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  1. Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path

    Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path.
    For example:
    When I want to add all files from the subdirectory /path/to/files I must add files separately:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file1.js" />
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file2.js" />
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file3.js" />
    ...

    It will be more usefull if I have ability to setup references through wildcard:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/*.js" />
    or more widely:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/*/*" />

    165 votes
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      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

      We often find ourself writing statements such as:

      If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
      {
      // Do something with c
      }

      It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
      the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

      164 votes
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        12 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

        As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

        163 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

          Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
          Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

          162 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Assign a Work Item to Multiple People

            Allow work items to be assigned to more than one person, enabling work item tracking by ad-hoc teams.

            This would be useful for pair programming for example. When pairs form impromptu teams that exist just for the duration of the sprint. Or for when the build has failed as all those who have checked in code could have the failure assigned to them as a bug. Ideally in that situation, there would be a quick way for one of the assignees to take ownership to inform the others that they're working on it.

            161 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • "View White Space" should show line endings too

              As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

              Request:
              * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
              * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
              * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
              * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

              And that's it for the request.

              And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
              * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

              161 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back DirectX to C#!!!!

                DirectX should be brought back to C#/VB.Net - it was such a good and powerful tool and since it has been scrapped I found it very difficult to develop any form of sound system software! DirectX or at least a better alternative!

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                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add more garbage collector options including a low latency option and an option tuned for immutable data structures

                  GC latency in .NET 4 is orders of magnitude worse than competitors like Staccato (2008). Performance when using immutable data structures is several times worse than alternatives like OCaml (1995).

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                    5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                    When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                    One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                    The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                    A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                    (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                    The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

                    158 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                      Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                      In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                      I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

                      157 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

                        VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

                        With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

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                          4 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Collapse Product Backlog Items marked as Completed.

                          It is confusing to my team that when a Product Backlog Item is marked as Done and all associated tasks are marked as done that the story remains on the board in its default state.

                          My assumption is that it would show up collapsed and either move to the bottom of the list or change colors to "gray out".

                          155 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • support parameters for radio buttons and checkboxes in MTM

                            I can use parameters while creating action recording and playback for text fields and drop down elements. This does not work for check boxes or radio buttons (For example, if I create a parameter with value "Yes" and use that for a check box, the binding does not work)

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                              8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                              Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                              But how about an alternative?

                              How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

                              154 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

                                Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

                                152 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                                  The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                                  Why bold, but not italics?

                                  152 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                                    When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

                                      Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

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                                        2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Buy JetBrains and incorporate Resharper

                                        JetBrains make Visual Studio a better app. Either learn from them, license from them, or buy them.

                                        149 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                                          Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                                          In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                                          struct S {
                                          int a;
                                          int b;

                                          S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                                          };

                                          int main()
                                          {
                                          S s(42);
                                          }

                                          and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                                          GCC issues…

                                          149 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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