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  1. Do not save any changes before building

    One option that I couldn't find (which was there in older version) is :

    Before building -
    -Do not save any changes
    -Save all changes
    -Prompt to save changes

    The above was available in Tools->Options->Build & Run in older versions.

    At times when I make temp changes in my code which I don't want to save it then that feature comes in handy.

    Please bring back the "Before building" options in VS2015.

    28 votes
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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Haskell support in Visual Studio

      First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

      32 votes
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        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable IntelliTest leverage Code Contracts

        Enable IntelliTest to leverage .NET Code Contracts to specify the requirements on inputs, and the guarantees on the return values.

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back editing of Numeric Values in PropertyPanel via drag

          When doing animations Setting Properties via Textinput is taking longer since VS 2015. Please bring back the ability to drag values

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            2 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Application Insights alert rule custom events

            Provide a system to define an alert rule into Application Insights base on Custom Events and/or custom properties.

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              3 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

              It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

              Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

              Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

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                27 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • create better reporting when a dependency could not be found

                I work with late-bound assemblies all the time and one thing that has annoyed me since the inception of .NET is the lack of information when failing to load a referenced assembly. I constantly get the "X.dll or one of its dependencies was not found."

                You know what assembly you were looking for so log more information please! Many times this error is caused by some reference of a reference and can only be solved by attaching to the assembly resolver or using some 3rd party file watcher to see what files the application is attempting to load.

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • allow serialization assembly to be embedded at build time

                  We use serialization to load objects dynamically at runtime. Because we also support many different versions of the same DLL loaded into memory at the same time, we have over 500 DLLs containing objects that get deserialized. If we were to build a separate DLL for serialization, we'd double our DLL file storage/management. I understand our situation is a bit unique, but also avoiding compiling those serialization DLLs at runtime could help speed up our startup times (I know that they get reused once created but our windows service also calls the same executable over and over which re-creates the…

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include a 'yield throw' statement syntax.

                    The yield return/break syntax is incredibly useful for swift generation of enumerations, and is a fantastic piece of syntactic sugar, both speeding the programmer and providing a harder-to-break approach for making enumerations.

                    We have 'yield return' and 'yield break'. But there is no 'yield throw'. Only two out of three of the block-exiting commands.

                    At present, if an exception is thrown inside the body of a generator method, the MoveNext() method of the generated IEnumerator throws this exception, halting any iteration over the enumeration, with MoveNext() now returning false. It also does not advance the internal state machine any further…

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • kproj/xproj should not be associated with ASP.Net it makes sense for all other application types too.

                      As the title states, don't make xproj/kproj exclusive to sp.net projects. The general idea behind this project also applies to desktop (and all other project types) too. Even better just use project.json without any *.*proj file as another suggestion already states.
                      Just allow for a target to build into binaries directly.

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                        2 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

                        Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

                        I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

                        In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

                        Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

                        Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

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                          4 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add VB's high-level event system to C#

                          VB's high-level event system is one of the main advantages of VB over C#. I would like to have it in C# as well.
                          This event syntax is as awesome and useful as the highly praised async/await in VB and C#, where a lot of complicated work is left to the compiler.
                          It puts the language on a higher abstraction level making it less error-prone, better readable, better maintainable and faster to write.
                          However, it does not work with lambda event handlers.

                          The current C# way of making events is not much more than a pattern which has to be…

                          53 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support c++11 unique_ptr and shared_ptr with C++/CLI

                            C++11 introduced move and unique_ptr, shared_ptr and weak_ptr. This new types highly improve the productivity and the robustness of C++ code. When we implement wrapper/adapter for the new for C++ code that uses unique_ptr/shared_ptr/weak_ptr we have to somehow return to raw pointers because it is only possible to store raw pointers inside of managed classes.
                            When it is not possible to somehow allow unique_ptr/shared_ptr/weak_ptr as members of managed C++/CLI classes (ref class/struct) my suggestion is to use a similar approach as with gcroot and to provide a wrapper for that pointer types.

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the WebBrowser Control work with Project Spartan

                              We've heard quite a bit of news lately about Project Spartan and how it's a replacement for Internet Explorer.

                              However, anyone who has used the WebBrowser control knows that it's just a wrapper around Internet Explorer, and it's quite painful to actually use in .net if you want to do anything more complicated than display a web page on a form, especially if you want to do so without a UI.

                              If Internet Explorer goes away, what happens to the WebBrowser Control? Now seems like a great time to really take a swing at improving the WebBrower control and web…

                              64 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add VB's procedure line separators to the code editors of all other languages.

                                In the VB editor there is a horizontal line drawn between all procedures. This makes the code better readable while scrolling, at least to visually oriented people like me.
                                This nice feature is missing in the editors of languages other than VB.

                                47 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

                                  1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

                                  2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

                                  9 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.…

                                    • FIPS

                                      Use FIPS compliant algorithms if FIPS policy enforcement is enabled on the server. Department of Defense Security Technical Implementation Guides require that FIPS policy is enforced: http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/microsoft_dot_net_framework_4.0/2014-01-08/finding/V-30926

                                      This applies to all US Department of Defense. It is understood that MD5 is much faster and might not even be used for security reasons (i.e. using MD5 to generate a hash to determine file differences on version control check in). However if FIPS is enabled, why not use a FIPS compliant algorithm?

                                      It is much better to experience some degredation in performance when FIPS policy is enabled than to occasionally swallow exceptions…

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                                      • Allow 3rd Party Developers Access To ASP.NET Web Project "Change Authentication" Dialog

                                        I run the very popular ASP.NET MVC Boilerplate project template extension which is currently the most popular project template in the Visual Studio Gallery.

                                        I am asked every few days to add authentication support to the project template. I want to be able to hook into the "Change Authentication" dialogue and give consumers of my template the choice of which authentication provider they want to add.

                                        27 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable IntelliTest leverage existing unit tests

                                          Enable IntelliTest to leverage existing unit tests in my test project so that it can focus on generating tests not already covered.

                                          9 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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