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  1. Allow easier name change of publish profiles

    In older versions of Visual Studio it was easy to change the name of a Publish Profile for ASP.NET MVC projects. Now, in order to do this in VS2017, you have to rename the file and unload and reload the solution. When there are multiple publish configurations it is obviously vital to differentiate these profiles by name. Can we have the same "edit" functionality we had in previous versions where you could change the name (or assign a name) to a publish profile in the Publish dialog.

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      2 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Live Unit testing in Professional edition!

      Please consider allowing Live Unit Testing to be available for Professional Edition developers. Many companies will not justify the cost of Enterprise for this feature and it would be incredibly useful especially for a single engineer, which the Enterprise edition is not the demographic for.

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        2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add TFS "Find by status" and "Find by wildcard" reports

          Add "Find by status" and "Find by wildcard" TFS power tools 2015 report into Visual Studio 2017 IDE

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            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for the Concurrency Visualizer to VS 2017

            VS 2017 documentation seems to point to VS 2015 Concurrency Visualizer downloads

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • Support Bridge.net

                Along with Xamarin and Cordova tools that indeed help multi-platform development, maybe you should also promote Bridge.NET's C#-to-JavaScript/TypeScript.

                This way a developer can write business logic AND user interface façade services using C#, and then develop NATIVE user interfaces using any of these technologies: WPF/XAML, UWP, Windows Forms, ASP .NET WebForms/MVC/WebAPI, Xamarin, Unity (!) - directly, and using the generated JavaScript and TypeScript definitions as well with: HTML5 (Angular/other DOM frameworks), UWP JS, Cordova tools, and NodeJS (server side)!

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                  2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Instead of asking me to install missing Windows SDK version, also offer me upgrade project to an installed SDK

                  If I open a UWP project that references 10240 SDK, but I don't have that installed, i'm presented with two options: Install the SDK, or skip/don't load project.
                  I'd propose you add a 3rd option: Since this generally happens because you don't install older SDKs any longer but only newer, making projects essentially out of date, offer me the option to pick a new (greater) SDK Version among the ones I have installed. Currently you manually have to know to go into the project file to hand-edit this.

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                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • mixing vb.net with C# in the same solution

                    It is not difficult to achieve and it could be very handy for developers. I've seen many situations where it would be extremely useful. There are two ways of "mixing":
                    1) allow both C# and VB.NET functions to be called from the same solution
                    2) allow both C# and VB.NET functions to be called from the same Form/Module

                    BTW I couldn't believe that anybody before didn't put the same question. That's the reason why I decided to write this idea which exists from the very begining of .NET platform.

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                      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow debugging of projects whose assembly names differ by configuration

                      For historical reasons, some projects we develop produce differently-named assemblies depending on the configuration. This is achievable by manually editing the project file to include a new `AssemblyName` definition for certain configurations.

                      Visual Studio builds the project correctly for all configurations, and the assembly can be run stand-alone. However, if you attempt to start debugging the project in a configuration in which the assembly name has been overridden, Visual Studio gives the error:

                      > Visual Studio cannot start debugging because the debug target 'c:\path\to\correct\bin\dir\UnchangedAssemblyName.exe` is missing. Please build the project and retry, or set the OutputPath and AssemblyName properties appropriately…

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                        The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
                        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                        Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

                        Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

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                          196 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide which branch the solution checked out when solution names are same.

                          I have same solution checked out to different folders. When I launch VS on the start page, recent projects menu and on start menu, the solutions' names are same. It's hard to distinguish which one is the right branch. If VS provides which branch that solution is checked out with the name of the solution that'll be great.

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                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Release Visual Studio for Windows ME with VB6 support

                              Microsoft has failed the goal to get one billion of windows 10 devices:
                              https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-15/microsoft-won-t-get-to-1-billion-windows-10-device-goal-in-2018

                              Windows 10 is a failure, windows NT is a failure, now is the time to turn back to classic windows and Windows ME is best windows ever!

                              Microsoft should release a new version of visual studio ide for windows ME.

                              Visual studio should support VB6, because it's the best language ever, and the most used language to develop a classic Windows application.

                              Today there are at least 10 Millions of VB developers ready to develop again classic Windows Application.

                              Thousands of these developer are asking assiduously…

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                                4 comments  ·  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){
                                ...
                                }

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Visually Distinguish Reference Types

                                  In the IDE, different reference types should be visually distinguishable from each other. Project references, assembly references, and .NET framework references should be colored differently or have different icons. This would make it easier to separate and identify dependencies.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • TouchScreen Controls

                                    i have a windows 10 talet and im coding on it but there are some problems , first one is touch screen controls and second one is cpu usages and not responding please optimize visual studio about that problems Microsoft...

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • intellisense filter

                                      Visual Studio 2017 allows filtering Intellisense list to show properties, functions, extension methods and/or events. This can be achieved using the filter buttons at the bottom of Intellisense dropdown (or using keyboard shortcuts).

                                      I'd like to see another filter that shows/hides the inherited members of the class. This way one can quickly look at the additional functionality provided by the class in question. This filter should include members that were part of the parent class(es) but have been overridden by the current class.

                                      This is effectively the same change that Microsoft has done regarding their new documentation site. Unlike msdn.microsoft.com…

                                      6 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • real solution folders

                                        I think this has been asked several times around here and closed without a proper explanation.

                                        I've got a solution with lots of projects, I would like to group some of the related projects in the same folder.

                                        At the moment you can do that with "virtual" solution folders, why can't we just map these to disk?

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 3rd party class visualization (or function calls from debugger)

                                          Our company is working on a modeling software. The project uses a lot of 3rd party modules where the class content is hidden. Very similar how MFC'c GDI objects (e.g. CBitmap) are implemented. We do not see any member variables, however we can use static methods to work with the objects.

                                          To debug such project is a pretty big pain, because all we see in the debugger is a void pointer address. To get more information about the objects we have to write temporary lines to the code to save the object's content to a LOG file. This approach is…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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