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  1. Use the full scriptcs engine as the C# REPL in Visual Studio

    Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 brought us the C# REPL (https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update1-vs#Csharp). It is a pity that we do not get the full Scriptcs (http://scriptcs.net/) experience. The community has already embraced Scriptcs and we have integrated it into our workflow. Don't reinvent the weel and create a solution that has fewer features and is incompatible.

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      0 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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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring a command palette to visual studio.

        Add a combined fuzzy search and command launcher that works in a similar way to Sublime Text or Visual Studio Code.

        I appreciate there is Ctrl+, but it sucks and half the time fails. It does not allow for fuzzy searching and is prone to crashing when used a lot (experienced over 2013 and 2015).

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • bring back full colors on controls in ToolBox!

          simply enough allow full coloring of the controls in the toolbox where we can find and select the right one, fast and accurate just like in vs2010.
          going to black and white trying to look like photoshop, is a very wrong idea! we do not have 10 tools like photoshop, we are not painting and we are depending on the controls we are choosing to design a form.

          now its unacceptable hard to spot, and select the right control, we have to wait and read a tooltip most of the times!

          also we are all buying new HD monitors and…

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            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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              • 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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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Live Visual Tree to select content in popup/menus.

                    The Live Visual Tree for peeking at live XAML authored views is a great feature, however I just can't find a way to highlight or select content in a popup window or menu. I know the complexity of what would be involved, but there could be some kind of shortcut key to enable Live Visual Tree selection while hovering the mouse over a popup window or menu then that would go a long way to improving the feature.

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                      5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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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                          3 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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                          • 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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                            • 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 →
                              • Search box in the Properties window for controls

                                it would be a very helpful to have a search box in the properties window for controls. it would be faster to narrow down the properties than scrolling up and down on them.

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                                • Make Visual Studio color themes actually less customizeable

                                  Right now the amount of individual items available for color tweaking is just insane. This must be the reason for the fact there is really few available VS themes on the internet other than those shipped with theme editor extension. And also for the fact that said extension is still unavalable after several months since VS2017 release. Reducing the number of items by grouping similar or getting rid of most arcane ones might make it easier for VS team to maintain relevant code and help boost the number of available themes - I guess most people are unwilling to undertake…

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                                    1 comment  ·  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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                                      • 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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                                        • Batch Build should allow building projects in parallel

                                          When using batch build to build every configuration for a solution, it executes the different configurations one at a time. So if I have Debug and Release flavors for both x86 and x64, It will build Debug x86, then Release x86, then Debug x64, and finally Release x64 before moving on to the next project. No projects are build in parallel.

                                          This is not about using the /MP compiler switch option for C++ to enable multiprocess compiles. This feature works fine during batch builds. It is does tie into the feature that allows visual studio to do parallel project builds.…

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