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  1. VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

    Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

    MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

    For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

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      17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        22 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

        If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

        Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

        607 votes
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          11 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

          As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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            11 comments  ·  Project  ·  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…

            450 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Better project reload

              If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

              383 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add web deployment projects to VS11

                I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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                  14 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                  Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                  Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                  PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                  Example use case #2:

                  I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

                  318 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                    When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                    My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

                    264 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                      Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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                        7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                        The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                          3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                          As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

                          166 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution

                            Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution. This should be located under the Debug context menu item under the project node within Solution Explorer and optionally all debug/run functionality should also be included under the main application's Project menu for easier keyboard access and for consistency.

                            117 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support more than one .NET language within a project

                              I would like to use C# or VB.NET along side F# within the same project without being forced to place that code in it's own project. The language of each code file would be determined by it's file extension as it is now. They all compile to IL, so it shouldn't be a problem to link them all together into one DLL.

                              For backwards compatibility with existing .csproj, .vbproj and .fsproj files, there would probably need to be a new project format -- something like .netproj that would support multiple language code files.

                              112 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow bulk update target .NET framework version for all projects in a solution

                                The solution (.sln) properties allows bulk update of Configuration and Platform properties. It should also allow updating the TargetFramework property.

                                111 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make namespace configurable for folder

                                  The namespace for new files created are automatically determined by the folder structure.
                                  This often creates a problem if you wish to make a logical group of files (by placing them in a folder) that is not supposed to be a new namespace.
                                  Creating the folder and moving the files is not a problem, but the trouble starts as soon as someone uses 'add class' on the folder.
                                  Now the new file does not sit in the same namespace as the other files in the folder.

                                  One example would be to use a folder to store partials of a big…

                                  78 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Integrate Project Linker to solve the Multi-targetting

                                    Integrate and extend the Project Linker extension to solve the problem of solution with multiple targeting (WPF - Silverlight - WP7 - WinRT...), for example loading only the solution's projects of the target selected, instead of all (in our case we have a solution with more than 140 project).

                                    73 votes
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                                    • Add project references automatically

                                      If we have a large solution and type class name which is situated in another assembly and current assembly doesn't have direct reference on it then reference should be added automatically.
                                      It will be nice to have such possibility.

                                      67 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        I moved this under IDE so the right team will see the idea.

                                        Doug Turnure – PM, Visual Studio

                                      • Show project vs. DLL vs. GAC and Copy-Local differences in references visually

                                        It would be useful to be able to tell at a glance which references within a project (in solution explorer, project, references tree) are project references, which are DLL references, and which are GAC references. It would further be worth knowing which ones have Copy Local set to true. This would provide useful information to developers as they make deployments, and would help reduce or eliminate a large class of deployment bugs.

                                        63 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow a project file to be edited without unloading first

                                          I should be able to edit the MSBuild xml of a project file (eg *.csproj) in the Visual Studio xml text editor without first unloading the project. Visual Studio copes fine if the project file changes by getting a new version from source control or using an external application to edit the file so this limitation seems artificially restrictive.

                                          62 votes
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