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  1. Support Long Path Names in Visual Studio, MSBuild and TFS

    You removed the MAX_PATH Limit for .Net. That's just gerat!!!

    Windows kind of removed it also with Aniversary Update.

    But Visual Studio 2017 still hast it: Opening Files with a Path longer than MAX_PATH ist not working. (Error: Operation could not be completed, Filename or Extention is too long) And also TFS has it. Same Error on some Builds if the Agent Build folder ist not close to the root of a drive...

    Please: Do the step and remove this limit also for VS, MSBuild and TFS.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • CMakeSettings.json should allow sharing of CMake variables between configurations.

      I have multiple configurations in my CMakeSettings.json (the default is the standard 4 x64-Debug/Release and x86-Debug/Release) which all use the same variables array like this:

      "variables": [
      {
      "name": "CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH",
      "value": "C:\\R\\Dependencies-x64-2015\\opencv-sdk"
      },
      {
      "name": "CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX",
      "value": "${projectDir}/../chilitags-sdk"
      },
      {
      "name": "WITH_JNI_BINDINGS",
      "value": "ON"
      }
      ]

      Right now I have to duplicate this to each configuration, which is error prone and pain to maintain. It would be great to be able to share between configurations.

      The upstream CMake generator for Visual C++ generates the cache only once (so these things need to be entered only one time) and then you…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • codelens en version community 2017

        codelens en version community 2017.
        Lo mejor siempre se lo dan a otras plataformas o las cancelan en windows. Ya es hora que le den algo a los que hemos perdido tiempo y dinero por ustedes.

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          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • code formatting alignment

          I would like the code editor to assist with aligning the code in different ways. There is a add-in called Code Alignment that you can use, but I would like this to be built in to the formatting in the editor and it should be possible to align automatically when you save. For example I would like to aligning on equal signs in consecutive assignment statements, like this:

          var a = 1;
          string b123 = "";

          I think that this should also include a number of other alignment options too, like aligning declarations and parameters etc - or anything that…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Hide lightweight solution suggestion banner when disabled in Options

            When the 'Lightweight solution load for all solutions' is disabled in the Projects and Solutions options, do not show the 'Load *** faster next time by trying out lightweight Solution load..." banner when opening a solution with the Lightweight Load property set to Default.

            It is bad user interface practice to suggest a feature to the user that has been explicitly disabled in the application.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a line height setting to the Editor

              Almost every editor at this point has line height settings for the code editor except for visual studio. Complex statements and blocks are hard to read when the lines are squished together so much. It is a primary inhibitor for me and many people I know from switching to visual studio as their primary editor.

              You can see in the attachment visual studio on the left and sublime text on the right with custom line height.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a feature for visual studio for mac that could publish Asp.Net site to Azure

                Whether could add a feature that we could publish a web site to Azure in VS for Mac. Thank you very much.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Expand the "Find in files" Find options when != default

                  When you previously searched for something with Find in files dialog using Find options, for example search only file type *.js.

                  The next time the find in files dialogue is used, the options persist. But the Find options is folded, which can lead to believing the default options is being used.

                  My suggestion is you hash the default options and when the options hash != default, expand the find options.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • class diagram

                    Enable use of class diagrams on all c# content, like Net estándar, Net core and so.
                    Now it works only in Net Framework projects
                    I understand UML diagrams is deprecated, but class diagrams, still available, is a superb tool and, for me, using Entity Framework, replaces data designers and lets you get a full graphic overview of a piece of your code.

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                    • Add ability to sort lines

                      The ability to sort lines is something that I really miss. For example sorting C++ includes on python modules...

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • "Go to Files"

                        "Go to Files" search dialog should be able to find files by typing only part of the name.
                        Example: I have files named "MyFileNumberOne.cs" and "MyFileNumberTwo.cs"

                        When I type following into "Find in Files" dialog:
                        "MFN" -> I should get both files
                        "MFNO" -> I should get first file
                        "MFileNO" -> I should get first file

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Updates

                          The update process for VS should be more seamless. The current system reminds me of early days of Windows XP, when Windows Update was neither enforced nor widely adopted in a timely fashion because it caused interruptions (reboots).

                          Windows introduced Restart Manager to help minimize the problems arising from forced reboots, and I suspect that Visual Studio already implements the relevant Restart Manager API's. Can this principle be extended to help make the VS update experience seamless?

                          For e.g., when a user opts to start the update process, the updater can shutdown all VS instances, update, and restart all instances…

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                          • Add filter for get/set to find all references

                            When you find all references often you are looking for who sets a variable/field. It would be nice if there was a toggle to show just setters, just getters and both.

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                            • Comment Selection (Ctrl+K,Ctrl+C) with a multiline selection should comment out blank lines

                              When I use the Comment Selection command with multiple lines selected in C++ or C#, it adds // comments to lines with text in them but leaves blank lines uncommented.

                              Every other editor I use with a similar feature comments out *all* selected lines including blank lines. That is a much better way to do this, because it ties together all the commented lines visually, making it easier to see what lines to select when I later want to uncomment them.

                              For example, I often use blank lines within a function to separate short blocks of code. If I select…

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                              • default unix line ending

                                use default unix line ending, or add a text to the status bar to show current line ending, and dont switch between win and unix when saving

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                                • Add "Format Document" for PowerShell code

                                  Add "Format Document" for PowerShell code similar to formatting C# code via Edit -> Advanced -> Format Document or Format Selection.

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                                  • Bring back the "Add item..." context menu options to quickly add a new file

                                    It used to be really easy to add a new file from the Solution Explorer context menu. e.g. you could easily add a javascript or html file, some others would come up as well, and it seemed to be smart about what files you already had there in the folder you used to bring up the context menu.

                                    Now in VS2017 I have to click add new, then expand the proper node in the modal, basically what used to be a right click, choose, type name, hit enter; is now a bunch of clicks to navigate a tree from which…

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                                    • 'Open Folder' should allow us to open multiple folders in one solution

                                      I want to be able to create a solution that points to folders instead of projects. VS2017 allows me to open a folder instead of a solution. But as indicated by a [MSFT] post "The workspace is tied to a single folder root. It is an interesting scenario though, thanks for the suggestion."

                                      I need a solution that allows me to edit and "intellisense" something like (without haveing to create a project):
                                      c:\my_team\my_code\
                                      c:\team1\shared_code\
                                      c:\team2\shared_code\
                                      c:\team3\shared_code\

                                      See comment 199965 in:
                                      https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/10/05/bring-your-c-
                                      codebase-to-visual-studio-with-open-folder/

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                                      • Fix: "We could not refresh the credentials for the account"

                                        Like a million other programmers, I work for a thing called a Company. They have a proxy server. The proxy server doesn't allow my apps to talk to the web.

                                        I install Cntlm local proxy to talk to my corporate proxy and then I configure my apps to talk to my local proxy.

                                        For VS I do this via devenv.exe.config which allows the IDE to mostly work, extensions and the Start Page loads stuff from the web but the login page uses an embedded browser UI control and that doesn't work, gives the error in the title.

                                        MAKE SURE YOU…

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Able to clear Find/Replace History List

                                          Before vs2017, I can clear Find/Replace History List by clear the registry items, but seems vs2017 changed the way these stored, no matter how they are stored, I think there should be a way or menu to clear these.
                                          Same suggestion for File | Recent Files List, there should be a way or menu to clear them, like what VS Code does.

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