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  1. Support C++11 features

    Support C++11 features

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      101 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We have done more work on standards support including C++14 and C++17 features. For the full breakdown, see Stephan’s post on the VCBlog, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2015/06/19/c-11-14-17-features-in-vs-2015-rtm.aspx.

      We are closing this item but encourage you to submit specific feature requests along with a brief example of how support will help your efforts (unblocking, cross-platform support, etc).

      Thanks!
      Visual C++ Team (ebattali@microsoft.com)

    • Select source code provider at solution-level instead of IDE-level

      There are people who needs to work with different source code providers. It could be fine choose the source code provider for each solution, instead of a global option at IDE level.

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        Since this was originally posted (in 2011!), we’ve made improvments to how the TFS provider behaves in mulitple source control environments. One improvement was to be less aggressive about automatically setting the provider to be TFVC – in VS 2013 if you manually set the provider it should remain as you set it. We’ve also added Git support to the TFS provider, and the providers will correctly switch based on your solution/repo/workspace context. Thanks!

        Matt Mitrik
        TFS Program Manager

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          completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            29 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We think this is a fantastic suggestion and have already begun moving project related files into a “.vs” folder at the root of the solution. You can check it out in the latest CTP of Visual Studio 2015. So far, we have moved the .SUO file and the VB/C# compiler IntelliSense database files to the new location. All new project specific, machine local files will be added to the new location too. We plan on taking this even further in future releases and are investigating how to improve the directory structure of build output and other existing files that can clutter the source tree.

            If you are upgrading an existing solution you may need to clean up the old files at the root of the solution. We don’t delete them to ensure your settings are not lost if you round trip the project with earlier versions of Visual Studio.…

          • Improve MFC

            Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

            1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

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              23 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support for binary literals in C++

              Programming languages such as Python, Ruby and the latest version of Java support binary literals. Binary literals are useful for domains that operate a lot on the bit-level.

              It is provided as a compiler extension to C++ in the GCC and Digital Mars compilers and for usefulness and to aid portability I think VC++ should have them too.

              Integer constants can be written as binary constants, consisting of a sequence of `0' and `1' digits, prefixed by `0b' or `0B'.

              For example:
              int i = 0b011101010;

              The type of these constants follows the same rules as for octal or hexadecimal…

              46 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

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                  32 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  As promised, the Windows 10 Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 have been released today including project templates and other tooling support for building applications targeting the Universal Windows Platform using the Visual Basic programming language. That means VB developers are equipped out of the gate to write great apps for Windows 10 – on desktops, laptops, tablets, on phones, HoloLens, Raspberry Pi, and Xbox One.

                  This release takes Universal to a whole new level. Beyond merely sharing an identity and code between two applications with UWP you can write a single binary that can adaptively run anywhere running Windows 10. This is truly the experience that we originally envisioned last year and we’re thrilled to finally get it in your hands. And this adaptability is powered by a brand new technology also being introduced this release – .NET Native, which allows Visual Basic applications targeting UWP to be…

                • Remove, increase, or provide the option to customize the 100 Error/Warning limit for the VBC

                  I think it would be great if this limitation was either removed or made configurable by the user. We recently underwent a conversion from VB6 to VB.NET and the limitation in errors made it difficult to correctly analyze the work needed to meet deadlines.

                  44 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow purchasers of volume licenses to use them!!

                    Visual Studio 2013, licensed for 6 users on volume license - No keys given, now way to associate a user microsoft login to the license - license as trial version only expires 91 days, 90 days,....!!! Would be good to provide keys for volume licensing or some other way to associate a user to a volume license.

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                      1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      It sounds like you downloaded Visual Studio 2013 from either Microsoft.com or from MSDN Subscriber Downloads—we offer trial versions in both those locations, though if you’ve purchased MSDN subscriptions for your users then they can grab the product key for Visual Studio from MSDN Subscriber Downloads or they can simply sign in to Visual Studio using the same Microsoft account that they used to log in and activate their MSDN subscription.

                      If you purchased Visual Studio Professional 2013 through a Volume Licensing program (and didn’t buy Visual Studio Professional with MSDN), then you will need to download Visual Studio Professional 2013 from the Volume Licensing Service Center download site—the designated administrator at your company will have access to this site. This download is “pre-keyed” so you do not need to enter a product key during installation.

                    • Open UserVoice in a separate tab when clicking feedback button.

                      Wanted to give feedback on what I'm seeing on the portal.azure.com, but when I click on the feedback button UserVoice replaces the portal that I had just opened.

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                        1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Moving unfinished tasks from past Sprint to current Sprint

                        Hi,

                        From Team Foundation Server Web access, is there any way to automatically move all unfinished tasks from past Sprint to current Sprint?

                        If not, I suggest you have this feature.

                        Thanks,
                        Learner

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                          You can drag/drop a user story from the iteration/sprint backlog to another iteration/sprint in the left pane. It will move the story and all its tasks to the next sprint.

                          A future improvement will be to only move non-completed tasks to the next sprint.

                          Ewald Hofman
                          TFS Program Manager

                        • Provide refactoring for C++

                          Currently there is almost no refactoring support for C++. Even basic refactoring like renaming is missing.

                          957 votes
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                            14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            In Visual Studio 2015 we’ve been working on adding Refactoring to Visual C++. Here’s the list of features we support so far:
                            • Rename symbol
                            • Extract function (as pre-release VS extension)
                            • Implement pure virtuals
                            • Create function definition/declaration
                            • Move function definition location
                            • Convert to raw string literal
                            • Precompile header refactor tool (as pre-release VS extension)

                            For more information, please review this blog and Channel 9 video:
                            http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2014/11/14/all-about-c-refactoring-in-visual-studio-2015-preview.aspx
                            http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/C9-GoingNative/GoingNative-33-C-Refactoring-in-Visual-Studio-2015

                            We know we’re not done. Stay tuned for more announcements from us soon. But in the meantime we want to thank you for your support, return your votes and encourage you to spend them towards more specific asks in the C++ refactoring space – we’re keeping an eye on these and your input will influence the relative priority of the various refactoring features we plan to work on.

