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  1. When plugins slow down VS startup time state which plugin is causing the problem

    When Visual Studio has plugins like NCrunch or Resharper installed. Startup times are affected on some pc's.

    If it is taking a very long time to load, VS should state which plugin is causing the problem and clear the package cache and give option to disable anything that is locking up the solution.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Fonts and Color Settings Import / Export for Specific Chapters

      The "Font and Colors" setting in the "Options" dialog of Visual Studio contain several - I'd like to call it - 'chapters' like "Text Editor", "All Text Tool Windows", and so forth.

      Exporting / importing the fonts and colors settings, I am not able to select the 'chapter', means I have to take all or nothing from my understanding. Importing the dark theme fonts and colors affects not only the text editor settings (the window to edit the source code), but also the other windows like Output, Solution Explorer, ...

      I would like to copy / export / import only…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • Add support for the "Custom Tool" design-time file property in shared projects

          I've posted about this here, initially believing it to be a bug rather than an apparent design decision: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/be5b601d-1a80-40f5-8ed8-a2a833f99f40

          When building universal applications that require the use of design-time custom tools (such as Razor preprocessors), the inclusion of the "Custom Tool" file property in shared projects would be a tremendous workflow improvement. At the moment, this feature is only available in executables and libraries, which can lead to ugly dependency issues when used in conjunction with shared projects.

          See attached images for a comparison of the File Properties panel in a PCL project and the same panel in a shared…

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          • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

            When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
            If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

            This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

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            • Generate constructor from fields (With refractor)

              Too often I find myself copying field types and names to the argument declaration area of my constructor. It would be nice if you could select the fields you want to assign with your constructor and then have the refractor generate a constructor for these fields.
              Example (C#):
              class someClass
              {
              int field1; // <- |
              object field2; // <- | select these two fields
              }

              Refractor -> create constructor
              result:

              class someClass
              {
              int field1;
              object field2;

              someClass(int field1, object field2)
              {
              this.field1 = field1;
              this.field2 = field2;
              }
              }

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              • Add "Confirm exit" option to preferences!!!

                It is INSANELY frustrating to shut Visual Studio down if one accidentally presses Exit or ALT-F4.

                Clumsiness or not, this should not be a problem.

                And don't say "rebind keys", because it's does not solve the problem permanently.

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                  3 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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                  • 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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                    • Bring back ability to check in shelveset after successful build with latest sources

                      Previously in XAML builds, you could queue a build with "Latest sources with shelveset" AND check a box next to an option labeled, "Check in changes after successful build".

                      That second option (to check in) is no longer an option in queuing vNext builds. This was a horribly handy feature and would be terrific to have back!

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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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                          • Add option to prevent indentation of classes inside namespaces in C# code

                            The option is there for C/C++ but not in C#. Please add it in C#

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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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • New 3D IDE, icons, visuals, etc. like Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7.

                                          Visual Studio 2015 not adapt to the OS Theme, in my case Aero in Windows 7. Only Visual Studio 2012, 2015 and Microsoft Office 2012, 2015 not adapt to the OS Theme, while all other applications adapt it consistently.

                                          The new IDE is really ugly. Has the Metro/Retro UI without effects, gradients, shadows, plain and ugly colors and icons; flat, ugly and boring UI design. Also the UI experience is a nightmare like in Windows 8.x and 10.

                                          Microsoft not learn about the critics in Visual Studio 2012 that are UGLY.

                                          Microsoft not learn the failure and the disaster of…

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