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  1. Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

    It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

    Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

    Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

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      27 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for collectible assemblies

      Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
      Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

      933 votes
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        15 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Open links in an actual browser

        Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

        917 votes
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          16 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add option to Enable/Disable Deployment inside Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) TestSettings as in the local TestSettings

          I need to run test inside MTM, and I need to add a TestSettings configuration to configure some options, but I need to disable deplyment as I need to run test in the build location.
          Using visual studio testsettings there is a check in the deplyment section to disable deployment, but inside MTM testsettings options there is no such option, there is only the possibility to add folders, not to disable deplyment

          915 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

            Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

            915 votes
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              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

              Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

              A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

              903 votes
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              • Improve code analysis

                Improve code analysis
                - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
                - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
                - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
                - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
                - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                - Detect class used only by one other class…

                902 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow TFS Task Board to have custom colors

                  For example if you could assign a color to an area, then the task cards would be colored to that area

                  873 votes
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                  • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

                    Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

                    870 votes
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                      36 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

                      Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

                      This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

                      Vote please :)

                      868 votes
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                        22 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

                        I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

                        We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

                        853 votes
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                        • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

                          Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

                          A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

                          806 votes
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                          • Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

                            In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
                            It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

                            786 votes
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                              44 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • make all msdn documentation available off-line

                              Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
                              Thank you

                              772 votes
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                                31 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                                Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                                The new project type could have the following features:

                                - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                                - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                                - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                                - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                                - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                                - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                                - Intellisense is…

                                770 votes
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                                  under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Include SQL BI tools in the latest VS version

                                    SQL Server 2012 has followed its predecessors as the BI Tools released again with the previous version of VS instead of the latest one.

                                    Please, release the BI tools with the latest VS version and include it in SQL Server. Be the IDE really integrated again (or finally)!

                                    738 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow use of DataTestMethod / DataRow in all unit testing projects

                                      As I understand it these attributes are limited to use in WinRT/Metro and now with update 2, Windows Phone 8. It would be very helpful to be able to use them in all test projects e.g.

                                      [DataTestMethod]
                                      [DataRow("a", "b")]
                                      [DataRow(" ", "a")]
                                      public void TestMathos1(string value1, string value2)
                                      {
                                      Assert.AreEqual(value1 + value2, string.Concat(value1, value2));
                                      }

                                      727 votes
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                                      • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                                        I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                                        Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                                        Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                                        Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                                        722 votes
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                                          30 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                          As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                                          720 votes
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                                            12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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