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  1. Add IntelliSense support for the <inheritdoc /> tag in XML documentation comments

    We currently use the <inheritdoc /> and <inheritdoc cref="" /> tags extensively in our code base in order to reduce the amount of duplicated documentation that needs to be written.

    This works great for the most part, since we generate our docs using Sandcastle.

    However, when we are actually developing code in the same c# project as the API which uses <inheritdoc>, Visual Studio does not recognize the tag, or resolve any references.

    It would be great if Visual Studio Intellisense could actually do this.

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      7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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…

      193 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • provide an (extensibility) API for the Microsoft Test Manager

        Currently we need to go quite some lengths in order to extend and customize the Microsoft Test Manager functionality (Planning, edition and running tests) because the functionality mtm(.exe) provides only overlaps to a certain extend to our usecases and right now it offers no public API which we can build upon.

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        • Work with the R# team to make VS startup with R# inside faster

          R# is a super popular addin and dramatically slows down VS startup. This situation certainly impacts negatively the VS startup issue many are complaining about.

          Through he VSIP program R# guys and VS guys should meet and see how the R# bulk code (>40MB of dlls) load could be smartly deferred when the user is choosing a sln / loading a sln / starting work with a sln.

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            1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Centralized Build View & Management

            Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

            Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

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            • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

              Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
              Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

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                10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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

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                    3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Test Explorer is severely limited

                    I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                    1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                    2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

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                    • 186 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                        After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                        please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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                          2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

                          //weak reference:
                          var value = weak(new Reference());

                          //weak event:
                          var source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

                          Or in VB.NET:
                          'reference:
                          Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

                          'event:
                          Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

                          I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

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                            4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable TFS reporting with TFS Preview

                            It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with TFS Preview. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

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                            • Allow Burndown to use story points instead of hours

                              We typically don't use hours on our tasks. It would be nice to change the burndown in TFS to use story points on completed/non-completed PBIs instead.

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                              • First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

                                WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a report that shows the age of pending changes

                                  This would show which files are currently checked out and how long they have been checked out. Would improve transparency within teams to see how long developers are going without checking in code.

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                                  • 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.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Customize the columns on the Task Board

                                      - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
                                      - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
                                      - allow setting of WIP limits per column

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                                      • Add ID numbers to the Task Board tasks and work items (PBIs and Bugs)

                                        When looking at the Task Board tasks and master work items, it would be helpful to know the ID numbers of the items up front instead of having to open the tasks and master work items up.

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                                        • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

                                          In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

                                          We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

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