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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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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.

          379 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.

            373 votes
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              23 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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…

              366 votes
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                9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 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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                    17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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  ·  13 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

                      348 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…

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                          6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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/

                            342 votes
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                              5 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.

                              339 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add server-side git hooks

                                Please add server-side git hooks. Github has this feature and it is extremely useful.

                                More info here: http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks#Server-Side-Hooks

                                339 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

                                  339 votes
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                                    13 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/

                                    335 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Versioning of Work Items

                                      Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

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                                        8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add web deployment projects to VS11

                                        I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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                                          14 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Better support to Continuous Deployment Practices

                                          The Microsoft ALM platform has adopted a lot of Agile practices. The new Dev11 Agile Planning Tool is the dream of any agile team. So, we have fantastic tools for planning, designing, developing, testing, building, but what about deployment?

                                          A software can be done without “formal requirement”, without design, test, etc. But we have to deploy it in order to use. So, I think we could make the life of build master easier and add a kind of deployment process in team build.

                                          I know we can customize the build process template, we can use BRD Lite from Rangers, but…

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                                            6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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