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  1. Allow Extension Properties

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

    1,076 votes
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      10 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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.

      1,051 votes
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        15 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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

        1,030 votes
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          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Buy Xamarin and incorporate Cross-Platform build tools

          Buy Xamarin and make building cross platform apps on iOS, Android, Windows, etc super easy. Integrating is great, but you still have to buy the expensive licenses! This will make VS the ultimate cross platform IDE.

          1,019 votes
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            16 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.

            998 votes
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              39 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  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.

              979 votes
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                In the new build system coming with TFS 2015 you can see the full history of the changes to your build definition. The feature that is currently missing is the ability to undo or rollback to a previous revision.

                For that reason I am marking it as started but not yet complete.

              • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Express

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

                969 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • rename project folders and files

                  Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

                  I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
                  * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
                  * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
                  * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
                  * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

                  951 votes
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                    16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide refactoring for C++

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

                    950 votes
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                      14 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.

                      926 votes
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                      • 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.

                        908 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.

                          901 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

                            899 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

                              897 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...

                                890 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

                                  874 votes
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                                  • 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…

                                    864 votes
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                                      26 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

                                      Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

                                      858 votes
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                                        36 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

                                        850 votes
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                                        • 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 :)

                                          849 votes
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