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  1. Colorize output in output window

    I'm using the VSColorOutput extension for this at the moment (see https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f4d9c2b5-d6d7-4543-a7a5-2d7ebabc2496); unfortunately, it is somewhat buggy. In any case, I think this is such a basic functionality that it should be built in. Once you get used to colorized output, you can't live with the "white wall of text" anymore of vanilla VS.

    Features:
    - Colorize build output, such that, for instance, errors are red and warnings are yellow.
    - Colorize application output based on configurable keywords; for instance, rules like "when the output starts with [Error], print it in red".

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      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Data Breakpoints

      So, Intel Visual Fortran, formerly Compaq Visual Fortran, is an add-in for Visual Studio, and it uses the C++ Debugger. Version 6 of CVF had some nice features that increase productivity TREMENDOUSLY, and that have disappeared as of Visual Studio 2010/2013. According to Intel, this is because the same limitation exists in Visual C++/Debugger. These are all related to data breakpoints. Please fix these things!

      -First issue: How do we show variable names for data breakpoints, rather than memory addresses; that is, show it as, for example PPS, not 0x12345678. When we add many data breakpoints, it is very difficult…

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        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Automatically Select Startup Project

        If there are multiple projects, and only one is an executable, I think it is reasonable to take a guess that this is the start up project. It is painful every time you get a new branch/clean checkout from source control you have to go through the step of finding it and setting it. This has niggled me since 2002!

        5 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Give native support to Json to ado.net like XML.

          Json is more lightweight presentation than XML. If we give ado.net native support like XML, we can make many improvement for .net data related product and give WCF another new era. We can make WCF more lightweight and gain the performance giant improvement. Thanks.

          3 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Automatically insert parenthesis for function/method calls in C++

            If I want to call a function/method in C++ my normal way is to type the first letters of the name and investigate the IntelliSense suggestions. If I choose one, the name will be inserted, but it would be great if also the parenthesis (and maybe the conluding semicolon) could be inserted.
            Of course the caret should be placed in the middle of the new parenthesis.

            So for example if I type
            std::string s;
            s.em
            the result after the use of IntelliSense should be
            std::string s;
            s.empty(_CARET_);

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a 'MustUse' attribute usable for the 'return' target, to indicate the return value of a method must be used

              [return:MustUse]
              Action Foo(int param) {
              return () => { Debug.WriteLine(param.ToString()); };
              }

              Foo(5);

              Would generate the warning/error

              return value is never used

              Reason not to use 'out': the code size would increase by a considerable amount, and the readability would decrease.

              6 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

                Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a raw stack view to native debugging (a la OllyDbg)

                  VS has the Call Stack window which displays a nice view of the call stack, which is useful, but is of limited utility when you want to debug a corrupted stack or looking into different calling-conventions, I'm sure there are plenty of other scenarios where you would want to see the raw data of the stack.

                  You can use the Memory window with it set to the base address of a thread's stack, but this is just the raw bytes, it isn't annotated to identify return addresses and arguments/parameters (if they're values or pointers, etc).

                  Other debugging tools such as…

                  4 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • ADD C programing language

                    Add C Programing language.

                    Please visual studio is the best programing language and it will be better with this language

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                      2 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Restartless extensions

                        Allow extensions to be installed and removed without restarting VS.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Android Emulator available standalone and not bundled with Visual Studio

                          external user:
                          I wish the @VisualStudio Android Emulator was available standalone and not bundled with VS2015 preview...

                          6 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Reopen review is required.

                            Reopen review is required.

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • About PeerFinder.Role: A Host app can connect to up to five Client apps. I think five is too little

                              PeerFinder.Role: A Host app can connect to up to five Client apps. I think five is too little,if the maximum is 22, develop a football game app will become easier.

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                                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • dynamically load DLL

                                I think the windows desktop program do well, can be dynamically loaded DLL user-defined, but windows store app does not. a lot of APP need dynamically load DLL when they need, if can not dynamically loaded DLL, will greatly reduce the number of windows store app. it will also be very frustrating thing.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Replace the error message box with something "nicer"

                                  I'm talking in general, but also specifically about when Team Explorer cannot connect to TFS. When I'm in a plane, airport, coffee shop, park, ... etc. I don't want Visual Studio to scare me as if something bad happened... I'm just not connected to TFS at the moment, so what? I'll connect later.
                                  Similarly, there are (in any) very few errors that worth showing such message box and the scary sound of Windows error. So, please keep it for those errors and replace it everywhere else.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate tests for Database Projects

                                    Please add support for database projects (SSDT) for smart unit tests. Creating tests in Database Unit Test projects is tedious enough. Having smart unit tests analyze the database code and generate unit tests would be an incredible boost and productivity and code quality.

                                    4 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add syntactic sugar for enum parsing

                                      It would be nice to be able to parse strings to enums generally using syntax like:

                                      Colosrs colorValue = Colors.Parse(colorString);

                                      instead of the cumbersome:

                                      Colors colorValue = (Colors) Enum.Parse(typeof(Colors), colorString);

                                      The above could just be syntactic sugar for the last.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Kanban process template

                                        Essentially a new process template that does not make use of sprints/iterations but still provide you with the ability to break items into tasks and view them on the same board. We do not use Scrum and this request is based on the behaviour of 3rd party Kanban tools like LeanKit, SwiftKanban, etc.

                                        Some related suggestions:
                                        - http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/6350196-kanban-or-scrum-board-based-on-query-not-sprint
                                        - http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3317630-on-the-kanban-board-hovering-over-a-story-card-po

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                                        • Improove GDI+

                                          Difficult to understand ... GDI+ is not improoving from many years. Or if you have decided to go to a different Language for graphic give to it direct support from IDE.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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