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  1. add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

    I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

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    • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

      I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

      When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

      When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

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        under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Faster geometry rendering

        When we need to visualize very detailed vector graphics wpf is pretty useless. Even the basic transformations, such as pan/zoom take a lot of time (using RenderTransform or GeometryTransform).
        Pure Direct3D handles it very well, and that's what I would expect from WPF (the geometry is static and frozen).

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          1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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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            29 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…

          • 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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              18 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Native WPF Webbrowser Control

              The current Webbrowser in WPF is only a wrapper around the IE WebBrowser Control. It would be great to have a native WPF Webbrowser Control.

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                2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add date time picker control to Windows 8 Metro XAML

                date time picker control is a must have control for many apps. It's missing in current Windows 8 Metro XMAL.

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                  28 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

                  Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

                  For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

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                  • Keep WP7.1 and XNA/WP app development in Visual Studio 2013

                    In the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 it's no longer possible to develop apps for WP7.1 or XNA WP apps (WP8 works fine). Please keep this platform supported in this new version of Visual Studio, thanks.

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                      18 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add F# support for .NET Native

                      I had a conversation with @xyziemba and @dotnet on Twitter recently about the .NET Native toolset and features. I understand the F# is not supported at the moment and that support is unlikely to come in the VS 2015 RTM timeframe. I'd like to suggest that you consider adding this support as soon as possible - even if it means some time after the RTM of VS 2015.

                      Since I couldn't find a UserVoice request for this - I wanted to put this in.

                      Thanks,
                      Krishna

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve project F# model

                        Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

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                          12 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                            • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                              Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

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                                15 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
                                • 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/

                                  434 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

                                    432 votes
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                                      27 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

                                      428 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  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 →
                                        • 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 →
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