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  1. Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

    Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

    1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
    2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Light Version of Visual Studio

      The best way to describe it is the Blog from http://elegantcode.com/2012/11/30/visual-studio-light-edition/

      Make a Light Version of Visual Studio, that's below 1GB.
      Free from the most extensions and useless Background Tasks.

      Perfect for small Storage Devices. It will offer possibilities to show Customers Projects in a simpler way and make development on travel easier.

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      • Add "Go to Implementation Definition" for objects derived from interfaces or base classes

        Perhaps provide a selection box for the actual implementation to navigate to - sort of like how "Go to Definition" works with partial classes.

        This would be useful for interface driven designs where going to the interface definition is not desired but selecting one of the concrete implementations is.

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        • Show public key token in assembly reference properties window, object browser, and use when copying a reference

          When an assembly reference is selected it shows almost all relevant properties in the properties window, except the key part you need to reference it in a configuration file, the public key token.

          Please add the public key token to the display in the properties window, at least when an assembly is selected. This could also be done properly by ensuring all other GUIs which display assembly information include this key information, e.g. Object Browser assembly details when clicking an assembly in the tree.

          Further, the "Copy Reference" is not switched-on to this (I feel) core requirement, because instead of…

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          • Auto-implemented properties in the Visual Studio Class Designer

            Visual Studio Class Designer creates the properties as

            public string Name
            {
            get
            {
            throw new System.NotImplementedException();
            }
            set
            {
            }
            }

            It would be much better if you give us option to choose if we want to get it as auto-property like

            public string Name { set; get; }

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            • Change the Create GUID tool to have an option for copying a bare GUID

              Currently, the Create GUID tool has six different options for copying a new GUID in a particular format. Please add a seventh option: no decoration, just the GUID itself. I find myself frequently copying a GUID in Registry format and then removing the curly braces. Thanks!

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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Button to set both "All Configurations" and "All Platforms" in Project Property Pages

                When people change project properties they sometimes forget to set Configuration to "All Configuration" and Platform to "All Platform" before. As the result broken builds. Also if properties has to be changed regularly it's quite annoying to set correct Configuration and Platform fields first. It would be nice to have, for instance, a button that will do that automatically.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add context-sensitive refresh for Solution Explorer

                  In solution explorer I have to select the Refresh option when I've added an image to a project's folder structure so I can get it into my source control provider and part of the actual project. With larger solutions, hitting refresh just so a single new file shows up can take a while so adding a "Refreh" option to the menu for folders already in the project would save a significant amount of time.

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                  • Visual Studio Code for Windows RT

                    Develop a Visual Studio Code version to Windows RT.
                    Just the resources to create a Windows App, a Windows Phone App, HTML and JavaScript edition are enough.

                    I know that Windows Phone development requires an emulator and it's hard to create... but remove the emulator. I can deploy the source to my mobile and test it.

                    The same situation to Windows Apps: we won't create a App with risks to the RT environment.

                    HTML and JavaScript can be written on notepad, but Visual Studio is the best.

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                    • Multiple Monitor Support

                      Add Better Multiple Monitor Support.
                      While you can free-float containers in other monitors, I would like to see the ability to add "Child" Visual Studio MDI Containers to other monitors. This would allow a user to move controls from one Container to another, dock, expand, maximize, etc. This should also support multiple "Tabs" of code in each container as well.

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                      • Make it easier to edit global elements

                        When I installed Boost I had to add global include paths in "...user.props" xml file. Adding library paths or configurations is also a pain. I don't know why you deleted an option to do it just with VS. Please bring that back.

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                        • Embed console applications on VS IDE

                          When debugging a console app, VS opens a console window. This breaks the workflow as the console always pops in the most inconvenient place and switching windows back and forth can become really annoying.

                          Other IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) include a built in console window embedded in the IDE itself (it prints STDOUT, STDERR and reads STDIN). This is really helpful as you can see the output of the program and the debugger+code+breakpoints+data at the same time and on the same window.

                          It would be nice to have a built-in console on VS for console applications. Especially if it is searchable…

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                          • Be able to search for options analogously to what the new version of VS2011 is supposed to be able to do with commands.

                            There are so many options in the Tools|Options dialog that it's very easy to forget exactly where you found a given option earlier. It would be nice if we could search for options in the Options dialog, along the lines what the beta of VS2011 is supposed to have with searching for commands.

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                            • Design pattern highlighting for Javascript editor

                              To create professional Javascript it is highly recommended to use design patterns. It would be great if the IDE could help in recognizing the MEANING of these patterns.

                              For example, it could highlight the public vs. private methods of the module pattern by a different background color.

                              Suggested patterns:
                              Constructor Pattern
                              Module Pattern
                              Revealing Module Pattern
                              Singleton Pattern
                              Observer Pattern
                              Mediator Pattern
                              Prototype Pattern
                              Command Pattern
                              Facade Pattern
                              Factory Pattern
                              Mixin Pattern
                              Decorator Pattern
                              Flyweight Pattern

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                              • hotkey suggestions for current actions

                                Visual Studio has many hotkeys, but if you want to use it you have to learn all of this. No, if you see unobtrusive suggestion with current hotkey for action, which you have done now, you will remember it easily. Also, it will be useful if it shows only for often making actions. As I know, same functionality exists in Intellij IDEA.

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                                • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

                                  it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

                                  if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

                                  This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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                                  • Improve offline working and going online

                                    When you open a solution without connection to TFS, allow user to cancel loading, keeping the status of the solution as "online" (go online process may be very long).
                                    Then, when going online, allow the user to shortcut the process if he can commit that he made no change in his solution.

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                                    • Add option to MIDL compiler to suppress output noise

                                      When compiling an IDL file, there's far too much uninteresting output written. Each imported/included file is output, e.g.:

                                      Processing C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\oaidl.idl
                                      oaidl.idl

                                      It' analogous to turning on the c/c++ compiler option "Show Includes" - not very useful most of the time.

                                      Ideally, by default, the output would simply contain the name of the idl file processed in the project - just like the c++ compiler.

                                      Also, why does it generate a warning when you override an option? We have /W0 turned on which generates a warning (ironic):

                                      2>midl : command line warning MIDL1015: /W0 or /no_warn overrides warning-level…

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                                      • Visual Studio / MSDN background color too white

                                        Problem: Eyes get tired when looking on white background for many hours. Visual studio white areas, MSDN Library white area background for articles.

                                        Solution:

                                        Visual Studio IDE. Can set backgroundcolor to e.g. lightgray in one place so background color in all windows in IDE are affected.

                                        MSDN Library web site. The preferred background color can be remembered in a cookie e.g.

                                        This is nice features to have for software developers who use Visual Studio and MSDN Library a lot on a working day. Other websites and other applications on the host are not affected compared to solving the problem with…

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                                        • Add full intellisense experience to T4 template editing without an extension

                                          It would be so much easier to work with T4 templates if we had the full intellisense experience. It's already really difficult to create code that generates code (my brain hurts sometimes) but without the rich editing experience that is normally available in VS is much much harder.

                                          I'm aware that there are extensions available but I'd rather not have to pay extra (and rely on a third party) to use the features that already exist in VS.

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