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  1. Improve visualisation of Work Items that are linked to other Work Items

    If you open up the Active Bugs or Open Issues overview, and you have workitems that are linked to other work items.
    Make for example a Tree View with the parent work items and the linked items as a child node.
    or group related Work Items.

    Would be better to see which bugs need to be fixed first instead of seeing all the other child work items on the same level in the grid.

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

      It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

      445 votes
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        under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

        Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

        This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

        Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

        459 votes
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          30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello,

          We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

          As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

          Allison Buchholtz-Au
          Program Manager – VS IDE

        • Support ClassInitialize in Base Class

          It would be nice to have a ClassInitialize in a base class of a TestClass so that in addition to initializing static variables in the test class, I can initialize static variables in the test base class.

          87 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects

            enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects. Currently with VS2008 BIDS it is not possible to organize reports with folders in Visual studio. If you have SSRS projects with many reports, and you want to deploy reports to different subfolders on ssrs server this would be really helpful!

            188 votes
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              11 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

              The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

              Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

              450 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Expose a Workflow Service through REST/JSON endpoints

                It'd be great if we could call Workflow Services directly from an AJAX application through REST/JSON endpoints. The current inability to define a contract first when defining a Workflow Services prevents us annotating the contract with the [WebGet] attribute which would be the obvious way to enable both a SOAP and REST endpoint on the same service.

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                  9 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Integrate Code Contracts more deeply in the .NET Framework

                  In order to use Code Contracts, the existing classes of the .NET Framework need to be provided with more Code Contract Rules.
                  Otherwise the static checker will not make much sense practically.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 2 votes
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                    • Support grouping of the open files tabs

                      Support grouping of the open files tabs

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Seeing Structured Analysis tools like DFDs and structure charts for the Architecture section would be wonderful. :)

                        Seeing Structured Analysis tools like DFDs and structure charts for the Architecture section would be wonderful. :)

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Nested namespace declarations

                          I suggest to extend syntax of nested namespace declarations and provide alternative way similar to one implemented in C#:

                          namespace Outer::Inner // declares nested namespace
                          {
                          struct Foo
                          {
                          };
                          }

                          Outer::Inner::Foo foo;

                          That would be useful for codebases with high usage of nested namespaces especially with level of depth 3 or more.

                          115 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                            As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                            (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

                            689 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • add Close / Close All But This / Close All options to the context menu in the editor window

                              this would allow you to right click anywhere in the editor window to close files instead of having to scroll all the way to the top

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                              • Remove unused References

                                It would be great to have an option to remove all unused References from a project.
                                Similar to [Organize Usings] > [Remove and Sort].

                                138 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve Help

                                  I'm reading the book "Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4". It occurs to me that this is written the way Visual Studio help should be written. Clear conceptual steps followed with practical programming examples. I've been using Microsoft developer tools since Quick BASIC and the general trend has been away from the clear explanation of code to a limited explanation of theory and weak bits of example code. People use Visual Studio help as a springboard to new technology for their programs. Visual Studio Help is growing ever weaker at simply explaining how to use the environment and its…

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                                  • Add in support for Enum and Delegate constraints

                                    Currently C# disallows constraints for
                                    System.Enum,
                                    System.ValueType,
                                    System.Delegate,
                                    System.Array,
                                    System.Object

                                    However, the CLR has support for classes constrained to All 5 types.
                                    It could be very useful to have this constrain.
                                    To constraint a method to enum we can just use:
                                    where T:struct,Enum
                                    Allowing us to specify only to be called on enum instances and not those boxed as Enum.

                                    Delegate is less strict unfortunately, as there is no way to specify that a T must be an inheritor of a class. A simple solution would be to add an interface to Delegate like `IDelegate` so that we can easily…

                                    225 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Bring back Logical Data Center Designer

                                      Bring back the Visual Studio Logical Data Center designer wich existed in previous Visual Studio versions. This was very useful when designing applications.

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                                        • Better Windows Forms Designer with more Functions

                                          Windows Forms may have any new Funtions for Better Designing like more object properties like z.b. aero as window bachground colour...

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