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  1. Save more previously-used connections in the Schema Compare tool

    When comparing databases, the "Select Source Schema"/"Select Target Schema" dialog has a drop-down of the most recently-used connections, but the dialog seems to have a hardcoded limit of 5 connections. I work with more than 5 databases, when the different projects I work on are multiplied by the different environments across which I am comparing, and I find I am constantly re-entering connection details to databases.

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      0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Option to automatically collapse all inactive preprocessor blocks

      I suggest that Microsoft add an option to automatically collapse all inactive preprocessor blocks in the Visual Studio/C++ IDE.

      This feature would be extremely easy to implement, and enhance productivity considerably, especially for projects that contain many compilation alternatives.

      This feature appears to be on relatively high demand;
      - http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/97ad0528-8dd8-44eb-b4b8-ede8fdb3cf61/hide-inactive-preprocessor-block
      - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9094391/collapse-all-inactive-preprocessor-blocks-in-visual-studio
      - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17332077/can-i-programmatically-collapse-expand-all-preprocessor-blocks-of-a-certain-name

      Best Regards,

      Richard Baxter

      12 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add intelligent sort, and filter capabilities to Autos, Locals, and Watch Windows

        I'd really like a way to filter the debugger windows based on
        * variable name
        * type
        * value
        * changed (red)
        * valid vs. invalid memory (e.g. 0xcdcd, 0xcccc), or <Unable to read memory>
        * public, private, protected, const, etc qualifications

        The UI I'm picturing would be column filter widgets in Excel Lists.

        Some potential use cases:
        1. Stepping into a class function where the this pointer has many dozens of members, I might want to see all the bools, all non-zero entries, all non-null pointers, etc.

        2. It can be difficult to find the entry I want if…

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Extend Data Breakpoints to watch for data read in addition to write

          I know how to make a data breakpoints for when the data changes, but it would be nice to break whenever a certain address is read(or output a trace of what function was reading it). That way, I could quickly log everything that happens based on a particular symbol's value, not just assignments to it.

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Solve the object file collision

            Having the same file name in two or more locations in your file hierarchy causes Visual Studio to use the same object file name & this cause link time problems. Please have VS generate unique object files (maybe based on a hash of the relative file path from the project file)

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              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Strong name signing with password

              If you want to sign a project with a password protected key the build will fail using the Hosted Build Controller with the following message:

              C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Microsoft.Common.targets(2482,5): error MSB3325: Cannot import the following key file: file.pfx. The key file may be password protected. To correct this, try to import the certificate again or manually install the certificate to the Strong Name CSP with the following key container name: VS_KEY_1A2B3C4D5E6F1A2B [C:\a\src\projectName\projectName.csproj]

              I would like to see an option that allows to upload certificates to the server / manually install the certificate in the Strong Name CSP. So we can build strong named…

              16 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

                I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension

                  In the Visual Studio Git extension cloning a repo ignores submodules. When a repo is cloned it should perform a recursive clone through the submodules.

                  Also, submodules are not shown correctly for commits. Please add support for git submodules.

                  395 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Export Template Project option to include Packages and assign new/”free” <IISUrl>

                    Today when we want to export our application as a Project Template, packages will be left untouched and the <IISUrl> will be the same as when created the project from day 1.

                    The packages “problem” can be solved, today, in two ways, what I know of.
                    1. Copy the packages folder manually to the new /Projects/MyProject folder.

                    2. http://docs.nuget.org/docs/reference/packages-in-visual-studio-templates

                    I think this could be solved within Visual Studio, maybe an option when exporting or some other solution that will help us developer with this somewhat annoying problem.

                    But the <IISUrl> problem is what I really would like to see being…

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide some tutorials on UPNP/DLNA

                      I have been Looking all over the internet for tutorials on how to interact with DLNA/UPNP enabled devices. However after hours of pointless redirections to "tutorials" I found nothing that a newbie to the framework could use to start developing their own DLNA/UPNP enabled apps for windows or mobile... Ooh and the intel upnp sdk has been useful but the codebase is large and unexplained with a shroud of mystery on what half of the code actually does. It is really hard to find any example tutorials of how to develop these apps. Could somebody knowledgeable from the VS team…

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support nested types in Windows Workflow XAML

                        The current Windows Workflow design surface does not support nested types, but these are perfectly valid as an InArgument or OutArgument in a CodeActivity.

                        The two issues are:

                        1. Arguments or Variables in a XAML workflow cannot be of type SomeType.SomeOtherType and this happens often when we use 3rd party libraries or COM-callable wrappers
                        2. Trying to write any expression that involves a nested type which is serialized to XAML(and generates a <file>.g.cs) throws a designer error, even though this is perfectly valid code.

                        This is terribly inconsistent and sometimes makes me reconsider choosing WF when with this feature it…

                        10 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • TFS WebAccess hierachical List View of Work Items - Option to display all Items collapsed if executing the Query

                          TFS WebAccess - Hierachical WorItems Query

                          By Default all Items are displayed expanded. You have the button to collapse all items, but it would be great if there is an Option to make the collapsed view the Standard view.

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add "commutative" keyword for C# operator overloading

                            When overloading the multiply operator in a manner that takes two different arguments (best example is some user written Vector2D and a double), it is required to write two different overloads to specify the Vector2D*double and the double*Vector2D.

                            Please allow a "commutative" keyword that lets the compiler produce the two required signatures, e.g. (double d, Vector2D v), (Vector2D v, double d) automatically.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Debug->Exceptions->Thrown options scoped to specific blocks of code

                              Breaking on thrown exceptions is generally noisy. When I turn it on, my intent is to see what's wrong with a very specific block of code. It would be useful to be able to select a block of text, right click, and have a menu that lets me toggle which kinds of exceptions to break on for that block of code only.

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                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring Back color icons please

                                Bring back color icons from Visual studio 2010, it is very complicated to get used to the white black icons! Its super not intuitive! please bring it back! Class icons and so on folder icons in the solution explorer.

                                6 votes
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                                • Allow TFS task board to show Tasks without parent

                                  Currently the TFS task board only shows me Tasks (Bugs, Issues or whatever I configure), that have a parent User Story.

                                  In out workflow Bugs and Issues don't need a parent User Story, but they won't show up in the task board if they haven't.

                                  I would like to have an option, that the task board shows me all work items in the current iteration, even if they don't have a parent User Story.

                                  43 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Expand the use of the try/catch/finally code block.

                                    Oft times, I find myself writing code to allow for a string of job runs. After each job run, I want to evaluate the return code for valid info, usually it is the number of rows returned in my query.

                                    It is my dream for the try/catch to be expanded to include a when keyword. Here is my contrived example:
                                    internal class Program
                                    {
                                    private static void Main(string[] args)
                                    {
                                    int chk = -999;
                                    try
                                    {
                                    chk = Method1();
                                    chk = Method2();
                                    chk = Method3();
                                    chk = Method4();
                                    }
                                    when (chk == 0)
                                    {
                                    //code for when one job returns…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow users to customize source control explorer and work items

                                      Personally I find the new black icons and uppercase text much ****** to distinguish from the 2010 look.
                                      Some people might like the new look but you could at least allow users to alter the UI to their preference since this is an application they might be using 40+ hours a week!

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add <p> to the Surround With menu

                                        <div> is there, but no <p>! Really?!?!

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                                        • Allow me to change the color of a Generic Definition

                                          Allow me to change the color of a Generic Definition in a class or method.

                                          Example:

                                          public class Herp<TDerp>
                                          {
                                          // I should be allowed to change the color of TDerp
                                          }

                                          18 votes
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