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  1. 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…

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      8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

      Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

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        4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

        We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

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          12 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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/.

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            5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

            When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

            My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

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              5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Speedier F# compiling

              Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

              260 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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…

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                  5 comments  ·  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

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                    8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add nameof operator in C#

                    Add a nameof operator in C# like typeof operator.
                    Syntax:
                    nameof(<TypeName>),
                    nameof(<TypeName>.<MemberName>)

                    It is really required for maintenance as refactoring enabler.

                    It is wished for notify property change.
                    I have heard about the CallerInfo attributes BUT here is the key example that show that only a nameof operator will solve all the needs:

                    We need it in order to fill attributes:
                    [GlobalizedDescription(typeof(CommonResources), nameof(CommonResources.MyProperty)]

                    MEF property or method contracts are also obvious example

                    252 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

                      It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

                      I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

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                        19 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Do not eliminate the CLASSIC view of MSDN

                        Microsoft is apparently about to eliminate the classic view of MSDN in favor of the poor low-contrast, pale, washed out 'lightweight' view. When you visit MSDN now you will see the following if you are viewing the CLASSIC view:

                        "This view of the MSDN and TechNet Libraries will be replaced soon with the Lightweight view. Try it now by clicking the Lightweight link above."

                        This is more of the same from Microsoft in reducing the developer experience to a shred of what it once was, and makes using MSDN as unpleasant as the grey theme of VS2012.

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                          20 comments  ·  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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                            7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

                            Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

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                              7 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                              TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                              Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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

                                Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                                We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

                              • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

                                Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

                                There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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                                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Structure All Nullable Values

                                  .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

                                  If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

                                  class someGenericClass<T>
                                  {
                                  T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
                                  because T may already be null */

                                  T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
                                  what you wnat is keep what's null null,
                                  and turn non-null into null */
                                  }

                                  The only problem is that this does not exist!
                                  If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

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                                    14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • rename project folders and files

                                    Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

                                    I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
                                    * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
                                    * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
                                    * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
                                    * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

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                                      5 comments  ·  Project  ·  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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                                        9 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add "Ignore All" and "Reload All" buttons to Reload Project dialog

                                        When projects and solution is regenerated outside of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio picks detects the change and offers user to Reload or Ignore, it offers one or two dialogs per project. There's no way to "Ignore All" or "Reload All". This is low-cost high-impact feature for many developers who generate their solutions and projects using external tools.

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                                          6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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