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  1. Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

    Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

    A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

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      8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

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        11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

        Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

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          3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Chris,

          Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

          Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

          Thanks,
          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

        • Support calculated fields in TFS

          The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

          For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

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            5 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 →
            • Run unit tests in parallel

              As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

              As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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                5 comments  ·  General  ·  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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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.

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                      9 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

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                        9 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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…

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                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • assembler

                          Make inline asm in x64-bit projects.

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                            10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                            When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

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                              8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide more visibility for a test case's result status

                              Currently in MTM, you have to switch back and forth between the Test and Plan tabs because you can't see the test run status (i.e. Active, Passed, Failed, etc.) at the same time as you can assign testers to test cases. This makes re-balancing the workload across a large set of test cases very painful. (Also, the interface for assigning multiple test cases to a tester (or testers) is cumbersome.)

                              It's difficult to report on test case result status within a suite - you can only easily report status using the pie chart for the entire test plan.

                              Allow the…

                              142 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add spellcheck Russian language (isSpellCheck = true)

                                Please, Add support Russian spellcheck in wpf and silverlight controls!

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                                  2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • WinRT Desktop App profile

                                    This comes off of the ARM Desktop post here:
                                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/09/building-windows-for-the-arm-processor-architecture.aspx#10266574

                                    As stated in the article, ARM devices can't install desktop apps other than Office 15. Here is an idea to provide desktop apps via the windows store using WinRT instead of Win32:

                                    * I agree totally with not allowing users to install applications for ARM hardware outside of the windows store. At least for the first generation of ARM PCs, this will greatly help reduce consumer confusion and improve their experience with these PCs. They find software for their PC in one place and everything they see in the windows…

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                                      7 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Coffeescript intellisense

                                      Full support for Coffescript is needed

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                                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                                        It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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                                          1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make source code (text) editor faster

                                          With a lot of extensions installed, the source code editor can really slow down on some older systems. Scrolling isn't smooth, and typed text can have big delays in showing up.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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