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  1. 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 →
    • 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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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Release a sample on using Projection Buffers with Embedded Languages

        Projection buffers are a powerful tool that allow developers to extend Visual Studio in incredible ways. However, there are no available samples explaining how to use them. This deters most developers from extending Visual Studio in cool ways.

        I'd love for there to be a sample on how to correctly use projection buffers, particularly with embedded language services (ie. C# and VB .Net)

        This issue goes back to Visual Studio 2010: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e536bce3-30f9-4e7f-b322-b3835a487bb0/how-to-create-an-editor-with-a-projection-buffer?forum=vsx

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

          39 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • real solution folders

            I think this has been asked several times around here and closed without a proper explanation.

            I've got a solution with lots of projects, I would like to group some of the related projects in the same folder.

            At the moment you can do that with "virtual" solution folders, why can't we just map these to disk?

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            • Allow Visual Studio 2013 online license to be refreshed from command line or automatically if possible

              Starting with Visual Studio 2012 when MSDN subscription runs under MAPS. Users are forced to an online license.
              This causes issues when Visual Studio is installed/used on a build server.
              As one is forced to manually start Visual Studio on the build server now and then in order to refresh the license data. Not doing so will after a while result in builds failing due to license period being expired.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Pull request approvals reset or downgrade when new code is pushed to branch

                A administrative setting on version control that will cause all PR approvals to be removed/reset if new code is pushed to the branch.

                Currently if someone reviews the code and approves it. I can push changes and merge without them being forced to review again.

                They are notified, but It would be nice to force another review by someone if new changes are made.

                I am pretty sure GitHub developed something similar in the past 6 months or so.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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
                  -…

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                    12 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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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add "View Diff" Button on "Conflicting File Modification Detected" Prompt

                        Per this status: https://twitter.com/VisualStudio/status/829495552161280001

                        I believe that the Visual Studio editor should change the behavior of this prompt. There is no information provided to make a reasonable decision in this context.

                        The interface should be updated to include a button to view the current diff, or perhaps even in-line a view that shows what the differences are.

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                        • Indicate when an invisible character (such as "zero-width space" / U+200B) is present in a string literal

                          In the Visual Studio code editor, please indicate (somehow) when an invisible character such as "Zero-width space" (unicode U+200B) is present in a string literal.

                          Such characters can lead to hard-to-diagnose bugs such as HttpWebRequest.CreateHttp(string url) throwing an UriFormatException when passed an innocuous-looking string literal such as "​http://www.microsoft.com&quot; (where the first character in the literal is not "h", as it appears, but rather the zero-width space character).

                          Source: http://stackoverflow.com/q/32013346/12484

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                          • VSTS Allow Deployments to sovereign Azure Clouds

                            When adding an Azure endpoint to VSTS you cannot enter the ServiceManagementUrl. You need to set this value if you are going to do an automated build to one of our sovereign Azure clouds (US Gov, China, and soon Germany). for example the commercial endpoint is https://management.core.windows.net, and the US Gov endpoint is https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net.

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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Find all assignments

                              A feature similar to "Find all references", but only includes assignments.

                              34 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Stop doing heavy work in the Visual Studio UI thread.

                                If you are working on enormous projects, searching and command autocomplete will run without a way to interrupt them, locking up the entire editor until they finish. For example using >of in a project with thousands of files causes a search to run for every key stroke in the UI thread, which can take many seconds to minutes to complete.

                                Doing things async is UI 101...

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                                • set default encoding

                                  Need a 'set default encoding for ALL files saved in VS', not only current file. It's so annoing to set it every new document, for example, when create pure .html file using utf-8.

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                                  • Batch Build should allow building projects in parallel

                                    When using batch build to build every configuration for a solution, it executes the different configurations one at a time. So if I have Debug and Release flavors for both x86 and x64, It will build Debug x86, then Release x86, then Debug x64, and finally Release x64 before moving on to the next project. No projects are build in parallel.

                                    This is not about using the /MP compiler switch option for C++ to enable multiprocess compiles. This feature works fine during batch builds. It is does tie into the feature that allows visual studio to do parallel project builds.…

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                                    • Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

                                      Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

                                      33 votes
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                                      • Allow the output window to stop auto scrolling

                                        Add a button to the Output Window to stop it "Auto Scrolling" to the bottom. It is very frustrating trying to read debug info when the window keeps scrolling me away from what I am trying to read

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                                        • Simplify Names for current document

                                          The "simplify names" feature should have an option to simplify all names in the current document, similar to how removing unused imports removes them all.

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