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  1. 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.

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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 →
        • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

          It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

          Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

          Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

          15 votes
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            1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow folder on DefaultCollection to group e.g. by customer

            Allow folder directly under DefaultCollection to group team projects. This removes clutter and allows easier management of permissions for distinguished but related team projects.

            7 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make command line tools doing exactly the same as their visual studio pendants.

              Some command line tools like MSTest or MSBuild behave slightly different than their pendant functions in visual studio. It would be great to have all these functions as scriptable command line tools that behave exactly like VS.

              18 votes
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                1 comment  ·  General  ·  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…

                32 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Increase default width for "ID" column or make it automatically adjustable in LINK controls

                  In TFS link controls, it is very annoying to constantly have to re-size columns every time a window is opened in TFS (as their width is not saved before closing window).
                  While I believe it may be hard to fix this issue globally for all columns, my proposal is to fix it at least for one particular case - "ID" column for linked work items (bugs, tasks, user stories, etc.).
                  I see two ways for this:
                  - adjust automatically the width of "ID" column to be able to see work item ID at once the form is opened
                  - increase…

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Implement AD FS for TFS

                    Our organisation policy does not allow us to use TFS Online / visualstudio.com. For on-premises TFS instances, ADFS is not supported at the moment. I'm hoping a future update will incorporate the ADFS bits for TFS Online in the on-prem version as well. That would open up some authentication schemes we'd like to use.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Normal library for C# work with Videos

                      Please publish normal library to work with videos using C#. It took my 5 days to work about that and now too I have not done that..

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

                        Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

                        Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

                        As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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                          272 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                          Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

                          -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                          -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

                          We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

                          In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

                          15 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • A cache-key parameter when using PartialCaching and TemplateControl.LoadControl(string virtualPath)

                            If you use PartialCaching on your WebUserControls and load them dynamically with TemplateControl.LoadControl() in a for-loop block all of those UserControls will have the same output results!

                            Controls should be cached with different keys but Asp.net assign duplicated key for all controls. This happens because TemplateControl.LoadControl use "AddStackContextToHashCode" method to generate a cache-key.

                            for example:

                            // All WebUserControls have outputcache directive in their ascx files!
                            for(var controlName in lstControlNames)
                            {
                            var control = this.LoadControl(controlName);
                            this.Controls.Add(control);
                            }
                            --------------------------------------------------
                            All control outputs will be the same after when they cached by Asp.net, that's becasue AddStackContextToHashCode generates the same cacheKey for all controls…

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • enable 'Service Hooks' when pull request occurs

                              Presently, on Visual Studio Online git, I can create service hook settings, as a trigger when the pull request has passed. Nevertheless, the web hook doesn't fire. I think this feature isn't implemented currently.
                              I want to become available early, the service hook that by pull request, because it is very effective usage.

                              8 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add support to use android emulators from GenyMotion

                                It would be nice to use the android emulators from GenyMotion. The AVD emulators are very slow.

                                Emulators from GenyMotion are fast and they already have support for other IDEs like eclipse. It would be nice to have support for Visual Studio as well.

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • User Voice: Let the the USERS decide when a suggestion is "completed"!

                                  Several of the features that I care about and have voted on have been marked as "completed" on user voice -- but they're clearly not, a good example of this is:

                                  https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2654486-vs11-bring-back-the-old-pending-changes-window

                                  But there have been many others -- and you can see in the comments for such items that many users completely disagree that the action taken qualifies as "completing" the solution to the initial problem.

                                  Let us vote on the response as to whether it's satisfactory or not (or even Like/Dislike) -- if a response gets enough negative votes (say, more than 50%?), the User Voice team team…

                                  12 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support Assert.ThrowsException and UITestMethod attribute

                                    VS2013Update2(or 3) supports Universal Project. It's a wonderful thing.

                                    However,
                                    since Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestPlatform.UnitTestFramework.AppContainer.dll is not contained in Windows Phone, we cannot write universal tests.

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                                    ストアアプリ用の MSTest には、いくつかの新機能があります。パラメタライズドテストは、最も素晴らしい新機能でしょう(これは Windows と Phone ともに利用可)。

                                    例外をテストする Assert.ThrowsException と、UI スレッドでテストを実行する UITestMethod 属性も、とても便利な新機能なのですが、残念ながら今のところ Windows ストア アプリ専用です。そのためユニバーサル プロジェクトでユニット テストを書くときにこれらの新機能が使えず、とても苦労することになります。

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                                    see also: Microsoft Fakes for Windows Phone Unit Tests
                                    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5894285-microsoft-fakes-for-windows-phone-unit-tests

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                                      2 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Using DSC, bring the Virtual Machines into the ALM lifecycle.

                                      Using DSC as a VM "definition language", develop the process that Will allow the VMs to be generated as part of the buld process. This Will allow maintenance teams to generate development VMs on request, as well as test environments to be generated and integrated with the Test Management tooling.

                                      53 votes
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                                        under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

                                        Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

                                        Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

                                        49 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Lightswitch OData connection URI to be changed dynamically at runtime

                                          The following suggestion is a popular one and thankfully the LS Team provided support for changing database connection strings at runtime.

                                          http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4406782-allow-lightswitch-data-source-connection-string-to

                                          _InitializingConnection is a great improvement, but as Xander's suggestion states, we need the same for OData...the new_SendingRequest method doesn't allow changing the RequestURI.

                                          Please also expose _BuildingRequest method so we can dynamically change Odata connection at runtime.

                                          The scenarios are all the same as the above mentioned suggestion, and several other duplicate suggestions exist.

                                          It would be great if votes could be combined or moved to this one.

                                          32 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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