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  1. WPF support in Lightswitch

    How about replacing Silverlight with WPF for the desktop client to get rid of the pixel rendering performance issues with Silverlight? Since LS now has HTML support for web clients, Silverlight could be replaced with a more powerful desktop client like WPF ( I would even take Winforms if it substantially increased performance ).

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      5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support refactoring in razor views

      Basic refactoring operations doesn't work in razor views.

      IMHO, the most useful cases are :
      - The "Find all references" menu should search in razor files too
      - The "Rename" refactoring should work in razor files

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        10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • 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 →
          • Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

            Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

            For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

            There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

            * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

            It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

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              2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Intellisense snappier

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

              238 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 SFTP/SCP as a publish method for web projects

                  SFTP/SCP is not available as a publish method for web projects. This means that you have to publish to a local directory and then copy the files to the remote server via an external SFTP/SCP tool if you server or hosting provider uses that protocol, which is cumbersome.

                  It would be more convenient to have the option built-in, since a lot of system admins are moving to SFTP/SCP for security purposes.

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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

                    The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

                    Please keep the server updated.

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                      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

                      Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

                      If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

                      I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add PHP to Visual Studio

                        Even dough PHP is not a Microsoft Language, The IDE could be working for it and generating Microsoft an Income.

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                          15 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide the option to disable Git publish in visual studio status bar.

                          After the latest update (2) there is a new Publish button in the bottom right of the IDE. Doesn't state what it does, and even though TFVC is used it still creates a GIT repository on right click. Please provide an option to disable that button and please don't make my source control choices for me.

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                            5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              45 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support the ability to push Git Tags to remote

                              It's now possible to create Git tags in VS2015.
                              However, these are local tags, and can't be pushed to the remote server.
                              One has to use the git command line: git push --tags
                              Would it be possible to get this push command from within Visual Studio?

                              224 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • typescript code snippets

                                Enable code snippets in TypeScript.

                                222 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                                  The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Coded UI support in multi desktop feature of Windows 10

                                    Hi,

                                    I have installed latest Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5.

                                    Initiated a Run CodedUI test in Windows 10 -> Desktop 1, opened Desktop 2 to do some other work and hoping that CodedUI test will run in Desktop 1.

                                    But my assumption was wrong.

                                    Visual Studio is Running on Desktop 1.

                                    Execution of opening Web browser and Navigating took place in Desktop 2.

                                    Where I thought still both Desktop 1 and Desktop 2 are active sessions, hence CodedUI execution would be take place in Desktop 1.

                                    Is it a bug or behavior is correct.

                                    As a end…

                                    219 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution

                                      Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution. This should be located under the Debug context menu item under the project node within Solution Explorer and optionally all debug/run functionality should also be included under the main application's Project menu for easier keyboard access and for consistency.

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                                        6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add many-to-many relation support

                                        Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                                        It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

                                        218 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hans-Otto,

                                          Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                        • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                                          Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

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                                            3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Chris,

                                            Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                            Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                                            Thanks,
                                            Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

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