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  1. Array of controls like in VB6

    You know, I really don't get why this idea was ignored in the creation of .NET. It was really useful when you were creating projects with a lot of images.

    Currently, there are several limitations, for example: I was never able to migrate an old software from VB6 to .NET due to this specific reason, it was insane do it in code, in that project I had more than 400 small images for an odontogram and just start to code, maybe I'll spend months instead of days. Just to do that in the newest versions of VS, you need to…

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      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow 'Task Runner Explorer' to load Gulpfile.js from a subdirectory

      "Task Runner Explorer" looks for Gulpfile.js and related config files in the solution root. That makes our solution very messy, as there are lots of config files, as well as the node_modules and bower_components directories, etc.

      We want to have everything client side in a separate directory, lets say "./Client".

      But then TRE won't detect the stuff in there. So allow us to specify the working directory for TRE in Tools-Options, or make it scan immediate subdirectories to find the config files.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Toggle visibility of comments & summary lines

        Be able to toggle visibility of full comment lines (//) and summary lines (///) for better code visibility. When these are hidden a one-pixel line in the comment color is shown between the lines. A quick hotkey will toggle all visibility, or hovering over a line will show a tooltip with the comment contents.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • CodeLens: Reflect references count on public fields

          Reflect references count on public fields as it is done on public properties.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Re-enable ability to hide collapsed regions when printing

            Prior to VS2015, the Print dialog included the ability to choose whether or not to include collapsed regions. That choice has now been removed (as noted in the "Known Issues" here: http://tiny.cc/VSprint). There really needs to be some sort of workaround to allow users to hide collapsed regions while printing.

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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio!

              It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio.
              Reason is that there are not x32 components left, but designers still running in x32 bit and they are asking x32 components.

              Also time to remove x32 as platform.

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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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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a link to Sourcecode in Exception/Stacktrace

                  Add a simple direct link in a exception from the Stack trace to the affected Source Code could be very helpful.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                    • brace collapse

                      It would be nice to make every brace collapsable, not only for class and method braces.

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support nUnit and xUnit framework for assigning Associated Automation code to Work Items

                        Currently only tests written using the MSTEST framework can be assigned to a Work Item's Associated Automation.

                        It would be useful to open this up to xUnit, nUnit.

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                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Change the appearance of Resource files for "Dark" color theme

                          I like using the dark color theme so the colors in the text editor stand out more easily. I also happen to be building a multi-language application, using resource files for the different languages.
                          Unfortunately, the spreadsheet section of the language resource file (the VAST majority of the screen) stays white with black text. This means that every time I have to go add a translation or change a wording, I switch from a 95% black screen to a 85% white screen, which--depending on how mentally prepared I am--can be physically painful.
                          I think it would be fantastic to change…

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring back the "Add item..." context menu options to quickly add a new file

                            It used to be really easy to add a new file from the Solution Explorer context menu. e.g. you could easily add a javascript or html file, some others would come up as well, and it seemed to be smart about what files you already had there in the folder you used to bring up the context menu.

                            Now in VS2017 I have to click add new, then expand the proper node in the modal, basically what used to be a right click, choose, type name, hit enter; is now a bunch of clicks to navigate a tree from which…

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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring back "Sort usings" as a separate option in VS 2017

                              In VS 2015, there was a separate option to "Sort usings" along with "Remove and sort" and "Remove unused". I found the "Sort usings" option useful - and even added it to my toolbar - because there are some namespaces I like to leave in the list - like System.Linq - even if they are unused. Even if "Sort usings" were not added to the context menu, could it be added to Edit > Intellisense menu?

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                              • Add a keyboard shortcut to move to the top of the current method

                                There are shortcuts to move to the previous method and the next method but none to move to the top of the current method.

                                Currently have to use CTRL+PGUP then CTRL+PGDN to achieve the desired outcome.

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                                • Skip current file when searching

                                  Opportunity to skip current file when searching. For example code files that was auto-generated.

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                                  • 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 →
                                    • Allow commenting on pending changes that would be available before code review

                                      I would love to be able to jot down comments on pending changes that would be imported into a code review when it is requested.

                                      Currently I have to remember things that are worth noting and enter comments after I create the code review. It would be helpful if I could make those comments as I create / edit code.

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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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                                        • Do not automatically change the VisualStudioVersion in *.sln files

                                          I am using TFS as version control system and i cannot check in without saving all files.

                                          Whenever there is a update for Visual Studio we have the problem that *.sln files are always part of the checkin if the previous checkin was done with a different Visual Studio version, even if the major version is equal, just because visual studio automatically changes the version number.

                                          Please find a better way for versioning the *.sln files if the VisualStudioVersion is relevant or add a config option to disable the auto-update of the VisualStudioVersion in *.sln files

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