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  1. Let coded ui tests read runsettings

    Currently it is not possible to use runsettings as part of a coded UI test (CUIT), only normal unit tests are able to read and use these settings. To change the settings of the test (when for instance running it via the command line), it is quite a lot of work. It is possible using datasources, but that still doesn't give you the ability to switch settings from the command line.

    It is also quite strange to see that CUITs are not able to make use of runsettings, while normal unit tests can. From a user point of view, there…

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring back the mixed declarations warning

      With VS 2015, there is no need anymore to have all variable declarations at the beginning of the scope (as allowed by C99). Our projects are targeted to many platforms, where C99 is not supported, so the code will not compile there.

      We ask you to add a (default disabled) warning, which can be enabled to inform about locations where declarations and statements are mixed (until now, C2143 or C2275 was thrown in that case).

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • RUN BY on Plan > Results > Test Result Details

        On MTM, we need reports to see who executed the test case (ex.How many test cases a Tester executed) and the only report I can get now is how many test cases a tester added to MTM.

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          0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please Provide an option for Tracking transactions in Coded UI

          Please Provide an option for Tracking transactions in Coded UI so that user can record the transaction between each actoin he performs or to track how long an object took to get ddisplayed

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enhance Java Automation support for TFS 2015

                We know that TFS 2015 has excellent support for Java platform by having a plugin for Eclipse and Jenkins.
                In this context, I would like to know how can we associate a test case automated in Java to a manual test case in TFS.
                If not implemented please provide that feature.

                I have a workaround to achieve that using TCM.exe and probably the new TFS API’s
                but I would like it to work just like a test case automated in C# gets associated from VSTS to a manual test case.

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                  4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • fullscreen

                  Bring back fullscreen titlebar button to UWP. I know it was removed so that only tablet mode can go fullscreen or the developer adds a button. There are apps that do not allow you to get out of fullscreen because you left it fully at the mercy of the developer.

                  Give us back the fullscreen button. It was nice as users and as developers to have maximize fullscreen, maximize, minimize and close. It was perfect in Win 8.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Open Source LINQ to SQL

                    Microsoft accidentally developed LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework side by side. LINQ to SQL was discontinued.

                    Many companies are now stranded with LINQ to SQL. Switching to EF still is not easy because L2S was so awesome that EF still has not caught up.

                    There are dozens of small and large incompatibilities.

                    Leaving customers stranded is not normally done by Microsoft. Please invest the resources required to open source LINQ to SQL so that the community can fix bugs and add sorely missing features.

                    I'm sure the community will stand up and appoint voluntee project leaders. L2S is still…

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improvement for Find Shelveset section.

                      I propose add combobox instead of textbox in "Find Shelvesets" section. Combo should contain team member names or at least last input values.
                      Reason: it is not comfortable to look for shelvesets of another team members as you need to know how them names are spelled.

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                        3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • When I pause my mouse over variables, I see no value shown for the variable.

                        When I pause my mouse over variables, I see no value shown for the variable. When i try to evaluate an expression, "1+1", in the immediate window, I get an error, "Internal error in the expression evaluator."

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Simple one, the dark theme's highlighted lines are not in contrast enough to find easily.

                          When I click on an object in the display, and it highlights the object in the xaml code while using the dark theme, I can barely find the highlighted line, because the contrast between highlighted and not highlighted is very faint. I proposed a more bold highlight.

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                            planned  ·  0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • status bar for a seporate window

                            I run VS2015 in 2 "windows". The main one has a status bar that has the line/column number of where the cursor is in a current pane. The other window (in my case just a set of source file panes) does not have the status bar, so I cannot tell what line I am on. I would like to see what line I am on in the non-main window as well. Status bar would be fine, any other way would work as well (like in a title bar).

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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow users to view complete hierarchy of linked work items

                              Allow the user to view the complete hierarchy of all linked work items from top to bottom...Feature, User Story, Task, Suite, Test Cases, Bugs.
                              This would make it easier to identify missing work items, problem areas and would make reporting information to management a little clearer.
                              Currently you have to create several queries in order to get this information in pieces.

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                                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Integer.TryParse

                                Integer.TryParse would not set the result to zero in case of error(s).
                                If the conversion leads to a not-numeric result, the output variable MUST not change. In fact there is no a default numeric value to return instead: simply it does not exist. An optional third parameter could be supplied by the caller: the default value.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • "Close this project" context menu

                                  Please add following menu items to context menu of document tab.
                                  - Close this project.
                                  - Close all except this project.

                                  I thought I implement this function as VS extension, but it couldn't because I didn't understand detection method of "Tab Group".

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add "View.PropertyPages" to context menu when clicking on tabs

                                    When working with release c++ code, often I need to change optimization level for specific file to Disabled. (working with whole solution Debug is too slow)

                                    To do this I need to navigate through Solution Explorer, right click on file name and chose "Properties".

                                    Tracking active item in Solution Explorer for my usage cases more harm, then help, also I do not use Solution Explorer, so I need to unhide it to do that.

                                    Why there can't be a Properties on tab, accessible from context menu on tab bar? Suggestion in attachment.

                                    I've also tried find a command for this,…

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • DirectX 12 for Google Earth

                                      DirectX 12 for Google Earth and the Atmospheric Layers of the Earth's Atmosphere in Real Time Cloud Computing Virtualization as well as a whole bunch more ideas that I have.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          100 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

                                          Thanks for the feedback!

                                          Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                        • Make the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) plugin compatible with any version of Visual Studio.

                                          I have lived through VS 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, and I am now upgrading to 2015. My job is split 50%/50% between regular C# development and BI development. Every time a new version of VS comes out, I want to but cannot upgrade until a compatible version of SSDT comes out. Personally, I have not seen any major changes in SSDT or the classic Microsoft BI stack since roughly 2008. I've changed jobs since then, so maybe I just don't remember. My suggestion is to make the SSDT plugin universal across all versions of Visual Studio. Whichever VS I have…

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                                            1 comment  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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