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  1. Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

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

    155 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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 multiple Git or TFVC repositories in a single Team Project

        When creating a new repo for a Team Project I would like to be able to select wither I would like to have a Git or TFVC repo. This would allow existing Team Projects to experiment with Git as well as removing the need for a non-refundable choice when creating a Team project.

        152 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

          151 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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.

            151 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow impediments to be viewable next to their respective tasks within the Board page.

              Up until a few weeks ago, we had been using the Urban Turtle extension for TFS, which was much easier to work with than the base web interface. I love the new TFS web interface, however, there is no way to view impediments to a task (no easy way). If an associate is waiting on something in order to complete their task, we add an impediment to the task. Urban Turtle then shows that impediment (in yellow) next to the task, so that we can easily see that the developer is unable to proceed. This allows our project manager to…

              150 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
                • Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

                  Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

                  http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

                  149 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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…

                    149 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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…

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                        3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Static site/html generation as a project type with Publish support

                        Static file hosting (CDN) is by far the most cost-effective, reliable and scalable way to get content on the web. Unfortunately, Visual Studio doesn't make creating such sites easy. That's tragic since Visual Studio includes all the required technologies to create a best-in-class solution (project meta data, Razor, T4, Publishing, etc.)

                        A "Static Site Generator Project" would allow me to author master pages, html, content, css, javascript and "publish time" code. When published the project will generate a site than can be hosted via any static file serving service (including removable media). Operations done during publishing would include HTML generation…

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                          5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • assembler

                          Make inline asm in x64-bit projects.

                          147 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support for UML State Machine diagrams

                            VS2010 is missing support for UML State Machine Diagrams (also known as UML State Machines, or UML State Diagrams).

                            We are already using state machines to do code generation, but unfortunately the solution is not built inside VS2010. We even have to manually parse the state machine diagram "dsl" which is not fun. Would be a huge time saver if it was integrated.

                            To be honest it does not have to be "UML" but that is the best fit for what is already in VS. We need triggers, guards, entry/exit actions. Nested and orthogonal states would also be useful.

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UML_state_machine

                            146 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add IntelliSense for Node.js scripts and AMD modules

                              WebMatrix has good IntelliSense support for Node.js server-side code.
                              It can even resolve exported functions from other module using require().

                              Can this be added to Visual Studio's Javascript IntelliSense engine?

                              146 votes
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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

                                It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

                                In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

                                146 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                                  In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                                  Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                                  As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                                  See also:

                                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

                                  145 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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…

                                    145 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add spellcheck Russian language (isSpellCheck = true)

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

                                      145 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add context menu item in solution explorer to open Source Control Explorer showing selected file

                                        When you right-click in VS 2010 Solution Explorer it would be great to have a shortcut there that opens up Source Control Explorer immediately showing the selected file.

                                        Currently a user is required to open Source Control Explorer and manually expand (and know) all the folders in the path to get to the desired location.

                                        144 votes
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                                          under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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