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  1. add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

    Seriously, how cool would that be?

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      4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

      Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

      -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

      -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

      We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

      In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

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        6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Can we have feature of copy paste reference(s) of one project to another project

        I have few projects in my solution. My one project has already added references of few third party assemblies (e.g. Telerik). I need to add all those references to my another project. So rather than browsing and adding reference, how about Copy Reference & Paste Reference option ?

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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement AD FS for TFS

          Our organisation policy does not allow us to use TFS Online / visualstudio.com. For on-premises TFS instances, ADFS is not supported at the moment. I'm hoping a future update will incorporate the ADFS bits for TFS Online in the on-prem version as well. That would open up some authentication schemes we'd like to use.

          12 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make command line tools doing exactly the same as their visual studio pendants.

            Some command line tools like MSTest or MSBuild behave slightly different than their pendant functions in visual studio. It would be great to have all these functions as scriptable command line tools that behave exactly like VS.

            18 votes
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              1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

              It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

              Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

              Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

              15 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support environment variable setting for Active configuration profile

                To support immutable deployments to different environments, the environment-specific environment switches should be defined within the environment, not the build configuration. This approach aligns with best practices and the future approach of ASP.NET vNext and is suited for swapping deployments between environments. Currently, there is no way to specify different configuration profiles other than at build time.

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create short guidance on the differences between VSO, On-premise TFS, and TFS on Azure IAAS

                  Teams new to TFS (or moving IT to cloud) constantly struggle when trying to decide between Visual Studio Online and on-premise TFS. With TFS on Azure IAAS also as an option, the decision is even more difficult. The Rangers could create some short and concise guidance on which one to select.

                  There is some guidance from Microsoft already out there (http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-products-vs), but it is mostly marketing/licensing fluff and doesn't address the details. What am I really missing with VSO at the technical level? E.g. Can I update a process template?

                  Note that multiple queries to the Rangers forum…

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                    1 comment  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • TAG prioritization in the TFS Build system

                    This request is to add TAG priotization to the TFS Build Agent/Build Controller/BuildDefinition system as an addition to the existing very simple TAG filter approach.

                    If the above TAG priorization approach cannot be made for some reason, "static" Build Agent prioritization could instead be added to the TFS Build Controller and its user interface. As the prioritization then cannot be made per BuildDefinition, this approach would be less flexible.

                    Possible uses of this:
                    - Prioritize a fast (physical?) Build Agent over a slow (virtual?) Build Agent, i.e. give always you the best build performance and keep the redundancy of having…

                    10 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Color Code PerfTips by Threshold

                      From Tarun Arora:
                      I would like to colour code the PerfTips, I see numbers all the time and after a while stop paying attention. However, if I could set a threshold & colour code the threshold, it would be easier to identify what requires attention.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Languages....I have an suggestion....60. 40N05.001 C01

                        Several computers need a new languages, thought is important...

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                          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • C#, official access to private members...

                          Official access to private members to avoid Reflection calls and Expression compilations in real world C# applications.
                          Please check the attachment.
                          Regards from Germany
                          Christian Ohle

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • I would like to see that the C# editor and compiler get XML support.

                            I would like to see that the C# editor and compiler get something like XML support. It is very simple to integrate and extremely helpful at development time and furthermore, it allows unbelievably powerful new futures. Please check the attachment and for the case that it is interesting I could send test application and code examples.
                            (I wrote an own c# compatible Compiler for fast runtime compilations)

                            Regards from Germany
                            Christian Ohle
                            Free programmer

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow users to generate bugs on Tests impact

                              I would like to see how many Tests are impacted by particular bug to decide about the fixing priority.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • We need a command to clear the cache in Lightswitch application

                                [Customer voice]
                                We have the problem that old values are in the cache from the IE-Explorer and Chrome because there is a bug by caching data.

                                See also:

                                https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/c0c79693-09ea-44ab-8c05-92e3fcc12054/ls2013-interesting-caching-observation-is-this-a-bug?forum=lightswitch

                                The refresh-method works not, because we call the SQL-command with "myapp.activeDataWorkspace" to edit the record. this is not other possible because we work with SQL-views in the grid for better performance.

                                We search a command to "clear" the cache. has anyone an idea?

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • implement PerfTips that show memory usage

                                  Hello!

                                  We at Visual Studio would like to know just how much interest there would be in the developer community for PerfTips that can show memory usage.

                                  Please vote for this item if this is something you would like to see!

                                  4 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Web deploy parameterization in website project

                                    Web.config parameterisation is not working for "website project" in visual studio 2013. I have created Parameters.xml and tried “webdeploy” as mentioned in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff398068.aspx.
                                    Based on my test, the data that in our own parameters.xml file won’t be added to the generated parameters.xml and SetParameters.xml files when I created a web deploy package.
                                    Big “web site” projects are hard to convert to “web application" project type. Lot of people may face the same issue.
                                    I would suggest incorporating web.config parameterisation featured with "Website Project" as well.

                                    38 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio SQL Database project : add Format document/selection for .sql file

                                      When you work on Sql database project, the Edit menu hasn't advance edition tool as Format -> document or Format -> Selection or Trim trailing space.... it's should be interesting to have the same features than other VS projects

                                      2 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • exe.config file setting editor - allow users to change config settings at runtime

                                        Currently in the IDE we have a config editor which allows us to add and remove settings to the app.config file. This creates an exe.config file when the solution is built.

                                        However there is no way for the user to edit this file using a GUI to change the settings values. Currently they have to manually do this using notepad, which is not the best way.

                                        There should be a .NET feature that can be called upon to change the exe.config file and update the setting values easily from the compiled exe.

                                        23 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Bring also Bower, Grunt love to Apache Cordova Apps

                                          As in aspnet 5 web projects, it would be nice to have bower, grunt, npm working inside the apache cordova apps.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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