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  1. Bring back Macros

    I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

    If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

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      609 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

      Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

    • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

      Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

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        16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry inn Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

        While it is at an early stage, it contains useful refactoring functionality including some rename refactoring, as well as other functionality, and is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

        This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

        Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

      • XAML Debugging

        Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

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          15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

          It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

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            1 comment  ·  IntelliTrace  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for your suggestion!

            We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

            We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

            Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
            Maria Ghiondea
            Visual Studio Diagnostics

          • Use Nuget to install most of the components

            Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

            This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

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              under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

              I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

              During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
              * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
              * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
              * Team Foundation Server Express
              * SQL Server Express
              * SQL Server Data Tools
              * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
              * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
              * Entity Framework…

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                85 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
                http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
                I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

                Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

                Kelly Berman
                Visual Studio Program Manager

              • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

                Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

                Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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                  475 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


                  Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

                  We…

                • coded ui

                  Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

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                  • 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.

                    603 votes
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                    • 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 →
                      • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                        It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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                          15 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for Unity Testing Tools

                          Modify the solution generator to put files found in Editor -> Tests folder hierarchies in a separate project. This way the Visual Studio test explorer should pick up the Unit tests created for Unity Testing Tools (provided the NUnit Test Adapter extension is installed)

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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi!

                            Thanks for this suggestion!

                            I’m afraid supporting running Unity Testing Tools from the Test Explorer is not as easy as simply creating a Test projects for the Tests, as the code needs to run in the context of Unity.

                            We could however implement a custom test adapter to run the Unity NUnit tests remotely inside Unity. We will investigate the matter.

                            Jb Evain, Senior SDE Lead, Tools for Unity

                          • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

                            A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

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                            • 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) { … }

                              381 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • "Not In" operator for Work Item Queries

                                Nearly all WIQL operators can be negated, except for the "In" operator. IMHO there's a need for a "Not In" operator, the negated version of the "In" operator, returning true if a field value is not in the specified list of values.

                                145 votes
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                                  Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product. We will be providing an update soon.
                                  - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

                                • implement branch history for folders

                                  In the history of a single file the branch/rename history is visible by plus-sign on the left.
                                  I would like to have such a feature for complete folders which are branched/renamed.

                                  167 votes
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                                    Thanks for the suggestion – we’re currently investigating what it would take to enable a better folder history experience inside Visual Studio. We’ll provide more updates as we better understand this work.

                                    Matt Mitrik
                                    TFS Program Manager

                                  • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

                                    There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

                                    361 votes
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                                    • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                                      Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

                                      391 votes
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                                        under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

                                        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

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                                          24 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

                                          Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

                                          A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

                                          806 votes
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