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  1. Disable XAML layout property alteration in Blend and Visual Studio when using the designer

    The designer in Blend and Visual Studio adds, and alters, a lot of properties when you do very basic tasks, such as adding controls and visual tree changes, such as 'group controls into' a panel.

    Example 1: Adding a TextBlock in Blend;
    <TextBlock
    HorizontalAlignment="Left"
    TextWrapping="Wrap"
    Text="TextBlock"
    VerticalAlignment="Top"/>

    What I'd like to see was, when ever you add a control Blend should just add the Text / Content and don't touch anything else.

    Example two, adding 3 TextBlocks and grouping into a StackPanel;
    <StackPanel Margin="0,0,397,134" Orientation="Vertical">
    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
    <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/> …

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      2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create Entities from Excel/CSV File

      When creating new entities can we please have the ability to import directly from an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file including column names/data types and the data.

      Maybe the data part can be converted into a post-deployment script if a database project exists?

      This would save so much time when creating new entities.

      Can also be the ability to copy existing entities from one solution to another?

      Thanks – Mark Phillipson

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        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • to make an app

        I suggest you to make an visual studio app, because many people are developing on te way. But they can't use visual studio because they have no app. Because of that they will use other programs that have an app.

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          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • Allow the C# 'break' statement to terminate *several* nested enslosing loops, rather than the closest one only

            Sometimes, I want to exit several nested loops, based on a single condition.

            Today, I have to introduce an additional boolean variable, to exit all the other loops except the innermost one. This is inconvenient.

            If only the 'break' statement could have accepted the number of loops to break...

            A straighforward example:
            for(;;)
            {
            for(;;)
            {
            if{true} break(2);
            }
            }

            This feature would work just similarly when used in a 'switch' statement.

            We would only have to be concerned to not allow the 'break's parameter to exceed the number of nested scopes it is used from within. Otherwise, an error…

            29 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow configurable operations on save, like sort/remove usings and delete whitespace

              There are a lot of nice code cleanup tools in VS, like automatically sort usings and remove unused ones, format document, delete trailing whitespace, remove unnecessary code like namespaces that are also in using clasues.
              Allow VS user to select among these document clean up tools and have them run on file save or using a special "Clean file" command button.
              This configuration should probably also be saved per solution/project.

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • undo should be more intelligent it should not undo one whole line of code while the actual intention is to clear only the previous word

                undo should be more intelligent it should not undo one whole line of code while the actual intention is to clear only the previous word

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                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add the ability to search the "Fonts and Colors" customization list

                    With every new version of Visual Studio, there are more and more UI elements with bizarre default colors depending on the theme selected (Razor background color, regex foreground color, etc.), and it's often very difficult to find the right item in the list of options to customize the color.

                    Sometimes, it's difficult to even know what a particular item is CALLED (wanted to change "peek" color the other day and had to Google for what the UI element was called within the list).

                    Please provide some form of search functionality to narrow down this list to make color customization easier…

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                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Smart auto braces when refactoring single line block to multiline block

                      For example when I have the following C code:

                      if (foo) <Cursor here>
                      foo->bar();

                      and I type an opening brace "{" then it currently does:

                      if (foo) { }<Cursor here>
                      foo->bar();

                      It would be amazing if it would just add the closing brace after the single indented line like this:

                      if (foo) {<Cursor here>
                      foo->bar();
                      }

                      This should be fairly easy to implement and adapt to all the languages. I saw Sublime Text do that and thought "Wow! I whish VS had that".

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                        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove the use of DLLs for TFS policy

                        Using and distributing DLLs for policy is just crazy wrong. I should be able to create one policy and have it work everywhere and for many years. Provide the infrastructure to script the policy. Insure the scripts have a version and that each TFS and VS "script engine" can be updated to understand old and new versions of scripts. It is one development environment, so it needs one script. Why make it so ******* us and yourselves?

                        BTW, the scripts should be applied to and stored on the TFS server. The client should download and cache the scripts as needed.

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                        • Hyper-v VM accesses Physical Serial Port

                          Currently there is no way to set Hyper-V VM to access hoster's serial port, no matter serial port is a physical one or converted from USB port using some tools. The existing setting option is only for connecting to named pipe, but this is not we want, we have important software NEED serial ports for communication. we can not move the software to Hyper-V virtual machine.

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                            0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove boilerplate from double-check locking

                            Lots of removing-boilerplate in roslyn, which is nice. Here's more boilerplate to bust.

                            if(something == null)
                            lock(somethingLock)
                            if(something == null)
                            something = new BoilerplateBlah();

                            Use a similar syntax as for the new exception filter. Inline definition of the filter lock would also be nice.

                            lock(somethingLock) if (something == null)
                            something = new LessBoilerplateYay();

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Team Web Access Standard access users into Team Rooms for On-premises TFS

                              Is a Standard user a team member? MSDN says that Limited access is for those "who aren't on your team". That seems to imply that Standard and Full users are on your team. So why can't one my team members (with Standard access) join me in the team room? non sequitur :-)

                              Seems Standard access should admit team members to the Team Room or the room should be renamed "Elite Access Club". :-) Are there plans to change that in the near (very near) future?

                              I tried to add someone to the room using the room security, but if they…

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                              • Release Visual Studio and IIS and SQL Server and TFS etc work on Linux

                                Release Visual Studio and IIS and SQL Server and TFS etc work on Linux

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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support devirtualization at least some of virtual calls

                                  Support full devirtualization for types declared in an anonymous namespace, in local scope or when used the final specifier. Also, warnings similar GCC -Wsuggest-final-types and -Wsuggest-final-methods.

                                  http://hubicka.blogspot.ca/2014/08/devirtualization-in-c-part-5-asking.html

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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • TFS: Make team project pages customizable (e.g. background colors)

                                    We manage many projects with the TFS 2013. Now we want to differ between these projects in the web frontend of the TFS by different background colors (e.g. in the title bar per team project and/or board).

                                    It would be very helpful if you can implement some customizing capabilities!

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide better line numbers for template error messages

                                        The template error messages are particularly verbose and unhelpful in far too many cases. If I modify the constructor of a class and try to create a smartpointer from it, instead of getting the location in my source code where the error can be fixed, I get a generic error from some header file. That means that the only way to fix the actual error is to comment out portions of my code and use trial and error to determine where the problem is. It makes refactoring unnecessarily difficult.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                                          Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                                          While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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                                            6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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