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  1. Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

    Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

    If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

    Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

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      0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

      It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

      983 votes
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        12 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Express

        Make Multi-Device Hybrid Apps available for Visual Studio 2013 Express Editions.

        967 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow development of Windows Store apps offline - no license required

          When developing Windows Store apps, it appears that you must be connected to the internet in order to obtain a 1 month "developer license".

          This seems to me to be an unnecessary hurdle to the development process. My employer has an explicit policy that prevents dev machines being Internet connected.

          I understand the license is probably an anti-piracy measure (or some means to stop users deploying apps outside the Store), but seems overly heavy-handed for a development environment.

          MS, please don't just assume that all your users are Internet connected, all the time. Can we have this fixed pronto, please.

          949 votes
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            39 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow 3rd party Extensions (vsix) in Visual Studio Express editions

            As a developer of a commercial extension for Visual Studio, I was (and still am, at some level) against supporting non-paying customers.

            However, over the years I came to realize that you get more flies with honey, and I now believe Microsoft should allow installing Visual Studio Extensions (vsix) in Express editions.

            People use Express editions for different reason - some won't pay for their development tools out of spite, others just can't afford the next (basic) SKU, or an MSDN subscription.

            Yet there are many people who create and maintain free and open source extensions for Visual Studio. While…

            946 votes
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              19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • provide a way to version-control build definitions

              Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

              939 votes
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              • Provide refactoring for C++

                Currently there is almost no refactoring support for C++. Even basic refactoring like renaming is missing.

                927 votes
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                  14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 917 votes
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                    26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • TFS code review should not require a new code review to be started when code that is already under review is changed based on review comment

                    It seems that TFS requires a new code review to be started whenever code that is already under review is updated in response to review comments. It is not only unnecessary busy work for a developer to initiate a new review each time a review comment would suggest a change to the code that is already under review is necessary, but it also prevents having a single picture of changes made as a result of the review process.

                    With the current method, a single logical code review may span multiple physical code reviews and the comments for the single logical…

                    905 votes
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                    • Allow Extension Properties

                      I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

                      880 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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…

                        878 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • coded ui

                          Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

                          864 votes
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                          • 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

                            840 votes
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                              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • In the team Explorer, Change Default State value of a selected Work Item to "Associate" instead of "Resolve" on Check In

                              In the team Explorer, Change Default State value of a selected Work Item to Associate instead of Resolve on Check In. In VS 2012, our team often closed the work item because Team explorer Automatically chooses Resolve instead of Associate in team Explorer. Its really Annoying. In most scenarios, the developer is going to associate lots of check ins for a task. they resolve the task only once , when the task is completed. so its better to make a default value as an associate instead of Resolve. or At least given an option to choose an default value. Thanks.

                              838 votes
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                              • 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

                                814 votes
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                                  Starting to build specs for this. We’re getting started with additional fields and tags on cards… from there we’re going to pick up conditional formatting which will give you more control of the visuals.

                                  Aaron Bjork
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                                • 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…

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

                                    Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

                                    807 votes
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                                      36 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • String interpolations in C#

                                      Enable string interpolations in C#.

                                      The interpolation should happen during compile time, so there are no performance penalties paid during runtime.

                                      The Boo implemenation is a good place to start:
                                      http://boo.codehaus.org/String+Interpolation

                                      These should work:

                                      var a = "Now is $(DateTime.Now)."
                                      var b = "Tomorrow will be $(DateTime.Now.AddDays(1))"
                                      var c = "This list has $(list.Count()) items."

                                      806 votes
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                                        44 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                                        790 votes
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                                          15 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 :)

                                          766 votes
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                                            18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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