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  1. Categorized intellisence

    Intellisence list should be categorized (with tabs, separate listboxes, whatever), so is I'm looking for method I should not dig in a mess of events, properties, etc. Say, if itellisence window appeared, I press [1] for methods, [2] for properties, etc. and list is filtered accordingly.
    Also I would like to have favorite properties as well as "non-inherited" for easier navigation. Current intellisence list is just a mess and requires a lot of improvements.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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          • Be able to choose new location for autorecovery files

            In a corporate environment the My Documents folder could be a shared network drive that is slow to access. This can cause the IDE to freeze when autorecover kicks in. It would be nice to be able to specify a new location for autorecover to save files to.

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            • Find and replace

              Hi,

              There should be option to save the regular expression by name in VS 2012 find and replace window, so that we can save any regular expression and use it while next time. E.g. to remove extra space we can save the (^(?([^\r\n])\s)*\r?$\r?\n) regular expression as “Remove extra lines”, and this will be appear under the standard regular expression list under “Custom Expressions” menu, So that we can use this saved expression next time.

              We can also provide manage custom search menu where we can provide the functionality to add edit, delete existing custom (User defined) saved regular expression.

              Anand…

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              • Find and Replace automatically set context to Selection

                Whenever I select a block of text and click CTRL+H to perform Find and Replace I would like that Find and Replace dialog context is automatically set to 'Selection'.
                This used to work like that in previous version of VS and I find it odd that it has been changed.

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                • 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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                      • 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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                                • Update the Class and Class-Member drop-down menus at the top of the editor

                                  Replace the current Class and Class Member drop down boxes at the top of the editor (I'm a C# developer) with a pathname similar to that which is found in the Address Bar in Windows Explorer (Windows 7 & 8).

                                  The path name would be:
                                  namespace > className > methodName for existing functionality, or an extended path to show where the selected text is in deep nestings, such as:
                                  namespace > className > methodName > if > foreach > if

                                  The ">" here represent the triangles in the Windows Explorer Address Bar, and represent drop-down menus that show peers.
                                  I'm…

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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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                                    • Enable support for color themes for custom colorable items in the text editor in 3rd party extensions.

                                      Currently 3rd party extensions do not have a way to provide theme-dependent color and font settings for custom colorable items they register with the VS editor (here's a relevant discussion on MSDN forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e46318aa-7652-4e5d-8836-d1bc80006f8e/language-service-support-for-color-themes-in-custom-colorable-items)

                                      It would be nice to enable 3rd party language services to provide full support for color themes to make their integration with the VS shell totally seamless

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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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                                        • Batch build should support selecting solution configurations

                                          In 280+ projects solution I want to batch build the release and the debug version/ In present batch build mode I have to select 280*2 = 560 projects!

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