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  1. 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 →
    • Have a setting to always create UTF-8 source files

      In Visual Studio 2013 (and before) it is possible to save Unicode Files (with our without BOM) by using "Advanced Save Options". It would be great to have a setting in Properties, so that all files that are created by Visual Studio use UTF-8 (without BOM) automatically (for the filetypes where this is a possiblity). Of particular interest to me are the .json files, because most programs do not like the BOM. (.cs and .js work fine with BOM)

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      • Add intellisense reset option

        Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

        While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

        This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

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          0 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • Visual Studio for Linux

                We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Linux.
                And language of programming such as:

                -C
                -C++
                -C#
                -VB
                -F#
                -HTML
                -MHTML

                Thanks,

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                  6 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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                    • Provide a cloud IDE experience for Visual Studio - like Cloud 9

                      This could be provided as a browser based app and/or a Metro app.
                      The IDE would be light-weight and focus development on Azure / Windows 8 (rather than full desktop based solutions).
                      The IDE could provide offline support using a local compiler based on Roslyn (for Metro style apps). Should include support for node.js. Would also suggest integration with the hosted TFS, GitHub etc.

                      Some thought should also be given to light-weight code review and editing using touch only.

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                      • 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
                              -…

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                              • Allow me to change the color of a Generic Definition

                                Allow me to change the color of a Generic Definition in a class or method.

                                Example:

                                public class Herp<TDerp>
                                {
                                // I should be allowed to change the color of TDerp
                                }

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                                • Option to save without BOM by default

                                  For the 2012 web express edition, it would be super handy to have an easy way of saving files without the byte order mark (BOM) by default. For those of us working with html + php this would be nice because php does not always handle the BOM well - for instance, if you include a php file saved with a BOM in an html file, the BOM will be added into the html as a character which can mess with the page layout.

                                  There is an 3rd part extension "Fix File Encoding" that adds this functionality for the non-express…

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                                  • Please stop throwing "Cannot find the requested resource" exceptions

                                    I develop Visual Studio extensions with Break on all Exceptions set.

                                    Every time I do anything in Visual Studio (launch VS, open the Options dialog, use Solution Explorer), I got lots of first-chance ArgumentExceptions, "Cannot find the requested resource", from
                                    Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.dll!Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.TryEachApplicableNamespace<string>(string resourceName, Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.GetResourceDelegate<string> getResource) .

                                    This severely interferes with my debugging workflow.

                                    Please please stop throwing this exception.

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                                    • Generate RESX files in alphabetical order

                                      When saving RESX files from the Resource Editor, generate the XML in alphabetical order, sorted by the resource Name. This reduces the chances of version-control conflicts if multiple developers are adding to/editing the same resource file.

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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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                                        • 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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