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  1. Add better refactoring capabilities and interactivity to the code editor.

    Using this IDE is an inefficient way to code. So much is manual. Intellisense is fine, but the only way to get any decent ability to refactor code is to buy a Resharper license. Jetbrains is the leader in the space, but even Eclipse has better refactoring than Visual Studio. And along with this add more interactivity in the code editor. Rather than list all the wonderful possibilities, download a free copy of Jetbrains' IntelliJ product and see all the efficiencies they have added, and follow suit. Visual Studio out of the box has so little ability to do refactoring,…

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Not force the F12 key to set focus back to VS 2013 and leave it on IE

      Not force the F12 key to set focus back to VS 2013 and leave it on IE

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add more options for Syntax Coloring

        It would be helpful to have italics and underline as an option. (and perhaps strikethrough)
        I'd also like to be able to distinguish static items from non-static ones or globals from locals, etc.
        Resharper adds some options already, but you can only use color and boldness.
        Being able to underline static items but use he same color might be more clear than a bunch of different colors all over the place.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Default Localizable = True

          In VS when a Windows Form or User Control is created in a project, the "Localizable" property for that form or control defaults to "False". I almost always want it to be "True" and sometimes forget to set it which causes our localization team grief. I'd love a way to change the default behavior for this. Currently I don't see a way to change the default.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow people who are not team members to send bugs to Visual Studio Online

            As it is now, only team members have access to submit bugs to Visual Studio Online. This means that you have to use a license to allow your users to send you bugs or feedback.

            TFS has the possibility to create "Work-item only users" who don't need to have a CAL to access the TFS portal.

            You could even be more limiting than the TFS option, allowing people who are not team members to only send bugs or feedbacks and not be able to see them.

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            • Use a build controller over more than one Team Project Collections

              Make it possible to have one (or more) build controllers that can be used by one or more team project collections. This makes it possible to have one build mainframe, and a lot of team project collections (e.g. per customer a collection).

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              • More build minutes for BizSpark subscribers or optimize build time

                Please give more build minutes to the TFServices account for BizSpark subscribers
                Currently a single build takes 5-6 minutes just for code compilation and 1-2 minutes to fetch source codes which give us only 8-10 allowed builds per month.

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                • Allow me activate or not the indices' compression when creating a new project collection

                  When creating a new Project Collection, do explicit the option of activate or not the indices' compression, so that I could know upfront the impact of that in case I move the database to a non Enterprise version. Today I just know that when I try to detach a Project Collection from an enterprise SQL Server version.

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                  • Property Initializer

                    In addition to get{} / set {} it would be handy to have an init {} block on Properties

                    e.g. The new [CallerMemberName] allows us to call the following without hard coding the proprety names:

                    protected bool SetProperty<T>(ref T storage, T value, [CallerMemberName] String propertyName = null)
                    protected bool ValidateField([CallerMemberName]string propertyName = null) ....
                    etc.

                    where ValidateField runs any validations that have been defined for a given field:
                    eg. protected Dictionary<string, Action<string>> Validations = new Dictionary<string, Action<string>>();

                    The only hassle is that the Validations need to be defined seperate to the Property and so require the property name to be…

                    9 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Incorporate additional features to VSTS Ultimate webtest for capturing Client side activities(i.e. ActiveX control processing time)

                      There are lot of limitation in VSTS coded and web test for scripting in performance test tools. It is very much challenge against other performance test tools. More library functions to implement activeX controls processing time and other client side activities must be handled by VSTS tool. Hope it will be available in coming releases.

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                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • tfs chart

                        The Chart option in TFS online web edition only allows present the count of a particular field when grouping. The sum of the fields is really necessary. Also any fields from the query should be visible there, currently only work item type, assigned to, state and remaining work are available.

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                        • LightSwitch - Fix Missing Nav Prop on Related Sharepoint Lists

                          There are missing navigation properties on the parent side of a relationship between two SharePoint lists.

                          In addition to losing all the benefits of the navigation properties, it breaks the new built-in SharePoint Upload Control.

                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/c818ced8-c995-43e8-92a3-7c0d8c509f8d/integrating-document-libraries-in-march-2014-with-sp-list-as-parent-entity?forum=lightswitch

                          When you connect to two SP lists which are 'related' using a lookup column, you don't get a navigation property on the parent side and the relationship is not editable. Also the relationship is not editable in the relationship window. As a workaround, I modified the entity .lsml for the document library (Documents.lsml in my case)

                          Removed this text from the .lsml in data…

                          8 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Smart device

                            I suggest you include the smart device development in Visual studio 2010

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                              0 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • implement wrappers for catchnodes, finallynodes and other unimplemented fxcoptypes

                              FxCop (Code Analysis), which is implemented in the latest Visual Studio versions; implements various wrappers which allow you to target the types and members that cause the rule to be violated.

                              Not all types and attributes and other parts are implemented and can not be directly targeted and shown as "The error got generated here: {0}" (for example).

                              A generic error gets shown saying the: "CCI wrapper for ...... has not been implemented yet".

                              I want these to be implemented so that custom rulemaking improves greatly!

                              17 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create golang-like channels and 'select' switch

                                C# 5.0 already can deal with asynchronous calls with async/await constructs built in as language feature - similar to Go language and opposite to F#/Scala approach.

                                Why not move step further and create go-like channels with language support for select-case statement (or receive statement in Erlang approach).

                                Sample code:

                                var tick = new Channel<int>();
                                var timeout = new Channel<object>();

                                // listen for channel messages
                                receive {
                                case (a = tick.Receive()): // do something
                                case (_ = timeout.Receive()): // somebody signalized message on timeout channel
                                }

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • <img src=javascript:alert(String.fromCharCode(88,83,83))>

                                  <img src=javascript:alert(String.fromCharCode(88,83,83))>

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                                    1 comment  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Optional Flag for Coded UI Test Builder Adding FrameworkID Search Property

                                    We need to create our Coded UI Maps to be backwards compatible with VS 2012 and VS 2010. When upgrading to VS2013 our solution doesn't change other than adding settings to ask what development environment to properly configure itself for that version of Visual Studio. This design was great because it allows our solution to be backwards compatible. When adding new controls in a CodedUI UIMap we get a new search property 'FrameworkID' which is not backwards compatible because older version of Visual Studios doesn't know of this value.

                                    So I am wondering if we could get an option in…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • fix the flippin Windows Explorer

                                      Windows '95 can see my windows 8, windows 7, vista and xp file systems and list the files in detail in a split second -- yes, my windows 95 system for crissakes.

                                      Well I know you've blogged it down with metadata, stars and a bazillion fields -- but I'm tired of looking at your stupid wirlie bird for hours while I wait for your lousy file system to load.

                                      FIX IT so it lists right away -- have you ever heard of an index Microsoft (one that builds in real time - and no I don't want to wait for…

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Only one UITestActionLog.Html SHould generate on Running Multiple Scripts.

                                        In Coded UI Test please enable for Generating only one UITestActionLog.Html when Multiple Tests are executed together, and Provide an Options for writing down Custom Message on UITestActionlog.Html File which would give better idea on analyzing Test result with respect each action.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Open source the code that powers the .NET Reference Source browser

                                          Filed on behalf of our customer:

                                          Is it possible to get the source of "sourceof.net" so that we can use that for browsing & searching through large codebases?

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