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  1. Confirm that user wants search for a single character term when using Find in Files

    Every few days I wind up accidentally searching my entire codebase for a single character term. Such searches can yield hundreds of thousands of results, and Visual Studio can become unresponsive for minutes.

    It would be great if Visual Studio could confirm that you want to search for single character terms when using Find in Files.

    A method for limiting the maximum number of search results would also work.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let us turn off notifications completely.

      I don't want notifications, I don't want to see the icon.

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      • Add full intellisense experience to T4 template editing without an extension

        It would be so much easier to work with T4 templates if we had the full intellisense experience. It's already really difficult to create code that generates code (my brain hurts sometimes) but without the rich editing experience that is normally available in VS is much much harder.

        I'm aware that there are extensions available but I'd rather not have to pay extra (and rely on a third party) to use the features that already exist in VS.

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        • Show properties info of a class when mouse over

          Show properties info of a class when mouse over. look at picture attached

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          • Fix Find and Replace > Replace in Files so finds all matches before re-searching skipped matches

            In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.

            I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.

            Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.

            Bug Reports:
            https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/888753/replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-replace
            http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/786695/bug-in-search-and-replace-in-entire-solution

            Stack Overflow Question:
            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21711125/visual-studio-replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-each-replace

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            • Allow XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

              At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

              It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

              This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

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              • C# Property Manager same as C++

                Allow multiple projects sharing properties.
                Having a large collection of projects and managing their properties individually is time consuming and cumbersome.

                C++ solution defined here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/669zx6zc.aspx

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                • integrated support of doxygen

                  offer integrated doxygen generator to see better documentation directly in code or in a separated panel.

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                  • Remove the default QuickInfo popups when hovering over code, or create an option to disable

                    VS2015 includes a highly irritating "feature": when I mouse over any bit of code, it shows the type and name of the parameter again in a popup window.

                    For example, I have a method with a "string firstName" parameter. If I mouse over it, it pops up a window "helpfully" telling me that I have a parameter called firstname... and its type is string!

                    This means that moving the mouse around anywhere on a code file creates literally dozens of annoying popups that add no information at all.

                    Please provide a checkbox in the options menu to disable this "feature".

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VSTS Allow Deployments to sovereign Azure Clouds

                      When adding an Azure endpoint to VSTS you cannot enter the ServiceManagementUrl. You need to set this value if you are going to do an automated build to one of our sovereign Azure clouds (US Gov, China, and soon Germany). for example the commercial endpoint is https://management.core.windows.net, and the US Gov endpoint is https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net.

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                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • Make it easier to switch user

                            The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.

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                            • 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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                              • Visual Studio: Add Namespace property to project folders

                                Allow setting a namespace to the project folders so that developers can organize code by namespace better. Namespace name can be different than project folder name. This allows us to organize folders better without a creating a new namespace when needed. The Visual Studio IDE automatically adds the newly added files to a folder with the namespace of the folder, and we have to edit the code and remove the namespace as we want it to be in a diferent namespace and vice versa.

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                                • Please add data diagram (UML) viewer/editor to VS2013+ integrated SSDT

                                  The one important thing that the SQL Server Data Tools is missing is a visual db diagram designer/viewer. I liked the reverse engineering feature of Visio but it has been removed from the base version. It does make sense that all types of development should be done in VS IDE, so I'm happy that SSDT is now integrated with it. But it's missing that one feature that all db designers love. Please consider adding a UML viewer/editor for the data model like you once had in Visio. I don't like the one in SSMS, it's clunky, doesn't have a good…

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                                  • 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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                                    • 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.

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                                      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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                                        • 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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