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  1. Allow to move more than one file at once in TFS source control

    It is currently only possible to move files one by one in TFS source control, which means that it takes a lot of time to move several files from one place to another place. It would be great if one could select multiple files and move them to another place at once.

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      13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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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        12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • [Planned for VS "14"] 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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          27 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…

        • 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…

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            6 comments  ·  Project  ·  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 →
            • 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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                7 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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                  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 →
                  • Add support for desktop apps to Application Insights

                    Currently Application Insights only supports Phone, Win Store, and Web/server applications. Please add support for WinForms/Console/WPF (desktop) applications as well.

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                      15 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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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                        8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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

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                          8 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  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 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 →
                            • 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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                                23 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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 →
                                • Integrate Team Wiki / project documentation pages

                                  To document a project, we currently use the tfs team wiki pages and sharepoint. It would be nice to have the same in the online tfs version.

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                                    15 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

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                                      under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
                                      • 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…

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                                          6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

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                                            10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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