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  1. Please add data diagram (UML) viewer/editor to VS2013+ integrated SSDT

    The one important thing that the SQL Server Data Tools is missing is a visual db diagram designer/viewer. I liked the reverse engineering feature of Visio but it has been removed from the base version. It does make sense that all types of development should be done in VS IDE, so I'm happy that SSDT is now integrated with it. But it's missing that one feature that all db designers love. Please consider adding a UML viewer/editor for the data model like you once had in Visio. I don't like the one in SSMS, it's clunky, doesn't have a good…

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    • Keyboard macros.

      Where are the keyboard macros gone? Recording and playing back keyboard actions are very important in formatting large chunks of text.

      Going around the problem by using 3rd party solutions, such as Notepad++ is quite suboptimal.

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      • Visual Studio 2015 PRO without MSDN

        Currently I have Visual Studio 2013 PRO without MSDN. I have had MSDN in the past but it is not part of my budget to get it again. I don't see from your list of VS products where you are going to continue having this version, I am asking that you continue to have Visual Studio PRO without MSDN. It is my impression I can't use the community version for business product so it is useless to me unless I am misunderstanding "non-enterprise applications". It seems you are forcing small companies into MSDN.

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        • Batch build should support selecting solution configurations

          In 280+ projects solution I want to batch build the release and the debug version/ In present batch build mode I have to select 280*2 = 560 projects!

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          • The new Visual Studio 2012 Find dialog is frustrating

            - The fact you can't undock it from the upper-right corner is bad for those of us with vertical monitors. Please make it a floating window again.

            - The fact that you can't find forwards and backwards at the same time without first clicking a little dropdown arrow is maddening.

            - The thin little lines which tell you if Match Case, Match Whole Word, etc are enabled is way too hard to see, plus they dissapear entirely when your mouse hovers over them or when they have focus.

            - I miss being able to perform a Find in Files, and…

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            • Allow directories in solutions to automatically include new children

              I would like an option for directories in solutions to 'add all new children to solution' - so that when I add a subdirectory or file, I don't have to open the solution, 'show all files in the solution' and then add the individual items to the solution manually. Such option would also need a default 'Copy To Output Directory' and 'Custom Tool' property to be applied to the new files. This mechanism would help in scenarios where artists are adding raw assets to the solution subfolders as they are made, and shouldn't need to open Visual Studio and mess…

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              • Add a per project option to automatically invoke ILMerge on assemblies

                Currently, this is a tedious post build step to set up and maintain. Having an option in the project settings to 'ILMerge this assembly into the executable' would make it much easier.

                This is desirable to cut down on the dll **** with multiple projects in a solution.

                It is often desirable to ship certain dlls separately, so this would need to be a per project option. I'm not sure whether the exe would state that it wished to merge dependencies, or that the dependencies state that they wish to be merged. Probably some combination of both.

                It would only…

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                • Make the Solution Property Pages dialog resizable and searchable

                  Similar to what has been done to the Options dialog in 2013, it would be nice to allow the Solution Property Pages dialog (the one that appears when you choose Project | Set Startup Projects)

                  For areas within this dialog that have lists that can be quite long, add an incremental search feature

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                  • Allow the Default Zoom Level to be Overridden

                    My idea is to allow the default zoom level for the code view to be set in the IDE's preference dialog.

                    It's not a deal-breaker, but it become somewhat tiresome setting the zoom every time a file is opened.

                    Another option is to allow it to be set for the current project only.

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                    • Add "spotlight" to customize toolbar add command.

                      Ypu have added spotlight to solution explorer. You have got it for finding all keyboard commands. You forgot to add this must have service to adding a command to a toolbar. This becomes very annoying.

                      When you have hundreds of lines, spotlight is required for any 21st century software.

                      Add it to the list of colorable parts of text. That list is huge too.

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                        • Robust SOA Support

                          Currently, the IDE's support for service references is geared more toward attaching to existing services which are already hosted somewhere. But during development of a SOA, dependent services aren't yet hosted anywhere. It would be nice if, for instance, an MVC web application can choose WCF service projects in the same solution as service references, and have all the "config" stuff we do today be accessible from some editor in the context menu of the reference node itself (which could work by simply copying it to/from the appropriate Web.config file). This way, if I were to launch the MVC web…

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                          • Extend the Code-Folding ability of the IDE to the horizontal axis as well.

                            If you extended the Code-Folding ability to the horizontal axis as well, you fold on ( ) [ ] { } and maybe < > </ > for XML Literals.

                            Also extend to include, the Conditional Expression. (Note: [+] & [-] are representing the colwfold glyphs.
                            [+] IF myCondition Then
                            [-]Else
                            Rem ' Some Code Here]
                            End If
                            [-]If Cond Then
                            [-]ElseIf
                            [-][Else
                            End If

                            Or let the user arbitrarily highlight a block of code, to be folded.

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                            • I suggest you to at least make a Visual Studio that some what more User-Friendly, or a other software program. Kind regards, Micheal Myers

                              Many new programmers get confused while using VS, some do not even have the time to learn the usages of VS, then they basically give up. When programmers "give up", a program is not made, just one program can help a computer and much more. By them giving up, meaning someone can not benefit from that program they could of invented or improve.

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                              • Add ability to search for methods in "Create Script Methods" dialog menu

                                "Create Script Methods" dialog menu does not have "Search" nagivation bar for developers to type and search for methods in the list of methods.

                                I request the ability to search for methods in the "Create Script Methods" dialog menu.

                                See attachment.

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                                • Add support for expanded context menu items.

                                  Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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                                  • add a toggle to set t4 templates to run only manually and not automatically

                                    Dear Visual Studio Developers --

                                    Please help.

                                    I need to know how to disable the autorun feature for t4 templates in Visual Studio 2012.

                                    (I think this way does not exist-- so I am suggesting the idea.)

                                    (In case you did not know, Visual Studio will autorun all t4 templates as soon they are changed and saved in the IDE.)

                                    I want to only run the templates only when I choose > Build, > Transform All Templates.

                                    (I know that I can manually clear the CustomTool property and then fill it in again when I need to run them-- but…

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                                    • Provide us with Xbox One Version of VS Express

                                      It would be awesome if we could start creating apps and games for Xbox One store before the hardware comes out. Perhaps we could make it work with current Kinect and Xbox 360 controllers on our windows 8 hardware??

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                                      • Switch button in "Find and Replace" dialog box

                                        Visual studio (and also SQL Management) "Find and Replace" dialog box could have button what switches values in "Find what" and "Replace with" fields.

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                                        • Extend call hierarchy to show event registrations

                                          Call Hierarchy (CTRL+K,T) currently shows calls into and out of a function as well as implementers of an interface. It would also be nice if "calls to" a function picked up event registrations (i.e. is this function an event handler or being invoked by an event anywhere in it's call chain).

                                          For bonus points, it should extend to events declared in XAML!

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