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  1. Implement more C++ TS (Filesystem is great!, now Concepts!!) You get the edge over gcc and clang

    Technical specifications greatly improve c++ usability. Filesystem is amazing. You can surpass gcc and clang in implementation.
    C++ needs a bigger and bigger library

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • search sub ‘dll’ or ‘exe’ folder of symbol path when resolving symbols in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013

      Before Visual Studio 2010, VS will search 'dll' and 'exe' sub folders of the symbol path specified by _NT_SYMBOL_PATH environment variable. Since Visual Studio 2012, the symbol resolve logic is changed and VS doesn't search the two sub folders anymore, can you add this feature back?

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

        It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
        Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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          1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Mac support for VSTU

          For VSTU tools for Unity add Mac support while running VS under virtual machine, so debugging and opening files and projects on correct line number and such from Mac Unity to VS. Debugging ios also *doesnt hold breath* or he'll just release VS for Mac natively :-D

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            0 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Update Network Configuration Documentation for TFS

            The following online documentation for networking (e.g. ports, protocols, services which need to be updated on firewalls) needs to be updated:
            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms252473.aspx
            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff652627(v=vs.120).aspx

            The pages above should be combined to provide a single view of the requirements.

            The pages are missing:
            - Release Management components
            - Port 445 requirements (e.g. Build Controller to Drop Folder, Test Controller to Test Agent)

            The Team Foundation Server Architecture diagram doesn't match the table below the diagram e.g. TFS App Tier to Build Agent using SOAP over 9191

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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Property inspector popups need better handling on portrait or narrow monitors

              I use a widescreen monitor, but I have it in portrait mode. Most code is not very wise, and this allows me to see a lot more of my code ( a little less than 100 lines at 100% zoom).

              Unfortunately, when debugging and breaking the execution, if I want to inspect property or variable values, and the value contains members that have very long values, the popup box extends off the side of the screen to the left (where I do not have additional desktops or screens).

              It would be helpful if the popups were fully free floating and…

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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • The current Quick reference guides are for VS 2012. Any plans to update for 2013? If yes, when?

                The current Quick reference guides are for VS 2012. Any plans to update for 2013? If yes, when?

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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Track active item in Pending changes

                  Pending changes locate file like in solution.
                  With enable track active item in solution explorer.

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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Report errors from AfxHtmlHelp in more detailed form

                    When calling HtmlHelp from an MFC application, there is only one generic error message when the help could not be invoked (see wincore.cpp, line 1871).
                    I would like to suggest that MFC should try to find out more detailed information about the error using HH_GET_LAST_ERROR. At present, there is only the information that Help could not be launched, but there is no indication whatsoever on what went wrong for which reason.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "?." operator to C#

                      Add the "?." operator to C# and make it chainable like CoffeeScript so we don't have to write null reference checks for every nested property. An example would be:
                      myObject?.Items?.[0]?.DoSomething()

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                        204 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We are seriously considering this feature for C# and VB, and will be prototyping it in coming months. Syntax in C# would be

                        e?.x // member access
                        e?.M(…) // method invocation
                        e?[…] // indexing

                        Semantically this will be similar to

                        (e == null) ? null : e.x

                        etc., except that e will only be evaluated once of course.

                        If the type of e.x (etc) is a non-nullable value type S, then the type of e?.x is S?. Otherwise the type of e?.x is the same as that of e.×. If we can’t tell whether the type is a non-nullable value type (because it is a type parameter without sufficient constraints) we’ll probably give a compile-time error.

                        Thanks for all the great comments!

                        Mads Torgersen
                        C# Language PM

                      • Allow export of Team room discussions

                        We used the teamroom extensively, only to realize later that there is no way to export the past discussions .. which would be useful for many reasons. A simple XML file would probably be sufficient.

