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  1. When altering column from NULL to NOT NULL, validate more intelligently

    Currently, when updating a column from NULL to NOT NULL in a .sqlproj project and then either running a publish from Visual Studio or executing the built DACPAC against an existing database, we get the following error if the table has ANY records in it:

    If the table contains data, the ALTER script may not work. To avoid this issue, you must add values to this column for all rows or mark it as allowing NULL values, or enable the generation of smart-defaults as a deployment option.

    Instead of raising the error if there are any records at all in…

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      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable the Use Output window checkbox for all external tools

      In previous version of VS, the "Use Output window" checkbox (in the External Tools dialog box) was always enabled. Now it's disabled (and unchecked) for external tools with a GUI.
      Please enable it again and let the user choose if they want to see the textual output of the tool.

      If the tool crashes for some reason, this output is all we've got!

      Otherwise we just start the tool, and nothing happens, there's no feedback about the tool ever trying to run.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve design-time debugging.

        When using the Designer, an exception may occur in user code. The Designer should be able to enter a debug mode showing where the exception occurred and what the stack was from the active Designer code through user code to the exception.
        The current approach of attaching a second copy of VS to the running copy is too difficult.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow $CALLER in a breakpoint condition expression

          I love being able to output the $CALLER pseudovariable in tracepoints. However, I'd love to be able to create a conditional breakpoint based on the $CALLER pseudovariable, but it's not available in that context. I'd also love to be able to do things other than == with the string value, like StartsWith and EndsWith.

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            1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Let "Always Load Automatically" in the modules view do "Load Symbols" automatically

            I have never ever _not_ clicked "Load Symbols" after clicking "Always Load Automatically", so "Always Load Automatically" should automatically load the symbols straight away instead of waiting for the next debugger invocation.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • sintax sugar: reverse arrow operator for expressing "function as parameter" in lambda expressions

                params1 => process( params2=> {
                // .. code
                });

                note: very popular idea - send your custom action to the reusable wrapper;

                could be possible to wrote without hunting the last ) parentheses:

                params1 => process <= params2 => {
                // .. code
                };

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • A Windows Winform 2016 (Colorful) Ribbon

                  How about something useful for a change for us Windows developers. A free 2016 Office ribbon that would be fully programmable for Winforms.

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • C# Event Handler selector in code editor

                    This issue has been around for so many years and frankly I'm astonished this has never been addressed. In some file types without a design surface (like Global.asax) there is no way to easily add event handlers. VB allows this very easily from the dropdowns at the top of the code editor. But, C# inexplicably still lacks this feature after so many years. The workarounds are all non-intuitive (copy and paste) or inconsistent between types. What is so hard about adding it to the dropdowns at the top of the code editor???

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • provide complete offline help option

                      The offline help in VS 2015 has not been updated in ages, and is not synchronized with the online help. Online help has poor usability and sometimes there isn't wifi around. I see in VS 2017 offline help is not even an option!

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                        1 comment  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • win

                        Give more details to the home user. Not home user and school and small work owner. Just a new older person home user. I have had desktop computers with Windows and Microsoft products with the brand HP being the builder. I have my first Laptop notebook that came with Windows 10. It's BROKEN.

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                          0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • When copying code FROM Visual Stuido add the text coloring to. Then when you paste into Onenote it looks the same as it did in Visual Studio

                          When copying code FROM Visual Studio add the text coloring to the clipboard as well. Then when you paste into OneNote the code looks the same as it did in Visual Studio.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix Find References, Go to Implementation re generic types

                            If I have a type definition ISomething<T>, and have a number of different implementations (for class Foo, Bar), If I hover over "ISomething<Bar>" and use Find References, I don't want to see any "ISomething<Foo>" nonsense in the results. Show me that if I do it to "ISomething<T>" Same exact thing applies to Go to Implementation.

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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • VS IDE->Code Maps->Cyclic Dependencies & DI

                              Hi Guys,

                              These days dependency injection is very popular in the .NET development. It helps to improve the code in many ways.
                              But, it makes other things harder, e.g. it gets hard to find cyclic dependencies when dependencies are made via interfaces.
                              Even worse such errors is not possible to find without running the code in runtime. So if we’re lucky it will fain in tests (with stack overflow) or even worse in the production.
                              So, it would be amazing to have support for the cyclic dependencies in the both Roslyn Analyzers and Code Maps.
                              Below there is a very…

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • XML Documentation for Local Functions

                                Please add XML Documentation support for Local Functions introduced in Visual Studio 15 Preview 5. I think having IntelliSense documentation for local functions would be helpful.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make it more obvious that I'm debugging using a colored overlay

                                  Backstory:
                                  I'm currently working on a project in Unity. I use Visual Studio as my IDE for the components I make. I have VS on my main screen and Unity on the other. Say that I've written some code and I would like to test it. I click on "Attach to Unity" or debug and I turn my head to the other screen. I click on run in Unity and test some things.
                                  Now, when I go back to VS I've probably forgotten that I can't type while debugging or even that I am debugging and the little red blob…

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Outlining commands to Collapse/Expand similar nodes

                                    To the "Outlining" menu, add an option to "Collapse similar". Choosing this option will look for the node closest to the text cursor and extract the some information from it. It will then find all similar nodes in the current document and collapse them.

                                    For XML documents it will collapse all nodes with the same element name. For C# documents it will collapse all regions, methods, or XML comments, etc.

                                    And as a bonus, have a corresponding "Expand similar" option.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add the possibility to disable a break point a few (pre set) seconds

                                      The execution stops a break point.

                                      You check what you want and then wants the execution to keep running.

                                      You want to keep you break point but you know it will stop there for a number of times (that you are not interested in) - so you disable the break point - runs the code - then have to find the break point agin to enable it.

                                      It would be nice, to just right click the break point and select - "Disable Break point for '5' seconds" . Then the code would pass that break point this "run" - but…

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show Owner of Nuget Package in Visual Studio Packet Manager

                                        On Nuget.org website, both author and owner are display on the site. But on NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio, it only shows author.

                                        If that owner has a malicious intent (or his nuget account is hacked) he could upload a binary with an exploit that would then be downloaded and executed on numerous development machines and maybe even end user systems (if a setup is built from the package)

                                        So question: Is there any way to make Visual Studio display the owner of a package so we can know whether the package comes from a trustworthy source?

                                        Detailed explanation…

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                                          0 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Every time I open my projects from the start page I get error for every file

                                          This is for vs 15 preview 5.

                                          Each time I open it and click on a recent project I get hit by a bunch of these:

                                          Project <project name> could not be opened because the Visual C# 15 Preview 5 compiler could not be created. ValueFactory attempted to access the Value property of this instance.

                                          Reloading the project in the solution explorer solves this but showing these messages to me in the output window is hella slow and they're all the same. Every file generates a line with that text and it's taking its time. Not the faster experience I…

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