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  1. Light Version of Visual Studio

    The best way to describe it is the Blog from http://elegantcode.com/2012/11/30/visual-studio-light-edition/

    Make a Light Version of Visual Studio, that's below 1GB.
    Free from the most extensions and useless Background Tasks.

    Perfect for small Storage Devices. It will offer possibilities to show Customers Projects in a simpler way and make development on travel easier.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve resource management with CodeLens

      When I override .ToString in a large project and start typing, my machine crawls to a snail's pace as CodeLens tries to find all references to ToString... It eventually finds all 2000 references! :| Until I press another key. :(

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        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Boolean coercion in c#

        Can't believe this isn't a request already, but probably my biggest annoyance.

        I really should be able to do

        if(someObj)
        someObj.Something();

        rather than having to do

        if(!Object.ReferenceEquals(null, someObj))
        someObj.Something();

        It doesn't have to do full javascript-style coercion (though extensiblity would be swell), just a simple != null check would cover 99% of scenarios.

        16 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Restore ability to dock the Find/Replace box instead of always locating it on top of the source code

          I like the more compact Find/Replace panel in VisualStudio 2013 but I want to dock it under the solltion explorer on the right side of the screen where it can be always available and not cover any of my source code.

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • There should be an option in VS to highlight unused items in the project

            There should be an option to highlight and remove unused objects or items in the project just like we have in Macromedia Flash. This would reduce the project size as well remove the junk from the project.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add search filter for area path

              It would be helpful if Visual Studio Online Work Item search would support search filter for area path (additionally to the existing search filters assigned to, created by, state & work item type)

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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make C# be the default project template language

                This is a very simple cosmetic stuff, but please make C# the default project type when installing Visual Studio.

                I know that some people like Visual Basic, and there are 2 or 3 guys that still use VB in production, but lets face it, C# is the default .NET language and 99% of developers use that.

                Make Visual C# to the default selected language, so we don't have to remember to change that everytime we install it.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Better commit message on Visual Studio Online pull request merges

                  Using the pull request tool in VSO to complete a merge create a commit message on the target branch that is something like this:
                  "Merge commit 'xxxxxxx' into refs/heads/master"

                  It would be much more meaningful to include the branchname that was merged. Like "git merge" command line do.
                  "Merge branch 'feature/myCoolFeature' into master"

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                    3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow to hide project templates

                    There are lots of projects templates I don't use, like Visual Basic, C++, etc. It would be a nice option to hide project templates we don't use, so they don't clutter the screen.

                    It is specially annoying when creating a new C# project, and you forget to change the language in the right and you end up creating a VB project.

                    A simple right click -> Hide this in the template tree, and a link in the bottom to "Show hidden items" would help with this.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • In Visual Studio Load Test graph analysis, it would be better if "X" and "Y" parameter names are provided.

                        In Visual Studio Load Test graph analysis, it would be better if "X" and "Y" parameter names are provided.

                        Example:

                        Time interval - X axis
                        Number of users - Y axis

                        Without this, analysis of graph makes a tough job for new users.

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Code Analysis rules for VSO Builds

                          Enable SDL 6.1 Code Analysis rules in Visual Studio Online builds. These rules are not installed (currently) so they are no applied to builds executed through VSO's Hosted Build Controller

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow to relate a blocked test case to a bug directly on the run

                            When i'm running a Test Case, sometimes a bug blocks one or more tests.
                            Today, if i want to make a traceability between the bug and the test run, i need to open MTM, locate the test run, open it and link manually the bug with the test run. But this is a problem when you have a lot of tests that are blocked because of a bug.

                            As far as i know, when you have a blocked test case, you must justify the blockade and always by a bug.

                            And this feature is important to measure which bugs are…

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support "Go To" Column in the Editor

                              Add support to the Go To dialog for going to columns. Supported syntax could be a number, optional whitespace, separator, optional whitespace, number. Separator could honestly be any non-numeric character but supporting semi-colon, comma, period, colon all make sense. (Maybe space too.)

                              Examples:
                              15,5 - goes to line 15, column 5
                              15; 4 - goes to line 15, column 5
                              18 : 2 - goes to line 18, column 2
                              18, - goes to line 18, column 1
                              ,2 - doesn't move cursor

                              This would be similar to the Go To behavior in IE F12. It enable developers to go…

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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • ASP.Net Server Control Runat="Server"

                                Why do we need to specify runat="server" for asp.net server control. If developer use asp:button or asp.label then system should automtically identify those control as server control.

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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back wildcards to find & replace

                                  In earlier versions of visual studio there was an option to include wildcards in find and/or replace search queries.
                                  Why isn't this available in VS 2013?
                                  It's perfect for quickly removing all comments in a project template and i don't see why you would remove such a nice feature!?

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • external sealed types

                                    Sometimes you may use type inheritance for internal usages only, and inheritance by unknown types are meanless. e.g. System.Windows.TriggerBase is inheritable but only 4 build-in types are meaningful, while you cannot inherit this type because WPF Trigger system will never run your code.

                                    Under such circumstance, C# language may offer an "external sealed" (or may be wrriten as "extern sealed" since extern is a existed keyword) feature for class types, which means this type can only be inherited inside the same assembly.

                                    This feature may be implemented by create a internal constructor (just the similar way to implement static class…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • create an equivalent to "Help.UnityAPIReference" that launches in a stand-alone web browser, instead of a browsewindow within Visual Studio.

                                      The Visual Studio help implementation ("Help.F1Help") launches a web link in the system's default browser. I'd love to see a similar option for Unity API reference, as it can be jarring to workflow to have to juggle these two different behaviours.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Refactor Support: Extract header file (or declaration) from C++ class definition

                                          It would be really useful if we could have a feature that takes a class definition and generates a class declaration that can be moved (optionally) into a header file.

                                          I first like to design my class locally where I'm using it. This I typically done in a CPP file and I then design the whole class with the definition. Later, I decide that this class is good enough to be shared and I would then really like to be able to refactor definition splitting it into declaration and definition.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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