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  1. Save and Load selected set of "Individual components" in installer

    I am charged with determining the set of selected Individual components for our development group. Using the new VS 2017 installer, it would be wonderful if I could check all the necessary boxes on the Individual components tab, save those to a file and have team members import/load it when they go to install. That way we all use the same installation settings.

    I would suggest I make an offline installer but the -layout option only downloads the content and doesn't allow me to pre-select anything when I launch vs_professional.exe

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      1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Attach to process on startup (application and windows service)

      It would be great if the Visual Studio Debugger attaches to a specified process if it starts.
      To debug a windows service we put debugger.attach to the start-point, compile an replace the .exe of the windows service.

      So Visual Studio could implement a "process attacher" which automatically attachs to a process with a specified name if this process starts.
      With this feature VS could be configured to attach to every process on process start. Especially if you have an application which starts another process with Process.Start or start a windows service mentioned above

      4 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ignore spacing in more situations

        At present you can ignore spaces in declaration statements but I also like to space out (align) other statements.

        For instance assignments:

        var1 = 1;
        vartwo = "two";
        longvariable = 3;

        And also event attachment.

        myevent += handler;
        alongevent += handler;
        yetanotherevent += handler;

        When I reformat a document at the moment, all those additional spaces get removed.

        5 votes
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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Using Boolean(bool) as the "enum" Underlying Type

          In the C# and CLR the underlying type of an enum can be any integral type. If the bool(Boolean) type is used, the true/false aliases will be available specially in the ORM classes (for bit datatype).

          For example:
          public enum Gender : bool
          {
          Male,
          Female
          }

          or

          public enum Answer : bool
          {
          No = false,
          Yes = true
          }

          and then:

          Answer ans = Answer.Yes;
          if(ans){
          ...
          }

          12 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • please add the newest SSDT version install packages to the VS 2015

            When we perform a layout to install VS 2015. When I start VS 2015, I still have items that need updating. This includes a old SSDT that does not include BI. The time it takes to update SSDT is significant.
            Please add the newest SSDT version install packages to the VS 2015 so that we don't need to update when the installation is finished.

            2 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Remove application insights from MVC template

              Remove application insights from the MVC template and provide another way to introduce it into projects. It should not be in the default template, as it seems to be abusing the control of VS and pushing unrelated/unwanted product.

              4 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • is there a way where we can change double quotes color? ""

                https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/filters/new?query=is%20there%20a%20way%20where%20we%20can%20change%20double%20quotes%20color%3F%20%22%22%20

                As far as I know, it has no this feature if we just want to change the double quotes color since it would change all string color if we use the change the "string" item under Font and Color in V IDE. Can VS add this feature?

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make live unit testing configurable

                  Right now, live unit testing in VS2017 RC will run all all unit tests in the solution. It would be great to restrict it to certain test assemblies (e.g. with file name filter, *.unittest.dll).

                  Why? Imagine you have a solution with unit tests and integration tests (or even Coded UI tests). In this setup, it's common that you don't want your integration tests run whenever you do a code change.

                  Or is this already possible? Via test configuration file? I could not find anything.

                  14 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" option for TFS 2015 build

                      Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" to TFS 2015 scheduled build of new build system.

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                        2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove Strong Naming from the Visual Studio Extensibility templates

                        Strong naming is a barrier to entry for many new authors of Visual Extensions and provides very marginal value. It requires all the referenced DLLs to be strongly named and the last thing a new extension author wants to be doing is messing around with ildasm.exe.

                        Developing Visual Studio extensions is hard and the more you can remove these "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments, the better. Signing is an option that (unfortunately) needs to exist but the vast majority of extensions don't need it and it doesn't make sense as a default.

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                          1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add Runtime Error Prediction

                          It would be really useful if there was a "Quick Action Suggestion" for preventing particular runtime errors. For example, if the program contains a function that appends "hello world" to a file, Visual Studio could attempt to append an empty character to the file, in a way "mocking a write" before runtime. If Visual Studio is blocked from doing so, a yellow line could appear under the potentially error-causing code. This is pretty much like "testing the waters" for potential errors.

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow us to change the navigation bar colour on windows 10 mobile in our apps

                            With phones that have software buttons, we could apply transparent effects, blur, gradients or just plain colours on our apps. Of course we will give the user a choice to whether or not they would want there own preferences (maybe with a universal toggle in the OS or a toggle within the app we create). This could also be used to represent an event which has happened in the app.

                            86 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • VS17 Icon

                              The icon for VS2017 is not that great & I prefer the cleaner & transparent icon found in the installer.

                              So for now I have set the shortcut icon in my taskbar to use the icon from the installer path found at

                              %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

                              Consider shipping with more icons in the devenv.exe to include this so I know for certain that the installer wont get moved or removed in a future update and I go back to the less desirable icon

                              6 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support inlining for functions returning unwindable objects

                                Within deeply-templated codes, it seems quite common to call a function which simply forwards the arguments into another function, which again just forwards the arguments into another function, which again just do forwarding, and so on. As I know, current version of Visual C++ is not able to inline such a function if it returns an object with non-trivial destructor, whenever exceptions are enabled. This often makes a performance hit particularly when the level of forwarding is unavoidably deep and there are many arguments with not-so-small sizes. I very much hoped if the upcoming Visual C++ 2017 has solved this…

                                25 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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...

                                  4 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Move Type to Namespace refactoring

                                    Move Type to File is nice refactoring but it does not let us work fast enough when you want to place new files into business, core etc. projects. Resharper and CodeRush have this refactoring, and it would be awesome to have this refactoring in VS2017 out of the box, as it is one of the most used refactoring in Resharper.

                                    9 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make it obvious how to remove Application Insights

                                      In VS2017 make it easier to get rid of the Application Insights in a new web-project. If you never use it, why should you be forced to include it . Just extra weight.

                                      6 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add VB.Net Project Templates For .Net Core and .Net Standard to Visual Studio 2017

                                        It's absurd that VS 2017 lacks VB.Net project templates for KEY new concepts such as .Net Core and .Net Standard.

                                        Microsoft has promised to maintain VB.Net as a first class citizen/language, but in the last year or two, I've seen exactly the opposite.
                                        I'm fearful that perhaps VB.Net isn't getting even the most basic levels of internal Microsoft use and testing with new concepts if there aren't even project templates in your flagship dev tool.

                                        I suggest either dropping VB.Net completely or committing the resources necessary to properly maintain and support it. Everything about the current half-measures is quite uncomfortable…

                                        7 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a dark theme setting to the new Visual Studio 2017 installer

                                          Add a setting to the installer for a dark theme, the new vs 2017 installer is too bright for me to use at night.

                                          18 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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