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  1. Expose an API to be able to extend or take advantage of CodeLens features in extensions.

    The CodeLens feature of VS2013 Ultimate was the most exciting thing in VS2013 Ultimate, yet it is severely limited and underused. Its source control only integrates Microsoft-friendly source control, which is really quite greedy from you guys, considering the price of the Ultimate package... I understand you are pushing your own products, but denying support for the most widely used source control packages in favor of your own runner in a premium-only feature is pretty poor. Don't be a Grinch.

    I would like to be able to write extensions to support other source control packages like SVN or CVS through…

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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Prompt before previewing strings/values with large sizes that make the debugger unstable

      When debugging, putting the mouse over a variable shows a preview of what it contains. For large variables, it freezes everything while generating the preview. Make Visual Studio check the size of the variable and let the user know that the value is too large to preview. While I was running Remote Debugger, I put the mouse over a string containing deserialized XML data that I didn't realize was 42 megabytes, and the remote machine became entirely unstable to the point that it had to be restarted.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make ConfigurationManager.SetConfigurationSytsem public

        There are quite a few blog posts and questions on how to override the default behavior of app.configs. Many come to the conclusion that one needs to derive a class from IInternalConfigSystem and via reflection send this to the private method in ConfigurationManager.

        Relying on private methods is never a good idea, and since a lot of .NET classes are hardwired to use ConfigurationManager to look up configurations it is important that we have the ability to override the default behavior. Making this single method public would probably be quite beneficial.

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Can move or copy backlogs or bugs between project in Visual Studio Online

          Can move or copy backlogs or bugs between project in Visual Studio Online

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          • A cache-key parameter when using PartialCaching and TemplateControl.LoadControl(string virtualPath)

            If you use PartialCaching on your WebUserControls and load them dynamically with TemplateControl.LoadControl() in a for-loop block all of those UserControls will have the same output results!

            Controls should be cached with different keys but Asp.net assign duplicated key for all controls. This happens because TemplateControl.LoadControl use "AddStackContextToHashCode" method to generate a cache-key.

            for example:

            // All WebUserControls have outputcache directive in their ascx files!
            for(var controlName in lstControlNames)
            {
            var control = this.LoadControl(controlName);
            this.Controls.Add(control);
            }
            --------------------------------------------------
            All control outputs will be the same after when they cached by Asp.net, that's becasue AddStackContextToHashCode generates the same cacheKey for all controls…

            12 votes
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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • MSVC team: Do the same stunt as what the .NET team has done with Roslyn and rewrite your compiler.

              Use C++. Use an AST. Make a public API to use that AST, among other compiler capabilities. OPEN SOURCE IT!

              - Rewrite because we feel that you can't do much with all the legacy cruft in your current codebase.
              - Use C++ because current codebase is has lots of stuff written in C. *It's a C++ compiler after all.*
              - Create public API. CaaS or something. Like Roslyn. Like clang, LLVM. Even GCC seems to up their efforts in this area. You don't even need to outsource C++ Intellisense to some other company!
              - Open source because there's really no…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • allow math functions on enums

                VB allows some math and bitwise operators on enums. So why not also allow max, min? It's totally inconsistent.

                I agree that enums with the Flags attribute need bitwise operations, but equally those without need arithmetic, at least to compare them.

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add the ability to multi-select one or more NuGet packages to update

                  Add a checkbox to the NuGet package list and a "Updated Selected" button. Currently, the only options are Update All or you have to update each package individually which can be cumbersome if there are numerous packages.

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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Bring back Cassini

                    Bring back Cassini, iis express aint any good, cannot serve custom urls/domains (without unsupported hacks).

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix formatting of named arguments in VB

                      The formatting enforced by VB for named arguments is inconsistent with the formatting of everything else. There should be space around the := operator.

                      Foo(x:=1,y:=2,z:=3)
                      vs
                      Foo(x := 1, y := 2, z := 3)

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • A way of checking processor can support phone emulator

                        I have a laptop with a processsor that is one of the first Intel i7 processors, and I don't know if it supports phone emulation. For me to upgrade from my windows 8.1 to windows 8 Pro (which is also necessary to get the emulator to work), I have to pay a hundred dollars. First, I would like to know if my laptop can support the Visual Studio express phone emulator. The processor has to support "hardware virtualization", and it supports some "virtualization", but Intel is not sure whether this is what Microsoft has in mind. So my suggestion -…

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Compare With Previous Version Shortcut

                          Mostly compare function is used to compare with previous checked in version, but to do this, user has to open version history and select the most top two version and click compare at context menu.

                          Whereas if there is a option in context menu like "Compare With Previous Version", it could compare automatically with previous checked-in version if exists.

                          2 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a command to «go to the end of a word»

                            The «Ctrld+right» shortcut usually does it, but in Visual Studio it works differently: it is rather goes to the beginning of a next word, i.e. it skips any space after the end of a current one. It is VERY uncomfortable, would be great if you implement this, as this is an usual command that is present everywhere, even in a browser which have little to do with text editing.

                            3 votes
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                            • Add a command to repeat next action

                              Visual Studio lacks possibility to repeat next command like Emacs and VIM does. I.e. in Emacs you may press «Ctrld+<number>», and the next pressed button will be repeated «number» times. So e.g. you can press «Ctrld+6, Down», and your cursor would move 6 lines down.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug.

                                Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug and the IDE hangs. This is an issue for folks maintaining larger solutions.

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

                                  14 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • autocreate work item via email

                                    Ability to auto create/update work items when sending email to TFS. For example, create an email account such as tfsbug@abc.com. Then when an email is sent to this address, TFS will scan the subject line. If it has an existing work item ID, then update existing work item. If there are no match, then TFS auto creates a new work item.

                                    This functionality is readily available with many of common bug management system such as Jira.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • Merge pull request with Tagging at using git on Visual Studio Online.

                                      When I merge a pull request, I want to set tags at the same time, using git on Visual Studio Online.

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                                      • Make source code documentation in JavaDoc style.

                                        XML type of source code documentation takes a lot of place in the editor, and it makes a lot of noise. I would suggest to make it more like JavaDoc documentation looks like.

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                                          0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Control+D to duplicated an item (class) in the project view.

                                          I've been using the Unity game engine recently. Unity uses C# files for it's MonoBehavior class "scripts" and in the Unity project view there is a tree of C# class files that is very similar to Visual Studio's fantastic project view.

                                          In Unity to duplicate a file, I can quickly hit Ctrl+D and it duplicates and renames the file for me. In Visual Studio, I pretty much always do the same to add a new class, but I have to right click and select copy and then right click and select paste to make a duplicate of the file.

                                          Please…

                                          3 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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