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  1. Add git worktree support

    Git added the ability have multiple working trees for a single repository.
    https://git-scm.com/docs/git-worktree
    When opening a solution from a linked working tree, Visual Studio does not detect as being part of the repository, which deactivate the git features in Visual Studio.

    Visual Studio should be able support solutions which are in a linked working tree.

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      2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        11 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • enable line numbers by default

        Please enable Line Numbers by default. The first thing everyone does is to go to the settings and enable that. Why is it off by default?

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          8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Menu Icons

          I would like the ability to specify an icon for each menu item and to set a default icon for all menu items.

          I was looking at my LightSwitch applications, wondering why they didn't look as good as the Windows Azure Dashboard. The basic layout of both is very similar, but I think one of the major differences is the ability to include images beside each menu item. The Azure dashboard includes many images, even if they are only simple folder icons. An icon beside the menu item would go a long way toward a more professional looking app.

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            1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Multitenant Projects

            Hability to serve multiple databases with the same deployed instance

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              2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Number interface for int,short, double, float, etc...

              Here's the doc's for Linq.Sum : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb345537.aspx

              It would be nice if there could be just 1 method

              Sum(IEnumerable<Number>)

              For this to happen there would need to be a Number Interface that is common to the number structs (int, short, double, etc)

              I would suggest it includes add, subtract, multiply, divide and asInt, as Double etc....

              I believe this would reduce a lot of duplicate code, plus would allow for expandability with new objects

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                6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Automatically fix fixable errors

                Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

                It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

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                  6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Scroll horizontally using Shift + Mouse Wheel

                  Many applications (e.g. Visio) and editors (e.g. EditPlus) have Shift+MouseWheelScroll wired up to a horizontal scroll action.

                  This seems like a useful convention to adopt in Visual Studio for the text editor (and others)

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                    13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Circular shift / Rotate JIT support

                    Many cryptographic hash and encryption functions take advantage of circular shift:

                    (val << shift) | (val >> (32 - shift))

                    Modern C and C++ compilers recognize this expression, and compile it accordingly to X86's ROTR/ROTL instruction. I believe the .NET runtime should be able to recognize the IL sequence that the above expression would generate:

                    ldloc val
                    ldloc shift
                    shl
                    ldloc val
                    ldc.i4 32
                    ldloc shift
                    sub
                    shr.un
                    or

                    And optimize that sequence into a single X86 ROTR/ROTL sequence.

                    I'm pretty sure it doesn't do that now, according to my experiments.

                    The best thing to do is to introduce some…

                    133 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow bulk update target .NET framework version for all projects in a solution

                      The solution (.sln) properties allows bulk update of Configuration and Platform properties. It should also allow updating the TargetFramework property.

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                        4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enterprise Library as default framework

                        I think include enterprise library as default framework will become handy as this will help for consistency. As my concern, I think most of development works now need dependency injection (unity), Logging tool and config tool. So why not put enterprise library as the first option

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                          25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow code clone detection to be run from command line and/or MSBuild

                          The new code clone detection feature seems to be very tightly coupled to the project object model exposed by the IDE. This essentially makes it impossible to use within automated builds. Please consider changing the "innards" so that the tool can be used to break an automated build (including builds run outside the IDE) when duplicate code is found.

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                            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • SmtpClient should allow to specify the envelope sender to support a return path for VERP

                            Implement an optional envelope sender address used for the MAIL FROM command.

                            This is needed, because the address in the MAIL FROM command is used for bounce messages.
                            This will also result in an different return path header.

                            Read more on "Variable envelope return path" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_envelope_return_path

                            please see also this similar feature request: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2180497-smtpclient-should-allow-a-null-mail-from-in-the-sm

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Edit and Continue: Allow Edit and Continue x64 under local IIS

                              Edit and Continue x64 is an outstanding addition to Visual Studio 2013. Unfortunately, I tend to use the full IIS server on my local machine for debugging, but the Edit and Continue option becomes disabled as soon as I change from "IIS Express" to "local IIS".

                              The error message states that changes are not allowed "when the debugger has been attached to an already running process", which I assume is because the IIS Application Pool (running as w3wp) is already running when debugging is started..

                              How can this be fixed?

                              Ideally, this should be fixed by allowing the debugger to…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Include fully featured grid control in LightSwitch HTML client

                                LightSwitch HTML client grid that includes built in column filter, sort, group, or edit features. Not having this feature is a major barrier to using LightSwitch HTML for LOB applications.

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                                  0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • It would be great if you add a feature for COdedui framework to generate single UITestActionLog.html file for all the test methods too.

                                  It would be great if you add a feature for COdedui framework to generate single UITestActionLog.html file for all the test methods apart from individual Html Files.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Split "Solution Explorer" and "Compilation Order"

                                    This would allow alphabetically sorted items in the solution explorer, and support for folders in F# projects.

                                    Currently, the only way to organize large F# projects is to (artificially) break them down into smaller projects.

                                    The codeplex project "fsprojectextender" is a proof of concept.

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                                      archived  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Give some love to the Visual Studio Gallery

                                      Visual Studio Gallery serves thousands of Visual Studio users every day.

                                      As a developer of Visual Studio extensions (and other tools), I'd love to see the Gallery receiving some of the love that the .NET tools and frameworks enjoy.

                                      In particular (but in no particular order):

                                      1. Spruce up the Gallery - the site could use some freshening up, making it a bit more up to date with regards to technology
                                      2. Provide a public API (REST?) for interacting with the gallery: uploading extensions, querying the download count, getting information about a particular package, etc.
                                      3. Support Markdown in the…

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                                        5 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Pleased to announce the launch of the new Visual Studio Marketplace preview. The VS Marketplace is the new unified location to get extensions for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Team Services.

                                        Take a look at https://marketplace.visualstudio.com.

                                        For now this launches as a preview, so you will still publish and download extensions from the VS Gallery. Over time we will transition Gallery functionality into the Marketplace and add new features.

                                        Thanks!
                                        Michael Dick
                                        Visual Studio Team

                                      • Support the -Loopback token in proxy bypass lists

                                        The .NET Framework is currently hardcoded to bypass the proxy for traffic destined to localhost/127.0.0.1/::1. This makes sense in general, but greatly complicates debugging with Fiddler or other proxies.

                                        In 2011, this problem was fixed in WinINET and WinHTTP with the introduction of the "minus-loopback" token in proxy bypass lists. When <-loopback> is present, the client should not bypass the proxy for local addresses.

                                        See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fiddler/archive/2011/02/10/fiddler-is-better-with-internet-explorer-9.aspx for more detail.

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                                          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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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                                            1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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