I return the string to be displayed.

                      and

                      Debugger passes a pointer to an object, to a pgm that I write for that type, and I return a bitmap to be displayed.

                      This method is much easier to understand, and much more flexible than the rigid XML rules. There was something like this in the old autoexp.dat. I don't see why this couldn't be part of the natvis scheme.

                      Related forum post: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c6504a65-e501-4281-85fb-21b160bddfc6/visualizers-in-vs2013?forum=vsdebug

                      4 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement Data Tainting in the CLR

                        Managed code derives considerable security advantages from having a verifiable memory model, but does not directly address the issue of unsanitised input data. Yet this is the root cause of the most common classes of security vulnerabilities seen today: SQLi and XSS, and is a contributing factor in almost all of them.

                        Over 10 years ago, Netscape JavaScript (both browser and server side) supported Data Tainting, wherein all input data was flagged as 'tainted' until explicitly sanitized. Whilst not widely adopted, this enabled runtime checks to be made to ensure potentially dangerous user input was not used in the wrong…

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                          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support System.IO APIs for SkyDrive's Smart Files

                          Filed on behalf of our customers.

                          As described in this blog post [1], SkyDrive has a notion of smart files [2] which aren't directly accessible using the regular System.IO APIs, such as File.Open. We provided sample code [3] that shows how one can write code that handle smart files correctly.

                          But to quote our customer:

                          It would be helpful for Microsoft to provide a full blown solution to this which maps all key methods in System.IO such as File.Copy, File.Move etc. to their WinRT API equivalents. This issue is starting to crop up on support forums as it has caught…

                          53 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Embrace Grunt, Yeoman & Bower for Javascript development

                            It would be nice if you embraced and baked in support for Grunt, Yeoman and Bower in Visual Studio (tooling).A node.js command window would also be great. (e.g. something like the NuGet Package Manager window etc.)

                            179 votes
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                              under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support structs in the VS2013 Debugger Return Value feature

                              The new "Return Value" feature in the VS2013 Debugger is awesome, but the limitation where it does not support structs is very problematic - there are a lot of important value types within the .NET framework itself (DateTime and TimeSpan, for instance) that I would really like to be able to see in the Autos window after stepping over a line.

                              27 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • More support for WPF Automation with Coded UI

                                Coded UI doesn't support WPF that well, I was disappointed and surprised microsoft isn't focusing on making coded ui work well with WPF,I had to use Windows Automation API for half the controls in the application I'm automating, Coded ui is developed on top of windows Automation API and its surprising Microsoft doesn't think there are people who still use windows based applications

                                29 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support capturing browser JavaScript exceptions in Application Insights

                                  I would like to be able to capture browser JavaScript exceptions in Application Insights in a manner similar to server-side exceptions.

                                  18 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make it possible to choose which .NET debugging engine to use when debugging from start external program

                                    VS2012 and later versions of VS seems to choose the .NET 4.0/4.5 debugging engine by default when using "start external program" in project settings and running program by pressing F5.

                                    When I am debugging older versions of the software (which uses .NET 3.5) VS is unable to debug since it uses the "wrong" engine (4.0/4.5).

                                    I found an existing forum post on this subject:
                                    http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/768651/visual-studio-does-not-attaches-debugger

                                    This thread shows two possible workarounds:
                                    1) Attach to process with correct debugger engine
                                    2) Add exe-file as existing project (File -> Add -> Existing Project) in solution and override debugging engine in "project"(exe) properties.

                                    15 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for async/await with IObservable<T>

                                      The async/await keywords are fantastic for simplifying code when dealing with asynchronous workflow. The only issue I have with them is that they only respect scalar results. The BCL already contains an interface for the purposes of representing sequences of values which are "pushed" and potentially asynchronous, System.IObservable<T>, and I think it would be very beneficial to add async syntax to better support generating them as well as consuming them:

                                      Async iterator:

                                      public static async IObservable<string> GetNames()
                                      {
                                      using (DbCommand command = GetCommandFromSomewhere())
                                      using (DbDataReader reader = await command.ExecuteReaderAsync())
                                      {
                                      while (await reader.ReadAsync())
                                      {
                                      string value = await reader.GetFieldValueAsync(0);
                                      yield…

                                      15 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a backup service for Visual Studio Online

                                        As a paid subscriber Microsoft does not provide a back to Visual Studio Online. If a user accidentally deletes a project there is no way to recover.

                                        52 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • XNA 5

                                          Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

                                          16,136 votes
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                                            220 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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