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  1. 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 →
    • 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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      • Add ASPX MVC View in Visual Studio 2015

        After upgrading from VS2013 to VS2015, we are no longer able to add aspx MVC views to the project we are working on.

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        • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • Option to generate XML documentation on a single line by default

                  Under Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced we have the option "Generate XML documentation comments for ///". When you do this, you get

                  /// <summary>
                  /// |
                  /// </summary>

                  (where '|' represents where the cursor is).

                  More often than not, I want this all on a single line, so I have to press

                  (shift+ home, home), backspace, backspace, delete

                  and then I'm left with what I want:

                  /// <summary>|</summary>

                  It would be nice is VS offered the option to generate my XML comments on a single line by default. This could be either right next to the "Generate XML documentation comments for ///" check…

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                  • 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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                      • Show all text in Visual Studio 2015 Text visualizer, not the 32768 character limit

                        In Visual Studio 2015, if you open the text visualizer with a value that is longer than 32768 characters, the text is reduced to 32768, with the excess removed from the middle and replaced with an ellipsis (...).

                        I need the visualizer to show me exactly what a variable's text looks like. I use it frequently to copy an xml document out of VS and into an xml editor. The ellipses makes this impossible. I don't have access to the xml file externally to VS, because of a number of xslt transforms that modify it. I need to be able…

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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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                          • Pressing F5 on a test project should run tests in Test Explorer

                            Right now if you Start a unit test project through F5, you get the error dialog:

                            A project with an Output Type of Class Library cannot be started directly.
                            In order to debug this project, add an executable project to this solution which references the library project. Set the executable project as the startup project.

                            Finding Test Explorer isn't always obvious, based on how many votes are on this post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12594018/cannot-debug-a-unit-testing-project-in-visual-studio-2012

                            A nice solution would be to set the Start action on unit test projects to the same action as Debug Selected Tests, and open the Test Explorer if it…

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                              • Inject language

                                A feature to inject language into any string would be nice.

                                What is "Language Injection"? As JetBrains implemented, editor treats given string as if it is in another language. so one can write an HTML template in javascript variable with full intellisense support.

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                                • Assembly code color highlighting

                                  Its easy to get assembly code to work using c++, but you can only edit your assembly code like normal text. It would be cool and productive to have the code (filename.asm) be colored like visual studio does with the other languages. Should be difficult: seperate colors for: keywords, value's, labels, variables, comments and sections(.data,.stack,.code).

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                                  • Add a table-of-content-window listing all procedures and other items of the current code file.

                                    The content should be similar to what is available in the drop-down lists at the top of the C# editor, but it should be in a window docked to the side of the IDE.
                                    There should be some sorting and grouping options.
                                    The CodeMaid add-in is doing it right, but such basic functionality should be a standard part of VS, so it is also available for the Express editions.

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                                    • Hide comments by default

                                      If it is possible to add an option to hide code comments by default because I'm maintaining several projects with many comment lines. Thanks.

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                                      • Copy task's in Build & Release

                                        it would be great if we have a copy tasks with parameters\settings on that task to different sequences..I know we have a clone template option but if I want to copy the individual tasks to run in different places in a given definition or on to a different environment...

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                                        • Add feature like emacs artist-mode to visual studio IDE

                                          See:

                                          http://cinsk.github.io//emacs/emacs-artist.html

                                          There have been a number of requests to add this kind of feature to Visual Studio, which have been closed:

                                          "Add my custom drawing to code section as part of comment because drawings can often be clearer and meaningful to the reader."

                                          "Ability to draw next to the code simple shapes to explain code"

                                          "add feature to draw monographs in comments to illustrate code idea (save as png in project folder, referenced by a file positions database)"

                                          While I think having the ability to seamlessly include line drawings would be better, an artist-mode feature would be a great…

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