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  1. Show last successful build status permanently in lower status bar

    Show last successful build status permanently in lower status bar - sometimes i build and go away from my machine - then it just says Ready in the bottom status bar. Have a permanent area where it shows last build status & time.

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      1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Recent project templates

      Visual Studio 2017 / Start Page / Recent project templates:
      It's a nice idea to have a list of recent projects templates used but, as with recent solutions/projects, I'd like to be able to remove them from the list by right-clicking and selecting 'Remove' from the context menu.

      9 votes
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        3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to create custom debugger visualizer (DialogDebuggerVisualizer & IDialogVisualizerService) for UWP

        Writing custom debugger visualizers is very great for framework makers.

        But when developping a framework for UWP and Xamarin, it would be even more useful because it's often on small devices with little or no screens at all (for IoT by example).

        Having a way to create custom visualizers would be very great.

        Oooh and we should be able to "install" them using a nuget package :-).

        12 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Visual Studio 2017 Diagnostic Tools event window autofit

          Like this case here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45178960/make-visual-studio-2017-diagnostic-tools-event-window-autofit

          We could change the Event column size, but if you re-debug the app again, it changed the size to the default again. It was not convenient for customers to visit the event information.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 10 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Almost daily updates experience could be improved

              Currently VS2017 almost updates daily. In this process, I've to do multiple clicks in order to first update the installer and then give another approval for the update.
              VS Code solves this more elegant: On next restart the update will be installed. They don't care about the version of the installer or anything. Next release is just installed after a reboot.

              I believe VS2017 should also go this way. And similar to Extensions, by default do automatic updates on next restart(potentially make opt-out possible). The speed of the installer is there, so I don't see technical obstacles for doing this.

              16 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 35 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  28 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  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…

                    28 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Integral, Derivative, and Algebraic Calculations

                      It is very frustrating to be unable to directly calculate integrals and derivatives of functions within strings (as well as perform other algebraic operations). A large market share exists for data scientists, database experts, and Microsoft Azure users who just want to crunch numbers (which are somewhat like data scientists).

                      29 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Develop a test completion report

                        Even we are working with Scrum and use a DoD that includes testing activities, we need a test completion report, to check how the testing is going during the current sprint.

                        We need a number of indicators:
                        1- Number of user stories vs. Number of documented test cases.
                        2- Number of planned test cases vs. Number of executed test cases (with a second level indicating passed vs. failed tests).
                        3- Number of defects found (classified by severity).
                        4- Defects distribution (by areas).

                        Some of these indicators can be developed with custom queries and can be published as a widget in…

                        29 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support for SSIS projects in Visual Studio 2017

                          Support for SSIS projects in Visual Studio 2017

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visual Studio Test cases are not executed if one of the test agent machines goes down.

                            When we run tests via test controller and test agents configuration, during the runtime, if own test agent machine shut down or test agent closed etc. the subsequent tests are not executed anymore, I mean all of the test cases running on the other test agents machine will also get failed.
                            We think we could make test tools more robust in the future, please refer to this thread:

                            https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/0ce0d115-fd34-4750-ac96-b6eb2b45acec/visual-studio-test-rig-setup-test-cases-are-not-executed-if-one-of-the-agent-machines-goes-down?forum=vstest

                            12 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add full test reporting capabilities to Team Services

                              Lightweight charts do not provide enough information for reporting purposes and manual reports need to be built in Excel, which is not easy due to Outcome not being available in Queries. Add the pre-built Excel reporting functionality that are available in on-premise TFS.

                              15 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add test outcome to Queries

                                Outcome can't be queried on nor can it be output as a column in the results. With Team Services only having lightweight charts, I need the outcome to manually build reports in Excel.

                                15 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Stop installing MSI based Azure Modules. Use PowerShell Gallery repo

                                  Can you stop installing an MSI based (old) version of Azure PowerShell cmdlets. Either stop installing, or give me the option to use a repo, such as PowerShell gallery, where the latest modules exist. Apart from changing the $env:PSModulePath, I can't use PowerShellGet cmdlets to update Azure cmdlets. I also notice one of you updates REMOVES the PS Gallery modules and reinstall the old MSI version. Grrrr!!!

                                  15 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support Vue file intellisense in Visual Studio

                                    Vue files are files with one html section, one script section and one css section.
                                    With Vuejs pack 2017 extension, we can somehow have intellisense for Js and css.

                                    However, if you work with Typescript and/or Sass, you can't have intellisense.

                                    To provide compiler informations about used languages, an attribute @lang can be added.

                                    Ex :
                                    <script lang="ts">...</script>
                                    <style lang="scss">...</style>

                                    19 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Include Git Repo Name and Branch Name In Visual Studio's Window Title

                                      Rather than only showing the Solution Name in the Visual Studio Window Title, See "Before" attachment, I suggest additionally providing the Git repo name as well as the current branch name in Visual Studio's window title, See "After" attachment. This will help developers that have multiple branches open of the same upstream repo just forked locally under different repo names.

                                      11 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Reduce Disk I/O on build - Allow "In Memory" bin and obj output

                                        Please allow VS to compile files in Memory instead of obj folder. Note that it's an optional feature. So you can always get back and disable this to write on disk if you need.
                                        We only need to final bin folder to get ready to run, writing to disk in the middle obj and bin folders is taking a lot of build time, fragment the disk, and we don't need them.
                                        I played a bit creating a Virtual Ram disk and use ntfs links from the obj and bin folder to memory and I notice a great speed up.
                                        You…

                                        9 votes
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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)!

                                          102 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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