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  1. Allow commenting on pending changes that would be available before code review

    I would love to be able to jot down comments on pending changes that would be imported into a code review when it is requested.

    Currently I have to remember things that are worth noting and enter comments after I create the code review. It would be helpful if I could make those comments as I create / edit code.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • First Class Java support and Minecraft Mod templates

      With the acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, capitalise on the new Visual Studio Community edition, and create templates for developing Minecraft mods, with cool testing features, and bring a younger generation of VS users

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      • Add option to rename file when using refactoring to rename class

        If you rename a file in solution explorer, a question pops up to use refactoring to rename the class name. It looks like an omission that the opposite action is not available in the dialog box for renaming a class. Just as the question only pops up if the filename is equal to the classname, the option to rename the file should only be selected when the file containing the class has the same name.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Populate Find In Files (Ctrl+Shift+F) with SELECTED text only

          If there is selected text, fill the search box with the selected text.
          If there is no selected text, do not touch the search box - just fill it with the last searched item.

          This was the behavior for VS2008. (change from 2010 or 2012 I don't remember). I could quickly search for what I just searched the last time (but on another project scope, for example), or modify on my last search.

          I am now on VS2013, the Find Window will try to grab a word even there is no text selected; so often it's filled with garbage text…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Increase number of Recent projects from 24

            Permit us to configure the "Most recently used List" to be greater than 24. Perhaps say 40 or more. So that we can see more on the Start Page.

            As a consultant swapping between customers.
            &/or giving presentations
            &/or running tutorials & sample code.
            &/or Opening many files.
            You rapidly go thru 24. Even when you make an effort to delete them.

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            • add option to not trigger Quick Info by mouse hover over symbol

              Many times Quick Info is unintentionally triggered when the mouse pointer is over a random symbol. This is distracting, and I would like to turn this automatic behaviour off.

              Many automatic intellisense options can be disabled so that they must be explicitly invoked to show them. For Quick Info this is Ctrl K + I.

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              • Show cause of circular dependency in error message

                It is frustrating that when you get the error message in visual studio can not add reference because this would cause a circular dependency the error message can not just list what the assembly that is causing the issue is. It isn't super hard to figure out but it adds extra time to the work to solve the problem if just a few minutes. I don't understand why the error message can't just contain this information.

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                • brace collapse

                  It would be nice to make every brace collapsable, not only for class and method braces.

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                  • Enable Navigate To feature (CTRL-Comma) with wildcards

                    For example, when a user opens the Navigate To feature, he/she should be able to search for a file named "StartReservationPage.html" by typing "*Reservation*.html" in order to quickly find and access that file within the solution.

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                    • Allow some kind of "rich comments" in the code

                      Many times, traditional code comments are not enough, for example when you want to show a mathematical formula or a diagram that explains the code. Nowadays,many programmers solve this problem copying web links into the code comments, telling the programmer that is reading the code where can he find more info.

                      Inspired by the "web note" feature in Microsft Edge, it came to my mind that it would be great to have some of feature in the IDE where the programmer can write, draw, and place images in a white canvas. Then, that "canvas annotations" would be uploaded to the…

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                      • have numbered bookmark

                        Have numbered bookmark, set it by hotkey like Ctrl + Shirt + 1,2,3. and by default, bookmark are numbered and can jump to it (Cross documents) by hot key like Ctrl + 1, 2 3...

                        Similar to http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/18cbab57-9b50-42f8-b171-61994fcfdf20/.

                        But this extension has some bugs.

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                        • Allow 'Task Runner Explorer' to load Gulpfile.js from a subdirectory

                          "Task Runner Explorer" looks for Gulpfile.js and related config files in the solution root. That makes our solution very messy, as there are lots of config files, as well as the node_modules and bower_components directories, etc.

                          We want to have everything client side in a separate directory, lets say "./Client".

                          But then TRE won't detect the stuff in there. So allow us to specify the working directory for TRE in Tools-Options, or make it scan immediate subdirectories to find the config files.

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                          • Make live unit testing configurable

                            Right now, live unit testing in VS2017 RC will run all all unit tests in the solution. It would be great to restrict it to certain test assemblies (e.g. with file name filter, *.unittest.dll).

                            Why? Imagine you have a solution with unit tests and integration tests (or even Coded UI tests). In this setup, it's common that you don't want your integration tests run whenever you do a code change.

                            Or is this already possible? Via test configuration file? I could not find anything.

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                            • Support keyboard shortcuts in the C# interactive window

                              I wish it would work more like a shell allowing me to press up on the keyboard to reuse my existing code block/statement

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                              • Provide additional options for formatting functions

                                (C++)
                                Our Company for example uses the option, that the open and closing braces for functions are always in a new line

                                Now: (all lines are auto formatted according to settings)
                                bool Getter()
                                {
                                return false;
                                }
                                bool Getter2();
                                bool Getter2()
                                {
                                return false;
                                }

                                For very simple getter and setter functions which are directly implemented in a header file this takes a lot of space for nothing. Therefore it would be nice to have an option to disable autoformatting (preserve) for functions which do not have a function declaration only definition.

                                Our wish:
                                bool Getter() { return false; }…

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                                • Don't lock project output files (assemblies) after build in Visual Studio

                                  After building a project or solution it happens regularly that Visual Studio locks the generated assemblies (file locks). Especcially with assemblies that will be loaded by editors (the BizTalk pipeline editor is notorious for this). For any later edit and build, you need to close and reopen Visual Studio.

                                  Don;t lock my files!

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                                  • browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project

                                    browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project (as a browse mode / linkable files solution "click to view")

                                    browser github homepage
                                    push github notification to VS
                                    open project like a solution that just view the file when click on it

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                                      • Add "Go to Implementation Definition" for objects derived from interfaces or base classes

                                        Perhaps provide a selection box for the actual implementation to navigate to - sort of like how "Go to Definition" works with partial classes.

                                        This would be useful for interface driven designs where going to the interface definition is not desired but selecting one of the concrete implementations is.

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                                        • Add support for ES2015 generator functions in the VS 2015 javascript editor

                                          Add support for ES2015 generator functions in the VS 2015 JavaScript editor. Please :)

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