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  1. Allow Team Project Creation on VSO from the BS IDE

    When I need to add a new solution that does not fall under an existing team project, I create that solution and then add to TFS 2010 as a new Team Project via the Solution Control Explorer.

    It doesn't make any sense to change that when connecting to VSO.

    In a corporate environment, this means that the only way a developer can add a new Team Project is if he or she has been granted permissions to do so online instead of just adding through the Solution Control Explorer.

    We usually keep that access locked down. That means that every…

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      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please create a .Net3.5 off-line install package that can be used with Windows 8.x.

      I have been trying to install Windows 8.1 Embedded via SCCM 2012 R2 and I cannot get it to enable .net.35

      I've tried via an autoinstall.xml file and dism. Short of copying the sxs folder from the instal media so they are available to dism I cannot get it to enable .net3.5.

      Note the client being installed DOES NOT have network access.

      A solution such as teh .net4.5 offline install program would be ideal

      Jim

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

        For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

        This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

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          2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stop putting VS Version number in .sln file

          Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.

          Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.

          5 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Universal Apps Client for Lightswitch

            Universal App Client for Lightswitch

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              2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Dispose boilerplate methods

              The IDisposable interface imposes a huge amount of boilerplate code to any class that implements it. In addition, any class that encapsulates an IDisposable object is recommended to implement it...adding even more boilerplate code. Additionally, since there is no guarantee that someone using the class with call Dispose or use it in a Using statement, all IDisposable classes end up implementing a finalizer that just calls Dispose(false).....more boiler plate code..about 20 lines of it. There must be a better way.

              What I want:

              A way to indicate that a class to automatically implement a default Dispose method and a default…

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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. :(

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                  2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Visual Studio Extension Backup and Sync for VS 2014

                  Currently, Visual Studio allows developers to sync settings and IDE layouts in VS on multiple machines. It's a great feature but it's incomplete. Extensions are excluded from being backed up and synchronized across installations. Developers find it very tiring to download every single extension they need AGAIN just because their using VS on a different machine. However, all is not lost if the next version can just add this *tiny* feature.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable Excludes argument for XCopy Deployer in Release Management

                    I need to exclude certain files or file extensions when using the XCopy Deployer tool to copy a group of files to a new location. This can be done with the xcopy command by using the exclude argument, however this is not a valid argument when using XCopy Deployer, i.e. the error "Invalid parameter - /exclude:excludedfileslist.txt" is shown.

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                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support for CORS in the Visual Studio Online REST API

                      Add support for CORS so I can use the Visual Studio Online REST API from a Javascript client.

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • make it possible to build the setup project (InstallShield Limited) on TFS online, so we can do continuous integration

                        We are using the TFS online, and we are doing continuous integration. But the problem is that the setup project (InstallShield Limited) cannot be built on the TFS online. So we must publish new version manually, that's not good practice for continuous integration.

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make ?? and .? operators overloadable

                          Could you please make the ?? and ?. operators overloadable. Implementers of Option<T>/Maybe<T> (Nullable<T> for value and reference types) could then take advantage of them.

                          Option<T>/Maybe<T> allows one to address the problem of null reference exceptions where they happen most often: reference types.

                          I haven’t yet tried to modify the Roslyn compiler to make these two operators overloadable, but you can try out a hacked version of Roslyn where I have replaced Nullable<T> with my own implementation of Option<T>: https://roslyn.codeplex.com/SourceControl/network/forks/GabrielHorvath/ReplaceNullableWithOption

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove all non user specified assembly search paths

                            The fact of life right now is that assembly loading is harder to grasp than .jar loading in java.
                            For all I care you can make the GAC still a resource I can reference, just make it explicit instead of having it on the assembly search path for every single application ever created in .NET. The current directory shouldn't be a default loading path either, go put all the assemblies that I referenced into the .appconfig via msbuild/VisualStudio and then everything is explicit and nothing can go wrong.
                            Then write the .appconfig into the .NET metadata in Release mode.

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add intents like what Android apps use to subscribe

                              Android intents are a powerful notification system that allows applications to subscribe to various OS level, app and system events. Coupled with Bundles (State management that can be boot persistent), adding this functionality to VS for all Windows OS's would a huge win for current developers and allow Android developers an easier transition to Windows.

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                                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open PDB file format to enable open source compiler output debugging

                                Or at least contribute PDB support to LLVM.
                                That would allow to debug binaries, generated by clang, Rust, and other compilers in Visual Studio.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Ability to specify only specific rows in Database DataSource are run instead of iterating thru all rows

                                  Would like the ability to specify in an attribute or test initializer the specific rows I would like to iterate thru in my db datasource instead of iterating thru all rows which can take an extensive amount of time depending on the datasource.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make the Solution Configurations Dropdown larger

                                    I have created 3 Configurations:
                                    "DESENVOLVIMENTO-A"
                                    "DESENVOLVIMENTO-B"
                                    "DESENVOLVIMENTO-C"
                                    and the DropDown size only show "DESENV" wich is a problem since i never get sure what is the one choosed.

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add /locale option to the [Installer].exe /Layout command line

                                      I\m trying currently to download the Visual Studio 2013 for Web with Update 3 using the /Layout option to keep the installation files for future needs, but it seems that the installer is acquiring setup files for all the locales which seems a bit weird since I downloaded the en-us installer and that's making the download time and cost bigger.

                                      The ISO file has also a huge download size (4.4GB) which also seems weird since this is a subset edition of the full Visual Studio product.

                                      Please add the locale switch to the Layout option for the installer, or otherwise,…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

                                        We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

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                                          1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons to Visual Studio

                                          You don't need to improve adding some colors to icons. You already have full-color icons from VS2010. Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons. VS2013 is still hurts our eyes.

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