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.
I would like to execute a macro after I press F5. IE:
Enter username/password in a LoginForm
A messageForm displays.
Press the Ok Button.
The MainMenu Form displays.
Change the value of a ComboBox
Click on an item in a ListView Control
This wil load the form i'm currently working on and stop the debuuger on a breakpoint.
I heard only 1% of folks use this feature therefore it was cut from VS 2012. I really need a way to automate things inside the IDE such as creating files. Writing an extension to do this is way too much work. It would take a very long time to payback the dev hours needed to code up an extension. Keep in mind that 1% is only the 1% of folks that chose to opt into having their usage tracked.
Last week I tried to use Macros and I noticed that feature was cutted out from VS11 Beta. So I have to do it through Notepad++ and finally copy the code into VS11.
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.
Serious veteran coders use macros to do amazing things. If they aren't used it is because most people don't know about them, but the tremendous benefit to those of us who do cannot be ignored. Why take out something that was already written. Even if you remove the GUI for editing, why remove the record/replay feature? Simple record/replay gives me 98% of everything I ever used keystroke macros for
Yep Macros are extremely useful, bring them back please.
S Rosam commented
yes. please bring back macros.
Those who check the "Tell MicroSoft Everything" box
aren't smart enough to create macros; the "vote" was biased.
My solution: http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Macros.HTM
The macro record-keystrokes and playback are an invaluable time-saver in special editing situations.
Yes, bring it back. Special the record and play function.
1% procent uses macros that means 99% does not now what they are missing.
Bob Riddle commented
My vote, too, please for bringing back macros. I use them for adding specialty property scaffolding, comment formatting, re-factoring long source lines, etc. As one of the other posters below here said, I am very skeptical of the idea that only 1% of VS developers use them. Virtually all of the hard-core developers I know keep their own libraries. (BTW, I never click on the "Tell Microsoft - or any other vendor" boxes. I don't want the precedent of my tools phoning home on their own).
A lot of people at Microsoft are 1%. Should we get rid of them also? (hah! Couldn't resist.)
Yes! Please bring them back. It doesn't matter that supposedly "only 1%" of users employ them. I think you mean only 1% of users that click that little "tell microsoft" box use them. I don;t use macros all the time but have relied on them since VC6. Bad call all around. There are hundreds of great features in VS that only get used occasionally. Are all of them now candidates for the axe because you have some Product Manager with access to some user data? Fail. Fail. Fail.
Macros are very important!!!!!!!!!
I just cannot believe that Macros were removed. Pleas bring them back. I especially used record quick macro (and play) -features.
Christian Hofmann commented
Yup. Also missing macros here. Bring 'em back, please! I loved the "on-save-macros"!
In Need my macros......
Please, provide a quick way to record and redo things like Macros, we were using it alot to do routine job on many lines for example.
Jitendra Lohiya commented
I was not using macros, but when i got to know that we can do Automation inside VS IDE. i searched for macros and i work on both VS10 and VS13 and guess guys, both of them doesn't have feature like Macro(VS10 had feature but it got depreciated few months back)
Even if only 1% (I highly doubt it) users are using a feature, still that translates to hundred of thousands of programmers. How can you ignore that many programmers.
Doug Kent commented
I can`t imagine any professional developer not using the macros feature.
Andrew Myers commented
For Web Development creating a macro to attach to w3wp.exe with a key stroke is very useful. Sure I only code a macro every once in a while, but once it is created I use that macro often. I was surprised that macro's were removed from VS 2013. I just upgraded from VS 2010.
Unlike MicroSoft, sane developers know
that intelligent comments, from users,
matters most, not "usage statistics".
You rock, Jonathan !
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