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  1. Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

    Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

    While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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      6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Permit tagging of changed files in the Git Provider

      Imagine this workflow:

      * I start work on feature A.
      * Halfway through I spot bug B and fix that.
      * Further down the line I add an enhancement C.

      After I complete the work I would like to make separate commits for each work item A, B, and C.

      At present all the changed files are lumped together in the "Include Changes (n)".

      It would be great if it's possible to tag changes as belonging to a specific commit as we go along.

      The reason for this workflow is that it's not always possible to keep committing small changes…

      10 votes
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      • "Whats new 3015" takes me to 2013. Please fix.

        "Whats new 3015" takes me to 2013. Please fix.

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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Better Email Notification management

          It would be really useful if we have a way to subscribe to alerts/notification instead of everyone receiving a deployment failure email.

          12 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • improve Test Results filtering

            In the MTM Test Plan Results, you can filter your results by suite or select multiple Test Suites. There is also a link to Select all and deselect all.
            The challenge with this view is that once you select a Test Suite, you still need to select each and every sub-suite under it for the results to be included.
            Can we have it such that selecting the higher level Suite selects everything below it?

            11 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Visual Studio support Windows RT

              Now that full edition of office could be installed and run on RT, why can't Visual Studio support RT too?We can play many Xbox games on RT, so there shouldn't be hardware limit. Hope Visual Studio support RT along with Windows 10.

              7 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support XAML2009 Throughout

                Generic types etc.

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow Retain Indefinitely to not be set

                  In some scenarios, such as continuous deployment to a development environment, it does not make sense that every build (which triggers a release) should be retained indefinitely. The easiest solution would be to add a configuration property for a release template right below "Can Trigger a Release from a Build?" title "Retain Build Indefinitely" that defaults to being checked.

                  This would allow me to uncheck this option and therefore builds would delete as configured in the Build Definition Retention Policy. Currently, I have to manually go in and remove the "retain indefinitely" option on all the builds so they will…

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                    6 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • DllExport attribute

                    I think we need a DllExport attribute to mark methods, that we need to export from managed DLL to unmanaged code so it can be used by c++ applications. There is many places when it can be usefull. For exaple to support old c++ applications with c# libraries. Currently to export a method, we need to go to IL code and add export attribute. This is quite annoying and time consuming. It will be nice if c# compiler will do it by itself

                    30 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ability to sort collection by property value using linq lambda expression

                      Allow us to sort a collection using lambda.
                      Currently the list.sort method works ok for list of string or ints.
                      But it is not flexible for a custom object e.g customer.
                      Please allow the following syntax to sort by the specific property values

                      e.g. C#
                      customers.Sort(customer => customer.FirstName, customer.LastName)

                      VB.NET
                      customers.Sort(function(customer) customer.FirstName, customer.LastName

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make SSDT project's setting (such as database settings and so on) be specific to build configuration

                        Right now SSDT project's settings are same for all build configuration. It would be great to have specific settings for each configuration.

                        For example, production sql server works in partial containment mode. Test server is not. It is impossible to publish to both server's without changing project's settings each time. So it's impossible to automate publishing process without workarounds.

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                          0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • add an "Schedule Offline" Button to "Manage Test Controller"

                          At the moment it is not possible to bring a Test Agent offline without killing the QTAgent process or catch him in Status ready to set him Offline

                          It would be great and save a lot of Time if the Test Controller sends no new Test request and set him offline (for debugging or maintenance)

                          44 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Don't require "async" keyword for the methods with "awaits" in the body

                            This is misleading. This looks like a part of method signature but this is not. The only thing it does is: it enables awaits in the method body. This requirement looks the same as if you would require "enable_yield" keyword for the methods with "yields":

                            public enable_yield IEnumerable<int> Foo()
                            {
                            yield return 42;//yield is enabled
                            }

                            public IEnumerable<int> Bar()
                            {
                            yield return 42;//compiler error
                            }

                            The "async" tells nothing new for the caller - the caller already knows that the method returns Task.
                            If the method returns "void" - anyways any methods can start threads, enqueue work items to the…

                            57 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve webtest timings recording so it's possible to associate user info

                              Hi,

                              We looked for a way to record how long a page took when it returned a particular value. Being able to tag a timing (transaction or webtest) with user data would be amazing.

                              We looked at setting the reporting name in a few different places (postrequest, postpage etc) but they seemed to be ignored.

                              Some more details are here : https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/dff0db35-b2d2-4628-861e-e87f41876c52/web-performance-test-record-the-time-of-a-page-and-name-it-after-the-page-has-returned?forum=vstest

                              Thanks,

                              Rob

                              10 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Automatic Death Strap-on

                                Kills the subject...sexually

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                                • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Express

                                  Make Multi-Device Hybrid Apps available for Visual Studio 2013 Express Editions.

                                  967 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                    As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                                    671 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add a table-of-content-window listing all procedures and other items of the current code file.

                                      The content should be similar to what is available in the drop-down lists at the top of the C# editor, but it should be in a window docked to the side of the IDE.
                                      There should be some sorting and grouping options.
                                      The CodeMaid add-in is doing it right, but such basic functionality should be a standard part of VS, so it is also available for the Express editions.

                                      7 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • IDisposableEx.Disposed enhanced debugging

                                        To make it easier for developers to follow the release of system resources:

                                        1) add a new IDisposableEx interface to .NET Framework that extend IDisposable with the bool Disposed {get;} member.

                                        2) replace in .NET classes, all IDisposable implementations by IDisposableEx and implements bool Disposed { get; }

                                        3) In VS debugger windows gray/strikethrough/... (Local, Watch) disposed objects

                                        4) In VS debugger, add an "Search objects" window allowing to filter in heap objects by type and/or by "[X] Not disposed". The search button in this window will work like the GC and retrieve objects. In the case of IDisposableEx objects,…

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                                          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Assigning Variables

                                          In Visual C++. Variable should be assigned like so...

                                          int x assign >> int >3<;

                                          This is so much easier.

                                          Make it happen.

                                          Thanks,

                                          9 votes
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