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  1. Fix the alignment of new Find All References + Allow easy disable

    The new Find References with color coding is nice but is very hard to just look at the window and find what you need because some code is one line and some is two lines.

    I like to put the filename column on the left but then I noticed that the code is not aligned. See attached Image

    The code fragment should be centered vertically.

    Also preferably there should be a faint line between each item. it is a very hard window to work with.

    There should also be a way to easily disable it with a button. That is…

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Unseal EmailAddressAttribute

        I've been created some new classess that inherit form most of the validation properties under using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations; (such as RemoteAttribute, StringLengthAttribute, RequiredAttribute).

        I was puzzled when my next class failed to inherit from EmailAddressAttribute. Vs2015 then told me that EmailAddressAttribute is sealed.

        Is there a reason for sealing it (compared to the rest of the other validation Attributes).

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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow to search in binary files

          "Find in files" should allow to search text strings in binary files.

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          • Better message when custom tool is not found

            When I ran custom tool on a .dbml I got a message saying "Cannot find custom tool 'MSLinqToSQLGenerator' on this system."

            While it is true that the workloads I had chosen did not include this Component, I recommend changing the error message to direct the user to see if the component was not installed.

            Since earlier versions of Visual Studios didn't require installing this tool separately, I spent a bit of time following suggestions on the internet like launching "devenv.exe /resetskippedpkgs" etc.

            Better message will sure save sometime for developers.

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            • SSAS Tabular process set of tables

              Need ability to select a set of tables for processing, not just single table vs. All Tables. This is so model development with many large tables will enable refresh of only selected tables.

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                0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • status bar for a seporate window

                I run VS2015 in 2 "windows". The main one has a status bar that has the line/column number of where the cursor is in a current pane. The other window (in my case just a set of source file panes) does not have the status bar, so I cannot tell what line I am on. I would like to see what line I am on in the non-main window as well. Status bar would be fine, any other way would work as well (like in a title bar).

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • take a look at registry search conditions for VS 2010

                  When you add a registry search condition to a setup project in VS 2010, and set the project to compile for 64-bit arch, the .msi will only search the 32-bit registry hive for the condition.

                  So, If the value you are looking for is in the 64-bit Hive, setup will throw an exception because the .msi only checks the 32-bit hive.

                  My idea is, if you are compiling your program to work on 64-bit computers and you have a registry search condition, let the program search both the 32-bit and 64-bit hives.

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Missing user Documents Library checkbox in Package.appmanifest - Capabilities

                        Add (user) Documents Library checkbox in Package.appmanifest - Capabilities
                        It may not be needed for desktop apps, but is necessary in IoT Core environment, otherwise windows through an Exception. Work around: add it by hand with right-click -> View Code

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                        • Support tf.exe /login for VSO

                          It would be nice if tf.exe /login supported Visual Studio Online. Currently it only seems to support on-premises TFS. We'd like to be able to silently script out some tf.exe commands but can't without having to respond to the login UI.

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                          • Remote build and debug.

                            It would be great if VS would support remote build and debugging. This would greatly improve productivity when developing for multiple OS platforms.

                            NetBeans has supported this feature for years. AFAIK, VS only supports remote debugging.

                            Remote build and debugging would certainly help our teams productivity, especially when developing for multiple platforms.

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                              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              Developer Community better

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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • support more than 1GB in the diagnostics tools

                                The process memory in the diagnostics tools seems to be capped at 1GB. After this point the GCs are no longer displayed.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • The fact that so many books still name the Beatles as "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you..

                                  The fact that so many books still name the Beatles as "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial Beethoven over classical musicians who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success.…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Edit and start projects inter dependencies

                                    It would be very nice (especially for very huge project) to be able to set inter dependencies through projects to be sure that they all start if we debug a "parent" one

                                    example:
                                    BackEnd-API project -> webserver hosting back end api calls
                                    FrontEnd-API calls --> webserver hosting frontend api calls
                                    Backoffice project --> webserver, depends on API project
                                    Logistics project
                                    FrontEnd project --> webserver, depends on API project

                                    as soon as we want to run backoffice IISExpress, it would auto start BackEnd-API in IISexpress (and backoffice also of course), but nothing else

                                    It's a kind of an extension for "always…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stay put at one version and improve it

                                      You should update and improve one version.
                                      That way I as a customer would get most value for the money spent on your product.

                                      Right now I get the impression vs2015 is all forgotten and all focus are on vs2017 (and vs15). As a customer I feel neglected.

                                      All functionality you speak about in vs2017 and vs15 have not given me _any_ value.

                                      continuous delivery..........???

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                                      • Allow comment editing at any time

                                        At certain times VS IDE allows code to be modified while running. I would like the ability to change comments (and also add blank lines that will become comments) in the file at any time. The IDE would have to recognise I am not affecting the runtime version and permit the edit.

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                                        • Update the dependency validation update message should clearly indicate if the update breaks integration with VS 2015

                                          I have just recently moved from VS2015 to VS2017, and am getting prompted to update the project for my team to perform dependency validation. The problem is that there is no indication in the prompt as to whether this update will break backwards compatibility as some of our developers will certainly still be using 2015 (and indeed some of our other solutions require it). Please provide these details in the message so developers can make informed decisions that do not require lengthy web searches.

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