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  1. Flag Common Constructor Mistakes

    Because VS suggests completions, it's easy to select the wrong thing without noticing, and the compiler will let certain obvious constructor mistakes sail right through without an error or warning. VS should be able to catch these common, easy-to-make mistakes and at least provide warnings:

    class Item {
    string ItemCode { get; }
    public Item( string itemCode ) {
    itemCode = ItemCode; // Mistake! Argument replaced by property
    ItemCode = ItemCode; // Mistake! Property initialized with itself
    ItemCode = itemCode; // Correct code
    }
    }

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Use framework types also in autocompletition if selected in settings

      In the option of C# you can configure VS 2017 to prefer the framework types instead of the build in types.

      This works very well when creating properties and field but does not work for the autocompletion when for example write
      List<Int32> list = new ... the editor will automatically add List<int>

      I would prefer that the made configuration will also work for the autocompletition

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • let a *.dll or *.lib file can provide any version of .net

        for now ,if you want provide a .net library for all developers ,at least you need build 3 .dll file (.net 3.5, .net 4.0, .net 4.5)
        and by the .net framework upgrade, you need build more!
        please solve this problem ,such as: first you build a *.lib file then output *.dll file ! (sorry for my bad english)

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add help generation from XML comments as part of publish/build

          Add help generation from XML comments so that when you publish a website or build a project you can have a nice clean set of HTML files similar to MSDN docs for your code. In other words, something like SandCastle, only easier to use and fully supported within Visual Studio. Having extensibility to add your own or customize the rendered output would be a great feature too.

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            • Include a sane installer toolchain

              Setup projects, WiX, etc. is all borderline unusable.

              A modern installer toolchain should:
              * require little to no effort to create and maintain a default installer from a application project
              * be well integrated with VS, but text file driven
              * be scriptable in the usual languages (C# etc.)
              * allow designing wizard steps using the usual UI technologies (XAML etc.)
              * integrate in a OS native package manager, auto-updater ... (Windows 8 appstore? Please support this on at least Windows 7 as well so it actually makes sense to target it)
              ...
              well, one can dream. At least help…

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              • Provide an option to change VB language version in project compile options

                You cannot change the language version (VB14, VB11 etc) in the project compile/build options like C# projects. A workaround exists by editing the project file and adding the <LangVersion> property.

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support

                  Publish Web dialog should have "pre-select folders/files" option, So that we can publish the changed/worked files/folders to the web server(IIS/HOSTING PROVIDER) by selecting it in the publish web dialog

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • search bar marketplace

                    Failed to find marketplace when typing "marketplace" in the top right search/quick launch field.

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • ADD C programing language

                      Add C Programing language.

                      Please visual studio is the best programing language and it will be better with this language

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                      • I love it allthough could have a little help in MASM

                        MASM seem to have trouble, need a little intellisence too with it. and color.on syntax.. I know who uses it!

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Well, the font, color and highlight in Visual Studio code is absolutely excellent. Suggest Visual Studio use the same style.

                          Well, the font, color and highlight in Visual Studio code is absolutely excellent. Suggest Visual Studio use the same style.

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                          • names and locations

                            Please stop changing website names for MSDNAA/ELMS/DreamSpark/Imagine and the subscriber downloads. This get more and more complicated as time goes by. Just fire the next knucklehead who proposes changing names and locations.

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                              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Gridview and Data Model Changed so much

                              GridView in Windows Forms, WPF or ASP.net is something I could use to load XML feed or other datasources (like sqlce, sql server) and base a significant part of an application. UWP disappeared DataTables etc, Changed Gridview, networkink and rearranged namespaces. It has also much less examples in VB.net so I'm not able to make something work as I could before! Too much errors, to many namespaces, bindings etc. Please make it simpler and clear!

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add retriviel of HyperV ability to Setup. If Hyper-V is disabled in Firmware/Bios the setup does not recognize this and try to install emula

                                In my Case HyperV was disable at my brand new Lenovo PC. Setup failed with error Message
                                [18d0:000d][2016-12-10T10:49:45] Package 'Win10_Emulator_10.0.14393.0,version=10.0.14393.0,chip=x64' failed to install. Command executed: "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\VisualStudio\Packages\Win10_Emulator_10.0.14393.0,version=10.0.14393.0,chip=x64\packages\Win10Emulator\10.0.14393.0\EmulatorSetup.exe" /quiet /norestart, Return code: -2147023293, Details: Schwerwiegender Fehler bei der Installation.

                                Setup has to recognize that HyperV is disabled.
                                Regards Alexander
                                P.S.: Great work.

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                                • don't immediately reduce the canvas height for the Forms designer when making forms smaller

                                  When reducing a Form height that outsizes the window it's in, the window immediately scrolls with your cursor as you reduce the height, making it very difficult to properly adjust the height.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • new project with same settings

                                    Allow the creation of a new project with the same set of include directories and linker dependencies as the open project.
                                    This would remove a lot of manual work and potential errors.

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                                    • build F7

                                      return compile by F7 and not CTRL+SHIFT+B

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                                      • Sync class view with code

                                        Would be helpful if there was a button in the Class View window that could be used to auto-synchronize it with whatever class/method is being viewed in the editor.

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                                        • COM pointers should be able to create instances without a type argument

                                          Currently when creating a COM object and store it to a COM smart pointer the code looks like this:

                                          _ConnectionPtr connection;
                                          connection.CreateInstance("ADODB.Connection");

                                          or like this:

                                          _ConnectionPtr connection;
                                          connection.CreateInstance(__uuidof(Connection));

                                          In most (if not all) cases only one string is valid - in this case the "ADODB.Connection". The COM ptr should be able to be created without passing anything as an argument:

                                          _ConnectionPtr connection;
                                          connection.CreateInstance();

                                          This IS possible to be implemented as a macro _COM_SMARTPTR_TYPEDEF already has the second argument the uuid - in this case it is _COM_SMARTPTR_TYPEDEF(_Connection, __uuidof(_Connection));

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