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  1. 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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      11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring back the untracked and exclude list in Git Changes panel in VS2015 CTP Update 2

      The git Changes panel of TFS used to have an exclude and an untrack list, convenient to commit a sub list of files. While bringing staging to the interface in the new update, you removed that convenient way to commit only a subset of files and it make the Changes panel quite painful to use now and force me to fallback to SourceTree.

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        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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          • Support SASS plus Compass with built-in compilation

            With VS 2012.2 support was added for LESS, but given that SASS is more feature-rich, I'd really like to see support for SASS (including Compass), including syntax highlighting, intellisense, and compilation.

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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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              • 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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                  • Allow "Compare working copy to historical version" version in TFS GIT 2015

                    Allow "Compare working copy to historical version" version in TFS GIT 2015

                    http://stackoverflow.com/q/34123687/30225

                    When I pull up the history of the file I can compare that version with another version listed in the history by selecting both and doing a "Compare", or I can compare a historical version and its changes wrt to its previous version by selecting "Compare to Previous".
                    However, there isn’t a command that will let me compare a historical version in the history list to the currently edited version on disk.
                    This was one of the best features of TFSVC and I would be good to…

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                      3 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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                      • 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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                          2 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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                          • Enhance Java Automation support for TFS 2015

                            We know that TFS 2015 has excellent support for Java platform by having a plugin for Eclipse and Jenkins.
                            In this context, I would like to know how can we associate a test case automated in Java to a manual test case in TFS.
                            If not implemented please provide that feature.

                            I have a workaround to achieve that using TCM.exe and probably the new TFS API’s
                            but I would like it to work just like a test case automated in C# gets associated from VSTS to a manual test case.

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the "Show References" code information indicator less intrusive

                              The "Show References" code information indicator in VS 2013 Preview is too intrusive:

                              - it wastes too much vertical space
                              - it makes vertical navigation (e.g. using cursor keys) strange
                              - I always have to double check, if the cursor is at the right place, when I want to write something right above a method (e.g. add an attribute)

                              Suggestion:
                              - Move the "show references" indicator to the same line where the method is declared.
                              - Get rid of the word "references", show just the number (maybe in a (colored) circle
                              - Put the indicator either just left of the…

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                              • Don't auto enable the Git Source Control Plugin

                                Our development team (and every other team I've been on) hates the Git plugin for visual studio. We find it cumbersome compared to third-party tools or the command line interface. And it is a performance nightmare, especially with large repositories. This wouldn't be an issue if we could just disable the git plugin by setting it to none in the source control options menu. However, Visual Studio will ALWAYS reenable it if it detects a git repository in the directory of the solution.

                                We've resorted to regedit-ing to disable it.

                                If someone wants to turn off functionality, they should be…

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                                • Prevent the auto formatter from putting the base class call onto a new line.

                                  Prevent the auto formatter from putting the base class call onto a new line.

                                  Today (looks terrible):

                                  public MyClass()
                                  : base()

                                  Should look:

                                  public MyClass() : base()

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                                  • Open many solution in one IDE

                                    One solution per window - horrible!
                                    Or do this optional in settings.
                                    Normal like in Netbeans.

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                                    • Enable Roslyn-Powered Data ASTs and Data Views

                                      This vote is for developers who support the idea of Roslyn-Powered Data ASTs and Data Views. Data Views are a conceptual improvement to the way Visual Studio presents data files to a developer, and how a developer works with that data. Data Views are powered by Data ASTs, which are ASTs (abstract syntax trees) that describe data in much the same way that code-based ASTs describe code.

                                      Data ASTs and the Data Views that they enable allow teams to pick a data format to use in their project, while enabling individual developers within the team to view the data in…

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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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                                        • Add more options for Syntax Coloring

                                          It would be helpful to have italics and underline as an option. (and perhaps strikethrough)
                                          I'd also like to be able to distinguish static items from non-static ones or globals from locals, etc.
                                          Resharper adds some options already, but you can only use color and boldness.
                                          Being able to underline static items but use he same color might be more clear than a bunch of different colors all over the place.

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