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  1. Want unsorted function list!

    The function list in the upper right corner of Visual Studio Express 2015 for Windows Desktop (VC++) is sorted in alphabetical order, but I would like the functions to appear in the list in the same order as they appear in the sourcecode file.

    Is that possible?

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Thread Local variable inheritance or ExecutionContext fork event

      It has always been frustrating to me that there is not only no way to propagate a user-defined thread-local variable from one thread to another (or, if I understand .NET concepts correctly, from one thread in an ExecutionContext to another thread in the same ExecutionContext or a copy of it).

      This missing feature prevents one from using the Ambient Service Pattern properly:
      http://core.loyc.net/essentials/ambient-service-pattern.html

      Not only is there no thread-creation event, no feature to propagate thread-local variables from parent threads to child threads, and no way to associate user-defined data with an ExecutionContext, but also the BCL doesn't provide a property…

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        1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Folder Based Find&Replace in Visual Studio

        Visual Studio now supports many none Microsoft technologies, and many open source projects and tools, with lots of files in current projects the find & replace scope (Curent Block, Current Document, All open documents, current project, current solution) not enough in many use cases.

        please add new scope : selected folder

        same experience exists in Netbeans, Eclipse, and many other IDE's for a long time.

        73 votes
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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • xaml calculations in bindings

          It is a much work to do a calculated value to bound values while using always a calculator for a mathmatic result.

          Would be great to be able to setup calculating expression to provide a value in bindings using xaml like this

          <!-- Source -->
          <Slider Minimum="1" Maximum="100" x:Name="Slider1" />
          <Slider Minimum="1" Maximum="10" x:Name="Slider2" />

          <!-- Using ->
          <TextBlock Text="{Binding ElementName=Slider1, Path=Value, StringFormat={}1:{1 + {0} / 100}} />

          <!-- OR in MultiBinding ->
          <TextBlock>
          <Text>
          <!-- "Format" is a Text
          when Slider1.Value = 50 and Slider1,Value = 2
          it would using 75/100*2, so the TextBlock would show up
          "Format =…

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            1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please add .csh syntax highlighting in C++ Editor

            VS2015 Update3 not support .csh file syntax highlighting, because it has been ignored by C++ Text Edit. So whether could add a feature that VS could support custom highlight for .csh file.
            And there is other community has encountered this issue, please refer to this thread:
            https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/f75af854-5829-4c0f-8692-a86fa53aa844/csh-extension-c-association-change?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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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.

              10 votes
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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • TFS - Make capacity queryable and also allow inheritance of capacity.

                Please allow to query the capacity of team members and the whole team using regular TFS queries.

                In addition, if I a have a work board parent that displays the backlog for 3 child teams all at once, I would like the capacity of the members of those teams to be inherited - currently I need to manually fill their capacity for the parent team even though the capacity has already been configured for each member in the child teams.

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                  1 comment  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please add an option to turn off CodeLens-Reference to include the class reference ‘see cref’ in xml document

                  Now the CodeLens-Reference auto include the class reference in xml document that using the <see cref=””/> like the attached screenshot, please add an option to turn off it or disable it. This suggestion comes from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/42034244/excluding-see-cref-class-xmldoc-references-from-showing-up-in-codelens

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                    In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

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                      9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add an option to print what why msbuild decided to rebuild a file / project

                      I really wish we could get more insight into why Visual Studio thinks certain files are out of date or projects need to be rebuilt. It is really common for our builds (both automated, and on developer workstations) to decide to re-link all of the .dlls in our massive solution, upon triggering a build immediately after a successful build has completed. I suspect there is some header file with a date in the future, or one of our custom build steps is triggering some "always need to rebuild" rule. it would be incredibly helpful to have some way to diagnose…

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                        0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Upgrade Microsoft InteropForms Toolkit for Visual Studio 2015

                        I'm working with VB6 and Microsoft InteropForms Toolkit 2.1 ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3264 ) , and that's really an amazing way for developing. It's allow me to develop in 3 languages - C#/VB.NET/VB6 interoperability and thus it make my developing progress run very fast without rewrite any old code of vb6. However, the latest version of InteropForms Toolkit- 2.1 is for Visual Studio 2010, please upgrade a new version for it. Thank you very very much!

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                          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • "attach to process" does not remember addresses in no authentication mode

                          If you have a lot of internal (and regularly changing) systems it's just too cumbersome to create pseudo accounts everywhere just for debugging.

                          Also for convenience these accounts often don't have passwords anyway, even more insecure than no auth mode.

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Do not highlight breakpoints in diff viewer

                            In diff viewer, highlighting breakpoint lines with red background can be confused with deleted lines, which are also red. Why don't you remove breakpoint highlighting in diff view, as it is not needed there anyway.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add access modifier for test assembly only

                              The public, private, protected, internal, etc. modifiers are not a good match for a test project.

                              The typical advice is to make a method "internal", and then let the test project see the target project's internal methods. This is not a complete solution, because some methods should not be made internal - they should be encapsulated and hidden away as private or protected. Opening them up just for testing, causes problems.

                              The typical advice is a hack. The c# language needs an access modifier which gives a test assembly access to any member.

                              Let's call this access modifier "private test"…

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve NPM intellisense for custom .npmrc settings

                                In package.json files intellisense is already supported. But only public packages will be suggested. For scoped packages in private feeds there is no intellisense. It would be great if VS looks inside .npmrc settings for setted feeds and scopes.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • you can instantly code anything by the press of a button.

                                  The user is able to code ANYTHING by pressing one button.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • T should be castable to ValueTask<T>

                                    T should be castable to ValueTask<T>
                                    as it were in the early bits.
                                    public static implicit operator ValueTask<TResult>(TResult result) => new ValueTask<TResult>(result);

                                    this will enable much nicer API when working with delegate that return ValueTask<T> for synchronous flow.

                                    for example: the following method
                                    Task CallPetentialAsync(Func<ValueTask<int>> f)

                                    can be called as follow
                                    await CallPetentialAsync(() => 42);

                                    instead of
                                    await CallPetentialAsync(() => new ValueTask<int>(42));

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • visual studio ide can customer define link system

                                      customer define link is very importent things than searh any one.
                                      you must provide that,like this
                                      write link like write uri can be link vs ide any object ,class,struct,method
                                      ,event,property,file,namespace etc.

                                      vs_method://slnName/projName/namespaceName/entityName/methodA
                                      vs_class://slnName/projName/namespaceName/classB
                                      vs_file://filepath

                                      etc...

                                      this link system exists any where ,like cs file, dgml... if exists in cs file then it in comment

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

                                        Dear Microsoft,

                                        It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

                                        So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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                                          7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Compact Free & Simple Visual Basic for Mobile Development 2018?

                                          See title. Not everybody can program in C++ or .NET.
                                          I just want free simple VB. With mobile app development option.
                                          Thanks.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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