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  1. 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 →
    • Ordering Error List by project dependencies

      Each time you compile a big solution file and that you have a compilation error on the root dll (the common one used by every project) finding the error in the error list is very difficult.

      I think that a simple partial ordering based on project dependencies (build ordering is an example of such ordering) would place the right errors on the top of the window.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Visual studio editor collapse or expand conditional branching as (if) and iterations

        In visual studio the editor allows collapse or expand the methods and summary, its gonna be good that you add this functionality, I mean also collapse or expand the conditional branching as (if) and iterations as while, foreach, etc.. This will allow greater clarity when you are working, for example, with legacy code or refactoring code.

        Maybe it will be configurable in the display section of the menu options.

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        • Have VS calculated dependencies respect <ProjectReference/>s generated by MSBuild Targets during BeforeResolveReferences

          https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171468.aspx “Within Visual Studio, the solution file and project build ordering are controlled by Visual Studio itself.”

          Because MSBuild targets are much easier to develop and customize than VS Extensions, and VS is merely an IDE, it should respect customizations to the build process that MSBuild respects.

          In my case, I have MSBuild targets that can dynamically discover optional projects. I can have an MSBuild target run at BeforeResolveReferences and create ProjectReference items dynamically. MSBuild respects these and automatically builds and copies the optional projects and their dependencies no differently from if I had manually altered the .csproj to contain…

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          • Provide search functionality for table names to Server Explorer

            Make able to search for certain table by it's name in Server Explorer

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            • single file compilation and execution

              Please provide a feature to create a single file of any programming language like c,c++,c# etc. and then compile and execute that file.

              Currently, we have to create a new project whenever we have to create a program. Creating a project every time takes too much disk space. if we have an option to create and execute a single file than a lot of disk space can be saved.

              Please work on it...

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              • Option to add a space comments in multi-line comment

                By default, when you perform a multi-line comment there is no space inserted between the comment characters and the characters you are commenting-out. Those lines then cause StyleCop (others?) to warn because it's generally consider good practice to put a space after the comment characters. This requires the developer to multi-line select to insert the space, which is cumbersome.

                //Visual Studio does thos
                // Instead of this

                See here for more details:
                https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14027598/how-to-comment-multiple-lines-with-space-or-indent

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                • Add syntax highlighting for the D programming language

                  There's support for Go, and even Rust, but not D!

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                  • Persist pinned state for Test Explorer, Error List and Output in center dock location

                    When the following IDE views Error List, Output, and Test Explorer are docked on the edges of the IDE they will persist the pinned state the next time the IDE is opened. When the IDE views are pinned to the center/main editor dock location they will not persist the pinned state the next time the IDE is opened.

                    The IDE views do keep the pinned state if an existing IDE is open with their state and new IDE instances are loaded. They will open with the pinned state set. But if all IDE instances are closed and the state will…

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                    • Code Review Improvements - Linking Tasks, ability to modify

                      Provide better support for querying code reviews and responses for QA evidence by:
                      - Warn about submitting a code review without an associated work item (which sets the area/iteration paths) <-- probably the most important since it avoids all the other issues.
                      - Be able to update the area path and/or iteration path after the review has been submitted.
                      - Be able to associate tasks after the review has been submitted.
                      - Link a code review to a changeset. (This seems to only be halfway supported in that a review can be requested on a changeset, but doesn't show up…

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                      • Run bash / powershell commands on text selection

                        I would like to be able to select text and run bash (or the equivalent powershell) one liners and have the output pasted into my file. Something like: grep "Foo" | uniq

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                        • Do not automatically change the VisualStudioVersion in *.sln files

                          I am using TFS as version control system and i cannot check in without saving all files.

                          Whenever there is a update for Visual Studio we have the problem that *.sln files are always part of the checkin if the previous checkin was done with a different Visual Studio version, even if the major version is equal, just because visual studio automatically changes the version number.

                          Please find a better way for versioning the *.sln files if the VisualStudioVersion is relevant or add a config option to disable the auto-update of the VisualStudioVersion in *.sln files

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                          • Razor-like syntax in T4 templates

                            The current way to write T4 templates is too much a hassle.
                            T4 templates are a powerful tool and should be easier to code.

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                            • Linq2Sql Diagram; show tables in alphabetic when you make a relationship

                              Currently, when you make a relationship in the SQLToLinq diagram the tables are ordered by order creation date.

                              When you have a huge diagram it will be better a simple alphabetic order.

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                              • Multimedia information and comments in source code

                                Don't limit yourself in a 2D vanilla text world! Add images, screenshots, video or just the recorded commenting voice in middle of your class method! Remaining at pure text in describing a class and its methods is nowadays a limiting approach to extend your visions. Let's upgrade the current IDE editor to manage multimedia, and finally unleash the power of the programmers creativity. Just imagine: screenshots, images, ideas, tests, videos, live links at the requirements documents, UML diagrams...
                                It is 2016. It is time to enter a new paradigm. Let's do it.

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                                • Error message text should be selectable

                                  Often the content of error messages such as recommendations and references to file paths are directly usable for potential copy/past actions in files and even windows explorer (such as referencing xml log files). The fact that the text of these message boxes are not selectable forces the intermediate step of pasting them into notepad or a portion of an open file and then manually extracting the desired content and cleaning things up after. This is like very silly.

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                                  • What is using memory and CPU in VS ?

                                    When VS is using (for example) 40% of CPU and 1.8GB of RAM, I would like to know why. For instance, is there an option I can disable or an extension do uninstall that would help me making VS faster ?
                                    VS resource management is a black box, and doesn't help the developer experience, one can be really frustrated and turn to simpler editors just to be able to write code.

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                                    • toggle comment

                                      I'd have short cut key to toggle code block comment out and uncomment out.
                                      On default kyeboard map scheme, to comment out code block, we use Ctrl+K, Ctrl+C, to uncomment out, Ctrl+K, Ctrl+U.

                                      I wanna use "Ctrl + /" to toggle comment code block,
                                      like in Visual Code.

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                                      • Open/Close Tag Highlighting

                                        Currently when you place the cursor on a HTML tag, it highlights all the same tags (i.e. all divs, all paragraphs, all classes, etc).

                                        Would it be possible to add an option where it only highlights the opening and closing tags in HTML?

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                                        • spell check properties and method

                                          It would be great to have an english spell checker for property and method names (that works with camel-case words) - this would help us non-native english speakers a lot (code has to be in english, no matter your mother tongue). Spelling mistakes introduced in public APIs are hard to get rid of.

                                          for example:
                                          Desktop getDekstop() //should be viod getDesktop)
                                          PropertyBag generateProperityBag() // should be generatePropertyBag

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