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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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      19 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

      Will Buik,
      Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

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        28 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We think this is a fantastic suggestion and have already begun moving project related files into a “.vs” folder at the root of the solution. You can check it out in the latest CTP of Visual Studio 2015. So far, we have moved the .SUO file and the VB/C# compiler IntelliSense database files to the new location. All new project specific, machine local files will be added to the new location too. We plan on taking this even further in future releases and are investigating how to improve the directory structure of build output and other existing files that can clutter the source tree.

        If you are upgrading an existing solution you may need to clean up the old files at the root of the solution. We don’t delete them to ensure your settings are not lost if you round trip the project with earlier versions of Visual Studio.…

      • 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…

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          16 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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            12 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.

            638 votes
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              14 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve shared projects with global view

              Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

              But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

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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.

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                  9 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…

                  371 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                    It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

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                      6 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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                        15 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…

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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 →
                          • 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.

                            187 votes
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                              12 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 →
                              • 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.

                                133 votes
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                                  13 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.

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                                  • 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.

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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…

                                      94 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects

                                        enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects. Currently with VS2008 BIDS it is not possible to organize reports with folders in Visual studio. If you have SSRS projects with many reports, and you want to deploy reports to different subfolders on ssrs server this would be really helpful!

                                        81 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

                                          Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

                                          Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

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