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  1. The Configuration Manager should be revisited

    The "Configuration Manager" window should be redesigned. It was OK few years ago when we had just "Debug" and "Release" and only 2 "CPU architecture". But since we now have a bunch of targets and CPU architecture and we need to check all permutations of the 2 drop boxes to make sure everything is ok... it's very painful.

    Please find a way to improve the performance of this window and to better visualise which project is compiled in which configuration / platform. Maybe a kind of big matrix would be useful there...

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      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      26 votes
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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bookmarks for TFS Source Control explorer

        New option in Visual Studio TFS source control explorer to create bookmarks of source location paths

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 456 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add PlaneProjection

            For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

            253 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support String Interpolation in Resources Project Items

              I think that it would greatly simplify internationalization efforts if Resources project items would support the notion of interpolation of values. This would build on the existing support for String resources by adding metadata to the RESX file format to describe the names and types of the expected values for the argument holes. The generated designer class would use that metadata to construct methods which would accept those values as arguments and use composite formatting to build the final string.

              For example, an interpolated String resource could be declared as follows:

              Name: Greetings
              Value: "Hello {name}!"

              When this String resource…

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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Release Management Change Summary for Git

                I have several projects that are using TFS Git for source control. It would be great if the Change Summary feature worked for these builds.

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                  After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                  please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

                  186 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "Overweight Analysis" for analysing application performance

                    Refer to Rico Mariani's MSDN Blog article for details on what would be a very simple to do value add for performance analysis of applications.

                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ricom/archive/2014/12/13/a-systematic-approach-to-finding-performance-regressions-using-overweight-analysis.aspx

                    11 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Custom-color folders within solution/project

                      It's rather tiring locating a project sub-folder when you have a large project with multiple folders. Being able to custom-color the folders would enhance the usability.

                      4 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps configuration improvements

                        Some settings are not available for ui however persist when included in config.xml manually.

                        But in the case of <access> tag, for example, there is the attribute "launch-external" not available in ui. When manually added is subscribed by ui.

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                          1 comment  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MySQL for Visual Studio does not work in VS 2015 preview

                          Dear Sirs, looks like "MySQL for Visual Studio" does not work in VS 2015 preview (while in VS 2013 it works fine). Please, make it working in VS 2015 preview. Thanks a lot in advance!

                          Francesco Serafini.

                          5 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow the ability to prove that a code review was done for a task

                            I was asked to escalate this from here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5e9c476d-a728-4505-a310-9614b1c3b06f/how-to-find-a-work-items-code-review-request?forum=tfsworkitemtracking

                            We are using VS2013 connected to TFS2012.

                            We are currently being audited as to our development practices. Overall it is going well and we can provide evidence on our processes.

                            However it seems TFS won't allow us to find a code review for a task.

                            We use a 1 tier branch, so everything gets committed and released from that. Before a commit a code review request is created. Only when the code review passes will the code be committed. This all works fine. However when looking at a task I cannot…

                            165 votes
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                            • 9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visual Studio Cross-Platform Build Tools (IOS - Android - Mac - ... )

                                Visual Studio Cross-Platform Build Tools (IOS - Android - Mac - ... )

                                5 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Syntax Highlighting/Intellisense inside SQL Strings in C-Sharp/VB Files

                                  The SQL Server Database Tools and SQL Server Management Studio tools are excellent, but it would be super helpful if Visual Studio also did SQL syntax highlighting and intellisense inside of SQL strings in files other than those with .sql extensions. Namely, C-Sharp and VB files.

                                  Doing simple queries with an inline string is an incredibly common pattern, so actually having some intellisense and/or compilation warnings would be great.

                                  This would enable a much more efficient development story for cases where using something like Dapper.net is preferable over a heavier OR/M like EntityFramework.

                                  37 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

                                    At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

                                    It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

                                    This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Use -Wl,--start-group and -Wl,--end-group for Android linking.

                                      When linking to multiple libraries, the linux linker doesn't support circular dependancies. This is in contrast to the Windows linker, which does. In experimenting with the Android support in 2015 CTP for an existing project, I discovered that I had to include the sources from our static library projects directly in order to work around this issue.

                                      3 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Lightweight Release Management Deployment Agent for Linux (java based) and for old Windows versions

                                        Please provide a lightweight auxiliary deployment agent just to run terminal commands and execute bat or sh files in Linux and Windows XP.

                                        41 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please replace the flat, mostly monochrome icons in VS 2015

                                          Visual Studio already looks a lot better than Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. I like that at least some icons got colored again and that the menu no longer is all ppercase.
                                          However, I'm still not a fan of flat design. The colored icons still look quite strange. And most of the monochrome icons are really ugly.
                                          So please bring back the icons of Visual Studio 2010. Or provide multiple icon packs and let the user choose. Not everybody likes flat design!

                                          3 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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