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  1. Allow environment variable specification when launching CMake targets

    My project depends on finding third party dependencies in a non-standard path. There is currently no way to set the PATH or other environment variables when launching my CMake target.

    This configuration should live somewhere in the build directory, not in the launch.vs.json, as the environment variables are specific to the CMake cache, as opposed to the source.

    Note that this only applies to the new VS 2017 CMake Integration. Using the generate solution method, I can use CMake to generate a .vcxproj.user that extends the environment.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add devenv.exe to my PATH enviornment variable so I can easily launch it from cmd.exe or powershell

      This is something most other IDEs do. for example VS Code. I find developers using tools other than VS because of this.

      this makes "devenv ." a great way to browse the contents of a folder.

      Specifically the VS installer should add the path to devenv.exe to my per user PATH environment variable so I can easily launch it.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Structure Guide Lines Enahancement

        Structure Guide Lines is a very nice feature, but pls consider some enhancements:
        - line type choice (solid, dashed, ...)
        - colorization depended on nesting for better orientation

        Thank you

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        • Allow to completely disable filters-based layout for C++ projects

          At the moment, Visual Studio uses a strange filter-based project layout for C++ projects. Filters don't correspond to real folders in filesystem. In most cases, this leads to need to organize files twice - first, in filesystem, and second, as a set of filters. And "Show All Files" shows literally all files in the project folder and all of its subfolders. Meanwhile, .NET-based projects, like C#-based, have convenient layout which is directly reflected onto underlying folder structure and show only files which really belong to project.
          So proposal. Allow to create C++ projects with the same layout method as C#…

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          • Indent Guides Visual Studio 2017 edit appearance

            Add a way to edit the color and or shape of the indentation guides in VS2017. Maybe I don't want lines, maybe I want points for example...and make them orange...

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            • Allow users to use our own (supported) version of CMake

              VS 2017 currently uses its own internal version of CMake which is a couple of versions behind from the current version. This prevents us from using newer CMake features and updates to CMake modules which enables the use of recent versions of external libraries.

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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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                • Electron project templates in Visual Studio

                  Since there's no desktop UI in .NET Core, could we have fully featured Electron app development in place of WPF/WinRT?

                  It would be quite cool to be able to have a fully emersive Electron development environment with the ability to import via npm popular JS libs like Angular2, RxJS etc, TypeScript, and FE frameworks like Bootstrap, UI Kit etc.

                  Until Microsoft (if ever) plug the desktop UI gap, I think Electron development with TypeScript & Node.js would be a very happy and successful medium.

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                  • Please do not abandon built-in workitem forms for a browser experience.

                    I was going to go back to VS 2015 until I found that I could change the default for opening a work item to go back to opening a form in the IDE instead of launching the browser.
                    Aside from the browser experience being harder to navigate, it complicates my workflow to also have the browser opening up work items and loosing what I was referring to while I'm trying to concentrate on the content of the work items.

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                      • Support for SharePoint 2016.

                        Please provide support soon, as we are already upgrading our SharePoint to 2016. There are minimal changes between SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016. So Im very surprised its not supported yet, even in Update 3.

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                        • CMake for Linux

                          When using a CMake project, I want to be able to build & debug on Linux. The whole point of CMake is portable projects. It is difficult that you have to use a windows specific project system to build on Linux.

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                          • Make Visual Studio IDE 64 bit. 32 bit quickly exhausts all available virtual space.

                            Visual Studio 2017 uses a lot of memory and quickly exhausts all available virtual space and then refuses to show even a search dialog. Yesterday was funny. VS2017 on start up was going to show me a feedback form so I could tell Microsoft how I enjoy the product. But then it paused loading the project. At the moment it actually tried to draw the feedback form GUI it already ran out of free virtual space. So the form was absolutely blank, no controls to fill it in and no controls to send it. And the IDE on any action…

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                            • Fuzzy search for Go To All tool(ctrl + ,) in VS17

                              When I hit 'ctrl + ,' on VS 17 i can search files, symbols, etc. This is a great feature, but what would make it even better would be to have the fuzzy search capabilities that resharper's 'ctrl + shift + n' has (ctrl + shift + t for some developers). I uninstalled resharper because of performance issues on a large project, this is the biggest thing i miss from reshaper is to quickly search my files/symbols without having to type the full name

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                              • intellisense in razor view .netcore for visual studio for mac

                                I develop .net core on Mac. But visual studio Mac is not supported intellisense in razor view. Sometime I can not remember syntax if editor does not show the suggestion.

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                                • Provide better out-of-the-box code comparison tool

                                  When performing code comparisons from within Visual Studio, the default code comparison tool is still the original source code comparison tool that shipped with Visual SourceSafe. Instead, a more sophisticated and modern code comparison tool should be shipped out-of-the-box with Visual Studio rather than having to resort to 3rd party comparison tools such as Beyond Compare.

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                                  • It's about time for a RESTful client generator

                                    I'd love to have a tool in Visual Studio that reads a remote RESTful service, or a local ASP.NET Web API project, and automatically generates DTO/POCO/Entities and HTTP Clients in the selected client projects, fulfilling the local demands (for example INotifyPropertyChanged implementation in a XAML project), JS/TS entities for web-based client consumers. etc.
                                    Now I know there is Swagger, but it doesn't provide a seamless solution for remote projects and automation of generation.
                                    I'd want a Wizard that once configured, any change in the remote server project should be reflected in the client entities (if local project changes should be…

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                                    • Provide an option to lock or disable text zoom in code editor

                                      Please add an option to disable or lock zooming of text in the code editor via Ctrl+Scroll as this frequently happens by accident, especially when using VS on my Mac via Parallels when using a magic mouse (which may be making it more sensitive). It's also near impossible to get back to 100% using the mouse so you have to stop what you're doing and manually select 100% again in the drop down list.

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                                      • Move the Live Unit Test carrets/icons to the left bar

                                        Rigth now the indicators for code coverage will add an extra column to the editor to make space for the carrets/icons. It would be better to place these in either the left most column (used by breakpoints) or the space used by e.g. ReSharper. See attached image for an example.

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                                        • Keyboard shortcut for Increase / Decrease Line Indent code block

                                          Keyboard shortcut needed for increasing or decreasing line indent for a code block or line

                                          Currently you have to highlight text > click Edit > Advanced > Click Decrease Line Indent. It's slow for power users.

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