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  1. Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

    The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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      17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

      It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

      300 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XML comments schema customization in C#

        Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

        Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

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          14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

          Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

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            4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

            There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

            297 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

              Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

              294 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

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                  4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                  Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                  SomeClass value = null;
                  if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                  {
                  dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                  // do something with the item...
                  }

                  This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                  It would be optimal to be able to do:

                  SomeClass value = null;
                  if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                  {
                  // do something with the item...
                  }

                  Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

                  290 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

                    With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

                    289 votes
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                    • Do not introduce the curse of #regions to HTML

                      In VS2013.4RC you have announced #region support for HTML: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/10/16/announcing-new-web-features-in-visual-studio-2013-update-4-rc.aspx

                      I understand that removing #regions from C#, as previously suggested and declined, would be unreasonable at this late stage (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2678342--region-directive-considered-harmful-was-get-rid).

                      Let's not introduce this curse to new languages though.

                      Regions are a way for mediocre teams to hide ****** code behind a roll-up. They are not a productivity extension. They do not help lift the breadth developers forward.

                      https://twitter.com/tathamoddie/status/522887198941515778
                      https://twitter.com/shiftkey/status/522885829442957312
                      https://twitter.com/jrusbatch/status/522886424421363713
                      https://twitter.com/scottgal/status/522887947075342336

                      287 votes
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                        15 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                        Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

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                          11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Embrace Grunt, Yeoman & Bower for Javascript development

                          It would be nice if you embraced and baked in support for Grunt, Yeoman and Bower in Visual Studio (tooling).A node.js command window would also be great. (e.g. something like the NuGet Package Manager window etc.)

                          277 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            With Visual Studio 2015, we’ve not got support for Grunt and Bower in ASP.NET projects: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/11/12/announcing-asp-net-features-in-visual-studio-2015-preview-and-vs2013-update-4.aspx and the Grunt support is also available as an extension to Visual Studio 2013: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/IntroducingGulpGruntBowerAndNpmSupportForVisualStudio.aspxPlease let us know what you think!
                            - Jordan, Microsoft Visual Studio JavaScript tools

                          • Speedier F# compiling

                            Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                            275 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support server SSL certificate chain inspection in Portable Class Libraries

                              As requested in http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3158400-add-httpclient-support-in-portable-class-libraries there is now an HttpClient that can be used in Portable Class Libraries. The latest version of portable HttpClient today is 2.2.15 and it supports also SSL connections.

                              When a SSL connection is created, the HttpClient doesn't offer any way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                              I've understood that this could be done in these frameworks:
                              - .NET FW 2.0 (or newer): using System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback API…

                              274 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

                                We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

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                                  12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

                                  In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

                                  271 votes
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                                    under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Roll Behaviors and TriggerActions into the .NET framework proper

                                    Remove the dependency on the custom Blend assembly and add Visual Studio support

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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Better code navigation in F#

                                      Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

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                                        3 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                        While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                                        This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                                        Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                                      • Compliable strings

                                        If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
                                        System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
                                        System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

                                        In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

                                        Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

                                        269 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improved validation

                                          Make validation accross entities easier. Something like Workflow rules engine, with dependencies between rules, dynamic loading of rules etc.

                                          266 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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