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  1. Make the attach to process dialog resizable

    This dialog shows along list. Therefore it should be resizable.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please, make a 64bit version of VS IDE....!!!

      Idea is simple... Visual Studio x64 version!!

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow using external node / npm / bower / ...

        At this moment, node, npm and bower ship as part of VS. However, many developers will already have installations (and configurations!) of node, npm, bower.. There is no setting in Visual Studio to use an external npm, bower, ...

        Please enable this option such that I can reuse my configurations and that the built-in node in visual studio does not force me to stay behind on versions.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add options for CodeLens indicator text

          CodeLens indicator text is displayed between lines which takes up more vertical space and disturbs the visual overview of (collapsed) code that we are used to.
          Please add a combination or smart selection of the following options:
          - Allow the selection of a location for indicator text (above, left, right)
          - Allow to enable/disable CodeLens for references
          - Allow to choose to only show references indicator text when there are 0 references
          - Add (keyboard) commands for toggling CodeLens options

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            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Implement Hardware Description Languages

            VHDL (as well as Verilog) are Hardware Description Languages which are now commonly used, but there are only a few valuable IDE's supporting it (Altera Quartus for example). But most of them offer only very basic tools (eg.: no re-factoring). Allowing Visual Studio to handle those language, and offer some of those missing features, would open a new world for a new kind of customers. Even if Visual Studio does not feature a complete hardware compiler in first stage, it would be great to use VS as an "external editor".

            Remark:
            There is already an extension for Visual Studio providing…

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Intellisense for Tuples

              When defining Tuples, you can give types to parameters but cannot give any names to them. For example:

              public List<Tuple<
              string /*Description*/,
              double /*Amount*/>> Distributions { get; set; }

              When using this public property you can tell that it is a list of tuples of string+number but what are those? It would be nice if Intellisense could somehow give you a hint that the string type is "Description" and the int is "Amount".

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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add "Current Folder" to search options

                When you perform a "Find", there are options to search within "Current Document" and "Current Project".

                In the case of the project I work with, this can increase the search scope from 1 file to hundreds of files. Normally what I end up doing is opening every file in the folder then doing a "search in all open documents" but this is quite tedious.

                Can you add a "Current Folder" option?

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                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Webservice Reference for SWAGGER.IO

                  Please add the capability to auto-generate a Proxy for Webservice, the same way as it is possible for WSDL.
                  Project > References > Add Service Reference ... and this should also discover SWAGGER and not only WSDL.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for the Code Definition window to Visual Studio 2015

                    The Code Definition Window was a great, non-intrusive way to see how a particular class or method was implemented without taking you away from the code you're working on. Peek Definition is great, but it requires active input, it works best with short snippets of code, and it disrupts your view of the code by appearing in the middle of the editor window. The decision to omit Code Definition Window support from VS2015/Roslyn denies users a valuable tool. Telemetry indicating low usage is most likely due to a lack of awareness - I use it all the time, and the…

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable building and running of a single source code file

                      I compete on algorithmic competitions website called TopCoder. I have a plugin that creates .cs file when I open a problem on TopCoder. It's a daunting task to load this .cs file in VS and start solving the problem. The real issue is that solving a problem is timed, so if I loose 2min creating a project and adding a single file to the project, I loose points.

                      Not to mention that there are three problems (each with own Main function) and it's impossible in VS to test all three problems within a single project.

                      Also, it would be great…

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enable filtering out warnings without a Code in the error list, ex. "Referenced component could not be found".

                        When working with a large solution it is not uncommon to have many projects unloaded to decrease build times during development. However, this leads to many warnings displayed in the Error List saying "The referenced component 'XXXX' could not be found", which makes it difficult to find the warnings and CA-warnings that we are actually of interest to me.

                        There seems to be no way to filter out these warnings today, so I suggest you implement that.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Find in current namespace

                          In Find Window (CTRL+F) we can choose from some options (current project, entire solution etc.). Sometimes I miss option "current namespace".

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Editor Formatting: Leave block on single line option is broken

                            Options -> Text Editor -> C# -> Formatting -> Wrapping -> Leave block on single line.

                            The above option is broken and does not do what the example suggests it should do. If you type

                            public int Foo { get; set; }

                            in the editor. It will reformat it to

                            public int Foo
                            {
                            get; set;
                            }

                            which is exactly what it's NOT supposed to do. I've played with the options as suggested in the following thread and it has not worked.

                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30520764/did-c-sharp-formatting-change-in-visual-studio-2015-and-how-can-i-change-it-bac/

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Better Color Syntax Highlighting and Configuration

                              I think it's about time VS enhances the configuration of Color Syntax Highlighting in the following ways, in priority order:
                              1) Rather than clumping in a single huge list all bits of syntax across all languages that can be highlighted, categorize by language.
                              2) Allow for italic, underline, besides just bold.
                              3) Based on 1), show a "complete" sample of the highlighted language, rather than just a single line of a small clump of letters.
                              4) Within a language, allow for more distinctly highlight-able things.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Hide Files/Folders in Solution Explorer

                                Please allow for exclusion of files and folders in the Solution Explorer. This is not exclusion from a project - I am using a website in my screenshot - but from the Solution Explorer view itself.

                                Having directories such as bower_components and node_modules present in the IDE doesn't serve a purpose but appears to take a toll on time when searching for files, opening the solution, etc.

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                                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow option to hide unit test projects in the Code Lens 'references' indicator

                                  Often when using the Code Lens references indicator I find myself with many more references to a member/symbol in the scope of a unit test compared with 'actual' code. This can sometimes make it hard to see which application code is referencing the symbol.
                                  Perhaps allow a tick-box in the fly-out that appears to toggle show/hiding of references in test projects.

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                                    3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow opening a project file via drag-and-drop on empty Visual Studio

                                    When drag-and-dropping a vcxproj file on an already open Visual Studio (no project or solution opened in Visual Studio, Solution Explorer empty) then the project file should be opened.

                                    The current behavior is that the following error message is displayed:
                                    "Project files cannot be dropped onto the application. They must be opened via the File menu".

                                    Opening the project via the File menu should not be necessary. Obviously VS already recognized what I want to do!

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • "Quick Find"

                                      While I appreciate the slimmed down UI footprint of the new Quick Find in VS 2012, there are lot of functional changes that really mess with my normal workflow, and it'd be great to get these fixed and get the behavior closer to the old VS 2010 Ctrl+F behavior.

                                      - There needs to be an option to populate the find dialog only when there's selected text (ie, what it did in VS 2010). I don't want to have to copy/paste my search terms, but I also don't want to overwrite previous search terms with random single characters from where ever…

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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                                        Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                                        This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

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                                        • Embed a code sharing store

                                          The idea is pretty simple: When I am coding, I often wonder how many people already have implemented the same thing. On the other hand I would be more motivated to share my work online, earning some money for it.
                                          The code store should contain something like an “offline function tester”, so I don’t see the developer’s code but am still able to test my parameters to the functions and classes. A nice and simple user interface, connected with my credit card or PayPal account, would complete the perfect package.

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