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  1. Bring Back The CLR Debugger

    The .NET 2.0 SDK Shipped with the "Microsoft CLR Debugger" (under the GuiDebug folder in the SDK) which provided a stripped down Visual Studio 2005 Shell (No Project Creation, Intellisense, Syntax highlighting, etc, just a stripped down no frills shell) that allowed debugging of .NET 2.0 Applications without a Visual Studio License.

    This was the closest thing Microsoft has shipped to a "Zero install Visual Studio debugger" beyond WinDbg and its ilk, which don't provide near as nice an experience as Visual Studio.

    Sadly this debugger does not work with .NET 4.0 or greater, I believe it works with .NET…

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Shift+Tab should unindent the line no matter where the cursor is on the line

      Since Shift+Tab has no meaning besides unindent, pressing this shortcut should trigger that behavior from anywhere on the line.

      Examples (period is space, pipe is cursor location, tab width is two spaces):
      ....|sometext -> shift+tab -> ..|sometext
      |....sometext -> shift+tab ->|..sometext
      ....some|text -> shift+tab -> ..some|text

      Currently only the first example works and the second and third have no effect. (Shift+Tab only unindents the line if the cursor is placed before any characters except whitespace. If the cursor is at the beginning of the line and shift tab is placed, nothing happens even if there is whitespace before the first…

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        0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add facility to update codemap manually and/or automatically following code changes and rebuilds.

        I use codemap quite heavily while I am refactoring legacy code. I frequently find myself wishing there was a way to keep a codemap that I've created up to date with the actual codebase as I progress. I know that there are valid reasons why one might want to be able to create codemaps as "snapshots" in time of a codebase. But I think it would also be valuable and convenient to be able to have the option to "resync" an existing codemap with the current state of the codebase as well.

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Update work items on commit for git

          Allow resolving of work items when committing to git on Visual Studio Online.

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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

            We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Microsoft Phoenix

              Sinofsky's (aka...Nero) attempt to sabotage .NET and burn down the foundations that had formed around it was thankfully extinguished early on although the damage done to the developer community was significant.

              Therefore, next incarnation of Silverlight should be renamed Microsoft Phoenix....rising from the ashes of Nero's attempt to burn down the Enterprise.

              Of course, Microsoft Phoenix should not require a plug-in. I find it hard to believe that Scott Guthrie and his team are unable to make this happen.

              3 votes
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              • Exclude time spent on Azure Cloud Service deployment from Visual Studio Online build minutes

                At the moment, I am developing an Azure Cloud Service, hosted in Visual Studio Online and configured for Continuous Deployment.

                During one build, the time spent generally amounts to around 1 minute for the actual building of the solution and 7 minutes for deploying it to Azure.

                Having to use 700% more build minutes just because Azure deployments are slow seems unfair to me as a Visual Studio Online customer. I suggest you exclude the Azure deployment time from the build minutes cost, to make this a more attractive feature to use.

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                  0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Avatars for cards on the task board

                    Show team mamber avatars on cards on the task board. Avatars are powerful on a physical kanban board and this would allow quick visualisation of who is assigned to each work item and give users a better relationship with the info they can see.

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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow all work items to share the same fields

                      In my "Assigned to Me" query, the results consist of Stories, Tasks, Issues across multiple iterations/sprints. I use this query as a task list, and when I have issues, I can manage it using "Priority" field. However, when the iteration is mixed, the work items that don't have a priority field make it pointless to use priority.
                      It would be nice to be able to use a single field across all work items to sort them in the order I intend to work on them.
                      It would also be nice if Priority had more than 4 levels, but I can…

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                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make intellisense type aware

                          Say I have a method
                          Sub MoveFile(File as Fileinfo)
                          ....
                          End Sub

                          When i call that method why does intellisense suggest objects that aren't FileInfo objects?
                          The compile knows its expecting a FileInfo object and will throw me an error if I pass an Int but intellisense is quite happy to suggest a boolean primitive.

                          If you made intellisense only suggest objects of suitable types for methods(and overloads) sorted with objects from the current block then method then class, most of the time the correct one would be top 3.

                          Tim

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow base class binding in Microsoft Fakes shims.

                            As for now Microsoft Fakes allows to bind interfaces only. Binding of base classes will allow to easily mock up classes like System.IO.StreamReader, which have abstract base class.

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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve the accessibility for screen readers for both the web and Visual Studio UI.

                              The web interface for Visual Studio Online is quite ppor with regards to using accessible standards for visually impaired screen reader users. Tabular information is not displayed using tables and many links and controls do not render as controls to a screen reader, but appear like plain text. Please consider the visually impaired screen reader user whenever developing web interfaces. The UI displayed within Visual Studio itself is very poor since the move to WPF and needs considerably more thought to make it work properly with screen readers.

                              3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow index sources into PDBs from IDE instead of using srcsrv tools.

                                I would prefer being able to choose in project setting that the source should be indexed into PDB rather than using ssindex.cmd from Debugging Tools (aside it is not working out of the box)

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow color coding of open file tabs in the editor

                                  In large projects, one can have dozens of files open in the code editor. It would be useful to be able to color-code the tabs so that you could quickly link together files in your mind. This could be a simple way of flagging files into categories, just like you can do in Outlook for email messages. Maybe 5-6 different colors would be just enough. The color could be set By right-clicking the tab and selecting the color from the popup menu. The color would be saved as part of the session.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make Code Fixes visible in the code editor margin

                                    Visual Studio "14" CTP contains useful feature in the Code Editor that shows a light-bulb icon in the left margin of the editor when the editor notices your code could be improved. Although the code editor shows such places in code with a lighter font color, I think there could instead be a simple margin indicator, such as some yellow color in the scroll bar or margin at the positions where Code Fixes could be applied.

                                    These color indicators would help in quickly looking at places that might require code changes.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • A new class RegistryWatcher like FileSystemWatcher

                                      Please create a new .NET class for registry changes like FileSystemWatcher.

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make the PtrToStructure method a true generic version.

                                        In .NET 4.5.1 the generic marshaling method for PtrToStructure and it's inverse gave hope in performance improvements. However developers found out it was merely a wrapper over the boxed version of those functions. Please recode these methods to truly utilize generics to avoid type boxing in using this function.

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Show clipboard ring entries with a small menu

                                          Hello,

                                          I would love to see an option to enable/disable the display of a small menu ( same as intellisense one ) when using the clipboard ring feature.

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