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  1. Direct support for PowerShell in pre/post build events

    Currently only cmd/batch files are supported. PowerShell is a great replacement available on every Windows box basically. Writing complex pre/post build scripts is way easier in PowerShell.

    15 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please fix: 'Or' filter using multiple optional parameters returns incorrect results

      When only one of two optional parameters is specified, all rows are returned.

      e.g for a table containing records that contain "Division A" ,records that contain "Division B", and records that contain "Division C", after selecting "Division A" from the first pick list and not selecting any Division from the second list, ALL records are displayed, (Division A-C). When both Parameters are set to a value, the filter works and rows are retuned as expected.

      See this Connect bug closed:defered - whatever that means.

      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/829352/lightswitch-or-filter-using-multiple-optional-parameters-returns-incorrect-results

      See this thread where Justin Anderson suggests logging a bug.

      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/01bc581a-c297-4ded-9414-6d3b40c7dda9/multiparameter-query-and-related-table-how-to-accomplish?forum=lightswitch

      Also see this sample…

      4 votes
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        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

        Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

        5 votes
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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
          • Inheritance from TreeNodeCollection

            It is impossible to inherit from TreeNodeCollection because it has only 1 constructor which is internal.
            I suggest to make a protected constructor in this class so it will be possible to inherit from it.

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
              • Allow the Export of Process Templates from Existing Customised TFS Team Projects

                It would be great if there was a feature to export the entire customised TFS Process Template from an existing Team Project. I would like to export the "full" customised Process Template file structure, in the same way (i.e. using Process Template Manager) I export the CMMI, Scrum and Agile Process Templates. I need to store the Process Template in Source Control in case I require an identical Team Project, and so that I can clearly see (e.g. using Visual Studio Compare) the changes resulting from an upgrade (e.g. TFS 2012 to 2013), and see the changes resulting from running…

                6 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
                  • 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…

                    1,230 votes
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                      22 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add new string literal that contains Razor code (for example between «»)

                      Is time to move forward from String.Format() and inline conditionals, with the new Roslyn would be awesome if we can use some "kind" of Razor in any C# code

                      var msg = String.Format("Hi {0} you have won {1} credits", name, creditsWon);

                      How much better it will be:

                      var msg = «Hi @name you have won @creditsWon credits»

                      You can provice intellisense and also an HTML version:

                      var msg = @«<div style="margin:10px;">Hi @name you have won <b>@creditsWon</b> credits</div>»

                      That option must be multiline too.

                      34 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Integrate Azure to Lab Management

                        Azure as Virtual Machine Manager must be integrated in to the Microsoft Test Manager.

                        So those developers, like i am an many others, who does not have a whole infrastructure with SCVMM installed would be able to fully utilize ALM patterns to test their apps within the custom environments in fast and easy way.

                        12 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Cordova for Windows 7

                          Multi-Device Hybrid Apps for Visual Studio CTP1 are only available in Windows 8.1 at the moment.
                          My customers in several major enterprises are evaluating this development possibilities, but reflect that only Win 8.1 can host this Cordova Add-in.
                          their Enterpirse Dev team still use Win7 and ask when it will relase for Win7?

                          28 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make Code Lens available in Visual Studio Premium

                            Code Lens is a great new feature but since it right now only is available to Ultimate users few have the opportunity to take advantage of it. And it does not weigh up the cost of upgrading users to Ultimate. Since it is a tool that many would find useful please make it available for at least Premium users

                            35 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve Debugging Experience for TypeScript and JavaScript

                              The debugging experience for TypeScript and JavaScript NEEDS to be way better.

                              The experience available in IE F12 or WebKit dev tools should (in parts) be replicated within VS: things such as the console, and device emulation.

                              The way things are in NodeJs Tools for VS, are much better than what we have for ASP.Net and TS/JS debugging, which is a little sad :(

                              23 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open Source SQL Server Compact (CE)

                                Although it has not been officially announced Microsoft is deprecating SQL Server Compact (CE). SQL Server CE filled a crucial use case for a small in process embedded database engine for applications and even websites. This need has not changed, if anything it has only become more so with the move to isolated phone and tablet (Metro) type apps. Without SSCE Microsoft won't have a product which fills this use case. Jet DB, MSDE and now SSCE will all be dead.
                                SQL Server Express LocalDB is not a replacement for SSCE, particularly due to the deployment constraints requiring admin privileges,…

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow ClickOnce to Work With Captive Portals

                                  If a ClickOnce-based application is run while a machine is behind captured behind a captive portal (eg wifi at an airport or coffee shop), then ClickOnce tries to interpret the captive portal login page as a .manifest file and fails. ClickOnce should be able to detect that it has not received a .manifest file and continue launching as if it were run in offline mode (if offline availability is selected for deployment).

                                  4 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • auto generate bugs after a automation test run

                                    After my automation tests are run, I want any failed test case to automatically generate a bug report and place it on the specific person of my choise. I want this to be an easy option in test manager that could be configured in the test manager GUI. No coding required so my testers easy could configure it.
                                    And attachments should be possible to be added as well.

                                    13 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make it possible to rename or do looup of device names under Usage/Environment/Device

                                      The graph and list of devices when you monitor a Windows Phone application is displayed as "cryptic" RM-821_eu_euro1_247 and/or RM-1045_1006. This does not tell you anything meaningful. Please add feature where you lookup these numbers to actual devices (Ie Nokia Lumia 930 etc) or make it possible to rename the devices

                                      11 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Light Version of Visual Studio

                                        The best way to describe it is the Blog from http://elegantcode.com/2012/11/30/visual-studio-light-edition/

                                        Make a Light Version of Visual Studio, that's below 1GB.
                                        Free from the most extensions and useless Background Tasks.

                                        Perfect for small Storage Devices. It will offer possibilities to show Customers Projects in a simpler way and make development on travel easier.

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve resource management with CodeLens

                                          When I override .ToString in a large project and start typing, my machine crawls to a snail's pace as CodeLens tries to find all references to ToString... It eventually finds all 2000 references! :| Until I press another key. :(

                                          3 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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