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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 →
    • Open "New Pull Request" page of VSO from Team Explorer

      I want to open "New Pull Request" page of VSO from Team Explorer in Visual Studio.

      I look forward to following such operations:
      Step 1:
      Select the source branch and the target branch on Team Explorer

      Step 2:
      Click the "New Pull Request" button on Team Explorer

      Step 3:
      Browser is launched, displayed "New Pull Request" page of VSO with source and target branch

      9 votes
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      • Great news for WPF. Time for it to make a comeback! Microsoft is always trying to get the number of apps in the app store increased. Why not

        Great news for WPF. Time for it to make a comeback! Microsoft is always trying to get the number of apps in the app store increased. Why not help us WPF devs get our Desktop apps in the app store so that we can sell our Desktop apps through the store? Why not develop tools and API's that mean WPF apps can even run as WinRT apps? Dare I say it even run on iOs/Android in the Open Source .Net world. We like C#/Wpf/Visual Studio and we want to continue to work with these tools. Finally please also improve WPF…

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          5 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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 →
            • Provide more detailed documentation about how the Android Emulator works

              When I first installed the CTP, the VS Emulator for Android worked beautifully.

              However, after I experienced unrelated networking issues on my workstation (troubleshooting which required that I disable and reconfigure several of the virtual networking adapters), when I come back to work with the Android emulators, they aren't working correctly.

              In the Hyper-V Manager, I have been able to get the virtual machines actually working, fine, if I use the standard Hyper-V Connect interface, instead of the nice VS interface with all the cool Phone/Tablet tools hanging off it.

              I can't find, anywhere, documentation that explains how that VS…

              6 votes
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                1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  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 →
                • 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 →
                  • Add Java support to Visual Studio

                    With Microsoft's recent giant leaps forward into supporting Open Source technologies and platforms, I believe time is ripe for Microsoft to add support to Visual Studio for building Java applications.

                    History is history - time to move forward: Java is a reality and is very widely used to build server-side technologies in particular.

                    While IntelliJ is pretty good and Eclipse does it's job, NOTHING comes close to the enormous power and flexibility of Visual Studio and its practically unbeatable editor, window layout mechanisms, debugger, code introspection tooling, etc.

                    I believe that in adding Java support, Microsoft could expose Visual Studio…

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Cause the compiler to emit CS4014 (Because this call is not awaited...) regardless of whether the method is within an async call or not

                      During the conversion of a large code set to async, it's very difficult to detect missed Task handling. If a Task is returned in a method that's not async, the developer isn't given any indication that something that used to be synchronous just went async unintentionally. The symptom is often a surprising and extremely confusing bug.

                      Methods that return Task (vs Task<>) are particularly vulnerable because they won't have return value to trigger type conversion errors.

                      Normally, it makes sense in C# to throw away unwanted return values, however I would argue, in the case of Task, since it's actually…

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Browser Link Support for Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP Headers

                        Currently Browser Link uses inline JavaScript which causes Content Security Policy (CSP) (See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/CSP/Introducing_Content_Security_Policy) violation errors. CSP requires external files to be used for JavaScript and CSS.

                        If the user is using CSP then browser link is disabled as inline scripts cannot be run. Please use external files, which will allow us to use CSP in conjunction with Browser Link.

                        This is the error that Chrome throws:

                        Refused to load the script 'http://localhost:40323/7ccba4ec32eb40b093fe065c6ca53fbf/browserLink'; because it violates the following Content Security Policy directive: "script-src 'self' ajax.googleapis.com ajax.aspnetcdn.com".

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for Google Play Services

                          Split from: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/7051864-add-support-for-google-play-services-opengl-2

                          My app (and a few other devs that I know) have apps that use push notifications with Google Cloud Messaging and Google Maps (which needs Open GL 2). The emulator is currently miles ahead performance wise vs the regular Android emus, but these two limitations are preventing me from using it for certain development scenarios.

                          Thanks,
                          Tommy

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                            0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • WinForms Designer DPI Lock

                            Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  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.

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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 →
                                • 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

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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Source Control can't detect folder rename change when offline

                                    For local workspace, Source Control can't detect folder rename change when offline. now tfs treats the folder is deleted and a new folder is added, hence the file history is gone.
                                    i expect TFS can detect the folder rename change.

                                    -Tom

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                                    • Hello, when __int128/256 will be available in Visual Studio?

                                      Hello,

                                      when __int128/256 will be available in Visual Studio?

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                                      • Make a version of Visual Studio to Mac/Linux

                                        As Microsoft walks to realease version of CLR to Mac and Linux and are embracing multi platform development, it would really great if we could use Visual Studio on Mac or Linux to build our apps

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                                        • 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

                                          7 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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