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  1. Pressing F5 on a test project should run tests in Test Explorer

    This has been suggested before, but didn't get enough votes - Let's see if we can ********* the radar this time!!! (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/11317458-pressing-f5-on-a-test-project-should-run-tests-in)

    Right now if you Start a unit test project through F5, you get an error dialog stating that "A project with an Output Type of Class Library cannot be started directly."

    (Oddly enough, I get caught by this every time - Maybe I'm not writing enough tests!!!)

    A nice solution would be to set the Start action on unit test projects to the same action as Debug Selected Tests, and open the Test Explorer if it…

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      1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • how about a download mirror server in Israel/middle-east?

        it takes about 1/2 a day to complete the download + installation, of, for example, windows C++ development tools, stated as additional 16.7 GB in storage space.

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          1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement a Way to Easily Replace String Literals with Constants

          If I have a string constant defined like this:

          public const string EmployeeIdFieldName = "EmpId";

          and elsewhere in the code is this:

          string EmpId = dataRow["EmpId"].ToString();

          I think it would be great if the IDE would offer to replace "EmpId" with the constant EmployeeIdFieldName. This could be useful for other types, not just strings.

          In short, if a literal is used, and a constant is declared that can be substituted for that literal, it would be nice to replace those literals with constants using only a few mouse clicks. Of course, the constant has to be accessible at the points…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Build Intellisense support for Embedded Javascript resources

            Return Intellisense support for Embedded Javascript resources.
            In VS 2015 this was possible through the _references.js file.

            This has been discussed here (advice was to post it here):
            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/152201/-referencesjs-not-working-with-typescript-language.html

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Live Unit Testing Support to C++

              Add Live Unit Testing Support to C++ test projects.

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                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Auto-sync CSS not working on VS2017 v15.4.0 for ASP.NET Core MVC projects

                The same feature exist for ASP.NET MVC full framework, but it doesn't work for ASP.NET MVC Core projects.

                See the related issue on developer community for more detail: https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/130950/auto-sync-css-not-working-on-vs2017-v1540-for-aspn.html

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                  0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • visual studio and sql type of project for big data

                  I have 700GB text file with insert tsql into one table only.
                  When I try to parse and deploy into my mssql server with visual studio it shown error. Why you not use batch feature to fix that?

                  Steps to reproduce the bug:
                  1. Create new sql project with vs2017
                  2. Import script from folder or file
                  3. Wait to see result... it shown error message
                  you can try with smaller t-sql script file for example 80GB. I have 64GB RAM on my machine and 100TB HD.

                  The problem is that implementation for big data in VS is missing, just…

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • idk what to do

                    idk what to do now

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                      1 comment  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • git compare to master branch

                      I want to have a quick way to compare current staged file to master branch, because I want to edit the file that I have already edited in last commit before merging into master. Another thing that would be great is to indicate line changes in editor in this kind of compare, I want to go to the line that I edited faster.

                      I know that in history page I could compare two commits, but it requires too much clicks, and I want to open the current version of file instead of the comparing page.

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                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Visual Studio Update

                        The internal Visual Studio Update mechanism is awful.
                        When you just start VS you get the yellow flag with an update.

                        click, close, click, wait, click, restart VS...

                        Too many clicks until you can get productive.

                        If the updates are no longer coming through Windows Update then deliver them by a Windows Service Task in the background, when VS isn't in use.

                        There'll be a greater chance that you have the most recent version without bothering in click arias an interrupting work.

                        Otherwise, I'm very happy with Visual Studio 2017 - Great IDE.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Have the 'Add New Item' show image types.

                          For UWP projects the resource file (resw) seems only to support strings so there is not an immediately obvious way to add images to the project. In lieu of this one could have supported image types listed in the "Add New Item' that is listed by right clicking on a folder in the solution explorer - the item should by default be added to the project so that one does not need to go through the additional step of "Add Existing Item' to the project.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Revisit CodeLens user option to display above attributes

                            Suggestions to CodeLens have been getting shot down repeatedly before it can gather the support needed. I feel that requests should not be marked DECLINED as then we can no longer vote on the issue. Nobody that I work with even knew this was call CodeLens until we looked it up.

                            The example provided in previous declined messages (with the massive block of attributes) is valid but those are an exception and not the rule. And in my personal opinion, stylistically, CodeLens looks like a separator and breaks the flow between attributes and declarations in a horrible way, regardless of…

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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • NUKE FROM ORBIT command.

                              I am posting this because I just told a friend of mine to:
                              - delete all intermediate files and folders
                              - delete the .vs folder
                              - Delete the packages folder and do a forced update
                              - Restart visual studio

                              This is something I have to do surprisingly often. It would be nice if visual studio simply had a command for this.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VS 2017 publish tool

                                In VS 2017 there is a new Publish tool. But in this tool it is not possible to unselect some files. It is always publishing ALL files.
                                In the old publish tool you could select Preview and them unselect some of the files. But in the new tool the Preview windows is not connected with the Publish windows, so unselecting in the Preview has no effect.

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                                  3 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyGraphConstructionException: 找不到相关程序包: GitHub.VisualStudio,version=2.3.2.32

                                  Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyGraphConstructionException: 找不到相关程序包: GitHub.VisualStudio,version=2.3.2.32

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                                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support for downgrade to the recent releases

                                    With the regular releases of VS, we sometimes get an update that breaks some of the functionalities and until the new release comes it becomes unusable. I have had this issue with 15.1 to 15.2 and now with 15.3.1 to 15.3.2, It would be more encouraging to get the updates if there is a way to a revert to previous working version (or recent releases). I would like to keep using the latest releases, but not being able to develop for a while is affecting my decision.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Code formatting profiles

                                        I often work on and contribute to multiple open-source projects. These often each have their own coding conventions. It is very annoying to have to go set up the auto-format to match the project I am working on right now. I don't want to turn off auto-formatting (I like it a lot). exporting and importing user settings is an option, but still annoying.

                                        I suggest having an option to either
                                        1. Save the current formatting settings to a "profile", and have a menu option to select between profiles, or
                                        2. Have an option to save the current formatting settings to…

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please support newer version of OpenMP

                                          VC only support OpenMP 2.0 for a long time.
                                          Could please update it?

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                                            2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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