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      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Pin Folders in solutions explorer

      If folders could be pinned in the solution explorer, that remain visible when the users collapses all folders it would help keep the user orientated to the core files they are working on.

      E.g. When working on an MVC app with areas and the user is working on a specific area they can Pin the area folder. They can then go off and work on another project in the solution, click collapse all and then go back to working on their area of interest without having to hunt through the folder structure.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide automatic tag closing in JSX/TSX

        It would be nice to have the same experience of self encosing HTML tags in JSX/TSX as in HTML. For example if I type <div> then autoamtically a </div> is added so I don't have to waste time writing the closing tag as well.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • <CustomListItems> need to accept more than just <Item> descendants in natvis

          In VS2015, natvis has a new tag called <CustomListItems>. It is very cool, allowing for iteration over structures to find just the right ones and display them to any of the watch windows.

          Unfortunately, these items to display are only limited to using <Item>, which is really sad as there are a bunch of already available constructs that would make this much easier to visualize.

          Basically, anything that <Expand> or <Synthetic> can contain, so should <CustomListItems>. Even having it contain another <CustomListItems> would be useful to limit scope of <Variable>.

          Also, <Item> under the <CustomListItems> is a crippled version of…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support of null propagating operator to the expression

            Null propagating operator "?." was added to C# 6 but unfortunately you cant define an expression with this operator. The following code fails with "Error CS8072 An expression tree lambda may not contain a null propagating operator." compilation error

            Expression<Func<User, string>> epr = usr => usr?.Name;

            I know the main reason is to prevent using this operator with ORM frameworks but this really limits the language because of implementation of same libraries. Expression is a great way to dynamically generate functions and would benefit Rx.NET and LINQ to Object.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • In Search box add a small-radio-buttons-group (no labels) on top of 'scope search drop down', in sync with drop down so it'll be self tought

              In Visual Studio we change the scope of the search quite often... so having a group of small radio buttons with no label but in sync with the 'scope of search drop down" (you know current document, current project, entire solution, etc.). This way the radio buttons (which may also have a tool tip) will be self thought, and much faster that having to go thru the drop down items to select one.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Team code activity digest via Roslyn and VSO

                I've always wanted a way to see what my colleagues are doing in almost realtime.

                I don't mean which file they're editing, but new types and public members would be ideal.

                I'd like to minimise duplication and maximise awareness that stuff exists.

                If the digest includes only types and accessible, public members then you should get a decent overview of what's going on each day and what's useful for sharing or open discussion or collaboration.

                The digest should be tunable, edits to existing members might not be interesting and makes for noise in a large team, but a small team…

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                  0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Give us an opportunity to insert VS marcros / copy VS macros

                  It would be really nice to be able to copy / insert macro variable, e.g. $(ProjectDir) to fields when editing the "Additional Include Directories" or "Additional Library Directories" in C++ project.
                  The feature would be nice to look like properties of Output Files -> Object File Name.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to hide SQL summary panel

                    When working on database tables in Visual Studio I always see the 'summary panel' for the table, showing what keys, indexes, etc. exist for the table.

                    I have no need for this panel, yet it takes up half of my screen and I have no way to hide it. I can modify its width so that it's so narrow that it doesn't get in my way, but, frustratingly, the width seems to be set per-table, so every time I create a new table I have to resize the summary panel again.

                    Could you please add the ability to hide this…

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                      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow solution labels in most recent to be renamed

                      Most recent lists only the solution name. If you are working on different versions of the same solution you end up with multiple entries with the same name. It would be helpful to show something to distinguish them. One idea is to allow the user to rename the label associated with the most recent entry

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • With Visual Studio and SSMS installed on the same machine, and both with help viewer 2.x, to allow to share the help folder.

                        In situations where Visual Studio and SQL Server Management Studio are installed on the same machine, and both use the same help viewer (2.x) would be useful to be allowed to share the help folder; thereby avoid redundancy files and facilitate maintenance synchronized.

                        If you can not do (I did not know how).

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                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • support math expressions directly in xaml without external converter tools

                          I would like to do things like:
                          <Button Height="{Math MY_BUTTON_HEIGHT_RESOURCE/2}" />

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              me gustaría que hicierais una opcion para mandar un mensaje de una variable a otra.
                              I would like us to do an option to send a message from one variable to another.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Need a way for natvis structures to be 'callable'.

                                I've come up with this problem several times. I have a set of tags that are all the same except for some variable. Rewriting the entire section is what i've been doing so far, but it's tedious and SUPER ERROR PRONE, esp if I have a bug in one, which I then manually have to remember to go to all of the others. Yes, copy coding at it's finest. o.O

                                I have one natvis type that is over 1100 lines long with prolly 30-40% of it copy coded. And I would like to have this view to be used elsewhere…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Collpase auto-hide views on ESC

                                    I think views that are set to auto-hide should collapse on an ESC keypress.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Right click project and create solution

                                      Right now we can open a project in Visual Studio by double clicking in Explorer, which is then given a solution behind the scenes I believe. It would be nice if we could right click the project in the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio itself and create a solution right there. This would be used if we need had created a new project in a solution, but then later down the road realize we actually need the project to have its own solution.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • python indentations are buggy

                                        spend more time making sure that intellisense is picking up on the indentations correctly

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Review System.Collections.Generic to add missing methods to prevent double or inefficient search (ex: Dictionary<T,V> TryAdd, HashSet<T>)

                                          While extension methods are great and allow to adds the missing methods.
                                          There are some cases where you would like to not have a performance penalty.
                                          Ex:
                                          Dictionary.TryAdd => (ContainsKey, Add) 2 search
                                          Dictionary.TryRemove => (ContainsKey, Remove) 2 search
                                          HashSet.TryGetItem => enumeration instead of hash search
                                          HashSet.Replace => (Remove, Add) 2 search

                                          I'm also convinced that depending on the size of the collection, alternate search strategies could be used.

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                                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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