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  1. Editor: Placing the caret (typing) in a braced/bracketed section of code, highlight enclosing braces/bracketed

    When editing a section of code that has many nested brackets/braces, it would be great if the enclosing brackets/braces were highlighted.

    For example, if the caret was positioned to the left of the "5":
    int nWD = 1+((2+(((j/100)%4)*5)+k)%7);
    then the parenthesis to the right of the 5 and to the right of "2+" would be highlighted.

    Although the current matching bracket/brace highlighting feature of click on a bracket/brace to highlight the matching one is great, this would make it easier to avoid coding errors.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix F12, Goto definition: "Cannot navigate to definition. Source code is not available."

      Goto definition should show something more meaningful than error message "Cannot navigate to definition. Source code is not available." even if (3rdParty library) source code is not available / in the project.

      E.g. C# will show either Object Browser window or the name of the dll and method signatures / overrides. With Resharper there are even more possibilities.

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow actions to continue on failure

        Allow actions to fail but continue with the process. Either through a property setting of the action or something.
        For example... Stop Website action. If the website does not exist (new web server) it will fail because the website does not exist, even if the following step is deploying the website. This makes it currently to where you have to have 2 different release templates. One for a new clean server and one for a server with already existing deployments. Having the fail and continue option will allow for a single template for all scenarios.

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          1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Give users the option to enable/disable cutting and copying when there is no selection.

          Sometimes I want to paste (Ctrl-V) but accidentally hit copy (Ctrl-C) instead, I then have to copy the previous contents back in to the clipboard because Visual Studio's editor copies the entire line when there is no selecion. I understand that it is a useful feature to some people but it's annoying to others. There is a setting that reads: "Apply Cut or Copy commands to blank lines when there is no selection" But as it reads, it's only for blank lines. (Don't see why someone would want to cut/copy a blank line) And I tested this feature but it…

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            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

            Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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              under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Backlog items board should be able to be filtered by iteration and/or by person

              Some times i only need to see backlog items and bugs and the current state of the current sprint and specially backlog items assigned to me for the current sprint

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              • Refactor anonymous type into concrete type

                Sometimes you write some code making liberal use of LINQ and anonymous types, only to discover you'll need to expose one of those types afterward.

                A right click -> Make Concrete Type that creates a concrete type in the inner-most scope and refactors all your anonymous "new"s to use it would be a great time saver.

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                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a localsts for development

                  Provide a localsts for development

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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • My Projects in Visual Studio

                    In addition to the "Recent Projects" selection under the file menu, it might be nice to have list of "My Projects". This would allow the developer to maintain their own list and not have them fall off as they do with the recent list.

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • provide a way to use/trigger Release Management functionality through API

                      Please provide a way to use/trigger Release Management functionality other than commandline

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                        2 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Advanced Team Explorer integration with multiple Git repository's

                        As seen in this blog:

                        http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2013-may-13-vso

                        Currently you can create multiple repository's in one Team Project, but then you don't have advanced team explorer integration in VS2013. As quoted in the blog:

                        "If you rename a repository then you will need to manually update the remote URL where you have cloned it. Right now you can only use the advanced Team Explorer integration when the repository is the default one (i.e. the repository with the same name as the team project). You can still clone, push and pull into the other repositories in your team project from Visual Studio, but…

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                          Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently investigating how we might provide better options for managing git workflows. We’ll provide more details when we better understand our direction.

                          Matt Mitrik
                          TFS Program Manager

                        • c++ formatting

                          One thing that I find irksome with the "Create Declaration / Definition" refactoring option (which is awesome!) is the lack of a C++ formatting option for spaces around & and * in arguments.

                          There should be three options:
                          int* arg
                          int *arg
                          int * arg

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • to change Expect100Continue default value to be False

                            In the current day and age, it's no longer a good idea for .NET web clients to use the Expect100Continue header by default.

                            By doing so, the client is wasting an unnecessary round trip to the server instead of just sending in the entire HTTP message with headers and body.

                            I would like to suggest to change the default value of Expect100Continue to be false.
                            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.servicepointmanager.expect100continue(v=vs.110).aspx

                            14 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Code analysis rule CA1704 should pickup the developers locale.

                              Code analysis rule CA1704 keeps telling me to correct the spelling of variable names. This is because I am from the UK and use the en-GB spelling and grammar rules for my country whereas code analysis checks the spelling using en-US spelling and grammar. This is most annoying! Please allow it to use my currently selected locale when performing these checks.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • If I commit with WorkItem "Associated", it should mean that work is not done and I'm still work on that WorkItem

                                Unless disrupted my workflow is: take a task, do a little coding, commit, do a little more coding, commit, repeat.
                                a) It's already suggested that you make "Associated" default instead of "Resolved"
                                b) When I commit VS shouldn't forget that I work on the WorkItem. I should not have to drag the WorkItem from "Available work items" to "In progress work" again and again.

                                3 votes
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                                • Please fix the price discrepancy between USA and Australia

                                  There is a HUGE price discrepancy between the US and Australia for the same products. Looking at Visual Studio with MSDN on a 12 month subscription..

                                  Ultimate.. $USD13,299.00 vs $AUD21,202.00 ($USD6,408.90 difference)
                                  Premium.. $USD6,119.00 vs $AUD9,755.00 ($USD2,948.57 difference)
                                  Test Professional.. $USD2,169.00 vs $AUD3459 ($USD1,046.24 difference)
                                  Professional.. $USD1,199.00 vs $AUD1,912.00 ($USD578.26 difference)
                                  MSDN OS.. $USD699.00 vs $AUD1,115.00 ($USD337.43 difference)
                                  (currency conversion for USD-AUD difference done with Google on 2014/07/31)

                                  Unfortunately perpetual licenses aren't much better when it comes to price parity (USA: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/Visual-Studio/categoryID.62687600 vs Australia: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msaus/en_AU/list/Visual-Studio/categoryID.65081900?icid=DvprCat_ShopCategories_VS2013)

                                  Given these products are basically identical and are delivered electronically, there should be no…

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Open up FxCop.sdk internals

                                    All these internal utilities and types are really usefull for custom ruledevelopment. Why are they even internal?

                                    Please open up the FxCop.sdk (and Microsoft.CCI) to allow for better rule development!

                                    7 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow custom AddInProcess names when using System.AddIn

                                      When using System.AddIn framework via process isolation, every AddIn process shows up as AddInProcess32.exe in the task manager. Please allow us to rename the name that shows in the taskmanager so that it's more descriptive for users?

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Feature to show code navigation paths to an object

                                        More specifically: Show possible code paths to a specific class member or class members of specific type from current location in code

                                        It always happens that you are coding inside a method and you wonder how you can access object X of type Z from where you are. Is it available through `this.A.K.D.X` or through `this.G().N.T.C.X` or through `SomeStaticClass.I[0].M.R.E().F`?

                                        Of course you can find usages/references of class Z and for each of the references look up references again until you find a path to your current location in code (i.e. this), but it will be much more helpful if we…

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 should not require KB2919355

                                          Many windows users do not want apply KB2919355 update, so Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 should be able to install without this update.

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