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  1. Binding details in live property explorer

    Show the source of a value of property along with binding details + errors if any for the properties.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Expand TypeScript TreeNode in solution explorer to display Class and members

      Enable to expand a TS file to display it's definition (Classes and methods) would allow to search the solution explorer for a given function or member. This would allow us to use the search feature of solution explorer to find type script functions. Useful for projects with a lot of typescript files.

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a Publish Function to RTVS R projects

        In Visual Studio with R Tools for Visual Studio, I create an R project consisting of .R source files, data files, and other files. To publish this project, I add a selection of the files to a .zip file. I put particular files in particular folders, as expected by my R project; e.g. I put the data files in a "Data" folder, inside the folder that contains the .R source files. I would like to automate this process, such that I specify files and locations, and obtain a zip file when I publish the project.

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add error correction "hints" to editor

          For example, when a (C#) call doesn't match the method signature because of something the editor can easily figure out and suggest the fix. Like a calling parameter is missing "ref" in front of it. The editor could use the same "2 references" type of font and inject "ref?" in the correct spot in the code. The user can then just click on the "ref?" and the "ref" will get inserted. And perhaps if there is a "ref" when there should be one, the editor could use a strike-through font for the "ref" and the user can simply click on…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Solution explorer obeys .gitignore

            Have the solution explorer obey .gitignore files. This way certain file types could be excluded and the file tree could be generated automatically.

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              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Navigate within a class(Ctrl +Alt + ,) similar to Ctrl + , Navigate in solution.

              Navigation using the dropdown is fine, but it would be greate to be able to have a more efficiant alternative similar to Ctrl + ,

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                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Find and Replace scope buttons instead of dropdown

                The dropdown menu hides the scope options that are available.
                Please consider a panel of buttons with pictograms.

                These buttons could even show the number of hits for the current, as well as open documents.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add the Ignored() method to class Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting.Assert

                  Sometimes executing a test may not be suitable, depending on a situation that can only be detected at run time of the test. In this case I call Assert.inconclusive() but I would rather call Assert.Ignored() because 'inconclusive' usually means that the test is not completely implemented. Further, knowing how many tests are 'ignored' rather than 'inconclusive' improves knowledge about our test suite.
                  The [Ignore] attribute will not do because it must be defined when the test is implemented, not when it runs.

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                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • make a multi-option picklist or checkbox field

                    Create an additional field type that allows for a list of options as a checkbox for each to allow users to multi-select rather than current drop-down field which limits to one answer

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow installing multiple updates at once or installing updates without running the IDE

                      Currently, you need to run the Visual Studio IDE to see what updates are available. Then you install the necessary updates one by one, often having to close Visual Studio when prompted by an update. Launching VS, selecting an update, clicking to install it, closing VS, clicking to continue the update process, restarting VS, and going through this cycle over and over until all the updates are installed is pretty tedious. It would be better to let us select multiple updates and then have VS chain them and run them and then restart the IDE when the updates are finished…

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • For creating menus.

                        The Visual Studio could have a tool for creating menus more easily as is done in the 'AllWebMenus Pro'.

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                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • OneDrive for Visual Studio

                          To begin with, my idea is very simple. I am looking for multiple users to be able to edit the exact same file at the same time like a person can do with the Office Suite. If this were implemented, Visual Studio would have an advantage over every other IDE. I am not entirely sure how the Office Suite handles it, but if I was the one who programmed it: I would build a OneDrive framework for each app to override and implement. This might mean adding Visual Studio into the Suite. However, with a Visual Studio/Onedrive connection, GitHub would…

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                            0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow custom marshaling on arrays in structs

                            For some reason, you can't use the MarshalAsAttribute with UnmanagedType.CustomMarshaler on an array when the array is inside a (sequential layout) struct. The IDE and compiler don't complain, but it will always throw an exception at runtime. This makes it bizarrely difficult to solve problems such as this one: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5902103/how-do-i-marshal-a-struct-that-contains-a-variable-sized-array-to-c; you have to put the MarshalAsAttribute on parameters of array types (rather than putting it *inside* a struct once, and having the struct contain the array type) and consequently you lose the ability to do things like custom constructors, etc. for your array type.

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Marshal Nullable<T> as T*

                              A common problem I've encountered in native/managed interop is when the native function takes, or returns, pointers to types. Consider the following COM function prototype:

                              HRESULT DoThing (int** param1, GUID* param2, int** outval);

                              C#, and .NET in general, is really awful at handling this. The basic ComImport function would be

                              IntPtr DoThing (IntPtr param1, ref Guid param2);

                              Obviously, this is flawed. You can't handle param1 or the return value without manually using the Marshal class, and you can't pass null to param2. For P/Invoke you can get around the param2 issue by creating an overload of the function that takes…

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                                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make UI more like that of Visual Studio Code

                                VSCode's UI is stellar. Amazing balance of simple and powerful, and fluid to get around in (keyboard or mouse). Suggest stealing some of those ideas for Visual Studio. Find them in VSCode's "editor basics" documentation: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/codebasics

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • One suggestion - because I am taking on A LOT of lines of code in my MainWindow.xaml.vb in individual Sub(s) - it would be even more beautif

                                  One suggestion - because I am taking on A LOT of lines of code in my MainWindow.xaml.vb in individual Sub(s) - it would be even more beautiful if you could implement collapse/expand nodes in Sub structures like "Select Case" (a node on each Case with a parent node on the main Select) and "If...Then...ElseIf...Else" (a node on each ElseIf, the Else, and a parent node on the main If)

                                  Overall...Extraordinary...this is just an incredible product.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • current edits marked off on scroll bar should include all changes up to my last pushed commit to repo and not just my current local commits

                                    When I work I usually like seeing all my changes since last check in (with TFS, useful for checking my own changes before attempting putting up a CR) BUT, when I now commit locally in git, my marks are gone! I can no longer see my "latest changes since I pushed to the repo" (they are commited already to my local repository!). Can there be a setting that denotes marking off the entire local commit branch history on the scroll bar that hasn't been pushed to repo? This is the more important information for me at least...

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                                      0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve visual c++ SSE2 intrinsic code generation. VS 2015 Update 3 clang still does not support _mm_packus_epi16() and _mm_mulhi_epi16()

                                      VS 2015 Update 3 clang still does not support _mm_packus_epi16() and _mm_mulhi_epi16() apis.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support GCC extension!

                                        Support GCC extension!

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 在解决方案资源管理器里面关于两个不同工程里面文件夹直接复制粘贴,现在不能实现!

                                          我要把1 中的照片或文件直接复制到2中 就会出现3 那样的错误。
                                          这个复制粘贴功能也这么弱?

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                                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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