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  1. 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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            • Add option to prevent indentation of classes inside namespaces in C# code

              The option is there for C/C++ but not in C#. Please add it in C#

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              • PingReply: Include the RoundTripTime no matter the status

                When using the System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping class to ping an address, a PingReply object is returned. This object includes the round trip time of the ping request. However, the actual round trip time value is thrown out whenever status != IPStatus.Success.

                That may be OK when you are only interested in a typical ping response, but for anything more advanced, it becomes problematic.

                For example, if you were to reproduce a trace route, all the intermediate hops return a PingReply with status == IPStatus.TtlExpired, and due to the non-success status, the round trip time is always set to zero.

                The underlying COM…

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Editor: Placing the caret (typing) in a braced/bracketed section of code, highlight enclosing braces/bracketed

                  When editing a section of code that has many nested brackets/braces, it would be great if the enclosing brackets/braces were highlighted.

                  For example, if the caret was positioned to the left of the "5":
                  int nWD = 1+((2+(((j/100)%4)*5)+k)%7);
                  then the parenthesis to the right of the 5 and to the right of "2+" would be highlighted.

                  Although the current matching bracket/brace highlighting feature of click on a bracket/brace to highlight the matching one is great, this would make it easier to avoid coding errors.

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Linker error LNK2019 "unresolved external symbol", click on line in output to open source file like compiler errors

                    When you receive a linker error 2019:
                    abc.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "void
                    __cdecl MyFunct(void)" (?MyFunct@@YAXXZ) referenced in function "public: bool __thiscall CMyClass::Calculate(char const *,char const *)" ....

                    it would be great if I could click on line in output window to open source file like compiler errors.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • C/C++ debugging: option - show values in decimal & hex

                      The debugger currently displays values in either decimal or hex, I often find it convenient to see it both ways.

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

                          The free version of visual studio for my Windows 8 computer will only work when I install it. Then when I try to open visual studio later it says it needs to repair something. After its done repairing itself, the same screen will pop up saying it needs to repair itself again! I did it six times in a row and I can't fix it.

                          Also, I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling it. That works, but only for that one time use. It takes several hours for it to download. So I'd really like it if it worked everytime I got…

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                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Conditions support for <Content> section of VSIX manifest

                            Currently you can have a single .vsix file targeting several Visual Studio versions. But all the content is deployed to all Visual Studio versions. The request is to be able to deploy content based on conditions such as the Visual Studio version, edition, dependency installed or not, etc.

                            An scenario for this goal is the following: suppose that I have a single package MyAssembly.dll which has two different .vsct tables with different icons for VS 2010 (colorful) and 2012/2013 (gray). So I get two embedded resources such as Menus1.ctmenu and Menus2.ctmenu. Imagine that somehow I get two .pkdef files (MyAssembly1.pkdef…

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                              0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix F12, Goto definition: "Cannot navigate to definition. Source code is not available."

                              Goto definition should show something more meaningful than error message "Cannot navigate to definition. Source code is not available." even if (3rdParty library) source code is not available / in the project.

                              E.g. C# will show either Object Browser window or the name of the dll and method signatures / overrides. With Resharper there are even more possibilities.

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                                Please include more information in the exception. If it's in the debug mode, we get the line number, but in release all we know is the name of the method, which often makes it real hard to find out WHAT was null. You know the type of the reference, please include that.

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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • enable all taskboard functions for stakeholder license user

                                  We have many business users with the new stakeholder license doing some end user testing and reporting progress by changes status on tasks, but it's difficult to change status on a test task related to a pbi when they have to open the task, instead of just dragging to the in progress and done column's. Also the possibility to add tasks releated to a pbi directly from taskboard or iteration backlog could be nice to have enabled

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                                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add data to the UITestActionLog.html file in VS2012

                                    Add data to the UITestActionLog.html file in VS2012
                                    Can you please provide the feature/code to add custom data to the UITestActionLog.html file that gets generated after TestMethod is executed.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make the process of backup TFS data to Microsoft Azure Storage or Backup services simplier

                                      Make a way of configure Team Foundation Backups to automatically upload the data to my Azure account

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                                      • Have an automated way (command line) to run a load test and still see the results

                                        I know we can run a load test using mstest in an automated manner (using a script or command line). However the big problem with running a test using mstest is that the test is totally hidden, you can't view the run in Visual Studio if you want to while the test is running.
                                        Hence is there an easy way to run a loadtest using Visual Studio Ultimate in an automated manner (using auto hotkey / command line arguments). I can figure it out but wondering if someone has ventured here before?

                                        As per discussion at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/ce532249-eda7-41e1-a0c9-1c2288dc1a53/is-there-an-automated-way-to-launch-a-loadtest-in-visual-studio-ultimate-using-a-scriptcommand-line?forum=vstest#ce532249-eda7-41e1-a0c9-1c2288dc1a53

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Refactor anonymous type into concrete type

                                          Sometimes you write some code making liberal use of LINQ and anonymous types, only to discover you'll need to expose one of those types afterward.

                                          A right click -> Make Concrete Type that creates a concrete type in the inner-most scope and refactors all your anonymous "new"s to use it would be a great time saver.

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