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  1. Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

    Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

    Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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      495 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


      Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

      We…

    • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

      Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

      MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

      For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

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        25 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

        Will Buik,
        Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

      • rename project folders and files

        Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

        I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
        * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
        * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
        * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
        * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

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          28 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Reduce overall build time and provide better feedback on the progress in the UI.

          Building currently completely blocks the UI, and no progress is shown. Just showing a responsive, non-blocking UI windows which shows progress and has a working cancel button would be a great addition.

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            40 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make Solutions Load Faster

            Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

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              7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Edit 4/14
                Thanks everyone for the great response! All the sessions today have filled up, but if you want to want to share your Solution load thoughts or feedback with us in the future please leave your contact info here: http://www.instant.ly/s/9hhdn

              Hello Everyone,

              I’m Will Buik, a Technical Product Manager on Visual Studio’s IDE team. We are reaching out to some of our developers to get feedback on performance pain points. One of the complaints we hear is that Solutions take too long to load. Since you voted on the “Make Solutions Load Faster” UserVoice item, we thought you might be interested in talking with us about it.

              We’re considering alternatives to how we load Solutions in an effort to improve that experience. Since many of you have had experience with slow Solution loads, you might be able to help us make sure we are heading in the right direction.

            • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

              If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

              Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

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                16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve shared projects with global view

                Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

                But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

                539 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                  Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                  Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                  PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                  Example use case #2:

                  I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

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                    9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Better project reload

                    If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

                    442 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                      Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                      Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                      Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                      repositories.js
                      -- attendee.repository.js
                      -- session.repository.js
                      -- speaker.repository.js
                      -- lookup.repository.js
                      -- abstract.repository.js

                      For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

                      379 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                        Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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                        • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                          It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

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                          • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                            When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                            My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

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                            • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                              As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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                              • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                                The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                                • Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution

                                  Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution. This should be located under the Debug context menu item under the project node within Solution Explorer and optionally all debug/run functionality should also be included under the main application's Project menu for easier keyboard access and for consistency.

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                                  • Add support for link shared files in shared project

                                    Please add function to link a file file in a shared project like is actually possible in normal projects.
                                    This function is already supported with manual editing a .projitems file:

                                    myFile.cs

                                    182 votes
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                                    • Allow bulk update target .NET framework version for all projects in a solution

                                      The solution (.sln) properties allows bulk update of Configuration and Platform properties. It should also allow updating the TargetFramework property.

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                                      • Allow custom build tools to run in parallel

                                        We build a lot of project using the C++ Qt framework with Visual Studio. Header files having Qt signals/slots are run through a tool called the MetaObjectCompiler to generate a cpp file. This is a custom build tool that is not run parallel, though there is no reason why it shouldn't. This makes build awfully slow sometimes.
                                        I realize it might not be possible to run every custom build tool in parallel, but a per-file option "Can run in parallel" (false as default) might be a solution. The Qt-Addin for VS could set that option to true and you'd make…

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                                        • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

                                          Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

                                          Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

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