What I would like to see, is more centralization. A digest of new classes and members being worked on would be great, so I can see what other team members are all doing, whether someone else's work looks like something I could use and vice-versa.
@PaulS: I prefer centralized version control. I detest Git, in fact its the worst piece of software I have ever used, I really mean that. We have continual problems, from terrible usability/UX to reliability (it hangs or corrupts something almost weekly).
With prolific internet access (in the Western world), I can't even see why the distributed model has taken off. In particular, I can't see why Git took a hold, considering how abysmal it is.
Those I've worked with that love Git seem to be puritanical non-MS devs, working on Mac or Linux distros, don't believe in HTML email, and are more lightweight programmers, working in teams where there isn't vast amounts of daily change >500 lines/day average per dev.
I think its a hobbyist tool (even for pros). That sounds like an oxymoron, but in my current team I'm working with world professionals, but they still have never seen Visual Studio, or TFS ALM or life on the MS side, and worse, they refuse to even look, such is their 90s dislike of MS. Sometimes, I think its more like East and West Berlin, and Git is a tool from East Berlin.
I'm welling-up here. You wouldn't believe the nightmare I've had with Git on Windows with VS and the battling with (Java-centric) management about how Git is really not the amazing tool they think it is when you're a Windows/MS dev.
Suddenly we can use all the TFS ALM, the wonderful VS UI and please the Java/Mac developers. The timing is perfect.
I used to be able to just detect design-time in the page constructor and hook-up some view models with some fake data. This no longer seems to work; I set the DefaultViewModel but the IDEs still say that there's no DataContext set, but it works at runtime.
I take it something has changed from WP7, SL and WPF. How do we simply add fake values to TextBlock controls? There's no fallback value either.