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  1. Release bootstrapper packages through VS "Extensions and Updates"

    Currently the prerequisite component bootstrapper packages used by ClickOnce and Visual Studio Installer are either installed along with Visual Studio or must be downloaded manually. An example of this is the latest .Net Framework 4.5.2 package which you need to Google to find (searching the Microsoft website doesn't even work).

    Bootstrapper packages should be released along with other Visual Studio updates in the "Extensions and Updates" dialog as long as being listed in the Visual Studio Gallery online.

    Additionally, to enable the "Download prerequisites from the same location as my application" I shouldn't have to manually open the package.xml file…

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • SQL Server 2014 ClickOnce bootstrapper packages

      Visual Studio 2013 comes with bootstrapper packages for 'SqlExpress2008R2', 'SqlExpress2012' and 'SqlLocalDB2012'. SQL Server 2014 was released earlier this year but bootstrapper packages are still unavailable. Please release the bootstrapper packages.
      Although it would be possible to create a package by myself there are a few problems which make this difficult and undesirable:
      - What are the fwlink links for download packages from Microsoft's website
      - What are the public keys for the packages

      LocalDB in particular is supposed to be used as a replacement for SSCE which is deprecated. How can we use it if there's no simple way…

      6 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • auto-expand the user story Description area as you write more text in this field. Currently it is not expandable.

        Currently if you have a long story description, you will see a scroll bar on the right. The writing area is not expandable, even though there is plenty of space below. That would be great to expand it as you write more description.

        2 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add column options button in grid view for Web Test Manager

          Currently column options are only accessible from list view in Web Test Manager. The column options button would be very helpful in grid view as attached.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add IISExpress.exe path to Environment Variables

            I like to use IISExpress.exe in command line, I must to add IISExpress.exe path (like "C:\Program Files\IIS Express;") to my Environment Variables (System variables --> PATH).

            I found Visual Studio 2013 provide "Visual Studio Tools" have many Shortcuts.

            Can you add IISExpress.exe path to VsDevCmd.bat for VS2013 Developer command line?

            23 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Increase the length of token names

              The length of the token names in MRM is too short (50 characters) to facilitate the naming of tokens in a readable manner. Please increase the maximum length of this item.

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Don't force typing class name when creating constructor.

                Currently when you create a class with 1 or more constructors, each constructor duplicates the class name. Why? That is a duplication of data. In addition, if you change the class name or copy the class to create a new one, you have to rename the class and rename each constructor. Why not just name each constructor ctor() or some other reserved name.

                Ex.
                Instead of writing this:
                class Alpha
                {
                Alpha()
                {
                /// init class
                }

                Alpha(string Name) : ctor()
                {
                /// init class
                }
                }

                Write this:
                class Alpha
                {
                ctor()
                {
                /// init class
                }

                ctor(string Name)…

                2 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

                  Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

                  It is currently only supported in C/C++

                  Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Map Kanban board Pseudo-states to Work Item State AND Reason

                    The Kanban board allows teams to map pseudo-states to work item states but sets reason to the default value. This defeats the purpose of having multiple reasons for a given state transition. The Kanban board should map to both work item state and reason since it is the combination of these 2 fields that describe the status of the work item.

                    6 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create an Anti-Null-Coalescing Operator

                      To replace the common logic of:

                      return x == null ? null : x.Property;

                      have an operator to provide such logic.

                      return x !?? x.Property;

                      This is similar to the idea of a safe navigation operator (?.), only may be simper to implement.

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide a taxonomy system for work item tags

                        Being able to set permissions on who can create and use tags is a great update, but it would be even more powerful if a more formalised taxonomy system was provided.

                        The idea would be to provide a mechanism where Administrators could:
                        - Create logically grouped termsets (“platform”, “operating system”) similar to Global List management.
                        - Configure TFS Server, TPC, TP or WITD with pointers to multiple valid termsets. This allows both common and unique tags within each context.
                        - Set an owner(s) of specific termsets to distribute administration and management of tags.
                        - Set termsets as “open” or “closed”…

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                          The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                          While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                          For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

                          36 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Release Management Client to Connect Multiple Servers

                            Ability to connect to more than one Release Management Server.
                            Release Management Client can ask for which server to connect to on startup, just like TFS connection in Visual Studio or SQL Server connection in SSMS.

                            4 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the Optional keyword optional

                              Please allow

                              Private Sub Test(s As String = 1)

                              as in C# besides the current version:

                              Private Sub Test(Optional s As String = 1)

                              This removes redundancies (--> improves readability, accelerates writing code) and drives forward the co-evolution of VB/C#. I don't see any reason not to allow this.

                              13 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow MSBuild to clean and build solutions while open in visual studio

                                On every project we run we use PowerShell to drive build and deployments into our local environments.

                                We call MSBuild.exe from PowerShell but frequently get this error message: "CSC : error CS1606: Assembly signing failed; output may not be signed -- Error signing assembly -- The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

                                The only way to work around this issue is to close visual studio, run our build and deploy scripts and reopen visual studio after.

                                Note: this is not a case that we are running MSBuild and trying to build or debug…

                                39 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                                  A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                                  At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                                  As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

                                  4 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide TFS Build Source Indexing for Git

                                    Embedding version control paths or source indexing is available for TFVC builds. Please make this feature available for TFS Git builds.

                                    5 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

                                      While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

                                      This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

                                      It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

                                      Thanks!

                                      23 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Visual Studio should manage Version Numbers

                                        There should be an internal facility to manage project / module / assembly version numbers with options for autoincrement, set to a day of the year, etc., and it should have independent options for major, minor, build and revision numbers.

                                        59 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remote user action recording for exporatory testing using MTM

                                          we would like to record user actions perfomed on a remote system. For example: we have a window application running on a targer PC (Win8 Computer). we dont want to install MTM on the traget computer. Hence we have installed MTM on our desktop's.

                                          We have installed test controllers on our desktop (win7) and test agents on target computer (win8).

                                          It would be nice if we can start "exploratory session with options" on offline system (desktop) and select the target computer.

                                          Idea would be like, perform actions on target PC and when we say generate test case on desktop system…

                                          23 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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