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  1. Allow XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

    At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

    It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

    This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visual Studio: Add Namespace property to project folders

      Allow setting a namespace to the project folders so that developers can organize code by namespace better. Namespace name can be different than project folder name. This allows us to organize folders better without a creating a new namespace when needed. The Visual Studio IDE automatically adds the newly added files to a folder with the namespace of the folder, and we have to edit the code and remove the namespace as we want it to be in a diferent namespace and vice versa.

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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable building and running of a single source code file

        I compete on algorithmic competitions website called TopCoder. I have a plugin that creates .cs file when I open a problem on TopCoder. It's a daunting task to load this .cs file in VS and start solving the problem. The real issue is that solving a problem is timed, so if I loose 2min creating a project and adding a single file to the project, I loose points.

        Not to mention that there are three problems (each with own Main function) and it's impossible in VS to test all three problems within a single project.

        Also, it would be great…

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Copy only error message(description) from the Error List window

          In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
          "Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.

          Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.

          Or
          To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard

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            • Enable filtering out warnings without a Code in the error list, ex. "Referenced component could not be found".

              When working with a large solution it is not uncommon to have many projects unloaded to decrease build times during development. However, this leads to many warnings displayed in the Error List saying "The referenced component 'XXXX' could not be found", which makes it difficult to find the warnings and CA-warnings that we are actually of interest to me.

              There seems to be no way to filter out these warnings today, so I suggest you implement that.

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              • Add Undo Close behavior for files, remembering cursor position

                Ideally, just exactly like the Undo Close in PowerCommands (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e5f41ad9-4edc-4912-bca3-91147db95b99).

                How it works:
                - You work on files, open and close move around the text buffer, jump to definitions and references, etc.
                - As you do all that, a toolwinow "Undo Close" is populated automatically with a list of those recentely opened files, with information about the location of the cursor when it was closed
                - Upon double-clicking a file there, automatically opens it on the cursor location where it was when closed.
                - Some shortcut can automatically UndoClose of the first item in that "stack", poping it.…

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Build progress on taskbar button

                  ChrisTorng commented · April 25, 2012 11:13 · Flag as inappropriate · Delete

                  I would like the progress showing on taskbar button. That let me start the build, go to other program to do something, seeing the progress on taskbar button has done, then go back to IDE, or refresh the modified web page on IE.

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                  • Fix colors of built-in type aliases to be the color of types (or add an option to do this)

                    In C# int, string, short, and other type aliases appear with the keyword color (by default blue) instead of the color of classes (by default teal). I'd really like an option to switch this, or it should be deemed a bug and outright switched. All types, regardless of whether they are language keywords, should be colored the same. "public" and "int" are not of the same vein; "int" and "Int32" are, yet these highlight differently.

                    The same holds true of other languages, like VB.NET.

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Embed a code sharing store

                      The idea is pretty simple: When I am coding, I often wonder how many people already have implemented the same thing. On the other hand I would be more motivated to share my work online, earning some money for it.
                      The code store should contain something like an “offline function tester”, so I don’t see the developer’s code but am still able to test my parameters to the functions and classes. A nice and simple user interface, connected with my credit card or PayPal account, would complete the perfect package.

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                      • Paste escaped string / paste escaped verbatim string

                        When you need to copy and paste some XML, string, or other data into the editor as a string it is extremely annoying as you then have to go and manually escape it.

                        There should be a "Paste Special" with options to paste as a "normal" C# string or as a "verbatim" C# string. This would make this common task much easier.

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                        • Increase text cursor thickness in editor windows

                          From the description of the Productivity Power Tools extension: "As the resolution of monitors increases, it’s becoming more difficult to find the caret in the code editor." As a counter measure I suggest making the text cursor better visible by increasing its thickness from the current one pixel (that's getting thinner and thinner on high resolution monitors!) by two pixels or maybe even a configurable value. Several other text editor applications use a 2 pixel wide caret/cursor and it makes a huge difference.

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                          • 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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                            • TFS @CurrentArea as macro/shortcut for queries

                              Like @CurrentIteration it would be very helpful to have @CurrentArea also.
                              So one query can be used by many teams at the same time.
                              To have a dedicated query for each team (using for widgets) it is pretty painful.
                              Or a widget should have the possibility to include an additonal filter.

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                              • Add "close all tabs to the right" feature.

                                Close all tabs to the right of the selected tab. This is something I love in the chrome browser. Combined with allowing to move tabs around, it's an efficient way of getting rid of clutter.

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                                • Allow Test Explorer To export test results

                                  When running tests in Test Explorer, there doesn't appear to be a way to export these results. This would be useful in order to share failed test results with fellow team members. Ability to export to trx would be wonderful. I know this can be accomplished via commandline, but running from commandline is a rather clunky solution, especially if you want to re-run failed test.

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                                  • Find in current namespace

                                    In Find Window (CTRL+F) we can choose from some options (current project, entire solution etc.). Sometimes I miss option "current namespace".

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                                    • Show all text in Visual Studio 2015 Text visualizer, not the 32768 character limit

                                      In Visual Studio 2015, if you open the text visualizer with a value that is longer than 32768 characters, the text is reduced to 32768, with the excess removed from the middle and replaced with an ellipsis (...).

                                      I need the visualizer to show me exactly what a variable's text looks like. I use it frequently to copy an xml document out of VS and into an xml editor. The ellipses makes this impossible. I don't have access to the xml file externally to VS, because of a number of xslt transforms that modify it. I need to be able…

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                                      • Rename items in "Recent" list on Start Page

                                        At my company, I can be working in different source branches at the same time, meaning I can have a list of many different recent projects on the Start Page. However, since all the solution files are named the same (just in different branches), I have to hover over each item in the list to see where it is physically located to determine which one I need to open.

                                        If we had the ability to rename the entries in the "Recent" list, I could give each item a name that tells me which branch that specific solution is in.

                                        It's…

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                                        • Multiple Bookmark Sets

                                          I've been using bookmarks every day for a long time.

                                          How about having different sets of bookmarks that are color coated.

                                          So If I'm working on 3 different problems in the same solution, i can have a different set of bookmarks per problem and they can be color coated. Then have a dropdown next to the bookmark nav toolbar to select which set you want to toggle.

                                          Please let me know. chrismicco@gmail.com

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