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  1. Automatically add assembly references for types contained in assemblies in path

    Let's say I don't have the System.Configuration assembly in my references.

    Now in code I type ConfiguationManager and the code editor complains saying, "The name 'ConfigurationManager' does not exist in the current context".

    I'd like to see a keyboard shortcut option (maybe one more line item when you do a CTRL + . ) to add an assembly reference. The IDE can then show me a list of assemblies it found with a matching type and I can choose to add the appropriate one.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Rename Visual Basic to V#

      I believe it is time that the acronym BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) be disassociated from VB.

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        2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Smart auto braces when refactoring single line block to multiline block

        For example when I have the following C code:

        if (foo) <Cursor here>
        foo->bar();

        and I type an opening brace "{" then it currently does:

        if (foo) { }<Cursor here>
        foo->bar();

        It would be amazing if it would just add the closing brace after the single indented line like this:

        if (foo) {<Cursor here>
        foo->bar();
        }

        This should be fairly easy to implement and adapt to all the languages. I saw Sublime Text do that and thought "Wow! I whish VS had that".

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • IDE improvement

          F# Depth Colorizer Extension for Visual Studio 2013 [1] offers an entirely different, light years better quality of coding and readability of code in F# and deserves to be part of Visual Studio rather than a separate extension. Please turn the depth-colorizing functionality offered by that extension into a default IDE feature and part of the F# Language Service. The ability to write code that's VERY easy-to-read and understand (available to everyone, even newbie programmers in F#, not only those experienced programmers who downloaded and installed the extension) will have a positive impact on the language popularity and improve the…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Inheritance from TreeNodeCollection

            It is impossible to inherit from TreeNodeCollection because it has only 1 constructor which is internal.
            I suggest to make a protected constructor in this class so it will be possible to inherit from it.

            12 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add auto-suggest for meta:resourcekey tag in html editor

              Please add auto-suggest for the meta:resourcekey tag in html editor.

              For example, when I am typing:

              <asp:HyperLink ID="hlnk_chat" runat="server" meta:resourcekey="hlnk_chat" Text="Chat"></asp:HyperLink>

              It would be great if the editor could auto suggest the tag meta:resourcekey when you start typing "meta"

              This would save on a lot of typing when adding localization attributes to server controls.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 →
                • Give "Build current project" a sensible shortcut key.

                  This is one of my most-used custom key bindings. I build the current project all the time; I could use Ctrl+Shift+B, but that rebuilds all projects whether they need it or not. I almost always need only the current project (and its dependencies) to be built, and then only as needed. Building the current project is much faster than any other alternative.

                  I'd make Ctrl+B the key for this. Very few use bookmarks enough for that shortcut key to be useful.

                  4 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Coded UI Support for ExtJS

                    Coded UI Support for ExtJS Application .

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow opening a project file via drag-and-drop on empty Visual Studio

                      When drag-and-dropping a vcxproj file on an already open Visual Studio (no project or solution opened in Visual Studio, Solution Explorer empty) then the project file should be opened.

                      The current behavior is that the following error message is displayed:
                      "Project files cannot be dropped onto the application. They must be opened via the File menu".

                      Opening the project via the File menu should not be necessary. Obviously VS already recognized what I want to do!

                      19 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

                        it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

                        if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

                        This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Current Index in foreach loop

                          Add current index in foreach loop. Current implementation is like

                          int index;
                          foreach (Object o in collection)
                          {
                          index = collection.indexOf(o);
                          }

                          Or we can have extension method or LINQ to get the current index in loop,

                          Following implementation would be great

                          foreach (Object o in collection, index)
                          {
                          var idx = this.index;
                          }

                          4 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                            Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                            This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

                            19 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make ToDictionary report the offending key in case of duplicates

                              Right now the message we get is "An item with the same key has already been added.".

                              I would find it really helpful if it could include the key that it was trying to add.

                              4 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow Visual Studio 2013 online license to be refreshed from command line or automatically if possible

                                Starting with Visual Studio 2012 when MSDN subscription runs under MAPS. Users are forced to an online license.
                                This causes issues when Visual Studio is installed/used on a build server.
                                As one is forced to manually start Visual Studio on the build server now and then in order to refresh the license data. Not doing so will after a while result in builds failing due to license period being expired.

                                37 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  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 and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add new string literal that contains Razor code (for example between «»)

                                    Is time to move forward from String.Format() and inline conditionals, with the new Roslyn would be awesome if we can use some "kind" of Razor in any C# code

                                    var msg = String.Format("Hi {0} you have won {1} credits", name, creditsWon);

                                    How much better it will be:

                                    var msg = «Hi @name you have won @creditsWon credits»

                                    You can provice intellisense and also an HTML version:

                                    var msg = @«<div style="margin:10px;">Hi @name you have won <b>@creditsWon</b> credits</div>»

                                    That option must be multiline too.

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                                      3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

                                      While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

                                      This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

                                      It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

                                      Thanks!

                                      60 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Scroll to first change when opening a code review file

                                        VS opens the file and displays the start of the file even though the changes to a file are often out of view. Please scroll so that the first change is in the middle of the screen to avoid unnecessary user actions.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 →
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