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  1. Include WinRT & WinJS TypeScript definitions in UWP JS

    When enabling typescript in a Windows Universal 10 JavaScript application, the WinRT and WinJS type definitions should be available just like lib.d.ts is available.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • itemtemplate

      As a freelancer I often have to work on others code.
      I get ItemTemplates for "their" work and these start to clutter my VS.NET installation.

      Introducing a project local Template and Snippet folder would make a lot of things easier

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      • The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

        The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

        As more and more working programming languages are added to VS 2015, the problem that the VS 2015 can not automatically "re-layout" the windows for the current working language becomes disturbing when the last working language has too many left windows in the IDE work-space. (RTVS, especially)

        The following is the suggestion:
        1. Different default window layouts for different working languages predefined in the *TVS

        2. VS remembers the last layouts for different working language

        3. When switching working programming language, VS automatically switch the window layouts…

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add the ability to invoke a PowerShell command inside of the REPL

          It would be very cool if one could invoke PowerShell commands inside of the C# REPL. Being able to bridge these two technologies together inside of scripts would make this whole DevOps things sooooo much easier.

          I would either consider using #[PSCommand] to invoke any in-context command or possible #PS [Command]. I would consider the #| to differentiate between the OR operator and the PS pipe operator.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow peek to view definition from the references linked within CodeLens.

            It would be nice to open a peek window from the "References" CodeLens to view the full definition of the code referencing said method.

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            • Allow relative paths for external hyperlinks in comments

              Since documentation files are often checked into TFS along with code, allowing relative links to be followed from comments would allow linking to images, pdfs, and other documentation relevant to understanding code directly from code comments.

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              • Provide a Visual Studio Express for ARM based tablets like Surface RT

                I was the proud owner of a Microsoft Surface RT and many times I had an Idea I had to first write it down and test it at home when I had my Surface RT with me in the train or in the plane.

                I think there is a big thing missing in the whole RT tablets Idea and that is an IDE to allow developers to develop application for their beloved tablet or phone.

                Let's have a Visual Studio Express version that can be deployed on Surface RT and the like and it can be restricted to developing Universal…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Offer comparison for file recovery

                  As VS has file comparison built in, this should be easy. The most annoying part of all the autorecovery systems throughout Microsoft products is that the user is asked if they want to recover a file but not provided with enough information to make such a decision. Is the recovered file older or newer? Smaller or larger? Most directly, what are the exact differences, line by line? I always have to track down the backup copy and use an external comparer...

                  But in VS, it should be dead simple to offer users the option of first looking at a side-by-side…

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                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Create a 'File Bundle/Group/Briefcase Explorer'

                    Create a view similar to the 'Solution Explorer' that allows for the grouping of files based on their relevancy to each other (i.e. grouping files by feature). A group could contain the JS, CSS, Controllers, Services, Etc files related to a particular feature. A file can belong to multiple groups.

                    In the 'File Bundle/Group/Briefcase Explorer', you can view all groups, expand them to view the files, and be able to open all files in a group with one click (possibly closing all other open files).

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • HTML5 Outliner

                      Provide like Chrome HTML5 Outliner parse function in VS IDE ( or VS SDK ).

                      Client Page ( *.html / *.cshtml / *.vbhtml ... ) code is very long for now dev-environment.

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                      • Keep command line window open (finally!)

                        Starting a console project opens the console, runs and then closes the console window immediately. I understand why this happens: The program is done.

                        But this is not what anyone wants!

                        Please add a Visual Studio feature that allows us to easily keep a console window open to inspect what the program did.

                        This issue is a constant annoyance and trips up literally 100% of all new .NET developers. Please treat this item with priority. It is amazing to me that such an egregious usability problem has not been solved for 15 years in .NET.

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                          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Named Solution Explorer Views

                          If I create a new scoped solution explorer view I would like to me able to rename the tab. Or even just use the top level folder name. For eample I like having a ViewModels and Views scoped solution explorer in tabs and would like the tabs named accordingly. Currently all tabs are named solution explorer. See crude drawing attached.

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                          • Run scripting files from Visual Studio(batch files, powershell,ruby, python etc.)

                            Every time I install a new version of Visual Studio I always end up having to add an external tool to execute batch files that are part of the solution. This should be built in for batch files as well as power shell or ruby, python etc.

                            Any time I am editing batch files or simple python or ruby scripts I end up editing the files in Notepad++ so that I can run them directly from the editor.

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                            • Printing support

                              Better color printing support.

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                              • Too hard to search code samples

                                It's nice to see VS2012 integrates the code sample function, but it's still hard to search code samples. What I want is a simple search textbox + some simple condition selections (e.g. language, technology), and hit enter. Then see the sample search results with brief sample description. Next, I can open what I want.

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                                • Return Build Explorer to Visual Studio

                                  In Visual Studio 2013, Build Explorer was accessible from Team Explorer -> Builds -> Actions -> Manage Queue. In Visual Studio 2015 this menu is removed, making this functionality inaccessible.

                                  The intention of the TFS Build team (see here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/31614150/where-is-tfs-build-explorer-in-visual-studio-2015) was to force the users to manage the builds from the web interface.

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                                  • Add a link to Sourcecode in Exception/Stacktrace

                                    Add a simple direct link in a exception from the Stack trace to the affected Source Code could be very helpful.

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                                    • Open file in the same Visual Studio instance

                                      It could be nice to have an option which permits to open file in the same instance of Visual Studio (or starting one if no Visual Studio running yet)
                                      It could be for example a simple checkbox: "open file in existing instance".
                                      The proj and sln files would be logically excluded from this process.

                                      Rem:
                                      There is devenv.exe /edit mode but unfortunately after many attempts to modify the registry I could not succeed to do something like that:
                                      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualStudio.cpp.10.0\shell\Open\Command]
                                      @="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\\Common7\\IDE\\devenv.exe\" /dde /edit"

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                                      • Add more detail error message in Git Tools when git operation has errors.

                                        Please add more detail message to git tools for debug, current we need to use command-line to get details (e.g. Remote Sign-in Conflict, we need to run "git pull" to get details now). More detail errors can help us to resolve git-related problem.

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                                        • Override Recent Project/Solution Names on Start Page

                                          The Recent section of the Start Page is a convenient way to quickly open your project. It would be nice to have the ability to change the display name to help differentiate it from one project/solution to another. As an example, if you're working in a branch, the same solution name will appear twice in the list. Presently, I wait for the tooltip to pop-up to insure it's the right one I want.

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