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  1. Enable IntelliTest to generate tests for Universal Applications

    The IntelliTest feature does not work with the .Shared project that gets generated for Universal Applications. The current workaround is to create a separate PCL project, which will generate tests, and then reference it from the Windows/Windows Phone projects.

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      3 comments  ·  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.

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        1 comment  ·  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.

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          9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Increase number of Recent projects from 24

          Permit us to configure the "Most recently used List" to be greater than 24. Perhaps say 40 or more. So that we can see more on the Start Page.

          As a consultant swapping between customers.
          &/or giving presentations
          &/or running tutorials & sample code.
          &/or Opening many files.
          You rapidly go thru 24. Even when you make an effort to delete them.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Increase the number of Recently Open projects

            Change Tools Options to allow us to configure more than 24 Recently Open projects. ie: 40 or more.
            Working as a consultant. &/or Running many sample / demo projects tends to fill this list quite quickly.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

              The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

              Please keep the server updated.

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                3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Let busy working tabs run in their own thread and should not block/freeze VS

                If any one tab is busy performing any action, whole IDE freezes until that activity is finished. This should be done (like modern tab based browser do) completely multithreaded, where one tab's lagging process should not bother developer to switch and continue working on the other tab.

                Simulation Steps:
                - Add Entityframework file .edmx.
                - Import around 30 database tables
                - close the designer tab, this takes considerable amount of time to save and freezes IDE.
                - To repeat the steps delete from table objects from the designer, re-add it using update from model option,
                -Close the tab. IDE freezes…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • dot files

                  Allow the creation of dot files, such as .htaccess, .gitignore, .tfignore, .bowerrc, etc. The process of creating this manually is painstaking, and a lot of technologies support and use these files for settings.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Generic Enum Parsing: public static T Enum.Parse<T>(string value)

                    Add methods for enum parsing with generics so that instead of writing this:
                    var foo: (MyEnum)Enum.Parse(typeof(MyEnum), "EnumMember");

                    we could write this:
                    var foo = Enum.Parse<MyEnum>("EnumMember");

                    Regards and continue with the good work,
                    Abel Pereira

                    12 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

                      Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

                      45 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Develop a Dockable Window/Tabbed Document Framework for Windows Forms Projects

                        Notwithstanding the fact you folks can't seem to figure out how to make an icon with color and depth any more, your dockable windows and tabbed documents used in the IDE are great. Please make that library available for developers. Or, develop a new framework...whatever. It's your call. I just know we want it.

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • SSL Service Referrence

                          Adding SSL wcf service reference with certificate authentication options and username and password in the add service menu. Currently this doesn't happen and adding so will generate error.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Implement array visualizer for C/C++ during debugging

                            While debugging numerical code, viewing and plotting array data (2D and 3D) is quite useful.

                            Third party tools are available for .NET but not for C/C++.

                            Compaq and later Intel had an Array Visualizer that was quite popular but is now discontinued.

                            I recommend implementing this feature for Visual Studio and at least C/C++.

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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                              There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                              Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

                              69 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make code editors more awesome with delimited column selection

                                Currently, if you alt-drag in a code editor, you can select a rectangular area of text. I propose that if you ctrl-alt-drag, you select jagged columns of text delimited by spaces. This idea was inspired by the way Excel's TextToColumns feature lets you choose between fixed width and delimited.

                                If ctrl-alt is not practical for some reason, an alternative would be an editor mode (similar to word wrap mode). In addition to spaces, it would great to be able to configure several other characters to act as delimiters, such as semicolons, angle brackets, and curly braces.

                                (The attached file is…

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Checkbox in Options to force coders to use coding conventions.

                                  I think a good feature would be a toggle switch in the options in Visual Studio that gives you the option to choose whether you want the editor to automatically convert your code as you type that follows Microsofts coding convention or not.

                                  So for example if you type in a method as camel case then it would automatically make it pascal case.

                                  This would help keep code consistency, help developers read others badly formatted code and help students learn about coding standards and conventions.

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                                  • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

                                    It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your suggestion!

                                      We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

                                      We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

                                      Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
                                      Maria Ghiondea
                                      Visual Studio Diagnostics

                                    • Add "backreference" in nested With blocks

                                      In such a Code :
                                      With FrmTest
                                      With .TextBox1
                                      .Text = "abc"
                                      ..TextBox2.Text = "abc"
                                      End With
                                      End With

                                      The double-dots ".." would refer to the first With block

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Store Solution Explorer State

                                        Currently, the state of the Solution Explorer gets lost when Visual Studio is restarted. The arrangement of Solution Explorer(s) should be stored to the solution.
                                        There already an Issue on Connect but nothing happened on that: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/767415/solution-explorer-state-is-not-saved-for-a-solution

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Jump to the next light bulb

                                          Code Fixes with Light Bulb is really nice.
                                          But it would be more usefull if we could navigate to the next bulb and the all light bulbs as a indicator on the scoll margin with a shorcut. Like in Respah

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