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  1. Support .editorconfig

    It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

    "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

    You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

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      8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

      Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

      Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

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        15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

        The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
        However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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          4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

          Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

          Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

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            27 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Switch to Clang

            Why?

            Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
            Because it is more C++11 compliant.
            Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
            Because it will require less of your maintenance.
            Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
            Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
            Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
            Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
            Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

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              15 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Change Icon for Visual Studio 2015

              Please change the icon of Visual Studio 2015 to enable differentiation on the taskbar when multiple versions of Visual Studio are installed. Currently the Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015 icon are the same and causing confusion if put side by side on the taskbar (see attachment)

              Connect Feedback (currently private to Microsoft)
              https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1553001/icon-differentiation

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                12 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style

                The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.

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                  28 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make it a lot more lightweight and modular

                  I don't use a lot of the features that VS provides and I imagine that a lot of people are in the same boat. eg..MSTest, all items on Analyze menu item, all items on Architecture menu item, items on Data menu item, toolbox. I reckon that if VS could be modularised even more so that users can stop having to install everything then it would hopefully improve performance and stop it feeling like a monolithic beast. I know that some work has been done on this front but I feel that you need to be way more extreme/critical.

                  To highlight…

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                    13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • GPGPU programming

                    It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
                    especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

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                      4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • OOTB Rust programming langague support

                      The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

                      http://www.rust-lang.org/
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

                      It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

                      It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

                      Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

                      Thanks.

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                        Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                        public class Foo
                        {
                        public void DoBar()
                        {
                        new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                        }

                        private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                        {
                        // Get Baz from qux here...
                        }
                        }

                        This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                        The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

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                          8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Better project reload

                          If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

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                            9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            418 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

                              Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

                                Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

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                                • Bring back incremental C# compilation

                                  When coding Java in Eclipse, the compiler incrementally compiles the project in the background every time a file is saved. This way, when the user clicks run, the launch is instantaneous, rather than the long build process that comes with C#. This makes it easier to develop and test small changes, which in turn makes it easier to find and fix bugs.

                                  The C# compiler originally had this functionality, but it was removed when .NET 2.0 arrived as it could sometimes cause problems. However, given that it been proved possible in an equivalent language by the Eclipse team, coupled with…

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                                    9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add native Markdown support

                                    Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

                                    Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

                                    To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

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                                      5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Use a build controller over more than one Team Project Collections

                                      Make it possible to have one (or more) build controllers that can be used by one or more team project collections. This makes it possible to have one build mainframe, and a lot of team project collections (e.g. per customer a collection).

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                                      • Support converting TFS online project from TFSVC to Git

                                        I want to be able to convert an existing project in TFS online from using TFSVC version control to Git. Currently I can only get Git by creating a new project.

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                                          Thanks for the suggestion! We’re currently working on adding support to allow Git repos to be added to TFVC team projects in the near future. We’ll provide more details as we get closer to completing this work.

                                          Matt Mitrik
                                          TFS Program Manager

                                        • Global variables at release management

                                          At release management it would be great to use "globale" build varaibles. For example build path, build name, drop location. Also define variables at release template to use this for more custom tasks. Also fixed variables like, date, time and so on.

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                                            25 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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