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  1. 181 votes
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      4 comments  ·  General  ·  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…

      181 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 181 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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

          180 votes
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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…

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

                178 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 'params' keyword for every list

                  If you're a C# developer, I bet you've used something like this before:

                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params AnotherType[] array){...}

                  It is a lot easier to use the 'params' modifier than to create a new array with all the paremeters of the same type you want to insert in a method, specially when it comes to small test projects.

                  However, using this comes with a disadvantage: you MUST use the array type. No IList, List<T>, Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, etc.. I believe there is no such reason not to allow these list-like types to use the params keyword. Example:

                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params ListType list){...}

                  177 votes
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                    18 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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/*/*" />

                    177 votes
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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      177 votes
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                      • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                        Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

                        176 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  General  ·  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.

                          176 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

                            Intellisense should work automatically against C# and VB expressions but also allow hooks for other expression languages.

                            175 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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.

                              175 votes
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                                9 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.

                                174 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  174 votes
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                                    11 comments  ·  General  ·  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…

                                    173 votes
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                                    • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate test code in XUnit, NUnit and other frameworks

                                      In VS2015 Preview, Smart Unit Tests supports generating test code using mstest framework only. Please extend this feature to support generating tests in XUnit, NUNit, and other frameworks.

                                      172 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                                        Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                                        While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

                                        171 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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?

                                          170 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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