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  1. 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 →
    • 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  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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

        366 votes
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          14 comments  ·  .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

          366 votes
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            28 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).

            365 votes
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            • 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…

              364 votes
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                16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support XAML2009 Throughout

                Generic types etc.

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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) { … }

                  357 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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

                    354 votes
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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…

                      353 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

                        351 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

                        • 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…

                          349 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

                            348 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 347 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

                                345 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  344 votes
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                                    10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

                                    342 votes
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                                      15 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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/.

                                      341 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

                                        341 votes
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                                        • 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...

                                          338 votes
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