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  1. Code snippet functions

    Please add the support for the code snippet functions for following following scenarios

    1. auto generation of GUID - Add a new function something like CreateGuid()

    2. Finding out the method name, property name and field name - Add new functions something like MethodName(), PropertyName(), FieldName(), or ParameterName() with usage something similar to "ClassName()" function.

    This will be greatly helpful when defining snippets for inserting the implementation of custom attributes.

    Please refer to the present IDE support for Code Snippet Functions at the link below

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms242312(v=vs.110).aspx

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      5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make project files contain Undo/Redo information from the last use.

      First, it would greatly help to remind yourself what you were doing last time, what coding contexts and ideas were you working on, just by traversing last changes with Ctrl+Z.

      Second, it would be nice if you could actually turn VS off for a minute (e.g. windows update wants me to restart my computer) and return to it later, with all the undos being still there ready to use again.

      Let's say you can always disable this feature in project settings or is actually off by default.

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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Go to construct definition

        Just like right click goto definition, it would be great to be able to right click on an "end if" and go to the actual "if" statement. This would be useful with loops and other constructs as well. Or, when hovering over an "end if" you could show the "if" as a tooltip.

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        • Show count of selected characters

          In Visual Studio, at the bottom, there's "Ln" and "Col" to show the location of the cursor according to line and column.

          Add another bit of info in the same place, which shows how many characters are selected in the editor. Very useful when debugging.

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          • TFS Lightweight code comment access from Visual Studio

            Changeset lightweight code comments (TFS 2013 feature) are not available through Visual Studio 2015.

            - Changeset inline code comments
            - Changeset file comments
            - Changeset overall comments

            Even there are no alerts available for these comments. So no one will read that comments.

            It would be great if
            - they show up like bookmarks in code editor, in CodeLens, and of course in team explorer (changeset detail view, ... )
            - they can be created directly in VS code editor, ...
            - you get a notification for new comments in team explorer or VS.

            thanks,
            Christian

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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a Favorites Section in Source Control Explorer

              Our team opens all projects from the Source Control Explorer. Currently, you have to drill down through the folder tree in order to get to the solution or project you want to open.

              It would be wonderful to be able to add files, projects, or solutions to a "Favorites" panel right inside the Source Control Explorer.

              Here's a mockup...

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              • Provide option to turn off "Source Control - Team Foundation" Output Window messages

                I find that these messages provide little value, to me at least, and are constantly interrupting my workflow whenever I take action on files that are automatically checked-out.

                I use two monitors, and have all tool windows on the second monitor maximized so that my primary monitor only displays the code page. When I am executing an activity in Solution Explorer, for example, that causes automatic TFS checkout of a file that is the focus of my attention, I am switched away from Solution Explorer to the Output Window showing output from "Source Control - Team Foundation". Honestly I don't…

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                  4 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 →
                  • Support "Go To" Column in the Editor

                    Add support to the Go To dialog for going to columns. Supported syntax could be a number, optional whitespace, separator, optional whitespace, number. Separator could honestly be any non-numeric character but supporting semi-colon, comma, period, colon all make sense. (Maybe space too.)

                    Examples:
                    15,5 - goes to line 15, column 5
                    15; 4 - goes to line 15, column 5
                    18 : 2 - goes to line 18, column 2
                    18, - goes to line 18, column 1
                    ,2 - doesn't move cursor

                    This would be similar to the Go To behavior in IE F12. It enable developers to go…

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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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                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • Renaming a model class should also update cshtml views

                            when you rename a class, VS does a smart refactoring where it updates references to that class to the new name. If your project is an MVC project, model declarations in cshtml views are not updated. These should be refactored too.

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                            • Option to show only solutions in the recent projects

                              The "Recent Projects" lists shows both projects and solutions. I prefer to only have solutions listed there. An option to filter out projects would be good. Of course, then the name "Recent Projects" is inconsistent. Therefore another possibility would be to provide an option to use either a "Recent Projects" or "Recent Solutions" list.

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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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                                • Add colors to tabs based on pinned-state, different projects or your own look and feel

                                  Since the new Visual Studio has a lot less color, I don't mind BUT my tabs look all the same and miss some visual structure.

                                  Maybe it would be nice to assign you own colors to your tabs, different colors for pinned & not pinned- states or different colors for each project!

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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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                                    • Add a "Go to Definition in New Tab" option to the context menu in the class editor.

                                      Pretty self-explanatory. Make the IDE able to open a "Go To Definition" request in a new tab so that the current tab remains at the current location (making it so that you can easily find definitions for multiple items without loosing your mind).

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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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                                        • Opion to trim trailing whitespace on file save

                                          There are no more macros left, so we need another option to trim trailing whitespace on file save. Motivation given here:

                                          http://codeimpossible.com/2012/04/02/Trailing-whitespace-is-evil-Don-t-commit-evil-into-your-repo-/

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