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  1. Scheduled Todo list

    Today we put a todo comment and it appears in the todo task list. Many times that "todo" comments is optional and many times it become mandatory after a given date.

    The suggestion is to put a date with todo comment. e.g.
    //todo: 28/March/2013 : Replace this hard coded value by the value that we pull from database.

    When a compilation triggered in IDE(Visual Studio), all such todo comments whose date has expired should be shown as error. To fix it either user can
    1> postpone the date or
    2> remove the comment or
    3> mark the todo as complete.…

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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add Codelens option to DEBUG unit tests

      I frequently use CodeLens to execute tests affecting a method, however I have noticed that I only have options to "Run" or "Run All", there's no "Debug" - to do this I have to go to at least one of the tests, then choose "Debug Test" manually. It'd be awesome to have this as part of the CodeLens miniwindow.

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      • Post-Publish Event

        We need Post-Publish Events just like post-build events.
        I woulid like to copy some stuff on my publish folder after publish.

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        • Run checkout through a separate thread so Visual Studio does not lock up

          Visual Studio automatically checks a file out of TFS when you start editing. While Visual Studio is communicating with TFS to check the file out, the IDE becomes unresponsive. This is frustrating when you're connected to your network via VPN and it takes a couple of seconds to check a file out.

          Instead a file checkout should happen in a background thread allowing you to work without interruption.

          Waiting for the file to checkout is annoying for those coming from a SVN background. This might help a easier transition for development houses looking for the benefits of TFS but enjoy…

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          • Apply button to the Tools/Options dialog

            It should be possible to run "Apply" directly from the Options dialog to see the changes being applied. It's unproductive having to go back and forth between the dialog to see changes being applied to the IDE.

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            • I suggest that the error window presents errors in the order they appear in the build log.

              The error window is useless for c++ developers. The sorting options don't allow me to see the first error encountered by the compiler which is often causing many of the rest of errors I'm seeing.

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              • Show code regions in Document Outline pane

                I want to be able to quickly explore the regions defined (with #region e.g. in C#), in my code file and quickly navigate to them

                I believe a natural place for that would be the Document Outline pane which now is empty if the current document is a C# file (guess for VB.net and other languages the same happens)

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                • Enable user/solution-wide pre/post-build script options

                  Currently you can configure a script to run before or after a project builds. I would like to be able to run one before and after the entire solution builds. This would ideally be enabled as both a per solution setting and a global one for a user.
                  The main reason I need it now is I want to display a full screen popup once my build completes so I know I need to get back to work after a long build completes (which can be quite long in C++ projects case). I can configure a sound to play on…

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                  • Add HintPath and Private element values to Properties Window.

                    The path to a reference in the Properties Window in VS does not display enough information, because it's overridden by HintPaths. This can cause build errors which are difficult to resolve. For example, a hint path may point to a debug location and the build server builds a release build and fails. If the HintPath was displayed in the Properties Window, the problem would be easier to solve when one checks the references. Also, Copy Local = true is overridden if a reference is in the GAC. This is not intuitive and a source of build issues, in particular building…

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                    • Don't steal the focus

                      In many situations VS needlessly moves the cursor away from the current location or even deselects selections when changing views..
                      Ex:
                      - in code windows when switching between editing and debugging
                      - In solution explorer when switching between editing and debugging

                      Please optimize the UI so that the current cursor location and selection stay visible and do not move when changing views (whenever possible).

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                      • Add NotImplementedException to the task list

                        Anytime a NotImplementedException is created in user code add an item to the task list to help the programmer remember to fill in the method.

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                        • Display plugins/addons memory usage

                          It's possible to see the memory usage of different add-ons in Firefox using `about:addons-memory` command. It would be great if we could have it in VS.NET too. Also having the `help menu -> restart with add-ons disabled` option would be handy (instead of using the command promept).

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                          • Make the refactor preview reference changes dialog remember its size and have a better default size

                            The refactor preview window default size is too small to be much use, and although it's resizable it doesn't remember its size, which means you have to resize it each time you use it. :(

                            https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/795251/refactor-preview-reference-changes-dialog-needs-to-remember-its-size-and-have-a-better-default-size

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                            • Better tab switching

                              (Submit on behalf of: Immad Naseer)
                              A majority of the time, I know the name of the file I want to switch to and I wasn't able to find a way to quickly switch to it. Alt tabbing to the file can take a long time. The other alternative could be to bring up the "Windows" dialog (Alt + W, W) and type the name of the file over there. While this is better than just alt tabbing, it does an exact match and forces me to type the file name from the start.
                              A "fuzzy" match where I can…

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                              • add razor cshtml preview, like aspx preview

                                aspx pages can be splitted so you get a preview of the rendering

                                Why not cshtml pages ?

                                The aspx preview is buggy, but it does not matter. The preview is a good way to see if something is wrong with code integration.

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                                • Add my custom drawing to code section as part of comment because drawings can often be clearer and meaningful to the reader.

                                  We often draw diagrams and boxes to explain complex ideas. If we can add a custom image as part of visual studio comments, I believe that it will dramatically help developers under new code and existing code in ways that they never have before. It will definitely help reader understand why code is written the way that it did.

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                                  • Provide a Cancel option for Search All option.

                                    I accidently did a search for "<" and had to wait for a while before the search complete and the system is back top operatable mode. If there is a easy to use option to cancel an existin gsearch that will be great or at least a confirmation dialog that pops up when found entries go above 1000 etc.

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                                    • Allow renamed linked files in solution explorer

                                      We can rename files in solution explorer, but not if they are add as link.

                                      Renaming a file that has been linked, forces us to rename the file outside visual studio, then manually edit the project file to change it's name (or remove the "old" file from the project and add it again with the new name).

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                                      • Combine and cleanup the 'View', 'View->Other Windows' and 'Debug->Windows' menus

                                        The View menu window item order seems kind of arbitrary, as does the criteria by which something falls under 'Other Windows'. I've been using VS since 2001 and I still have no idea where I'm going to find the window I'm looking for. The list gets longer with more extensions and the new colorless icons makes it a little more aggravating in VS2012 than 2010.

                                        It would be useful if you could merge the Debug->Windows menu into the View menu and categorize everything. So Entity-framework related windows would be in their own sub-menu. Debugging windows could be in their own…

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                                        • Support folders with Add existing item as link

                                          When I go to add an existing item to a project, I should be able to select a folder and have it add the entire hierarchy as a link. For projects where PCL just doesn't cut it, adding new platform projects or even just maintaining them is a nightmare. Automatic link extensions are nice, but do not cover the breadth of scenarios where linking files is required and is just outright painful.

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