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  1. Improve NPM intellisense for custom .npmrc settings

    In package.json files intellisense is already supported. But only public packages will be suggested. For scoped packages in private feeds there is no intellisense. It would be great if VS looks inside .npmrc settings for setted feeds and scopes.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Find dead/unused code in the solution

      From ASP.NET UserVoice (http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41199-general-asp-net/suggestions/486946-find-dead-unused-code-in-the-solution)

      After some time certain parts of code i n a project end up not being used anymore and just waste screen estate. It would be handy if Visual Studio could detect this and warn you about it.

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      • Restore global.json functionality in VS2017

        Before the switch from project.json back to .csproj files, I was able to use global.json in order to specify local source code for a NuGet package I referenced. This made it incredibly easy to debug against the source code, and also make code changes on the fly to my dependencies that are in other packages and repositories.

        With the new csproj format, I am forced to make changes to my package and push them up to our registry, or package and push to a local nuget source. This makes for an incredibly clunky experience when NuGet is your primary method…

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Remove "Change signature" quick action suggested all the time

          On every line I have the option to "Change Signature" as a quick action (the light bulb on the left). This should be on the menu, not as a quick action. Quick actions should be to refactor code for example. Or at least this should be configurable.

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            4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • real solution folders

            I think this has been asked several times around here and closed without a proper explanation.

            I've got a solution with lots of projects, I would like to group some of the related projects in the same folder.

            At the moment you can do that with "virtual" solution folders, why can't we just map these to disk?

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            • Allow Task Runner gulp/grunt output to be funneled to Output and Error List windows

              If you're using the Task Runner, you're likely using gulp or grunt to run tasks through it. However, the output from those tasks is mostly limited to what you see in the console window in Task Runner. It would be nice if you could funnel the ouput/errors from a task to the Visual Studio Output and Error List windows, especially for errors. For example, when building a project fails, the Error List pops up so you know it failed. When something in a task fails (perhaps not the task itself, for example compiling SASS), it would be nice if the…

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              • Copy only error message(description) from the Error List window

                In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
                "Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.

                Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.

                Or
                To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard

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                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Property own formatting

                  Currently property new line formatting controlled by "Place open brace on new line for methods".
                  I'd like to control property new line formatting by property own rules.
                  Currently My Property looks like
                  public int IntProperty { get; set; }
                  or
                  public int intProperty
                  { get; set; }
                  I'd like to see two rules:
                  "Place open brace on new line for property"
                  If checked
                  public int IntProperty
                  {
                  get; set;
                  }
                  otherwise
                  public int IntProperty {
                  get; set;
                  }

                  And "Keep getter and setter on same line"
                  If checked
                  public int IntProperty {
                  get; set;
                  }
                  otherwise
                  public int IntProperty { …

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                  • Stop debugging in Visual Studio 2015 after the Edge browser is closed

                    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/40193759/stop-debugging-in-visual-studio-2015-after-the-browser-is-closed

                    If we stop the IE browser, it would stop the VS debugging, but the other browser doesn't support this feature like the Edge, can you add this feature?

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Pair programming in visual studio editor (working with more persons in one workspace)

                      When pair programming two programmers want to work on the same file(s) real time. To do this the first user can invite a team member to join the same project from an other computer. All changes the users make are shown on both computers.

                      This will deliver the feature faster when working on trivial parts of the implementation. For less trivial parts they can work behind one monitor. This feature can also be used to do tutoring or code in code reviews from remote.

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Outlook Rendering Preview

                        Like many developers I have to create html email templates for direct marketing campaigns. testing this is very difficult do the the odd HTML rendering engines in most email clients (especially Outlook).

                        It would be very helpful to have a live preview window that utilises the rendering engine of the popular email clients like Outlook. As this rendering engine is closed source and limited in the HTML tags available it is difficult to test the code and how it will look to the end user.

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                        • Have resources ResXFileCodeGenerator generate partial class.

                          The ResXFileCodeGenerator tool for Resource files generates classes that are difficult to extend / augment as needed. Please give the code generator emit classes as partial to allow customisation / extension.

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                          • Release a sample on using Projection Buffers with Embedded Languages

                            Projection buffers are a powerful tool that allow developers to extend Visual Studio in incredible ways. However, there are no available samples explaining how to use them. This deters most developers from extending Visual Studio in cool ways.

                            I'd love for there to be a sample on how to correctly use projection buffers, particularly with embedded language services (ie. C# and VB .Net)

                            This issue goes back to Visual Studio 2010: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e536bce3-30f9-4e7f-b322-b3835a487bb0/how-to-create-an-editor-with-a-projection-buffer?forum=vsx

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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

                              The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

                              Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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                              • Allow the output window to stop auto scrolling

                                Add a button to the Output Window to stop it "Auto Scrolling" to the bottom. It is very frustrating trying to read debug info when the window keeps scrolling me away from what I am trying to read

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                                • Indicate when an invisible character (such as "zero-width space" / U+200B) is present in a string literal

                                  In the Visual Studio code editor, please indicate (somehow) when an invisible character such as "Zero-width space" (unicode U+200B) is present in a string literal.

                                  Such characters can lead to hard-to-diagnose bugs such as HttpWebRequest.CreateHttp(string url) throwing an UriFormatException when passed an innocuous-looking string literal such as "​http://www.microsoft.com" (where the first character in the literal is not "h", as it appears, but rather the zero-width space character).

                                  Source: http://stackoverflow.com/q/32013346/12484

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                                  • Allow Visual Studio 2013 online license to be refreshed from command line or automatically if possible

                                    Starting with Visual Studio 2012 when MSDN subscription runs under MAPS. Users are forced to an online license.
                                    This causes issues when Visual Studio is installed/used on a build server.
                                    As one is forced to manually start Visual Studio on the build server now and then in order to refresh the license data. Not doing so will after a while result in builds failing due to license period being expired.

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                                    • Enable Abstract Syntax Tree Source Files via Roslyn

                                      Now that Roslyn is available (or will be available), it is time for Visual Studio to start thinking in files that represent Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs), or .ast files. .ast files are the actual source files that are checked into source control. When an .ast file is loaded into Visual Studio, the developer's "formatting preference configuration" is applied to the .ast file to display the file to the preference of the developer.

                                      Formatting preference configurations would include things like:
                                      - Spaces or Tabs for tabbing
                                      - Braces on same line as method declaration or below
                                      - Spaces around symbols
                                      -…

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                                      • angular 2 deployment (publishing)

                                        Provide templates and publish functionality to create Angular 2 applications (pure Angular 2 with no backend code, Angular 2 SPA application hosted in an MVC application (.net 4.6), Angular 2 SPA application hosted in a .net core application, etc).

                                        The publishing functionality should bundle/minimize all necessary files (including the relevant components in the node_modules directory) and copy them to the server, all at the click of a button.

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                                        • Format Document Wrong Spacing for Assignments

                                          There is currently a problem with the Format Document feature.
                                          The option "Ignore spaces in declaration statements" doesn't respect the following items (also the implicit if statement is suffering from this problem):

                                          Code:

                                          using (var x=new SomeClass())

                                          return isCode?"yes":"no";

                                          public void MyMethod(string str="hello")
                                          {
                                          }

                                          for (int i=0; i<cnt; i++)
                                          {
                                          }

                                          Wrongly Auto-Formatted-Code:

                                          using (var x = new SomeClass())

                                          return isCode ? "yes" : "no";

                                          public void MyMethod(string str = "hello")
                                          {
                                          }

                                          for (int i = 0; i<cnt; i++)
                                          {
                                          }

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