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Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, visit the Visual Studio Connect site: http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

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  1. Hierachical Navigation Menu

    In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

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      21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add .Net Framework v. 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010

      Since Visual Studio 2010 was originally built to support newer versions/future version of the .Net Framework, .Net 4.5 support should be added to Visual Studio 2010 since Visual Studio 2012 has significantly reduced the usability and productivity of the IDE by discoloring the UI as well as removing critical features such as "Creating Unit Test". Adding .Net 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010 would allow developers who do not wish to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 the ability to continue using their favorite IDE with the latest .Net technology.

      303 votes
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        11 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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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          7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Move workitem between team projects

          make it easy to split team projects into multiple team projects, moving work items between them.

          298 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Google V8 Debugger Protocol support

            Please add support for the Google V8 Debugger Protocol, which would make developing in Javascript using Node.js and Visual Studio a lot less painful.

            http://code.google.com/p/v8/wiki/DebuggerProtocol

            297 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

              Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

              http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

              294 votes
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                1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

                It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

                [RowTest]
                [Row(10, 10, 100)]
                Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

                294 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

                  Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

                  292 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                    The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

                    289 votes
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                      17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enhance the Open Query in Microsoft Excel to allow cross-project queries to be exported.

                      Now we get error: TF208015: You are trying to add work items that are not in the selected team project for this Microsoft Excel file. Only the work items from the *** team project will be added to your work item list. If you want to add work items from another team project, open a new Microsoft Excel file from that team project.

                      Are you kidding me? How is it the TF client can display the results of the query, but the export cannot handle them too? Makes it incredibly cumbersome to manage program-level reporting...

                      288 votes
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                        13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        288 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • XML comments schema customization in C#

                          Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                          Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

                          287 votes
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                            13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

                            There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

                            283 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                              Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                              282 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Dave,

                                Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                Thanks,
                                Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                              • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

                                Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

                                Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

                                281 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                                  Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                                  SomeClass value = null;
                                  if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                                  {
                                  dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                                  // do something with the item...
                                  }

                                  This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                                  It would be optimal to be able to do:

                                  SomeClass value = null;
                                  if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                                  {
                                  // do something with the item...
                                  }

                                  Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

                                  279 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                                    276 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow 3rd party Extensions (vsix) in Visual Studio Express editions

                                      As a developer of a commercial extension for Visual Studio, I was (and still am, at some level) against supporting non-paying customers.

                                      However, over the years I came to realize that you get more flies with honey, and I now believe Microsoft should allow installing Visual Studio Extensions (vsix) in Express editions.

                                      People use Express editions for different reason - some won't pay for their development tools out of spite, others just can't afford the next (basic) SKU, or an MSDN subscription.

                                      Yet there are many people who create and maintain free and open source extensions for Visual Studio. While…

                                      272 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                                        Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                                        Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                                        PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                                        Example use case #2:

                                        I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

                                        269 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

                                          It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

                                          268 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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