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  1. Task Runner Explorer : Bindings : Add debug and release options

    You have the option to run a gulp task either before or after build. It would be great if we had the option to run different tasks after a debug or release build. Typically for a release build there are a lot of additional gulp tasks that are run eg minification and bundling. I would like the bindings to say:

    After build
    After build - debug
    After build - release

    Thanks for listening!

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Tooltip on non-visible matching Braces

      The editor already highlights matching braces, but if one of the pairs is not visible in the editor, then this visually indicator is not useful.

      My suggestions, is to add a tooltip what would show the (previous) line when the matching brace started when the mouse is hovering the ending brace.

      if(testSomething)
      {
      // Very Long Code
      }

      In this case, hovering the mouse over the ending curly brace, would show a tooltip with "if(testSomething)" text.

      This would be especially useful in dealing with long trailing } sequences at the end of functions and classes.

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Simplify the closing of multiple documents

        On the documents tab control.

        When multiple tabs/documents are open, it is possible to pull down a context menu, which lists all open documents, by clicking the down arrow on the far right of the tab control. This menu could be improved upon by adding a “Close button” next to each document in the menu to simplify the closing of documents.

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          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make existing Visual Studio visual designer and extensible enough to be available for other programming language such as F# as well

          I don't know how to write this suggestions clearer than the current title. I'll try to explain the background of this suggestions
          This is the current situations in VS 2012:
          1. F# has included as one of first class language since VS 2010
          2. F# user base has grown larger than before, thanks to #1, Microsoft! But unfortunately? (read next)
          3. Can't create ASP.NET project template using F# other than C# or VB.
          4. Can't create WPF (hence Silverlight) project visually using F# (again, other than using C# or VB)
          5. Can't create visual Windows Store app using F#, just…

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            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for multiple solutions per IDE instance

            Most of the time I have multiple (can reach 8 or 9) instances of Visual Studio open and going back and forth between solutions especially when debugging can be painful.

            It would make my life easier to have one IDE instance handle multiple solutions. Each solution will be represented by a "Solution Explorer" panel. These panels will be color coded so when code files are opened their tab color will match the respective solution.

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            • Make dialog windows non-modal

              In IDE modal windows sometimes are really annoying hiding each other and not allowing to get back and copy/read smth without closing current window. I think the approach they use in SQL Management Studio is much more user-friendly

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                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • IntelliSense for Aurelia views

                Aurelia is rapidly gaining traction as the second big SPA framework for the future, and it represents a very strong alternative to Angular 2 - and while Angular 2 seem to be stuck in perpetual development, Aurelia is here now, just as capable, and much nicer to work with.

                Read more at http://aurelia.io

                Visual Studio already provides IntelliSense support when editing Angular views, and I strongly believe it should do the same for Aurelia. This should at a minimum include full IntelliSense for the Aurelia binding syntax, and ideally also for property names defined on the corresponding view model.

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                • Add multi-line support to Find/Replace

                  Please add multi-line support (with intelligent highlight/copy/paste into the search box) to all existing Find/Replace features. In other words, if the user highlights multiple lines and hits Ctrl+F, the search box should automagically expand slightly and show a scroll bar.

                  For non-evangelist, real devs, this feature alone would save MANY hours of development time.

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                  • Use the full scriptcs engine as the C# REPL in Visual Studio

                    Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 brought us the C# REPL (https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update1-vs#Csharp). It is a pity that we do not get the full Scriptcs (http://scriptcs.net/) experience. The community has already embraced Scriptcs and we have integrated it into our workflow. Don't reinvent the weel and create a solution that has fewer features and is incompatible.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable copy/paste of files between solutions

                      If often want to take files from a solution open in one VS instance, and add them to a solution open in another. If I try the usual copy/paste, I get an error "The source files for this operation cannot be found in this solution".

                      Please could you make VS smarter so that it can handle this.

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                      • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                        A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                        At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                        As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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                        • Haskell support in Visual Studio

                          First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

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                          • show the full path as a tooltip in 'Recent Projects and Solutions' menu

                            I sometimes have copies of the same solution. When opening a solution via the 'Recent Projects and Soultions' menu under 'File', the full path is not shown, so I often open the wrong one. Show a tool tip with the full path when I hover over an entry.

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                            • Make Code Lens for Visual Studio 2015 Community

                              Make Code Lens available for Visual Studio 2015 Community. This is a must for single app developers when develop for Windows 10.

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                              • Bring back Emacs emulation

                                Even in the (very nearly necessarily) imperfect VS2010 form, it was a life saver for someone like me who works across tools and platforms!

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                                • Collapse code within a method

                                  [-] private void Test()
                                  {
                                  foreach (int i in Numbers)
                                  {
                                  _Data1 = i + 2;
                                  _Data2 = i * 3;
                                  // etc...
                                  }
                                  }

                                  Give the possibility to collapse the "foreach" statement instead of only allowing us to collapse the method.

                                  Something like this:

                                  [-] private void Test()
                                  {
                                  [+] foreach (int i in Numbers) [...]
                                  }

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                                  • Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

                                    The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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                                    • Make project files contain Undo/Redo information from the last use.

                                      First, it would greatly help to remind yourself what you were doing last time, what coding contexts and ideas were you working on, just by traversing last changes with Ctrl+Z.

                                      Second, it would be nice if you could actually turn VS off for a minute (e.g. windows update wants me to restart my computer) and return to it later, with all the undos being still there ready to use again.

                                      Let's say you can always disable this feature in project settings or is actually off by default.

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                                      • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

                                        Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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                                        • Ability to disable 'class preview' in solution explorer

                                          In Visual Studio 2012 Solution Explorer will now not only show solution files but also allows to drill down to the file contents.

                                          I do not like this feature as it adds noise to SE and would like ability to switch it off.

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