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  1. Allow to hide project templates

    There are lots of projects templates I don't use, like Visual Basic, C++, etc. It would be a nice option to hide project templates we don't use, so they don't clutter the screen.

    It is specially annoying when creating a new C# project, and you forget to change the language in the right and you end up creating a VB project.

    A simple right click -> Hide this in the template tree, and a link in the bottom to "Show hidden items" would help with this.

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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make C# be the default project template language

      This is a very simple cosmetic stuff, but please make C# the default project type when installing Visual Studio.

      I know that some people like Visual Basic, and there are 2 or 3 guys that still use VB in production, but lets face it, C# is the default .NET language and 99% of developers use that.

      Make Visual C# to the default selected language, so we don't have to remember to change that everytime we install it.

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        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remove all non user specified assembly search paths

        The fact of life right now is that assembly loading is harder to grasp than .jar loading in java.
        For all I care you can make the GAC still a resource I can reference, just make it explicit instead of having it on the assembly search path for every single application ever created in .NET. The current directory shouldn't be a default loading path either, go put all the assemblies that I referenced into the .appconfig via msbuild/VisualStudio and then everything is explicit and nothing can go wrong.
        Then write the .appconfig into the .NET metadata in Release mode.

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add intents like what Android apps use to subscribe

          Android intents are a powerful notification system that allows applications to subscribe to various OS level, app and system events. Coupled with Bundles (State management that can be boot persistent), adding this functionality to VS for all Windows OS's would a huge win for current developers and allow Android developers an easier transition to Windows.

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            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open PDB file format to enable open source compiler output debugging

            Or at least contribute PDB support to LLVM.
            That would allow to debug binaries, generated by clang, Rust, and other compilers in Visual Studio.

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              0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to specify only specific rows in Database DataSource are run instead of iterating thru all rows

              Would like the ability to specify in an attribute or test initializer the specific rows I would like to iterate thru in my db datasource instead of iterating thru all rows which can take an extensive amount of time depending on the datasource.

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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

                We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

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                  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons to Visual Studio

                  You don't need to improve adding some colors to icons. You already have full-color icons from VS2010. Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons. VS2013 is still hurts our eyes.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging

                    As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                    This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                    One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                    Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

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                      2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Use absolute time in build results

                      Throughout team explorer and TWA, relative time is used (e.g. 2.5 hours ago). This makes it difficult to correlate diagnosis of intermittent build errors and other transient effects (Azure / other system outages etc.)

                      An example of this came up recently where a Microsoft support engineer asked for a specific timestamp of a failing build. The easiest way to get an accurate timestamp was to find the build status notification in hipchat.

                      It would be nice if this information was easily available in the UI in both UTC and local, but I'd settle for either of these rather than just…

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make intellisense type aware

                        Say I have a method
                        Sub MoveFile(File as Fileinfo)
                        ....
                        End Sub

                        When i call that method why does intellisense suggest objects that aren't FileInfo objects?
                        The compile knows its expecting a FileInfo object and will throw me an error if I pass an Int but intellisense is quite happy to suggest a boolean primitive.

                        If you made intellisense only suggest objects of suitable types for methods(and overloads) sorted with objects from the current block then method then class, most of the time the correct one would be top 3.

                        Tim

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow the column headings on the Task Board to remin visible as we scroll down the screen.

                          In TFS 2013, we are working on many User Stories in each sprint. When we scroll down to see the stories and their tasks, we lose the column headings, so we don't know which state each task is in.

                          How do I freeze the screen so the headings are always displays no matter how far I scroll down?

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                          • Item templates provide custom Solution Explorer icons

                            I have a custom editor for a file type hosted in Visual Studio. I want it to display with a custom icon in Solution Explorer. I can create an item template for it, but the custom icon only shows up in the Add New file dialog, not the Solution Explorer.

                            Seems like something anyone creating a custom editor package / item template would want to do. In fact, having researched this, there are lots of people who tried and failed to do this.

                            I know I could set the custom icon in a project template, but I don't need a…

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                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Diagnostics logs should show the vstest.console command line

                              there are times we need to run the vstest.console manually so we can duplicate an issue on a Developer's machine ... but we cannot see the vstest.console command line in the diagnostics logs

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                              • Report designer really needs to handle page breaks for Duplex printing. I suggest you add the option "Add Break on Even Pages When Duplexin

                                Report designer really needs to handle page breaks for Duplex printing. I suggest you add the option "Add Break on Even Pages When Duplexing" in Group Breaks in Reports. A large number of printers now support duplexing and this option is critical for business printing. The only other option for duplexed reports is to write as a document and handle in code or use 3rd Party report writer. Neither option is really a good one, Hard verses lots of money for small business or individuals. And we all want to save Trees :).

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                                  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support Ribbon for WPF

                                  Inner support Ribbon Design for WPF

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Typed DataSet Comments

                                    Add XSD properties to allow Strongly Typed DataSets to add Summary comments when classes are generated.

                                    It is not possible to describe fields.
                                    I use VisualStudio 2010 autogenerated XML documentation to provide Library information for third-party companies that uses our DLLs.

                                    It would be wonderful to have that!

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fix TFS local data store concurrency issues - TF400030: The local data store is currently in use by another operation...

                                      TFS local data store really sucks in compare to traditional SVN integration.
                                      There should be special service to handle concurrent operations, when you have more than one VS opened - or - some kind of tool like TortoiseSVN would be better.

                                      I still get race conditions causing change conflicts, e.g. by operations during T4.

                                      Local data store should act logically - last change wins.

                                      It's so easy to integrate using monikers (http://bit.ly/1nC0w3Q), so vote for MS developers to learn own tech. ;-)

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                                        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio Online "Backlog items to Tasks" view...keep the "Order" column on the left. Switch from Backlogs view hard to find BL items.

                                          When using Visual Studio online to review/edit the backlog in the default "Backlogs item" view there is an "Order" column on the left which is great. But I often switch to the "Backlog items to Tasks" view to review tasks for BL items but the "Order" column disappears making it hard to find items that I was just looking at the Backlog items view.

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