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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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/

        376 votes
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          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Do not introduce the curse of #regions to HTML

          In VS2013.4RC you have announced #region support for HTML: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/10/16/announcing-new-web-features-in-visual-studio-2013-update-4-rc.aspx

          I understand that removing #regions from C#, as previously suggested and declined, would be unreasonable at this late stage (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2678342--region-directive-considered-harmful-was-get-rid).

          Let's not introduce this curse to new languages though.

          Regions are a way for mediocre teams to hide ****** code behind a roll-up. They are not a productivity extension. They do not help lift the breadth developers forward.

          https://twitter.com/tathamoddie/status/522887198941515778
          https://twitter.com/shiftkey/status/522885829442957312
          https://twitter.com/jrusbatch/status/522886424421363713
          https://twitter.com/scottgal/status/522887947075342336

          375 votes
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            32 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).

            373 votes
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            • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

              Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

              368 votes
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                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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 →
                • Support XAML2009 Throughout

                  Generic types etc.

                  365 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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) { … }

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                      8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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.

                      361 votes
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                      • 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.

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                        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…

                          357 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

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

                              355 votes
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                                21 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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.

                                354 votes
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                                  13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  354 votes
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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

                                  • 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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                                      6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Sql Server Compact 5

                                        Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                                        347 votes
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                                          15 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  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.

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