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.
I use the simple record/playback ALL the time and would love to see the feature return. If not that, allow an option to open the code up into Notepad++
Glauco Basilio commented
I used to use macros combined with custom shortcuts to turn my envoriment more "keyboard" friendly, once i suffer of mouse pain. Now my macros became obsoletes
I use it often for some comments editing, and found it inefficiency to do it with VS2013.
Bring them back.
Bring back pleaseeeee
+1 to Bring 'em back!
Put them back
VS2013, I went to look for the record/playback macros feature to make some repetitive code changes, and it wasn't there!!
Give us back the record/playback capability for simple text processing tasks!
Carey Tam commented
Man, Microsoft has to place this back...Like new versions of visual studio is suppose to contain all the old features plus new ones. How can you take a feature out like this? And this feature is one of the most important ones too.
Jeff Relf commented
Sam Seigel... Microsoft's decision makers
never write code and they don't care about
those who do, not even those at Microsoft.
Instead, they use a confused ballot
-- ignorant voting -- ignorant voters/admins.
My C# macros automate Visual Studio 2013:
Sam Seigel commented
this is BS. So out of touch with programming community! What IDE do you guys at microsoft use!! Cant be a visual studio without macros.
put macros back in. moved from 2010 to 2013....and no macros....how can such a decision be made? certainly not by someone who uses it frequently to maintain code....
Please - please - please, do this. I tis crazy to have to use Notepad++ just to do macros...
Oh My, just started with 2013 from 2010 and no macros. I guess your coders don't do a lot of repetitive tasks or they would know the value of them. I always thought 2010 was slow with recording and playing back macros but I lived with it. Not fun jumping out of vs to do macro processing and then jumping back.
Really unbelievable, that VS lacks macros. I used them often, for every recurring action. Is really no MS programmer missing them? How do they edit code? Without a macro recorder?? Unbelievable...
Removing temporary macros is another example of Microsoft arrogance.
Bring back macros, or something similiar
I may be the only person who uses macros, but i use them every minute of my day. I used them for absolutely everything. If there are more then 2 lines of code where i have to make similar change, i use macros... who the **** decided to remove macros? This is the only feature that I use from this ******** IDE... Everything else came from plugins such as Resharper. Did you actually think that replacing macros with black background is funny? this is a joke i cant believe i gave Microsoft about 15 years of my life. I am moving to Linux now (long overdue)...
Pete Davis commented
I don't use them often, but occasionally they're very valuable! What's frustrating is that were they implemented a little better (in a more accessible, easy to use way), I think they would be more useful. I think the biggest problem with them is that they're just a pain to use the way they've been implemented in the past.
WTF... doesn't anyone in Microsoft use macros?
What IDE are you guys using?