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  1. Please stop throwing "Cannot find the requested resource" exceptions

    I develop Visual Studio extensions with Break on all Exceptions set.

    Every time I do anything in Visual Studio (launch VS, open the Options dialog, use Solution Explorer), I got lots of first-chance ArgumentExceptions, "Cannot find the requested resource", from
    Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.dll!Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.TryEachApplicableNamespace<string>(string resourceName, Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.GetResourceDelegate<string> getResource) .

    This severely interferes with my debugging workflow.

    Please please stop throwing this exception.

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    • Add button To Clear The Application Cache Without Resetting The AppDomain

      Allow us to clear the iiscache without having to reset iis or recycle the application pool. While developing we have to manually clear the cache and the current process is time consuming using iisreset (which doesn't always work) or through IIS.

      Add a button within the IDE that clears the cache of the current solution.

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      • Support a XML diff tool inside Visual Studio for use with & without TFS.

        The diff tool in VS 2012 is a fantastic leap forward but fails badly with XML files (as does most tools). I would love a XML diff tool or the current diff tool to be extended to support XML. Ideally this tool should work with TFS (i.e. when merging etc...) but also without TFS - let me use it to select and compare two files on disk.

        This would have benefits for
        + modifying work item templates for TFS
        + SharePoint developers
        + Lightswitch developers
        + Windows 8 app developers who use XAML
        + Anyone using XAML (WPF, WF, Silverlight…

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        • Add colors to tabs based on pinned-state, different projects or your own look and feel

          Since the new Visual Studio has a lot less color, I don't mind BUT my tabs look all the same and miss some visual structure.

          Maybe it would be nice to assign you own colors to your tabs, different colors for pinned & not pinned- states or different colors for each project!

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          • Confirm that user wants search for a single character term when using Find in Files

            Every few days I wind up accidentally searching my entire codebase for a single character term. Such searches can yield hundreds of thousands of results, and Visual Studio can become unresponsive for minutes.

            It would be great if Visual Studio could confirm that you want to search for single character terms when using Find in Files.

            A method for limiting the maximum number of search results would also work.

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            • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

              Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
              The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

              For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

              The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

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              • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

                Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

                Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

                Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

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                • Provide Interactive rebase support for Visual studio tools for Git

                  Please provide Rebase and Interctive Rebase support for visual studio tools for Git

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                  • Find should default to Current Document, Entire Solution, depending on context

                    VS2010 would default the Find dialog scope to the Current Document if hitting Ctrl-f from within a document; and Entire Solution if selecting Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files / Replace in Files.

                    Visual Studio 11 does not seem to have this capability. It appears to always use the last specified scope. If I last searched within Current Document, clicking Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files still shows Current Document as the scope, when I actually wanted Entire Solution.

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                      3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Task based IDE workspaces

                      Depending on the task you are performing you sometimes want a customized development enviroment, displaying different panels, menu bars etc.
                      When you debug for example, the IDE changes it's layout. It would be great if the user could do the same for tasks you can customize yourself.
                      You could for example customize a workspace for HTML editing, debugging, coding c#, database design, WPF XAML editing, etc.

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                      • Group or "super tabs" in the VS IDE so that the designer surface and code editor are always together

                        I know that you have F7 and SHIFT+F7 to toggle between designer surface and code behind in a web forms webpage or a windows/wpf form, I would like to see the option of a single tab in the IDE for these two views combined and two tabs within that container (one for the designer surface and one for the code). That way, the two can always be kept together which would be useful when navigating the mouse, i.e. reflect the hierarchy visualised in the Solutions explorer on the tabs of opened solution elements.

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                        • Renaming a model class should also update cshtml views

                          when you rename a class, VS does a smart refactoring where it updates references to that class to the new name. If your project is an MVC project, model declarations in cshtml views are not updated. These should be refactored too.

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                          • Integrate Mercurial SCM into the IDE

                            Give Hg users first-class support in the IDE. Yes there is visual-hg but I'd love to see this built-in.

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                            • Fix "ready" while building in Visual Studio 11

                              Visual Studio 11 shows an intermittent "ready" message in the lower left while it is building a project. The way that it blinks on and off draws your eye, and makes you think that the build is finished when it is not. The result is that when you try to perform the next logical step, such as running the program, you get an error message saying that the build is not complete. This seems to happen in other cases when the IDE is busy as well.

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                              • "Scope to This" is great, but when working in a large solution, I'd like to be able to set my scope to a subset of projects.

                                In the Solution Explorer, I like the new "Scope to This" feature.

                                Could this be expanded to scope to a subset of projects as opposed to just one? It would make working in large solutions much easier.

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                                • add "track active item" feature not only in Solution Explorer but also in class View

                                  in "Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > General" you can set "track active item in Solution Explorer". This feature allow you to see always your current location of the editing file within the project.

                                  Same feature would be nice for class view, too.

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                                  • Bring back the "Before building" options in VS2012

                                    In earlier versions, there was a dropdown in Tools | Options that let me choose whether or not I wanted to save files when building. It would be very useful to have this back. (VS2012 always saves when building.)

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                                    • Make it easier to switch user

                                      The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.

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                                      • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

                                        It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

                                        Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

                                        Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

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                                        • Rename Solution Explorer windows

                                          It would be nice if we could rename solution explorer windows. For example, if I open a solution explorer scoped to my "Scripts" folder, I'd like to be able to tell which solution explorer it is when they are collapsed.

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