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  1. refactor - Extract String to Resource File

    I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve the "The parameter is incorrect" feature

      This is one of my more commonly used features, but it doesn't provide enough information for me to do anything next. I don't know what about the build is failing or what even what parameter is incorrect.

      A quick search on StackOverflow shows many, many questions about this error, each question with completely heterogeneous answers. These questions go back many, many years and many versions of Visual Studio-- it appears we will be living with this message for a long time.

      Can this message be improved to show enough diagnostics so that we can address the issue ourselves?

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        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • bring back full colors on controls in ToolBox!

        simply enough allow full coloring of the controls in the toolbox where we can find and select the right one, fast and accurate just like in vs2010.
        going to black and white trying to look like photoshop, is a very wrong idea! we do not have 10 tools like photoshop, we are not painting and we are depending on the controls we are choosing to design a form.

        now its unacceptable hard to spot, and select the right control, we have to wait and read a tooltip most of the times!

        also we are all buying new HD monitors and…

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

          The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

          While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

          For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

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            6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support for multiple startup projects with Diagnostic Tools window

            The Diagnostic Tools window is a great new tool introduced in Visual Studio 2015. Unfortunately, it only supports relatively simple solutions with a single startup project.

            Currently, it picks one (presumably the one set to run first) to be its target. You have no choice of the target and it doesn't support switching targets.

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              5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Don't use IE exclusively as the internal browser, but instead use the OS configured default browser

              I can't use VS anymore because my organization blocks IE. We can't access anything externally with IE except for approved exceptional situations. They don't block Chrome and FireFox. Visual Studio 2015 (and also earlier versions) appear to use IE internally to sign in to VSO, display help, download packages, etc. Third party extensions such as Telerik's AppStudio do the same (probably by default). I can't figure out a way to change this default behavior.

              Whenever I try to access anything from IE, I can see the HTTP traffic in Wireshark. Lot's of "M-SEARCH"s and "GET"s. Eventually, it fails with "HTTP/X.X…

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Haskell support in Visual Studio

                First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

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                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Improve NPM intellisense for custom .npmrc settings

                  In package.json files intellisense is already supported. But only public packages will be suggested. For scoped packages in private feeds there is no intellisense. It would be great if VS looks inside .npmrc settings for setted feeds and scopes.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Property own formatting

                    Currently property new line formatting controlled by "Place open brace on new line for methods".
                    I'd like to control property new line formatting by property own rules.
                    Currently My Property looks like
                    public int IntProperty { get; set; }
                    or
                    public int intProperty
                    { get; set; }
                    I'd like to see two rules:
                    "Place open brace on new line for property"
                    If checked
                    public int IntProperty
                    {
                    get; set;
                    }
                    otherwise
                    public int IntProperty {
                    get; set;
                    }

                    And "Keep getter and setter on same line"
                    If checked
                    public int IntProperty {
                    get; set;
                    }
                    otherwise
                    public int IntProperty { …

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "Confirm exit" option to preferences!!!

                      It is INSANELY frustrating to shut Visual Studio down if one accidentally presses Exit or ALT-F4.

                      Clumsiness or not, this should not be a problem.

                      And don't say "rebind keys", because it's does not solve the problem permanently.

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                        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Outlook Rendering Preview

                        Like many developers I have to create html email templates for direct marketing campaigns. testing this is very difficult do the the odd HTML rendering engines in most email clients (especially Outlook).

                        It would be very helpful to have a live preview window that utilises the rendering engine of the popular email clients like Outlook. As this rendering engine is closed source and limited in the HTML tags available it is difficult to test the code and how it will look to the end user.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Format Document Wrong Spacing for Assignments

                          There is currently a problem with the Format Document feature.
                          The option "Ignore spaces in declaration statements" doesn't respect the following items (also the implicit if statement is suffering from this problem):

                          Code:

                          using (var x=new SomeClass())

                          return isCode?"yes":"no";

                          public void MyMethod(string str="hello")
                          {
                          }

                          for (int i=0; i<cnt; i++)
                          {
                          }

                          Wrongly Auto-Formatted-Code:

                          using (var x = new SomeClass())

                          return isCode ? "yes" : "no";

                          public void MyMethod(string str = "hello")
                          {
                          }

                          for (int i = 0; i<cnt; i++)
                          {
                          }

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                          • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

                            The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

                            Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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                            • Support custom elements in .aspx files

                              Update 4 RC just recently included support for custom elements in the HTML editor (the default editor for .html files) however this feature did not make it into the HTML (Web Forms) editor (the default editor for .aspx files).

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                              • Enable Abstract Syntax Tree Source Files via Roslyn

                                Now that Roslyn is available (or will be available), it is time for Visual Studio to start thinking in files that represent Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs), or .ast files. .ast files are the actual source files that are checked into source control. When an .ast file is loaded into Visual Studio, the developer's "formatting preference configuration" is applied to the .ast file to display the file to the preference of the developer.

                                Formatting preference configurations would include things like:
                                - Spaces or Tabs for tabbing
                                - Braces on same line as method declaration or below
                                - Spaces around symbols
                                -…

                                35 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow Task Runner gulp/grunt output to be funneled to Output and Error List windows

                                  If you're using the Task Runner, you're likely using gulp or grunt to run tasks through it. However, the output from those tasks is mostly limited to what you see in the console window in Task Runner. It would be nice if you could funnel the ouput/errors from a task to the Visual Studio Output and Error List windows, especially for errors. For example, when building a project fails, the Error List pops up so you know it failed. When something in a task fails (perhaps not the task itself, for example compiling SASS), it would be nice if the…

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                                  • Add full intellisense experience to T4 template editing without an extension

                                    It would be so much easier to work with T4 templates if we had the full intellisense experience. It's already really difficult to create code that generates code (my brain hurts sometimes) but without the rich editing experience that is normally available in VS is much much harder.

                                    I'm aware that there are extensions available but I'd rather not have to pay extra (and rely on a third party) to use the features that already exist in VS.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Remove the default QuickInfo popups when hovering over code, or create an option to disable

                                      VS2015 includes a highly irritating "feature": when I mouse over any bit of code, it shows the type and name of the parameter again in a popup window.

                                      For example, I have a method with a "string firstName" parameter. If I mouse over it, it pops up a window "helpfully" telling me that I have a parameter called firstname... and its type is string!

                                      This means that moving the mouse around anywhere on a code file creates literally dozens of annoying popups that add no information at all.

                                      Please provide a checkbox in the options menu to disable this "feature".

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                                      • Have resources ResXFileCodeGenerator generate partial class.

                                        The ResXFileCodeGenerator tool for Resource files generates classes that are difficult to extend / augment as needed. Please give the code generator emit classes as partial to allow customisation / extension.

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                                        • Pair programming in visual studio editor (working with more persons in one workspace)

                                          When pair programming two programmers want to work on the same file(s) real time. To do this the first user can invite a team member to join the same project from an other computer. All changes the users make are shown on both computers.

                                          This will deliver the feature faster when working on trivial parts of the implementation. For less trivial parts they can work behind one monitor. This feature can also be used to do tutoring or code in code reviews from remote.

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