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  1. Fix it so that .NET apps can access HTTP thru authenticating proxy server by default

    If you run a .NET app that needs to talk to the web, and you're behind an authenticating proxy server, then that app will fail to talk to the web.

    Internet Explorer and Google Chrome work, Visual Studio and loads of other Microsoft apps will work. They can all talk to the web. But every .NET-based app or website I've ever seen will fail.

    The implications of this are profound. I've seen umpteen forum posts over the years where people are scratching their heads, wondering what's wrong. I've seen IT guys re-route their users thru special-case connections to the web,…

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      11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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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        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add git support for CodeLens

        I've been using the VS2013 preview for a few weeks now, and love it. CodeLens stuff is really really cool, but some of the lenses only work with TFS as the version control. Adding the ability for these CodeLenses (author, commits) to work with other VCS (git first please!) would be excellent!

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          6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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..

          374 votes
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            4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

            As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

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              26 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hey all,

              If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

              Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

              The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

              When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

            • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

              As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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                9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

                With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

                Please provide us with a replacement that:
                -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
                -Allows direct access to the VGA.
                -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
                -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
                -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

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                  16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bring PowerShell support to the editor

                  In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

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                    16 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • Optimize Math functions

                      Currently the JITer doesn't do a good job with a lot of the .Net Framework, and the Math functions in particular.

                      Example: Math.Abs

                      The emitted assembly is pretty much the same for all types. It should optimize to take advantage of x86 instructions that have been around for more than a decade.

                      cdq
                      xor eax,edx
                      sub eax,edx
                      ret

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                        7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

                        Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

                        337 votes
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                          8 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Open fast

                          Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
                          Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

                          It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

                          336 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add web deployment projects to VS11

                            I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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                              14 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

                              332 votes
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                                21 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better support to Continuous Deployment Practices

                                The Microsoft ALM platform has adopted a lot of Agile practices. The new Dev11 Agile Planning Tool is the dream of any agile team. So, we have fantastic tools for planning, designing, developing, testing, building, but what about deployment?

                                A software can be done without “formal requirement”, without design, test, etc. But we have to deploy it in order to use. So, I think we could make the life of build master easier and add a kind of deployment process in team build.

                                I know we can customize the build process template, we can use BRD Lite from Rangers, but…

                                331 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Versioning of Work Items

                                  Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

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                                    7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                                    Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                                    Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                                    Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                                    repositories.js
                                    -- attendee.repository.js
                                    -- session.repository.js
                                    -- speaker.repository.js
                                    -- lookup.repository.js
                                    -- abstract.repository.js

                                    For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

                                    330 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

                                      ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

                                      Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

                                      330 votes
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                                        under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • rename project folders and files

                                        Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

                                        I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
                                        * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
                                        * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
                                        * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
                                        * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

                                        326 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • New VS option "Go To Definition Implementation"

                                          VS offers an option “Go to Definition” when you want to see a function definition; however, if your object is implementing an interface this option takes to that particular interface and you are forced to look for the object that implements this particular method. I propose a new option called “Go to Definition Implementation” which would take you to the object that implements that particular interface.

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