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  1. Add graph view with property relationships to XSD visualizations

    The current Graph View only shows the inheritance relationships between types. The Content Model View is helpful but it produces a very long (vertically) view for a large object graph. A diagram view with lines to represent the properties of each type similar to a data model diagram would be better.

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      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Open Source SQL Server Compact (CE)

      Although it has not been officially announced Microsoft is deprecating SQL Server Compact (CE). SQL Server CE filled a crucial use case for a small in process embedded database engine for applications and even websites. This need has not changed, if anything it has only become more so with the move to isolated phone and tablet (Metro) type apps. Without SSCE Microsoft won't have a product which fills this use case. Jet DB, MSDE and now SSCE will all be dead.
      SQL Server Express LocalDB is not a replacement for SSCE, particularly due to the deployment constraints requiring admin privileges,…

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        0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create a [PreventCheckIn()] attribute

        Sometimes you need to add temporary code to a project which you may not want to check into your repo. In larger applications, keeping track of this temporary code is challenging. My proposal is an attribute we can add to our code which will prevent a check in until the code is removed.

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 export of Team room discussions

                We used the teamroom extensively, only to realize later that there is no way to export the past discussions .. which would be useful for many reasons. A simple XML file would probably be sufficient.

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                • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                  Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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                    under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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.

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                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Advanced Team Explorer integration with multiple Git repository's

                      As seen in this blog:

                      http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2013-may-13-vso

                      Currently you can create multiple repository's in one Team Project, but then you don't have advanced team explorer integration in VS2013. As quoted in the blog:

                      "If you rename a repository then you will need to manually update the remote URL where you have cloned it. Right now you can only use the advanced Team Explorer integration when the repository is the default one (i.e. the repository with the same name as the team project). You can still clone, push and pull into the other repositories in your team project from Visual Studio, but…

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                        Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently investigating how we might provide better options for managing git workflows. We’ll provide more details when we better understand our direction.

                        Matt Mitrik
                        TFS Program Manager

                      • Add support for Intranet application testing (not just via Internet). E.g., via NTLM

                        App Insights works great for externally-facing applications. Would like the same rich experience for Internal/Intranet applications.

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                          5 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                            The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                            While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                            For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

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                              5 comments  ·  General  ·  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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                              • Permissions per branch

                                We would like to restrict access to development and master branches to read-only and allow merge by team leads via code-review pull requests.

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                                • 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 →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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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                                        • 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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