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  1. New debugging feature: debug shunts

    I sometimes find myself running code in a testing configuration where certain parts of the code can't be run, or certain variables need values assigned. Currently, I set a breakpoint at the start of the code that needs to be skipped, or at the point where variables need to be set up, and then I use 'Set Next Statement' and assignments in the Watch pane to set things up.

    This works fine, except that if I need to do multiple test runs, I have to repeat these steps *every single time*. For that reason, I'd like to propose a new…

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      1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • User Voice: Let the the USERS decide when a suggestion is "completed"!

      Several of the features that I care about and have voted on have been marked as "completed" on user voice -- but they're clearly not, a good example of this is:

      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2654486-vs11-bring-back-the-old-pending-changes-window

      But there have been many others -- and you can see in the comments for such items that many users completely disagree that the action taken qualifies as "completing" the solution to the initial problem.

      Let us vote on the response as to whether it's satisfactory or not (or even Like/Dislike) -- if a response gets enough negative votes (say, more than 50%?), the User Voice team team…

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        1 comment  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • option to enable std debug ("Just my code" off?)

        João Vitor Wed, Dec 3 2014 11:39 PM

        Paranoid people should have a option to enable std debug ("Just my code" off?).

        I think Visual Studio should not debug std by default, it just gets in the way of debugging your logic.

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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Become more public on where WPF is going.

          Get out front of where WPF is headed. Provide Roadmaps like the Prism team does. When will we see WPF based on the WinRT stack instead of Win32?, When will we see the same control set in both WinRT and WPF, What is the migration path for the underlying technologies into a single stack that is usable on the DESKTOP, not store apps. We are patient, if we see a path to the future. Provide that information please.

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            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Wouldn't it be nice if there was an option to run a team build at multiple specific times in a day than just one specific time in a day

            Wouldn't it be nice if there was an option to run a team build at multiple specific times in a day than just one specific time in a day

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            • Allow better transparency control in WPF 3D, or autosort elements

              I know it doesn't aim at replacing directX, but is very useful for some common scenarios (Carousel & so on).

              But the transparency issue is really, really, really a huge pain when you have a complex scene graph.

              Could you either set an attached property defining the "ZOrder" of the item in the 3D scene, or at least allow alpha culling ( = not drawing transparent pixels in the depth buffer ). Because moving an item in its parent list isn't viable in complexe scenarios (and isn't really compatible with Viewport2DVisual3D).

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • FlowDocument

                Performance Improvement for FlowDocumentScrollViewer and FlowDocument

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make the Aero/Aero2 themes look like the native controls.

                  The Aero2 theme does not match the native controls. Whereas Buttons etc. just look a bit off, some controls were straight up forgotten, e.g. ListView's GridView row selection.

                  The Aero theme looks like Vista, even on Win7 machines. With the install-base of Win7 probably being the majority it would be better if the Aero theme would match Win7 native controls (mostly color issues). Aero also lacks proper styling for ListBoxItem and ComboBoxItem.

                  While this sounds a bit like nitpicking in light of much larger problems (performance) the fixes should be easy enough to implement.

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make a new Blend for VS 2015 not so black

                    Please make color theme for Blend 2015 not so contrast.
                    The original Blend color theme was absolutely perfect.

                    7 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Instance MarkupExtension

                      Include the {x:Instance} Markup Extension in the XAML specific namespace (http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml) which is usually referred to with the "x:" prefix.

                      Here I provide the code for such Markup Extension:

                      public class InstanceExtension : MarkupExtension
                      {
                      private readonly Type TargetType;

                      public InstanceExtension(Type targetType)
                      {
                      this.TargetType = targetType;
                      }

                      public override object ProvideValue(IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
                      {
                      return Activator.CreateInstance(TargetType);
                      }
                      }

                      it is useful when people want to create instances of arbitrary types and assign them to object properties in Attribute syntax, rather than element syntax, for example

                      <SomeControl DataContext="x:Instance my:ViewModel}"/>

                      rather than having to use the element syntax:

                      <SomeControl>
                      <SomeControl.DataContext>
                      <my:ViewModel/> …

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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Free CI system for Open Source projects (TravisCI and Appveyor)

                        Please provide a free CI system hosted on Azure for open source projects, which integrates with GitHub (and offers logon with GitHub). Examples are; TravisCI and AppVeyor. AppVeyor is Windows based, but 1) it is extremely slower than Linux-based Travis, 2) it doesn't support extension development (for example Web Essentials). Note: both of them offer configuration files in sleek .yml format (JSON is a new XML and YAML was a new JSON). So something nameless-extension-only; .vsoci.yml or .azureci.yml would be appreciated.

                        The aim is to enable OSS community to test and build their projects on multiple platforms: Windows, Linux (Ubuntu,…

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                          0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                          Seriously, how cool would that be?

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                            4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Debugger Integrated Memory Usage Tool should support the C++/CLI flavor of mixed mode debugging

                            From customer comment on http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/11/13/memory-usage-tool-while-debugging-in-visual-studio-2015.aspx#10577484:
                            unusable for Mixed Mode debugging. Our C++/CLI code could use this.

                            Our comment: while this doesn’t support the C++/CLI flavor of mixed mode debugging -- because C++/CLI uses the legacy managed debug engine -- we do support mixed mode debugging with standard managed and C++ projects using, for example, P/Invoke interop. In the latter case, if your debug engine is set to mixed mode (as covered in the Simplified Mode Selection section above), we will show you the details for both heaps.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                              Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

                              -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                              -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

                              We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

                              In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

                              19 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add AssemblyLicenseName and AssemblyLicenseText Attributes to the System.Reflection namespace

                                System.Reflection already contains a lot of Attributes that can be applied to Assemblies, like AssemblyCopyrightAttribute or AssemblyDescriptionAttribute. For open source projects it would be nice to have Attributes like AssemblyLicenseName and AssemblyLicenseText, which could be used make the name and content of a license available via reflection.

                                Many open-source licenses (even non-copyleft licenses like BSD) require the user of the software to redistribute the license text. Authors of open-source libraries often either put the license text in a simple textfile or (as a comment) in every sinigle code file. Users of such libraries have to manually copy the license text…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                                  Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

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                                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make command line tools doing exactly the same as their visual studio pendants.

                                    Some command line tools like MSTest or MSBuild behave slightly different than their pendant functions in visual studio. It would be great to have all these functions as scriptable command line tools that behave exactly like VS.

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                                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow conditional breakpoint which references an object of a templated type

                                      Debugger cannot put a conditional breakpoint which references an object of a templated type.

                                      Trying to do so would cause the error: "The breakpoint cannot be set. expected a class, struct, or union type"

                                      I tried to set a breakpoint inside the template class member function, then once inside, I tried to set the condition. I can see that if not doing it this way (i.e. just laying down a breakpoint), it would cause ambiguity as to what type it is to expect and what instance of the class member function it is to actually break on, but by doing…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

                                        It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

                                        Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

                                        Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Can we have feature of copy paste reference(s) of one project to another project

                                          I have few projects in my solution. My one project has already added references of few third party assemblies (e.g. Telerik). I need to add all those references to my another project. So rather than browsing and adding reference, how about Copy Reference & Paste Reference option ?

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