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  1. Allow SQLBulkCopy to export from SQL to text files

    Allow SQLBulkCopy to export from Tables or TSQL queries to text files. Yes, BCP can do this, but it is not an ADO.NET solution, and it can require external Format files to work properly.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve the Find Results UI

      1. Clear the code window highlight for a line selected in the Find Results window if you press the Escape key.

      2. Make outlining optional.

      Point 1 is exceptionally annoying when you start editing the code and it's had all its default formatting replaced with "Current List Location" formatting. The only way I've found to remove the formatting is to "Clear All" in the Find Results window, but I may want to continue editing the next item found in the list.

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Facilitate association of open file lists to Git branches

        Many companies that use GIT have the policy of using temporary branches for feature work and bug fixes. Then we merge the branch changes back to the Integration or Escrow branches. I often have many feature-work branches that I need to switch among on a daily basis. It would be GREAT if we could associate an open file list (within the same solution) with a Git branch. Now I have to make notes of the files that I am working within a particular feature area branch so when I switch branches, I can get back to work on the feature…

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          1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support for specifying custom runtime environment for unit tests

          In VS native unit tests (e.g., C++), it would be helpful to be able to specify a custom runtime environment in .runsettings, such as environment variables, the PATH variable, DLL load paths, etc. It is not always convenient or possible to go to System settings and change environment variables before unit testing. Also, this would allow for automated testing simulating different user settings.

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            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Triple click

            Triple click to select a line

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

              Add a switch statement of selection by type:

              switch (typeof(myvar))
              {
              case TypeA; ActionA; break;
              case TypeB; ActionB; break;
              }

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Show indent guides like Notepad++ does

                Indent guides help quickly finding out where a scoop starts and where it ends. I think an advanced IDE like Visual Studio must have this feature. I know that there is an extension for this, but why doesn't Visual Studio have a basic feature like this natively?

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                  5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • set when

                  private bool _flag;

                  public bool Flag
                  {
                  get { return _flag; }
                  set when (_flag != value)
                  {
                  _flag = value;
                  OnPropertyChanged();
                  }
                  }

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add items to context menu in git branches

                    When view Git branches provide more items on the context menu when right clicking on a branch. For examples:
                    Sync, Changes.
                    These would checkout the branch if able and navigate to the appropriate window.

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                      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • read last version when at project opening

                      it was possible in 2010/13 version, when project is opened and it belong to a team Foundation server, was possible to set a question "would you read last version?" etc, etc...

                      tahnk you!

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                        0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • events on object

                        when i select an object by the combo in code view, i like that the code goes to the first object's event compiled... such as VB6

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Better Reference management in VS projects

                          1. VS project can not manage non-direct project references
                          If one project use another project that use some library this library should be copied in to bin

                          2. Mark some references as "Provided". Meaning that they will be provided in target system. This will help NuGet to understand that these dlls should not be included in package

                          Just look how Java projects manage dependencies and you underctand how far VS behind

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                            0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Select settings to synchronize

                            After installation on another PC. I entered in my account and VS automatically synchronize theme on the old PC. Need to give the opportunity to choose which settings need synchronize.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add better debugging of NullReferenceException

                              NullReferenceException has always been a pain when all you got is a log file. Sometimes you don't even have a line number when pdb files are not deployed.
                              A great help would be to write the name of the variable/field/parameter that was null in the exception details. In that way you would not have to guess

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Could you please have a bulk update option in MTM to get update the AreaPath & Iteration Path. This would help us in changing the test cases

                                This is about a bulk update option in MTM, it would help us to update the Iteration Path and AreaPath in stretch so that the user is not needed to do it manually one by one.

                                The design should be like :

                                When I'm selecting a Suite and doing a right click>>
                                It should ask you for the Bulk Update Option. This would help us to update the Iteration Path and Area Path for the particular suite.

                                PFA

                                Thanks,
                                -Sabeer

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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please create a Visual C++ Unikernel, Nano Server is too Big

                                  Containers like Docker and Server OSs like Nano Server are too big and bring to much baggage. Please create an ultra tiny Visual C++ Unikernel for the ultimate cloud OS. Make sure it runs perfect in Hyper-V and Xen.

                                  Some background links:
                                  http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/drawbridge/
                                  http://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/Unikernels
                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9F4pn9Lngc
                                  https://www.linux.com/news/enterprise/cloud-computing/819993-7-unikernel-projects-to-take-on-docker-in-2015

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please create a .NET Core Unikernel, Nano Server is too Big

                                    Containers like Docker and Server OSs like Nano Server are too big and bring to much baggage. Please create an ultra tiny .NET Core Unikernel for the ultimate cloud OS. Make sure it runs perfect in Hyper-V and Xen.

                                    Some background links:
                                    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/drawbridge/
                                    http://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/Unikernels
                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9F4pn9Lngc
                                    https://www.linux.com/news/enterprise/cloud-computing/819993-7-unikernel-projects-to-take-on-docker-in-2015

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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Let us turn off notifications completely.

                                      I don't want notifications, I don't want to see the icon.

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • add someting select as target one instance of an object

                                        add someting like that:
                                        with(myPoint)
                                        {
                                        X=10;
                                        Y=10;
                                        }

                                        that is equivalent to
                                        myPoint.X=10;
                                        myPoint.Y=10;

                                        why wuld it be useful?
                                        insted of doing that:
                                        Graphics myGraphics= Graphics.FromImage(myImage);
                                        using (myGraphics)
                                        {
                                        myGraphics.DrawLine([...]);
                                        myGraphics.DrawLine([...]);
                                        myGraphics.DrawLine([...]);
                                        myGraphics.DrawRectangle([...]);
                                        }

                                        you can just do that:
                                        using(myGraphics)
                                        {
                                        with(myGraphics)
                                        {
                                        DrawLine([...]);
                                        DrawLine([...]);
                                        DrawLine([...]);
                                        DrawRectangle([...]);
                                        }
                                        }

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow switching focus between foreground windows.

                                          Visual studio has powerful and customizable window layout features. Being able to layout windows in an intuitive and dynamic way greatly increases productivity. Unfortunately, navigating between these windows can be a chore.

                                          Ctrl-Tab brings you to only the most recently used files, and is a different mode of thinking than the currently opened windows.
                                          In vim, for example, you can open windows and navigate between them using Ctrl-W + [hjkl]. Having to rely on the mouse to navigate to adjacent windows is annoying, unnecessary, and happens very frequently.

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