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  1. Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

    Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

    Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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      452 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

      We will update the community when SlowCheetah has been updated with support for Visual Studio 2015.

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

    • Open source Silverlight

      Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

      For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

      However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

      * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
      * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
      * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
      Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

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        47 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

          VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

          You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

          Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

          Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

          Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

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            6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

            If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

            Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

            It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

            See the attachment

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              4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Run unit tests in parallel

              As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

              As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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                7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                  Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

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                    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                    Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                    In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                    I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

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                      11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

                      Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

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                      • Visual Studio RT

                        It would be nice to be able to use Visual Studio on Windows RT. Ideally this would enable you to develop in C#, F#, C++, HTML etc on a Surface Tablet or other Windows RT device.

                        It would be nice to be able to take advantage of TFS and GIT and be able to develop on Windows RT. While some applications may not be able to be tested on Windows RT such as WPF Applications etc others such as Modern UI Apps could be developed or tweaked on the device they are designed for.

                        This would make doing work on…

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                        • Stop thrusting Metro apps down our throats and let us get on with our work!

                          Over the past few years, there has been debate over whether or not the desktop is dead.
                          Well, it's certainly getting there - and it's not due to the web, but due to Microsoft's attempt to tabletize our desktops!

                          Even Visual Studio is becomming like that. Such as the (failed) attempt at removing an express edition that creates desktop programs, scant C++11 support (and broken promises), no real work on WinForms for years, and dropping support for XP (which is still widely used) yet not even taking the advantage of the features of post-XP systems!

                          Face it, the Win8 "app"…

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                          • Bring back "Apply server settings to all users (store in project file)" in Visual Studio 2013 (web projects)

                            In the Web tab of the Project properties window, there used to be a checkbox to store server settings in the project file (in my experience, storing server settings in the proj file is a bad plan). All our web projects have this unchecked, so developers can use their preferred environment (IIS/Cassini/IIS Express). The refactoring of the Web properties tab removed this checkbox in Visual Studio 2013. I know that if you stay out of this properties tab in VS2013, it will still store your server settings in a user project file, but if you have to actually make a…

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                            • Bring Silverlight Back-The best product that Microsoft ever built

                              Microsoft we all know that you are in troubled waters after the surface debacle, Windows-8 also is a major flop. But still we are with you and we can hit back, just bring back one weapon from the junkyard, 'SILVERLIGHT', the best product Microsoft ever built. Work on Silverlight 6 and see how the tables turn. Please bring it back.

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                              • Make Smart Unit Tests available to Visual Studio Premium

                                In Visual Studio 2015 Smart unit tests are a fantastic idea!
                                Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

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                                • Support Dynamic Web Templates

                                  Include support for Dynamic Web Templates. This feature existed in Expression Web. With EW being removed as an MS product, it would be nice to move it's capabilities into VS.

                                  VS is great for ASP.NET, but in many cases ASP.NET is a massive overhead that does not fit a website project. HTML5 is preferred for general website design, but a method for consistancy is still needed, thus Dynamic Web Templates.

                                  I create and manage websites for non-profits. In most cases they host the website on whatever platform is free or donated. Providing the website in HTML and PHP is the…

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                                  • Add support to the Forms Interop Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012

                                    Currently the Forms Interop Toolkit plugin http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3264 is supported up to Visual Studio 2010.

                                    My company is currently migrating our flagship product from VB6 to VB.NET and we wanted to use the Forms Interop Toolkit to help us do this gradually however we want to use Visual Studio 2012 which is currently not supported by the Forms Interop Toolkit plugin.

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                                    • ActiveX control for webcam microphone

                                      (on behalf of a customer) Would like an ActiveX control or extension for getting both volume levels of a usb webcam microphone at intervals lower than 40 miliseconds and the webcam's image capture (both at realtime) as a bitmap. I believe this will lead to high quality open source speech recognition.

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                                      • Make the PowerPoint Storyboarding Tools Available In The Express & Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012.

                                        I think that the PowerPoint Storyboarding tools that are included in the Ultimate, Premium and Test Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012 should also be brought to the Express & Professional SKUs too.

                                        It isn't only people who are working in teams who need to generate low-fidelity prototypes of their ideas, individuals do too and the Storyboarding tools included in those higher versions would be very useful to individuals too (and may encourage indviduals to get early feedback on ideas so they can be refined before coding begins).

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                                        • Give us a setting that allows us to automatically update IIS paths or be prompted.

                                          In VS 2010 a prompt would show up when switching between branches that used the same IIS path. This prompt was: "The Web project '...' is currently configured to use the URL '...'. The Web server has this URL mapped to a different folder '...'. Would you like to remap this URL to point to this Web project's folder?". VS 2012 no longer asks this. It just remaps the paths without asking. I know some will prefer 2010's way and some 2012's way, so please give us a setting that allows us to choose whether we are prompted.

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