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  1. HLSL Syntax Highlighting

    Allow intellisense and the IDE to use syntax highlighting for HLSL. This would make graphics programming a lot more enjoyable and better.

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      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable building and running of a single source code file

      I compete on algorithmic competitions website called TopCoder. I have a plugin that creates .cs file when I open a problem on TopCoder. It's a daunting task to load this .cs file in VS and start solving the problem. The real issue is that solving a problem is timed, so if I loose 2min creating a project and adding a single file to the project, I loose points.

      Not to mention that there are three problems (each with own Main function) and it's impossible in VS to test all three problems within a single project.

      Also, it would be great…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • HotKeys for <%@ Import Namespace="..." %> directive (aspx) or @using (razor)

        There is an only action on pressing "Ctrl+." on class name in .aspx or .cshtml Views - adding namespace to the class name. It would be great, if there was an alternate action - setting Import directive (aspx) or using (razor) like in cs codefiles.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Copy only error message(description) from the Error List window

          In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
          "Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.

          Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.

          Or
          To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Increase text cursor thickness in editor windows

            From the description of the Productivity Power Tools extension: "As the resolution of monitors increases, it’s becoming more difficult to find the caret in the code editor." As a counter measure I suggest making the text cursor better visible by increasing its thickness from the current one pixel (that's getting thinner and thinner on high resolution monitors!) by two pixels or maybe even a configurable value. Several other text editor applications use a 2 pixel wide caret/cursor and it makes a huge difference.

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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Reverse cycle through clipboard ring

              Ctrl-Shift-V is awesome for the clipboard ring, but when you pass the item you are after, you have to go all the way back round.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Camel Case Words while typing

                It would be nice to get a "Camel Case" feature in Visual Studio per default.

                Example:
                You have two variables like "TestVarHeight" and "TestVarWidth"

                If you later want to use the variables in code you just need to type "tvh" and it directly suggest you just the "TestVarHeight"

                Additional informations:
                * not case sensitive
                * also working with parts of words like "TestVH" or "Tevh"
                * directly suggest the word while typing (no need to use some shortcuts or something to navigate through words)
                * also work with digits (like "v3" for "Vector3" or "t4y" for "Test4You")

                This is a…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable filtering out warnings without a Code in the error list, ex. "Referenced component could not be found".

                  When working with a large solution it is not uncommon to have many projects unloaded to decrease build times during development. However, this leads to many warnings displayed in the Error List saying "The referenced component 'XXXX' could not be found", which makes it difficult to find the warnings and CA-warnings that we are actually of interest to me.

                  There seems to be no way to filter out these warnings today, so I suggest you implement that.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make quick find optional (PLEASE)

                    Please make the Quick Find 'feature' (the one that come over from the Productivity Power Tools) optional in VS2012. At the very least, make an optional to stop highlighting every match in the file as I type each individual letter. When I press the letter e, I never ever ever want to wait 3 seconds just so I can see every single letter e highlighted in the document. It is infuriating.

                    Performance gets much more frustrating with regular expression searches. Find is supposed to be fast, particularly when I know what I'm looking for is in the file I'm already…

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                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Rename items in "Recent" list on Start Page

                      At my company, I can be working in different source branches at the same time, meaning I can have a list of many different recent projects on the Start Page. However, since all the solution files are named the same (just in different branches), I have to hover over each item in the list to see where it is physically located to determine which one I need to open.

                      If we had the ability to rename the entries in the "Recent" list, I could give each item a name that tells me which branch that specific solution is in.

                      It's…

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • warning on the multi-alphabetic words

                        Show a warning message on the alphabet mixed words. For axample, if Cyrilic char 'С' typed inside the english word. and vice versa.

                        Its very difficult to catch such bug when this word is used in the conditions or hash tables.
                        It's should be in C#,Javascript, html, css - editors at least. thanks.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Multiple Bookmark Sets

                          I've been using bookmarks every day for a long time.

                          How about having different sets of bookmarks that are color coated.

                          So If I'm working on 3 different problems in the same solution, i can have a different set of bookmarks per problem and they can be color coated. Then have a dropdown next to the bookmark nav toolbar to select which set you want to toggle.

                          Please let me know. chrismicco@gmail.com

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                          • Scrollbars in VS11 Dark theme aren't themed.

                            Scrollbars in VS11 Dark theme aren't themed, and stand out significantly. They should be themed similar to the scrollbars in Blend.

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                            • Task list should remember comment tasks when closing and re-opening Visual Studio

                              I do this:

                              1. I type a todo comment such as "// todo: fix all the problems in this function."

                              2. I go to the Task List and see the todo item listed.

                              3. I save-all and close Visual Studio.

                              4. I re-open Visual Studio and re-open the same project.

                              5. The Task List is empty. However, the todo comment is still in the code.

                              If I do anything to the todo comment, then it re-appears in the Task List. But what about all the other todo comments I have throughout the code?

                              This Task List seems like a pretty…

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                              • Add order attribute to codedui tests

                                I run coded ui test from Microsoft Test Manager. In MTM i can order the test to run in a specific order. Sometimes when debugging I need to emulate this functionality. Coded UI tests are not sufficient for this. They don't provide the fine grained test reporting that I need.

                                I sugges that you provide a simple order attribute in the coded ui test framework that can be used to decorate the testmethods. e.g. Order = 1. Tests with an order attribute would be run first, in order. Those with the order attribute would be run afterwards. Each order attribute…

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                                • Add support for the "Custom Tool" design-time file property in shared projects

                                  I've posted about this here, initially believing it to be a bug rather than an apparent design decision: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/be5b601d-1a80-40f5-8ed8-a2a833f99f40

                                  When building universal applications that require the use of design-time custom tools (such as Razor preprocessors), the inclusion of the "Custom Tool" file property in shared projects would be a tremendous workflow improvement. At the moment, this feature is only available in executables and libraries, which can lead to ugly dependency issues when used in conjunction with shared projects.

                                  See attached images for a comparison of the File Properties panel in a PCL project and the same panel in a shared…

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                                  • Spaces vs Tabs: auto-detect

                                    Some projects use spaces, some use tabs for indentation. Working on multiple projects with conflicting policies and having to manually flip the switch each time is annoying. Could you auto-detect what policy a given file uses?

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                                    • Support asp.net mvc 2 projects in visual studio 2012 and vNext

                                      Right now you can't open asp.net mvc 2 project in visual studio 2012 without doing a little hack as described in this answer:
                                      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13424079/how-do-i-open-an-mvc-2-project-in-visual-studio-2012
                                      Then you can normally work with this project but you loose tooling support (no "Add Controller, View etc.")
                                      There are a lot of MVC 2 projects out there and it seems it's not such a hard thing to bring back this support. So please, do it.

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                                      • Lite mode for Visual Studio

                                        A light weight mode for Visual Studio that is code focused. In this mode all installed languages would be recognised by the editor, including mark-up languages like HTML, CSS and XAML, etc. The IDE would still provide intellisense and refactoring tools/addins should still be able to function. However, in "lite mode" no visual designers would be available, nor would they be loaded into memory.

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                                        • Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back

                                          Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back
                                          or give us another way of getting to it, which doesn't take half a day

                                          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/08/19/asp-net-web-configuration-tool-missing-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx?PageIndex=2&wa=wsignin1.0#comments

                                          Does not work, and I don't have all day, after spending hours doing wonderfull stuff with WebApi i'm now stuckm until I jump thru hoops

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