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  1. add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager

    Please add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager.
    It is still better if it can synchronize on-line by relating with user profiles (for example, nuget.org, Microsoft account, etc.).

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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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                • 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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                        • Bring back the ability to rapidly draw a new icon for a macro on a toolbar.

                          In previous versions of Visual Studio, when you added a macro to a toolbar (via customize) you could draw a new icon to represent that macro on the toolbar.
                          Please bring this functionality back.

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                          • Re-enable key features from the Test Results window

                            I can load a TRX into the Test Results window in VS2012, but I can't do anything with those tests. Run, debug, and open are all disabled. WHY would this window be available and not be allowed to run tests the way we did in 2010?

                            We run 15,000+ tests nightly against our products and the lack of these features is keeping our QA team from moving to 2012. Update 2 did not address these issues. Personally, I'm not a fan of the Text Explorer, no matter how good you say it is because it doesn't fit OUR needs.

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                            • Assembly code color highlighting

                              Its easy to get assembly code to work using c++, but you can only edit your assembly code like normal text. It would be cool and productive to have the code (filename.asm) be colored like visual studio does with the other languages. Should be difficult: seperate colors for: keywords, value's, labels, variables, comments and sections(.data,.stack,.code).

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                              • Add ability to view a visual model of a code first objects in visual studio 2015

                                Add ability to view a visual model of a code first objects in visual studio 2015.

                                The entity framework power tools beta 4 never made it out of beta and stopped dev in 2013 or so.. and it doesn't install on 2015 anyway.

                                http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18658078/how-do-you-create-a-visual-model-of-entityframework-code-first

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                                • Add a color bar to top of IDE

                                  As a builder (SCM) type, I routinely have several instances of VS up at one time. And remembering which one I'm doing what is often a game of cycling through them

                                  For my command/powershell windows I set different background colors. It's easy to select the "red" window where I'm doing a large file copy, switch to the green window where I'm syncing my source, then off to the blue window where I'm building my MSI.

                                  If there was a means to set the top a different color based on instance, it would make using multiple instances of VS easier to…

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                                  • Search for files in Solution from Quick Launch

                                    Please add an option to search for files (actually the filename) in the current solution, from Quick Launch.
                                    I keep Solution Explorer closed most of the time, and I really enjoyed opening a file form the search box via ">of Filename".

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                                    • Add in-code markup for hiding of classes or members from Intellisense in unmanaged C++

                                      For managed C++ (and other .NET languages), there has existed for some time a syntax to selectively hide classes, or members within classes, from Intellisense:

                                      [EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Never)]

                                      There is no equivalent mechanism for unmanaged C++.

                                      I work a lot with unmanaged C++, and am VERY frustrated that I cannot present the users of my code with a clean interface (i.e. 'showing' them only those aspects that are stable and deliberately intended for invoking/overriding, while hiding anything that is considered implementation-internal and/or subject to arbitrary revision in the future.)

                                      This could be very easily resolved by a couple of small tweaks to…

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                                      • Unify VS Express editions into a single product

                                        Why do we need separate express edition for single development goal? Unify them to single Express edition allowing Windows, Desktop, Web and Phone development.

                                        It is so bad that current Express edition even don't allow easy participation in MS Open Source initiative because plenty of solutions cannot be opened in single Express version - you need multiple versions opening the same solution to work on all projects. Simply great development experience …

                                        Different Express editions also contain different features. For example VS 2012 Express for Windows didn't contain support for T4 while other versions did.

                                        Add support for portable class…

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                                        • More Project Templates for ASP.NET MVC

                                          We want a project template, using Identity 2, Dapper and only Stored Procedures for data access (no EF at all).
                                          I had recently started implementing that and I had to re-invent the wheel (and it is not a complete wheel yet…)…

                                          Also, we would like the user table to use INT instead of a GUID.
                                          If there’s is a reason for using GUIDs (e.g. security issues and for preventing people guessing the next user succeeding another user), we want to know about it (as far as I am concerned, I haven’t seen any articles online explaining why the Identity tables…

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