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  1. HLSL Syntax Highlighting

    Allow intellisense and the IDE to use syntax highlighting for HLSL. This would make graphics programming a lot more enjoyable and better.

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      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stylus support

      It would be nice to have stylus css pre-processor syntax highlighting and all those other nifty things.

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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Embed Terminal within VS like WebStorm

        One of the more invaluable tools I enjoy in JetBrains WebStorm is the embedded terminal within the IDE.

        This feature would default to the current working directory. With so much being done in package managers (Bower, NPM, JSPM) many are rather comfortable with command line interfaces. They are quicker less intrusive and simply feel right for these sorts of tasks.

        I don't believe this to be a difficult feature to add, but the return would be tenfold.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Camel Case Words while typing

          It would be nice to get a "Camel Case" feature in Visual Studio per default.

          Example:
          You have two variables like "TestVarHeight" and "TestVarWidth"

          If you later want to use the variables in code you just need to type "tvh" and it directly suggest you just the "TestVarHeight"

          Additional informations:
          * not case sensitive
          * also working with parts of words like "TestVH" or "Tevh"
          * directly suggest the word while typing (no need to use some shortcuts or something to navigate through words)
          * also work with digits (like "v3" for "Vector3" or "t4y" for "Test4You")

          This is a…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

            The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

            As more and more working programming languages are added to VS 2015, the problem that the VS 2015 can not automatically "re-layout" the windows for the current working language becomes disturbing when the last working language has too many left windows in the IDE work-space. (RTVS, especially)

            The following is the suggestion:
            1. Different default window layouts for different working languages predefined in the *TVS

            2. VS remembers the last layouts for different working language

            3. When switching working programming language, VS automatically switch the window layouts…

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Synchronically scroll two code editors

              I want to have two editors (tabs) open side by side and to have ability to scroll synchronically both source code (the same thing as in Compare situation – Diff).
              Why: I often need to look into two code editors at the same time and it would be good to have somehow ability to scroll both source code at the same time. Often that code is pretty different and diff options is not needed but only to scroll at the same time in order to find some similarities or just to use as model for creating new code.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Solution Explorer should support CTRL-C CTRL-V in VisualC++ projects

                It should be easy to add a new file in the solution explorer by just using CTRL-C / CTRL-V to create a copy of an existing file and then changing the new file accordingly.

                The current behaviour is akward.

                - Create new Project > Visual C++ > Win32 Console Application
                - Select stdafx.cpp > Press CTRL-C > Press CTRL-V

                The expected behaviour would be that a copy of the file is created ("stdafx - Copy.cpp") and the new file is added to the project.

                Instead I get the following error message "Cannot copy when Show all files is turned off"

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Option to always start Visual Studio as Administrator

                  Please add an Option to Visual Studio that it always starts with administrator rights. I have tried several solutions:

                  - Application Compatibility Toolkit for Windows 10 doesn't work.
                  - VS Commands extension works, but Visual Studio needs to start two times. First without admin rights and then restart by extension with rights. (Very slow workaround)
                  - Disable UAC is no solution.
                  - Right click and start as administrator is very annoying and not always keep it in mind.
                  - Try to Debug an Application that needs administrative rights and so visual studio prompts to restart IDE with admin rights is…

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for project reference constraints

                    When working in large teams there is to easy for a single developer to add a reference from one project to another.

                    The developer could have done this without knowing the planned architecture of the application.

                    It would be nice if Visual Studio had the ability to setup reference constraints for a project.

                    If a member tries to add a reference to a invalid project they will get notified about that.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable the possiblity to view the file as "Compare with unmodified" when selecting the file in changes menu

                      Whenever i want to commit a change to the repository i review the changes that i've made to files in the (changes toolbar). By enabling "Compare with unmodified" as the default mouse click behavior when selecting a file, then i would save alot of time and effort for the review. Basically i dont care about files in their current state, when iam in the "changes" context. So i think this would be an awesome extension to an already great IDE

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Select a Lines of Code and press #.{,(,etc to auto surround the code.

                        Instead of using shortcuts to trigger a surround with it would be nicer to select lines of code and press the starting char of the surround with to auto surround.

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                          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ambiguous file names in editor tabs and recent projects/files

                          I think it's a very common practice for most developers to work with several branches of the same project: trunk + 1..N feature branches. And of course structure of those projects and filenames are the same for different branches. Right now in this case developer sees in recent project an ambiguous list of files with same names. The only way to distinguish them - is by tooltips, but it's slow and inconvenient. The same is when we open in code editor several files with same name from different projects. IntelliJ IDEs, for example, in similiar situation behave better.

                          It wold…

                          15 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Embed console applications on VS IDE

                            When debugging a console app, VS opens a console window. This breaks the workflow as the console always pops in the most inconvenient place and switching windows back and forth can become really annoying.

                            Other IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) include a built in console window embedded in the IDE itself (it prints STDOUT, STDERR and reads STDIN). This is really helpful as you can see the output of the program and the debugger+code+breakpoints+data at the same time and on the same window.

                            It would be nice to have a built-in console on VS for console applications. Especially if it is searchable…

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                            • Please ship + support MEF vNext (the vs2015 mef container to support MEF1+2 features)

                              It would be great if you could publish and support the MEF version which is used in VS 2015.

                              In NuGet we can currently obtain MEF2 for PCL, which in terms of functionality is far from being a successor of MEF1.

                              However for cases such as MVC6 the functionality provided by MEF1 would be essential in order to keep working with MEF, which in my opinion is a great container functionality wise.

                              Since according to blog posts the VS 2015 MEF container was tuned to be even faster and support both containers functionality wise it would be great if you…

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                              • Allow peek to view definition from the references linked within CodeLens.

                                It would be nice to open a peek window from the "References" CodeLens to view the full definition of the code referencing said method.

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                                • Allow GPO control of all VS outbound communication requests

                                  This applies to VS Hub, which is not a current category option!

                                  Over the last several versions of VS, Microsoft has incorporated an increasing number of outbound communications in the product. Highly secure enterprise networks block this traffic at the firewall, which creates large volumes of 'noise', making network traffic analysis problematical.

                                  As the application manager of Visual Studio, I want to be able to selectively disable outbound communications based on GPO so that I can control which workstations provide this information to Microsoft.

                                  Example: fully disable user feedback for all users, but allow App Insights for a specific team.

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                                  • Find and Replace automatically set context to Selection

                                    Whenever I select a block of text and click CTRL+H to perform Find and Replace I would like that Find and Replace dialog context is automatically set to 'Selection'.
                                    This used to work like that in previous version of VS and I find it odd that it has been changed.

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                                    • Export Button in Check In list window

                                      currently we have no option to Export files Check In list window in tree structure format,We are looking such functionality next version.

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                                      • Batch Build window should be resizable

                                        Project names can be long and the number of projects in a solution can be very large. Please make the Batch Build window resizable to make it easier to view/select projects/configurations to build.

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                                        • Add a short-cut key to show / hide code lens indicators

                                          Code lens indicators are great when you need them, but add a significant amount of visual noise when you are not specifically looking for the information they provide. It would be great if you could just hit a short-cut key to toggle between showing and hiding them so that they are visible when you need them and hidden when you don't.

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