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Using C# GUI to capture User Actions Steps for Test Automation & running the tests using QTP

                          Subject: Using C# GUI to capture User Actions Steps for Test Automation & running the tests using QTP

                          Hello Everybody, I am a Test Automation Solutions Architect with exposure to QTP, Selenium, OATS. I want to understand if there is a feasibility to capture Test Case Action Steps in a C# based GUI and further invoke / execute those Test Cases using QTP / Selenium or any other automation tool as the execution engine?
                          I am new to C# and any help around this execution logic will be highly appreciated.
                          Thanks in advance!

                          Regards,
                          Nayan

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use more than one WPF-Touch applications simultaneously with touch.

                            I have a Dell xps 2720 System. -->10 Finger Touch. Everything works fine as long I do not open the application more than one time! It seems the .net Framework is not able to share its touch system over more than one wpf Application.

                            More information in this post.

                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/1051614f-56f0-4641-a5fa-e99cc0156365/use-more-than-one-wpftouch-applications-simultaneously-with-touch?forum=wpf#ba13b5fc-3ecc-453c-9230-584de6cec968

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Let me create a work item from source code, linked to that source code, like //TODO:

                              I'd love to be able to create Work Items linked to a specific spot in source code.

                              I maintain legacy projects, and often spot areas for improvement. But there's no easy way to anchor a Work Item to a specific block of source code.

                              I'd love to be able to highlight a block of code, right-click, Create Work item, and have the Work Item associated with that code, so opening the work item would take me straight to it.

                              The Task List is close to what I want, but doesn't get me credit for closing bugs :)

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • CSS Navigation Toolbar

                                Provide a navigation toolbar to navigate CSS classes in the same manner that was originally planned for JavaScript: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2013/07/16/javascript-editor-improvements-in-visual-studio-2013-preview.aspx

                                In addition, additional features for editing and navigating around CSS stylesheets should be offered similar to what is offered by tools such as TopStyle 5: http://topstyle4.com/

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable rendering of XAML not present in visual tree into image for WinRT 8.1

                                  With WinRT 8.1 new functionality has been added to render XAML as an image but the XAML has to be added to the visual tree. It would be nice to be able to render XAML that is not on the visual tree and perhaps in a background task.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add Shelveset improvements....

                                    Add the following improvements

                                    1. Allow Shelvesets to be created from changesets (as in, multiple changesets can be used to create a Shelveset)

                                    2. Add Shelveset "undo" to cleanup the changes made from unshelving a shelveset.

                                    3. Support directly unshelving a shelveset to a different branch (yes, I know you can use TFPT, it would be nice if this was built-in)

                                    4. Make Find Shelvesets easier to find... it's a pain right now, and confusing for people. I always have to tell them how to unshelve, because they can't find it themselves.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Expose a VS Command to show the Debugger DataTip

                                      Please expose the option show the DataTip for the symbol under the cursor via a VS Command so that it can be bound to a keyboard shortcut. When debugging, hovering the mouse over a symbol in the editor displays a DataTip (like a floating mini-watch item) that can be further expanded and pinned to the editor using the Pin To Source pin or context menu entry. Presumably the mouse handler already runs some routine to display the DataTip, so this routine must just be bound and exposed as a Command. While the PinToSource command is exposed as EditorContextMenus.CodeWindow.PinToSource, there seems…

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                                      • Allow users to sort, classify, and group Screen Members in the left pane of the LightSwitch Screen Designer

                                        When designing a complex screen in LightSwitch, the left pane quickly becomes a jumbled mess as Queries, Objects and Variables are placed in order of their creation while Methods appear alphabetically at the bottom.

                                        While you can drag Screen Members up and down to position them, it takes a long time to move each item and there's still no obvious structure to help you find things.

                                        It would be good if the user could sort this list and possibly create some sort of classification or hierarchy in order to group members together by function - eg all the variables/objects/queries/methods used…

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                                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add value delegate parameter to MemoryCache.AddOrGetExisting

                                          Current implementation of MemoryCache AddOrGetExisting method is not useful if creation of cache value is an expensive operation.
                                          So it would be good if instead of value object parameter, object creation delegate will be added.

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