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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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      9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style

      The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.

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        28 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • GPGPU programming

        It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
        especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

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          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

          Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

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            1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

            Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

            public class Foo
            {
            public void DoBar()
            {
            new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
            }

            private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
            {
            // Get Baz from qux here...
            }
            }

            This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

            The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

            417 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • OOTB Rust programming langague support

              The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

              http://www.rust-lang.org/
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

              It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

              It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

              Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

              Thanks.

              409 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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.

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                • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

                  Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

                  A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

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                    12 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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 →
                    • 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).

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                      • 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.

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                          25 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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/.

                          388 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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/

                            384 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                              384 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

                              • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

                                With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

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                                • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                                  possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

                                  374 votes
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                                    We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                                    Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                                    Thanks!
                                    Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                                    Visual Studio Online Team

                                  • 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…

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

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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…

                                        370 votes
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                                          16 comments  ·  Games  ·  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

                                          370 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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