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  1. Support indirect pointers to databases as Data Source

    There are times when I need to keep the location of a Data Source as flexible as possible. During development the Data Source might point to one location, but the deployment might need another location.

    In VB6, I could use a .udl (Universal Data Link) file as the source of the file location, but in VS, if I try to use a .udl file in Add Connection, I get an error message "Unrecognized database format".

    I'd like to suggest that we have the ability to have indirect pointers for Data Sources.

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  2. Let the man go.

    The subject Skylar L. Richardson is free of manipulation and control. He is entitled to whatever he wants.
    He knows he been taken advantage of and the abuse ends 5/31/13, 1:29:00pm. Pacific time.
    I am your boss. Now start explaining.

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  3. set NullValue to "(Null)" instead of "throw exception" by default in dataset designer

    In dataset designer, by default "NullValue" of DataColumns is "throw exception".
    It's rather tricky to handle such exceptions.
    I'm quite sure it makes more sense to return null directly (or at least return DBNUll) by default. This is because I do not want to an exception every time when DBNull is returned as null is valid in most cases. If it's not valid, I can still get NullReferenceException. Why should it throw one more exception?
    If you do not agree with me, you may do an poll.
    However, of course, you can leave "throw exception" as an option.

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  4. SSIS "Union Distinct" option

    In SSIS, Data Flow tab, we need a component to Union from multiple Flatflies, but make the output DISTINCT before insertion into a database table. I currently have to jump through some extra custom hoops to make this happen.

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  5. Visual Studio Express 2012 Web To Explicitly Support Azure SQL Servers

    Seems the subject support would assist users and increase sales for the Azure services. Currently VS Express 2012 Web does not show an option for connecting to an Azure SQL Server by default.

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    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
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  6. How about having a (code behind) for SSRS reports.

    I would like to be able to see all the expressions in a report at the same time. Would really speed up development time. Also bring intellisense to Report Bulder. Great job on that by the way.

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  7. TSQL Project, Editor, Code File Management, Compare Results, etc.

    I hope this is low hanging fruit that has a big impact on improving people's lives. SSDT is great. But I also need to be able to support Production. I need a VS Project that can hold TSQL queries that I'm using to research the issues and treat as a library of TSQL Code that helps me identify and resolve issues. The reason I want to use VS instead of SSMS is because of the extensive improvements with the editor that allow me to quickly go through a lot of SQL that I'm not familar with. The highlighting, find and…

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