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  1. Extend the "Auto-load changes, if saved" to work with project (.csproj; .vbproj) & solution files (.sln)

    Visual Studio 2012 contains the option "Auto-load changes, if saved", and while it works with many files in VS - it doesn't work with project & solution files. If they change outside of VS, you still get the reload prompt.

    It would be great if the option was extended to cover those files too.

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • MSBuild should respect the "Copy Local" setting

      Often one nuget lib is using other nuget libs(e.g. Microsoft.AspNet.Razor) which may have installed into GAC during the process of installing VS.
      The dependencies have been set to "Copy Local" = true, but msbuild will not respect this setting if the GAC version is the same as the dependency version. The dll wont be copied but it works fine at local environment. The problem is,
      very likely, the production server will not install mvc in this case, so when the app tries to start, the dll cant be found. The whole app just will not work at all.
      If the…

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        0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • allow custom background color for Try-Catch block. This would make it easy to spot code in/not-in a try-catch block.

        In code editor, allow custom background color for Try-Catch block.

        This would make it easy to spot code in/not-in a try-catch block.

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Faster C/C++ linker

          The project I'm currently working on takes multiple minutes to link for Windows/Xbox 360, whereas the PlayStation 3 version takes less than 10 seconds to link the exact same code.
          My suggestion is to look at why the Visual C++ linker is so much slower, and to make the required changes to bring the speed up to par.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Apply filters to the tasklist

            Add an option to filter the Task list in a similar way as you have the Error list.

            I have added a High priority token and a low priority token to Visual studio.

            In one of my solutions the TODO list is currently 150+ items. I want to go through them Project by Project and file by file and fix them starting with the high priority ones.

            Having this filter I could check that Everyting is fixed in a specific Project, file, class etc. Before moving on to the next one.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow custom CSS formatting in Visual Studio 2012

              At the moment there are only three options - "Compact", "Semi-expanded" and "expanded", though none of these meet our needs.

              Please enable some kind of custom template for formatting CSS, or at the very least include more options (such a version of "Compact" without the space after the colon).

              11 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Run unit tests in parallel

                As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

                As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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                  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Expand description window for Product Backlog Items

                  When using the Scrum 2.0 process template, Product Backlog Items are used to represent User Stories. The Description area is used to document the User Story.

                  Customer collaboration is a core agile value. The description area is currently not suited as a sharing platform between PO's, Scrum Team and other stakeholders, the area is just too small.

                  It would be great if the description area could be expanded, at least in the web access view.

                  23 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix the exceptions that are raised and eaten internally after debugging unit tests

                    After debugging a unit test, several InvalidOperationException and CommunicationObjectAbortedException errors are thrown and caught within the unit test framework. If you go to Debug --> Exceptions and check Common Language Runtime Exceptions --> Thrown, then the debugger breaks on every one of these exceptions.

                    Can you please change the test framework code where it won't raise these exceptions? It's very annoying to have core Microsoft code that's throwing and eating exceptions after every unit test debugging session. I had hoped this would be fixed in VS 2012 Update 1, but it still has the same problem.

                    I originally logged this…

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                      3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      • enable code coverage in team foundation

                        I'd read in several places that TFS 2012 supports Code Coverage. After purchasing and installing it, I have apparently discovered this to not be the case. DSruggs' blog had an entry on how supposedly easy it is to enable, but references a checkbox that only appears on certain versions of VS.Net (and not the one that I purchased). Furthermore an MS employee suggested on a thread to install VS.Net on the server (without providing a version...I will assume that Pro is not this version).
                        I would suggest having *TFS* actually handle code coverage instead of VS.Net vWhatever, as installing a…

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please provide at least one uncompressed video format creation in Media Foundation

                          Since DirectShow has not been available in Win8 Metro Apps, there's no lossless video encoder in Media Foundation. Also Avifil32.dll is for desktop apps only.

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                            0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow install to drives other than C drive

                            Restricting the install of any application to a single drive is short sighted. Its not easy to reconfigured dozens of machines to have larger C drives when the D/E/etc drives already contain data/applications. Please reconsider the restrict the install to the C drive.

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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • About 5 users quantity restriction in the free plan for TFS online

                              I have an MSDN account and as explained in the following link:

                              https://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/pricing/information/

                              Makes me think that for MSDN subscribers TFS Online will be free during the time our subscription is valid, no matter if we have more than 5 users when prices will be released, this is important for us to make a decision if we add more users or not, we don't want that in the future we will have to migrate to a new TFS project to have less than 5 users.

                              It will be good that for MSDN susbscribers TFS Online can have more than 5…

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                              • Visual Studio 2012 UI decorations are too Spartan. Add more visual feedback.

                                There is no way to find splitter bar locations (if they exist) and on windows pulled out from the IDE, the grab bars are outside the window frame. A clean look is nice in a living room, but when it hampers productivity it becomes a burden on the desktop.

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Change the XAP downloading screen

                                  It would be helpfull if we hava a way to change the way that the "loading" screen is show. I'm talking about the initial screen, the one with the little blue ***** (sort of a progress bar) going back and forward in circle.
                                  Im working with a Lightswitch app, and the XAP downloading screen display on the VS IDE.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add ability to cycle through all open document left to right or right to left

                                    All app in the word with tabbed interface (browsers) can do this except visual studio.

                                    Window.NextDocumentWindow is useless because it using MRU ordering.

                                    Window.NextTab is still useless because it cycles only the visible tabs (why???)

                                    (This is not an idea instead a trivia, can't imagine why not implemented yet...)

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support casting F# flexible types to covariant .net types in F#

                                      IEnumerable/seq is defined with a covariant generic type in .net/C#. As such you can directly cast a "List<List<T>>" to a "IEnumerable<IEnumerable<T>>" in C#, but this does not work in F#.

                                      Usually in F# you'd use flexible types instead, i.e. "seq<#seq<T>>". It is then possible to cast an F# "T list list" to that type.

                                      A workaround to e.g. be able to feed a "T list list" to a C# function expecting a covariant "IEnumerable<IEnumerable<T>>" is to change that C# argument to "IEnumerable<U> where U: IEnumerable<T>", the equivalent to F#'s flexible type mentioned above. But it would be nice if we…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        • Colored backgrounds for selected code blocks.

                                          It would be helpful for the coder to be able to color the background for blocks of code. Helps code navigation A LOT.

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