                            Thanks!
                            Visual C++ Team

                          • C++ Edit and Continue in the new debug engine

                            New data viewing enhancements in the debugger introduced in Visual C++ 2012 are great but they do not work while Edit and Continue is turned on for native code. This is a problem, Edit and Continue is a feature used by many developers. Just look here: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2037667-x64-edit-and-continue . You even disabled EaC for native code by default to make the enhanced visualizers on by default so it has to be turned on manually. This is a big regression, it should be fixed.

                            54 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

                              We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

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                                12 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                A more precise response:

                                We have done a lot of work on link throughput in the past release, with features like /Zc:inline, /debug:fastlink and multi-threading the linker, the clean link performance has improved as measured by our household benchmarks (chrome, bingmaps, ogre3d and more). In addition to this we have also added more scenarios to incremental linking which now supports static libraries and LTCG builds (with /LTCG:incremental). For more information on these features, see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archive/2014/11/12/speeding-up-the-incremental-developer-scenario-with-visual-studio-2015.aspx.

                                Thanks!

                              • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                                When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

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                                • ability to add multiple activities per team member in sprint

                                  I really like the new feature (may be) in TFS where you can add capacity in the sprint which estimates work by activity.

                                  currently a developer can spend 2/3 of this time in development and 1/3 in bug fixing(testing). so, i would like to see two/more entries per team member to divide their capacity across different activities and properly track the project activities (dev, test, requirements etc etc)

                                  hope you got what I am trying to say.

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                                  • Test Manger 2010 customization

                                    In Team Foundation Server (TFS) Test Manager 2011, in the drop down menu has "Pass" or 'Fail" selection for test steps, we also need "Not Applicable" selection. The reason being sometimes we need to select N/A for some tests that are not ready to be run (like document verification tests) that will be run on the next pass. Please let me know if we can customize Test Manager. If so, how to do it.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • VS11. Bring back the old "Pending Changes" window

                                      The new one is very confusing!!!

                                      I think the old one was almost perfect so why did you change it??? I mean, you can add new options but why did you change the philosophy?

                                      The most important problems I see with the new one:

                                      - No way to have that window independent so it can be accessed easily and fast

                                      - Difficult to see at first sight the files changed! (of course, the new “no color” interface is part of the problem...)

                                      - Difficult to exclude changes! (in the old one it was so easy by clicking the checkbox...)

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                                        We are happy to let you know that in today’s release of Visual Studio 2013 Preview we have made numerous improvements to the Pending Changes experience. The most significant additions are the ability to undock the Pending Changes page from Team Explorer, an option for viewing changes in a flat list, text filtering, and the removal of the “All Changes” page that was used when your number of files exceeded 250 items.

                                        You can get the VS2013 Preview build here:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566

                                        Matt
                                        Program Manager | TFS Version Control

                                      • Permit user-defined "key" for Views instead of the awful/useless inferred "key"

                                        When including a SQL View in the Data Source, LS "infers" the "key" - horribly, uselessly, and incapable of being editing to the correct key. Besides this being, IMO, a bug, it renders the inclusion of a View for practical purposes, useless. I don't want the View Schema Bound just so I can define an Index that "looks" like a PK but cannot be designated as such.

                                        PLEASE CHANGE LIGHTSWITCH SO THAT:
                                        When the SQL objects are initially added to the data source and a View is featured, or for that matter a table that lacks a PK, it presents…

                                        87 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Stephen,

                                          Thanks for your suggestion. We are marking this suggestion as completed. Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 includes enhancements to working with views within LightSwitch. This includes the ability to set the key. Read http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lightswitch/archive/2014/05/20/attaching-to-sql-views.aspx for further details. If there is something you feel is still missing from the product, please open a new suggestion with those details.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                        • Standalone installer for vsupdate_KB2707250.exe would be usefull and save time.

                                          As you can read here:
                                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/thread/06b7f509-567b-4869-81a3-801e4cae883f/

                                          there is no standalone installer for vsupdate_KB2707250.exe.

                                          Each time when you reinstall your development PC you have to wait a long time while the web installer of the
                                          update vsupdate_KB2707250.exe downloads the update. To eliminate this uncessary wait time, it woul be
                                          usefull to download only once a standalone installer of the vsupdate_KB2707250.exe update.

                                          198 votes
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                                            17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Our installer does allow for downloading once and applying across multiple machines. Please see Rob Caron’s blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robcaron/archive/2013/04/04/how-to-install-visual-studio-2012-update-2-offline.aspx) for instruction on how to do this. Having said that, we also recognize that the /layout option doesn’t work in all cases, so we’ve also provided an ISO image (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2013/05/03/announcing-availability-of-isos-for-visual-studio-updates.aspx?PageIndex=3&CommentPosted=true) where you can use your own downloader to accomplish offline/multiple installs. And for those reporting issues with the /layout option, please know that we’re working on the issues as we discover them.

                                            I’m marking this item as Completed given the fact that the feature exists (admittedly with some outstanding bugs we’re working on) and we have a different, offline alternative in our ISO image for customers experiencing problems with the /layout feature. Between one of those two paths, we believe this issue is addressed.

                                            Eric Knox – MSFT
                                            Microsoft Visual Studio Team

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