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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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    • 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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        • 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 →
          • 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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            • 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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                • 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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                    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • Don't scramble designer.cs files on updating (so diffs become readable)

                                    When a user control or form gets updated via the graphical designer, Visual Studio seems to create the underlying designer.cs file totally anew, instead of updating just what changed.

                                    When you check that into your version control system, a diff view of the changes becomes totally meaningless, since almost every line has some sort of "change".

                                    So please,please, please: try to update the designer.cs files in such a way that changes are minimal.

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                                    • Ability to add 'notes' or 'comment' elements to an EDMX model diagaram

                                      The ability to split your model into multiple 'diagrams' in VS2012 is great, but...

                                      As a solution designer,
                                      I'd really like to be able to attach notes (or maybe even Use Cases, maybe TFS work Items?) directly on to the diagram,
                                      so that I can better understand how well my model meets my requirements (and so I can highlight where I may need to make changes in future)

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                                      • Fix the exceptions that are raised and eaten internally after debugging unit tests

                                        After debugging a unit test, several InvalidOperationException and CommunicationObjectAbortedException errors are thrown and caught within the unit test framework. If you go to Debug --> Exceptions and check Common Language Runtime Exceptions --> Thrown, then the debugger breaks on every one of these exceptions.

                                        Can you please change the test framework code where it won't raise these exceptions? It's very annoying to have core Microsoft code that's throwing and eating exceptions after every unit test debugging session. I had hoped this would be fixed in VS 2012 Update 1, but it still has the same problem.

                                        I originally logged this…

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                                        • Make the Sign In option for 2013 have a 'Never Show This Again' option

                                          I would prefer you complete remove the Sign In option, but at the very least make it 'Don't Show This Again' option or a context menu to hide it.

                                          The last thing I want to see is a Sign In button on the right hand side of Visual Studio, I clicked it trying to disable it and it expects me to sign in.

                                          First you add Tiles and ruin the desktop, if it wasn't for Classic Shell I would be back on Windows 7.

                                          If it wasn't for the tens of thousands of free software you (Microsoft) give me I…

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