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  1. Distinguish Applications by a user defined Environment

    Right now, Application Insights seems to only distinguish between the Debug and Release version of an application. At my company. we have several "downstream" environments DEV/MAIN/QA/POST that an application might run in before it is deployed to production. In the QA and POST environment, the application will run the Release version of the code.

    So, I would like to see a way where I can record the Environment an application is running in. Preferably it would be something in the web.config so the correct value can be set at deployment time.

    The dashboard would let me either look at results…

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      0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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 →
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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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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…

              52 votes
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                0 comments  ·  .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.

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                  1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  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.)

                  170 votes
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                    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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.

                    15 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
                            • Include fully featured grid control in LightSwitch HTML client

                              LightSwitch HTML client grid that includes built in column filter, sort, group, or edit features. Not having this feature is a major barrier to using LightSwitch HTML for LOB applications.

                              18 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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!

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                                  215 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • LightSwitch - Fix Missing Nav Prop on Related Sharepoint Lists

                                  There are missing navigation properties on the parent side of a relationship between two SharePoint lists.

                                  In addition to losing all the benefits of the navigation properties, it breaks the new built-in SharePoint Upload Control.

                                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/c818ced8-c995-43e8-92a3-7c0d8c509f8d/integrating-document-libraries-in-march-2014-with-sp-list-as-parent-entity?forum=lightswitch

                                  When you connect to two SP lists which are 'related' using a lookup column, you don't get a navigation property on the parent side and the relationship is not editable. Also the relationship is not editable in the relationship window. As a workaround, I modified the entity .lsml for the document library (Documents.lsml in my case)

                                  Removed this text from the .lsml in data…

                                  8 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • LightSwitch HTML Client (CBA) - Please expose msls.sharepoint object

                                    Interacting with SharePoint from javascript in HTML Client requires loading the SP CSOM scripts, referring to the AppWebUrl and HostWebUrl, and for HostWeb Calls - the cross-site request executor is needed.

                                    All these operations are happening in msls.js and are nicely built into the msls.sharepoint object, however that object is contained in an anonymous self-executing function and it is not exposed via msls.expose().

                                    Therefore the msls.sharepoint object cannot be used in custom code at runtime without altering msls.js

                                    Like so:
                                    msls_sharepoint = {
                                    hostUrl: hostUrl,
                                    appWebUrl: appWebUrl,
                                    serverUrl: serverUrl,
                                    chromeBackgroundColor: chromeBackgroundColor,
                                    chromeLinkFontColor: chromeLinkFontColor,
                                    sharePointImagesUrl: sharePointImagesUrl,
                                    context: null,
                                    hostWeb: null,
                                    appWeb:…

                                    7 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

                                      My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

                                      193 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Edit & Continue: Allow the modification of lambda's and anonymous methods

                                        This has been split from https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/admin/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2035769-make-edit-and-continue-work-more-globally.

                                        Edit and Continue has always been a staple of Visual Studio development; it's one of the most important features that make it better than other IDEs. In 2002, Visual Studio .Net came out, and didn't have Edit and Continue, which made it very hard to use. In 2003, the new version had Edit and Continue and I was jubilant.

                                        Enable edit and continue for lambda changes; that might mean that you even have to allow edit and continue to add new methods, but that should be possible using light-weight code generation.

                                        (Filed on…

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                                          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
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