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  1. In the Code Editor, do the colored brackets, if there are several in a row!

    Of course, the setting of color for each of the brackets.

    Imagine that you have a row of brackets 8 (not four, as in the screenshot)

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support for Platform Conditional References & Linked Multi-Platform Projects

      It is a pain managing projects with different target platforms. Once you begin using libraries which are not AnyCPU, it get's difficult. You have to mess around with your project file manually or you must use some dirty workarounds which are unclear and not self-evident.
      It would be great if you had three categories "x86","x64" and "Any" under the Reference-node in the Project Explorer. You just add the different versions of those assemblies (with different paths). On build, Visual Studio automatically uses the right reference for the build. This would be a very neat and clean approach for this.

      The…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow solutions to contain nested solutions

        In my application, we make use of SDKs that are built separately. I would like to include the whole solution in my project, so I can debug easier.

        I know I can select a solution file and it will import the the project files, but this does not work for me because those projects depend on .targets files that are in the $(SolutionDir).

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ambiguous file names in editor tabs and rencent projects/files

          I think it's a very common practice for most developers to work with several branches of the same project: trunk + 1..N feature branches. And of course structure of those projects and filenames are the same for different branches. Right now in this case developer sees in recent project an ambiguous list of files with same names. The only way to distinguish them - is by tooltips, but it's slow and inconvenient. The same is when we open in code editor several files with same name from different projects. IntelliJ IDEs, for example, in similiar situation behave better.

          It wold…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Compare option when multi-selecting document tabs.

            It is currently possible to select multiple documents in the document tab channel. This idea would add a context menu option to compare two selected tabs using the comparison tools (including, if set, the user option in Tools > Options > Source Control > Visual Studio Team Foundation Server > User Tools.)

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            • Add scripting to code snippets (T4 + Roslyn)

              Code snippets are a good thing; however, they are often not intelligent enough. For instance the C# "met" snippet always inserts "public void MethodName( ) { }". Even inside a static class where "static" is missing or in an interface where "public" is superfluous.

              I suggest adding scripting functionality to code snippets, maybe through the T4 technology coupled with Roslyn. The code snippet would be aware of is syntactical context and could do very intelligent things.

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              • Add setting in Options to have the 'Keep test execution engine running' setting default disabled.

                Add setting in Options to have the 'Keep test execution engine running' setting default disabled. I have build problems when the test execution engine keeps running after performing a unit test. Regularly, I forget to disable this option when I start Visual Studio, so I need to restart Visual Studio.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • highlight search term in the find results pane

                  When searching for some term, you may find big lines, and then you need to search these lines for the term you searched for.

                  highlighting the term will help distinguish between what you searching more easily.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make VS build/load projects in solution in parallel

                    Having lots of projects in a solution is something common nowadays.
                    VS should load, build, rebuild the projects in the solution in parallel using a configurable number of cores.
                    A modern cpu can get you even 8/16 cores. most should be used for the heavy work (vs working), and some (maybe 2) should be left for the OS & other applications.

                    This should make a lot of scenarios feel better as VS build some projects in the background when needed (refactoring, finding references, opening some designers).

                    VS should also build a single project in parallel. There are some taks that…

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support superscript and subscript for identifiers

                      I would like to see the ability to make parts of an identifier superscript or subscript, particularly for when writing a mathematical equation/formula it's helpful to be able to have the same variables as it uses.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support for Auto Closing Tabs

                        Implement an option to check if a tab has been open for X amount of time and idle(aka you haven't used it). If so, close it (prompt for close?).
                        So you don't end up with 100 tabs open and you only use 20 of them (Numbers are just example :P )

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                        • Add filters in "find result" window

                          It would be nice to add some filtering options in Find Results window (like Grouping by file name, exclude file, filter *.xaml) ...

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                          • improve Package Manager Console

                            In the Package Manager Console there should be a way to set the default project, it keeps setting the first project in the solution as the default one.

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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show code regions in Document Outline pane

                              I want to be able to quickly explore the regions defined (with #region e.g. in C#), in my code file and quickly navigate to them

                              I believe a natural place for that would be the Document Outline pane which now is empty if the current document is a C# file (guess for VB.net and other languages the same happens)

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                              • Exclude Unit Tests from Release version by incorporating a switch to exclude objects with attributes such as [TestMethod].

                                The only strategy currently available is to write Unit Tests in a separate assembly. However, this does not facilitate Test Driven Design because of the absence of a "generate" function. Other cons to this approach are that the visibility of all tested objects have to be increased to "public", and there is no IDE check for syntactic compatibility between the test and tested object (which is essential for refactoring). A better approach would be to include the Unit Tests in the same assembly as the production code but, presently, there is no way to exclude the Unit Tests from the…

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                                • Add NotImplementedException to the task list

                                  Anytime a NotImplementedException is created in user code add an item to the task list to help the programmer remember to fill in the method.

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                                  • Provide the ability to regenerate ASP.NET Designer Files

                                    With Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015, the ability to "Convert to Web Application" has been removed. This makes the process of importing or converting existing ASP.NET Web Site projects a manual process once again. Therefore, there should be a right-click menu option to regenerate ASP.NET Designer Files on an individual basis for development teams wishing to convert over their ASP.NET Web Site files and projects over to ASP.NET Web Applications.

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                                    • Add support for excluding files from Intellisense

                                      In my project I work with large files generated by SWIG. They are not interesting for a human. Intellisense suffers from having to go through these files. It is then slow (it takes some time to parse those files) and the results are full of things I do not want to see.
                                      I tried to use #ifndef __INTELLISENSE__ ..., but although the text is greyed, Intellisense still parses, sees and suggests symbols from ifndefed sections.

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                                      • Simpler 'find in folder' functionality

                                        While it's currently possible to do a search/replace in a particular folder, it's pretty cumbersome. Please consider simplifying this (i.e. pressing ctrl+shift+F with a folder selected in Solution Explorer could add a 'Current folder' option in the Look in dropdown).

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                                        • Allow Editor Style integration with Metadata

                                          Sample idea:

                                          "I want to tell VS that EF scalar and navigation properties in a linq query must be colored orange in my code."

                                          General Idea:

                                          Suppose you have a Data Layer generated by your own T4 templates for Entity Framework, and you add some properties to those Entity classes through partials. Then you make many linq queries.
                                          How many time you peek to the definition of some property in order to know if it is a custom property or an actual EF mapped property?

                                          It could be nice that we can match attributes (e.g. [NavigationProperty]) with some visual style…

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