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  1. installation dialog

    speed installation up or at least provide details of what it is doing so you know its not stopped/crashed. 4 hours so far and counting.

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      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow implict finally blocks

      {
      ... safe code incl. preparation code
      try { call risky function }
      ... more code to do regardless of if above succeeded
      try { call another risky function }
      catch(Exception ex) { compensate for failure}
      .... continue running my other code
      try { call risky function3 }
      .... continue running my other code including any tidy-up
      }

      The above is of course currently possible using explicit finally blocks.

      However it results in ugly nesting structures that do not reflect the logical structure of the code.

      Always-run preparation code is unidented/unidentified but any following try-up code (also always run) must…

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • TestExplorer.DebugAllTestsInContext should work even if a project is running

        If you launch the debugger, then attempt to run a unit test by going to a unit test and pressing CTRL+R, CTRL+T, Visual Studio will not launch the unit test. Instead, it displays the message "The key combination (Ctrl+R, Ctrl+T) is bound to command (.TestExplorer.DebugAllTestsInContext) which is not currently available.

        That capability should definitely be available. If the user right clicks on the unit test project and selects "Debug - Start New Instance" it is able to run the unit test, but it will run all tests.

        This would give developers the ability to debug tools such as loggers, services,…

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Do not go into rename mode when a handler is generated

          Visual studio should not enter rename mode when a handler is generated - for example, when using += <tab>. I don't know who, on the VS team, thought it would be a good idea to enter rename mode, in response to a handler being generated, but whoever they are, they should be fired. Why on God's green earth would I want to rename something I just created?

          I have been using VS for nearly 20 years, and have never seen it this bad. I'm sure there are many who think all the new features in VS2015 are cool, but if…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • VisualStudio 2017 Installer - IIS/SQL

            installer shouldn't force you to install IIS Express or SQL Express if SQL Server or IIS is already installed;

            e.g. installing VisualStudio 2017 on Windows Server 2016 with IIS and SQL Server 2016 still required the installation of IIS Express & SQL Express

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 2 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to specify per test method timeout in runsettings file or in commandline

                At present, the only way to specify timeout is by adding "Timeout" attribute. It is not practical to add timeout attribute to every test method in entire code base. When running tests as part of a continuous build, the ability to specify per test timeout through command line or a runsettings file is required.

                Note: There is an older way to do this using testsettings file, but that automatically forces vstest.console.exe to switch to the older mstest.exe, which is not ideal.

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                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • TestClasses should be allowed to run in parallel.

                  At present, one can run tests in parallel by using /parallel switch in vstest.console.exe, or a button in UI, or MaxCpuCount in runsettings file.
                  However this parallelism is at test container level (i.e assembly level), which is too coarse in most cases.
                  It would be great to have TestClasses run in parallel.

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                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Extensions and Updates usability: Shift focus on key press for installed extensions

                    When I open the "Extensions and Updates" window and view installed extensions in Visual Studio 2017 RC, I would expect the focus to jump to the appropriate position in the list when I type a letter key. For example, in the attached screenshot, the first extension in my list has focus. When I type the “N” key, I would expect the focus to move to the first installed extension starting with an “N”. Currently, typing a letter does nothing. Though minor, this feature is particularly useful as the installed extensions list grows.

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Start Project

                      teach Visual Studio to find my single executable project in solution and use that as start project. The mesage "A project with outputtype library..." is anoying

                      Visual Studio knows what types of project it is using by project Guid

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • In MTM if you are running a test and then need to Pause the test due to a blocker, test steps need to remain when testing resumes.

                        When I am using MTM 2015 and have to pause a test due to a blocker, I am having problems with the test steps displaying. If I start working on another requirement or even switch to a different test plan, when I go back to resume my testing, I can click on resume but the test steps do not show up in test runner. I have to start the test over. This has happened on multiple occasions and is very frustrating.

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Better help

                          I hate when asking question in help and after search you redirect to Stack Overflow, I find them to be arrogant and not understanding. When I go to help on a program that I have purchased I expect to be able to comment, have my question attempted to be answered or at least ask what I mean. At Stack Overflow I see all the time they just shut question down because THEY are not sure what a person is asking, yet others are attempting to answer the question and doing it but the guy running Stack Overflow shuts it down.…

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring #define (for cource-code-defined text substitution macros) to Vb.Net (and C#)!

                            I propose to add a keyword that behaves like C's #define. To define pre compiler text substitutions in code. Hopefully this will also allow advanced users to define their own keywords and to unofficially add shortcut for vb' expressive syntax. It would improve productivity because code can be effectively 'compressed', meaning that developers would have to type less to get more!

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Propose to recover parameters, compare installed components and uninstall previous Visual Studio versions

                              Detect all "old" components / visual studio version, compare it
                              and proposing also to recover compatible previous parameters for VS 2017

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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • New database connection history should have a filter textbox

                                New database connection history should have a filter textbox

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                                  0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Keyboard shortcut for Increase / Decrease Line Indent code block

                                  Keyboard shortcut needed for increasing or decreasing line indent for a code block or line

                                  Currently you have to highlight text > click Edit > Advanced > Click Decrease Line Indent. It's slow for power users.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Adding favourite folders option in TFS source control pane

                                    It would be very helpful to have favourite folders option in TFS source control pane.
                                    We have a huge source control tree (like any other big company...). Each team or even each developer has his own specific folders he is working on.
                                    Its very annoying to open the long folder tree each time to view the folders that are interested for me.

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Raise usability of text editors (TFS online)

                                        I'm talking about the editors for workitems in the web interface for TFS. I come from the JIRA/Confluence side and using TFS just feels like "stone age" editing.

                                        * start bulleted list by typing asterisk + space *** <enter>
                                        * start numbered list by typing 1. *** <enter>
                                        * paste images from the clipboard
                                        * resize images in the editor
                                        * preview images: click to open it in an overlay
                                        * recognise links automatically
                                        * type [ to open panel to link to other resources within the system (requirements, work items?)
                                        * add a remove formatting option (pasting text from…

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                                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • add a global override shortcut prefix for access to default shortcut sequence behaviour

                                          Some plugins (like VisualAssist and VsVim) override the default editor shortcuts. I suggest that a key (e.g. ESC) or key sequence (e.g. ESC, ESC) be added, that when pressed, followed by any shortcut sequence, will execute the default built-in shortcut sequence action, rather than the override action.

                                          For example:
                                          Alt+M (execute whatever action)
                                          ESC ESC Alt+M (execute the default editor action)

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