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  1. The Properties tab for an assembly reference should also show the assembly's file version

    In for instance a C# project, if we show the properties of a referenced assembly, the properties list has the element "Version" which currently displays the AssemblyVersion. This element should be renamed "Assembly Version" for clarity. Also, a new element "Assembly File Version" should be added.

    The motivation for this is that some third party components keep the assembly version constant (i.e. contract version) between minor releases, to reduce need for recompilation of dependent code. Such minor releases will still increase the assembly file version, so that it's possible to distinguish them. Only showing the assembly version in the VS…

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      0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Rename items in "Recent" list on Start Page

      At my company, I can be working in different source branches at the same time, meaning I can have a list of many different recent projects on the Start Page. However, since all the solution files are named the same (just in different branches), I have to hover over each item in the list to see where it is physically located to determine which one I need to open.

      If we had the ability to rename the entries in the "Recent" list, I could give each item a name that tells me which branch that specific solution is in.

      It's…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 2012 is a sign of the giant sinking ship

        This is the most horrible studio that I ever seen since 1998. Please bring back 2008 and all of it smoothness. Microsoft is truly sinking

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • WF designer rehost on Silverlight

          The ability to rehost de designer on Silverlight. (Its time to make WF components as XAML...) This would be a major feature.

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            0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add a premium TFS CALs

            In TFS 2012, many of the new features such as the kanban diagrams and agile planning are only available for users with Visual Studio Premium.

            Users that are licensed only with a TFS CAL (without Visual Studio), cannot use these features as there is no ability to purchase a standalone "premium" TFS CAL.

            This creates a major problem when justifying TFS to upper management - it makes absolutely no sense to license project managers and non-technical staff members with full copies of Visual Studio to access basic planning functionality.

            Contractor (offsite) licensing for TFS is similarly complex - it's currently…

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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Update CHESS for newer versions Visual Studio

              Update CHESS: Systematic Concurrency Testing (http://chesstool.codeplex.com/) to work with Visual Studio 2012 (or upcomming version of Visual Studio).

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                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow embedded resources in Database Project

                Database project doesn't allow to add new resource file (.resx) and doesn't compile it in right way, if existing resource files are added.

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                  0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • CODED UI

                  Hi All,

                  Can u please guide the framework for CODED UI.
                  Thanks in advance
                  Kalyan

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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include a provision for "approval & acceptance" of .NET Framework in automatic updates.

                    Everytime I try to imnstall the automatic update for a .NET Framework, my Vista does not allow it to install. I have to go to the KB # on the website, and manually download it whereupon I agree to the terms, and it installs. Why not provide a way to "accept/Agree" in the automatic updates?

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • See all the CSS rules that apply to an element by right-clicking said element

                      It would be great to be able to right-click an html tag (such as "tr", "td" etc.) in the editor at design time, as well as class and id declarations, and be able to go to the CSS file[s] that affect those elements/tags and elements/tags bearing those classes/Ids.

                      I know you can run the page, right-click the element in question, and select "Inspect Element" and then see in Chrome Dev Tools or Firebug "||cetera" (orcetera) the CSS rules that apply to the element, but it would be awesome to be able to do it right from the IDE at design-time.…

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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Let the man go.

                        The subject Skylar L. Richardson is free of manipulation and control. He is entitled to whatever he wants.
                        He knows he been taken advantage of and the abuse ends 5/31/13, 1:29:00pm. Pacific time.
                        I am your boss. Now start explaining.

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                          0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow exclusion of some namespaces from remove and sort unused usings

                          Allow exclusion of some namespaces from remove and sort unused usings. I like to keep my usings / imports minimal but would prefer to always have System and System.Linq for example. Giving me an exclusion list would give me this functionality. Also the ability to set remove and sort unused using to happen on file save would be useful.

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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Thoroughly document "hidden" features in F#

                            F# has a lot of tricky aspects that aren't well-documented.

                            One example is anything to do with the `inline` keyword:

                            * Member constraints and member invocation expressions.
                            * How dynamic and static type parameters interact, such as when writing a member invocation expression.
                            * What is the effect of the `inline` keyword on different sorts of members.

                            Another aspect is designing computation expressions using the custom operation attribute.

                            It would be great if there could be some more thorough documentation on these things. Sometimes it's really trial and error.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Let as an alternate for Dim

                              VB already reserves the keyword "Let". Why not allow this to be an alternative to "Dim"? I think it would help eliminate one of the least defensible and weirdest keyword choices in VB, making the language more palatable to new users.

                              Dim x As Integer = 1
                              -vs-
                              Let x As Integer = 2

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve support for checking in multiple large files to Team Foundation Service

                                A website has a folder containing 12 videos, 60mb in total. Team Foundation Service returns "The request was aborted: The request was canceled." for these files when the project is checked in. They can be checked in individually or in groups of about 3. I know my connection is robust, so I assume the server is dropping the connection.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide a good toolbar editor for Visual C++

                                  Please enhance or create a new toolbar editor for Visual C++ that is on par with the one available in C#. It seems insane to have to still edit bitmaps outside of Visual Studio in order to get 24 bit colored buttons. I want to easily add buttons and set their bitmaps from a file of my choice just like I do with toolbars and image lists in C#.

                                  Also, I think there is a bug in the current Visual C++ toolbar editor in VS2012 Update 2. If I right click on a button in the current editor and select…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make the cards on the kanban-board in-place editable, like on the task-boardboard

                                    Make the cards on the kanban-board in-place editable, like on the task-boardboard

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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Show task-category sub-items on the kanban-board as well

                                      We use scrum for our projects, but usually without tasks or other sub-items. So the current task-board is less helpful and we're looking at using the kanban-board instead.

                                      In some cases we still do use sub-tasks though and we need those on the board that we use.

                                      If there would be kanban-boards on the sprint level (another suggestion: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3939137-add-a-kanban-board-on-each-sprint-level-instead-o), only those would need to show the sub-items. The kanban-board on the product backlog level, would only need to show the requirement-category items as it does now.

                                      And maybe the visibility of task-category items could be an option so you…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • allow editing of class diagrams in visio.

                                        I have this class diagram that I can't use anywhere else for documentation purposes unless I turn it into a image. I want to use 300 of the 700 classes in the project to provide documentation on how my application performs the calculations because I am not going to be the Stewart of the data and I want to try to answer all of the stupid questions when I deliver the product -- not over the next 6 months. It would save me a bunch of time and reduce the possibility of errors in the documentation if I could open…

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add "Favorites" tab to extension manager

                                          Please add a "favorite" tab to an extension manager, and synchronize with the profile of Visual Studio Gallery.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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