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  1. Make change files faster

    When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

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      1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Speedier F# compiling

      Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

      306 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Versioning of Work Items

        Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

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        • Support calculated fields in TFS

          The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

          For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

          302 votes
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          • 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…

            300 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

              Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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                7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

                Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

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                • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                  Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                  The end result would allow this sort of code:

                  unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                  {
                  T t = new T();
                  T* tPointer = &t;
                  T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                  var tSize = sizeof(T);
                  byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                  T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                  }

                  Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                  Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                  297 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make code review feature usable

                    The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                    1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                    2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                    3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                    294 votes
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                      Thanks for the feedback on the code review features. We’re currently in the planning process for improving TFVC code reviews. We’ll come back and update this when we have a better idea of the release timeframe.

                      Matt Mitrik
                      TFS Program Manager

                    • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

                      There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

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                        9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Run unit tests in parallel

                        As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

                        As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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                          10 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Better code navigation in F#

                          Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

                          289 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                            While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                            This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                            Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                          • Improve UI for 2015 Microsoft Test Manager Client User Experience

                            A significant portion of MTM has moved to the web, however the MTM client still has to be used for rich bug creation, rich action recordings, and rich test run data collection, however the User Experience of MTM is stuck in 2009 and is woefully out of date.

                            I'd like to have a complete UI overhaul of the MTM client with an improved Modern UI.

                            I'd like to be able to have excel embedded in the client so as to be able to bulk update test cases, test suites, and test plans.

                            Give testers a modern MTM client for 2015…

                            289 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 285 votes
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                                14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

                                Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

                                284 votes
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                                • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                                  When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                                  Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                                  This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                                  Syntaxt like:

                                  private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                                  284 votes
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                                    50 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Roll Behaviors and TriggerActions into the .NET framework proper

                                    Remove the dependency on the custom Blend assembly and add Visual Studio support

                                    282 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide Microsoft Fakes with all Visual Studio editions

                                      Include Microsoft Fakes with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Ultimate or premium editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Fakes mocking library since mocking/stubbing is a necessary part of every developer's Unit Testing toolbelt.

                                      I don't think it is acceptable to restrict and prevent developers from adopting good software practices. Today we preach TDD is or should be mandatory for good quality code, in VS2010 we get Pex and Moles delivered into the hands of many programmers and with VS2012,…

                                      281 votes
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                                      • Improved validation

                                        Make validation accross entities easier. Something like Workflow rules engine, with dependencies between rules, dynamic loading of rules etc.

                                        277 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                                          When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                                          My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

                                          276 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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