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  1. Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

    Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

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      9 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Starting then running all unit tests in a solution can take a very long time.

      We have over 200 projects, 2900+ unit tests. It takes over a minute some times to get to the point where it can start listing all the unit tests in the test window, and start executing. We have latest gen Core I7, 8GB 64 bit windows, and it is still a pain. Maybe this area needs 're-imagining', as I can understand the complexities of managing this large number of projects/tests, but it is not working well for us.

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        21 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

        create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

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          10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks a lot for the feedback. Not only is this happening, it’s also happening in the open! You can follow as we’re making progress on GitHub. You can even participate and help us bringing .NET to Mac OSX and Linux!

          See these posts for more details:

          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/12/04/introducing-net-core.aspx

          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/11/12/net-core-is-open-source.aspx

          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/02/03/coreclr-is-now-open-source.aspx

          Thanks,
          Immo Landwerth
          Program Manager
          .NET Team

        • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

          As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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            15 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

            as it works with Visual Studio already

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              3 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

              Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

              It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

              Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
              http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

              Please bring it back!

              NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

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                7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Build List, Dictionary and Tuple into the language

                List and Dictionary are used extensively when developing in C# and although Tuple is relatively new it's a very useful class.

                Other languages such as Python and Ruby make these constructs part of the language implementation which makes it incredibly easy to use them and reduces the amount of typing required.

                I would imagine the syntax could look something like this:

                var myList = {1,2,3,4}; // List
                var myDict = {(1,"A"),(2,"B"),(3,"C")}; // Dictionary
                var myTuple = (1,2,3,4) // Tuple

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                  10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Structure All Nullable Values

                  .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

                  If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

                  class someGenericClass<T>
                  {
                  T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
                  because T may already be null */

                  T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
                  what you wnat is keep what's null null,
                  and turn non-null into null */
                  }

                  The only problem is that this does not exist!
                  If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

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                    15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Work much closer with Resharper team, to make Resharper much faster, and to make it consume much less resources.

                    Resharper is probably the most complex and most helpfull VS addin. It drammatically affects VS performance, so, it will be great if both teams will work close to make overall experience much better. NOTE: Rehsrper consumes huge amount of resources as well.

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                      2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Do not eliminate the CLASSIC view of MSDN

                      Microsoft is apparently about to eliminate the classic view of MSDN in favor of the poor low-contrast, pale, washed out 'lightweight' view. When you visit MSDN now you will see the following if you are viewing the CLASSIC view:

                      "This view of the MSDN and TechNet Libraries will be replaced soon with the Lightweight view. Try it now by clicking the Lightweight link above."

                      This is more of the same from Microsoft in reducing the developer experience to a shred of what it once was, and makes using MSDN as unpleasant as the grey theme of VS2012.

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                        20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                        The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                        Why bold, but not italics?

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                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Intellisense snappier

                          Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Stop treating workarounds as a legitimate alternative to standards compliance

                            Particularly in the world of C++, where the delta between what the compiler accepts and what the standard says is quite large, it is common for people to report bugs against the compiler.

                            Often, however, these are met with refusals to fix the compiler, and claims that there are workarounds.

                            I would love you to change this policy.

                            Yes, sometimes there is a zero cost workaround to a particular flaw. But that's not a reason to not fix the bug. I write code that I wish to compile in g++, VC++, and sometimes even clang++. Being forced to avoid standard…

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                              6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

                              1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

                              2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

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                                13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support elastic tab stops

                                Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

                                http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

                                P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

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                                  7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add GlowEffect and Multipass Shaders.

                                  Hard to fake inner Glow effect right now. Multipass Shaders would allow to implement those effects yourself.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • support arithmetic operations on Blend numeric textfields

                                    why not support arithmetic operations on numeric textfields, it can add a real plus-value to the tool and can improve the productivity of the designer/developer

                                    example:

                                    24*7

                                    480/3

                                    240*0.8

                                    24*2+200

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                                      3 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for your feedback.

                                      While this is a good idea, and something we would love to eventually get to, we don’t have immediate plans to add this to Blend. However, we will keep tracking it because it will eventually rise up to the top of our backlog.

                                      Thanks,
                                      Unni

                                      Program Manager,
                                      Visual Studio

                                    • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

                                      The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

                                      What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

                                      The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

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                                        3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

                                        I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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                                          8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            31 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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