Allow a project file to be edited without unloading first
I should be able to edit the MSBuild xml of a project file (eg *.csproj) in the Visual Studio xml text editor without first unloading the project. Visual Studio copes fine if the project file changes by getting a new version from source control or using an external application to edit the file so this limitation seems artificially restrictive.
David Nelson commented
If the project file changes externally, the project is reloaded anyway. So having to unload it first doesn't seem to be a particularly onerous restriction.
Peter Jones commented
I'm not sure about this exactly but the proj file is an important part of the development process and at the moment it's definitely a 2nd class citizen in VS. It needs to be more obvious that this is a source file like .cs & .vb files and has an impact on the compilation of an application - ie, it's very easy to hide all sorts of evil in there.