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  1. Normalize the arguments used when creating and installing an offline layout.

    I just went through the process of creating then installing an offline layout. For the most part it worked well, but one confusing part was how when I created the layout the syntax for specifying the component list was "--add Component.A Component.B Component.C". But then when I went to install from the layout I created this syntax was invalide, I had to specify "--add" between each one, which is something I was able to figure out by looking at the dd_client*.log file in my %temp% directory. Considering I was calling vs_community.exe in both cases, it seemed very odd that the…

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      1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop using MS Edge for debugging ASP.Net apps

      Positing for a second that MS Edge is unsuitable for debugging ASP.Net apps (see list below), PLEASE stop defaulting to that browser when debugging. I prefer to have the experience relatively streamlined so that I can focus on debugging *my* code. However, with Edge's flakiness, I'm having to jump debugging paradigms and deal with whatever bugs Edge wants to expose. It's just a royal pain in the &*# compared to vPrev, which wasn't great for ASP.Net either.
      Why Edge is bad for debugging ASP.Net:
      1. VS does not attach its debugger; it uses Edge's, so I constantly have to open…

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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

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          1 comment  ·  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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            1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • IntelliJ IDEA like autosave

            Autosave all files; like IntelliJ IDEA. There is not notion of saving or that of dirty files by placing an "*" in the tab. Anything you type is saved, always. Of course, have a buffer and persist when user is not blasting away on the keyboard. And VS makes sure to persist everything in this buffer when user closes solution.
            Perhaps allow turning off the feature if user wants to save it manually.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

              Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

              VS 2015 is awesome. I really appreciate its speed and CodeLens and other things, but there is one I would like to ask you to improve: can you please add functionality like "copy diff from left to right" and vice versa to VS diff tool? I do not want to select piece of code, copypaste it and then remove the old one in the other file. I want one button which will be shown when I put cursor to a line of code and will do it for me…

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ubuntu subsystem for windows support for linux C++ applications

                It would be cool if we were able to compile linux code using the now built-in feature ubuntu subsystem for windows. That way you don't need to own a linux VPS or a local machine running linux, and files could be stored on the PC you're actually writing the code on.

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • In c++ projects link .h and .cpp files linked together in the tabs

                  In the bar with tabs there should be a way to link the .cpp and .h file together so they are next to each other. In that way you can always find the file easily in the tabs. See the attachment.

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                    Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix the alignment of new Find All References + Allow easy disable

                      The new Find References with color coding is nice but is very hard to just look at the window and find what you need because some code is one line and some is two lines.

                      I like to put the filename column on the left but then I noticed that the code is not aligned. See attached Image

                      The code fragment should be centered vertically.

                      Also preferably there should be a faint line between each item. it is a very hard window to work with.

                      There should also be a way to easily disable it with a button. That is…

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017 RC

                        Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add feature to "git remote prune" the repository

                          It would be nice if there was an option in the VS UI Team Explorer to perform a "git remote prune" command to cleanup the origins.

                          After a while branches are created and deleted but what you see in Visual Studio is not in sync with the origin. Almost all other git tools (SourceTree, Tower to name a few) provide this feature.

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                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • provide effective CLI tooling for running multiple .NET Core projects in Visual Studio

                            Debugging .NET Core web applications that require multiple Kestrel instances is often difficult. For example, consider an Aurelia client application using data provided by a .NET Core Web API that is secured by ASP.NET Identity, authorization through IdentityServer4. This could use three separate Kestrel instances:

                            1. Web API
                            2. IdentityServer4
                            3. Client

                            Using command prompts gets unwieldy, as they are opened outside of Visual Studio and managed manually. It would be simpler to keep track of everything if Visual Studio offered some sort of tooling for opening multiple command prompts and managing them as windows attached to the IDE.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • VS 2017 RC debug MVC application with Chrome behaviour change

                              When debug MVC application with Chrome, It opens a new user browser window. in this case currently saved passwords and form data auto fillings cannot be used.
                              And closing the window on debug stops is unnecessary. Sometimes we need to keep the developer tools open.
                              JS debug in Chrome will be cooler if It goes with the normal chrome user.

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                                0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • vstest.console not support add attribute of xUnit to the trx file

                                some other need to analyze the trx file from the vstest.console combine with xUnite.console adapter. And when I add the [Trait("TestCategory","TestXunit")] to the test method, and the TestCategory attribute could no be added to the trx file. More information please refer to the following thread:
                                https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e5f85cb7-e003-4207-a8f0-31a2bfd09e9a/testcategory-attributes-of-xunit-tests-do-not-end-up-in-trx-file-on-tfs-20152?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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                                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Stop teams from being creating a new XAML based build definition in TFS 2015+

                                  The security setting can't distinguish XAML build and vNext build, if deny the permission to create XAML build, the vNext build can't be created either. We can't stop the Build Service as that will stop all the current builds in XAML.

                                  Please provide a setting to deny only creating XAML build definitions in TFS 2015+.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Give warning when string interpolation string isn't prefixed with $

                                    int myint = 123;
                                    Console.WriteLine("bla {myint} bla");

                                    Should give a compilation warning, or at least be detectable using the static code analysis tools included with VS.

                                    Because: Even though string interpolation is a relative new feature in C#, I've lost count of how many times I've seen the error above, when someone forgets to prefix a string with embedded variables with a $, though such typos are probably most common in code that's converted from older syntaxes as "bla {0} bla", myint.

                                    That the embedded variables isn't syntax highlighted is not enough.

                                    To prevent false positives, anything inside { }…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ctrl+F : Option to move cursor only When [Find Next] is pressed

                                      When I'm searching, it's for a specific variable name or phrase. I don't want the cursor to move from where I am unless I hit [Find Next] and there is a match. Why would I care if partial matches are found? I then have to navigate back to where I was for no reason. And while you're at it, please fix the adherence to copying/cutting lines without them being selected.

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Update clang with Microsoft codegen to use Clang 3.9

                                        Please update clang with microsoft codegen to use clang 3.9, because it's able to compile code with new c++17 features.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve R Support inside SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) (e.g. R intellisense)

                                          In SSMS, I don't like having to put my R code inside quotations as strings. For now, they advise to use other tools for R then copy the R code as string inside a SQL script when loading R code to SQL Server.

                                          Language intellisense within a different host language is not new.
                                          VB.NET has xml literals. C# has string interpolations (they implemented it like a different language inside C#).
                                          Hence, I believe this is really possible.

                                          We don't want to duplicate code around. Please add this feature. :-)

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                                            0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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