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  1. Structs as compile time constants

    Allow structs to be declared as a compile time constant, and thus be provided as optional parameters

    something like:

    public const Point Origin = Point.Empty; //Example 1

    public const Point Origin2 = new Point(42, 42); //Example 2

    public void Foo(Point origin = Origin)
    {
    ...
    }

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • I was

      I was creating an app in windows 10 universal that utilized camera function from a sample I found on the Microsoft website and a sample project I found. The issue I had was getting the Hardware buttons to pick up as a UI object and could not figure out why (fairly new to app dev). The issue ended up being that I had to check the webcam AND microphone in project capabilities.

      My suggestion would be it would be a wonderful addition if you could include "Add Capabilities" to the suggested fixes drop down. Much like adding a using statement…

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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a new shortcut for amending properties (a bit like With but much more concise) to avoid repetition.

        Add a new shortcut for amending properties (a bit like With but much more concise) to avoid repetition.

        For example, instead of:
        opPrice.Items.Item(0).DisplayText = opPrice.Items.Item(0).DisplayText.Replace("()", schemeName)

        it should be:
        opPrice.Items.Item(0).DisplayText = ..Replace("()", schemeName)

        In other words, a double-dot (or possibly triple-dot) would be a shortcut for the thing being assigned.

        Shortcuts such as += already exist but .. would be a useful shortcut in numerous cases where += doesn't apply - for example, if you want to apply Replace or Trim or ToUpper.

        Instead of:
        custName = custName.Trim()
        I propose
        custName = ..Trim()

        It's a bit like With, but a…

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Extension Updates should update within VS

          I've run into a couple extension updates (typescript and ASP.Net Web tools) that have shown up in the notifications area and correspond to the Extensions and Updates manager dialog. When I initiate the update via the button in the dialog, they trigger a download in my browser and a separate installer window.
          Updates that are advertised in the update manager should be .vsix installs when ever possible (especially for MSFT components) and should install within VS. Ideally without a restart of VS.
          Launching a download in the browser breaks the continuity that used to be present in the Extensions and…

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            2 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We’re making good progress here, and expect to have solved this problem for the vast majority of Microsoft extensions by the RTM of Visual Studio “15” (the next version of Visual Studio). Extensions that do this are largely MSI or EXE installers which need to perform operations that VSIXv2 doesn’t support. We’ve added more capabilities to the VSIX format for the next release of Visual Studio and the two you mention in particular will be able to install directly using the VSIX installer.

            Thanks for your feedback! Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

          • Enable VSTS builds to be triggered by other successful builds

            The VSTS build system is pretty powerful, but our team is missing the ability to chain together builds. For instance, when Build_A completes successfully, get the artifacts from Build_A and the last successful Build_B and run Build_C.

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              0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 2 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • In XAML why don't use ".Member" replace "Father.Member" ?

                Like this:
                <ResourceDictionary>
                <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
                why don't use <.MergedDictionaries> replace <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>?

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                  0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Give the Watch windows more debugger context in generic situations

                  The Watch windows could use a bit more context. For instance (as seen in the attached image): if you're debugging in a generic class, the debugger knows the current type of the type parameter. When casting a typed variable however, you can't access any of that type's properties in the Watch window.

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please bring back the Common/All tabs in IntelliSense

                      I used the Common/All tabs and now they are gone ...
                      For me it was a good possibility to see which functions and properties the class itself defines and which are inherited.

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • copy paste

                        It would be nice to have Copy/Paste control properties on Winforms. Sometimes I would like to have a control within the same or from another project with the same properties. One can sure copy/paste the control itself but additionally copying and pasting the control properties would be helpful (Something like Format Painter in MS. Word) in case you have already created the control.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MSTest - Quick navigation to Initialize methods from a Test Method

                          Now It's a little difficult to find the TestInitialize, ClassInitialize, AssemblyInitialize methods from a TestMethod; if you have lot of test in big test classes. I have to find them with "Find in files.." function.
                          I suggest to add a quick menu from the method item to navigate to one of the initialization methods.
                          Also could be better if possible to see in a visual way the initialization methods for every method in Unit Test Explorer.

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                            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Programatic Anonymous List Initilization

                            Currently in c# it's easy to initialize a list when the entries are known. Something like:

                            new int[]{1,2,4,8};
                            etc.

                            But it would be really handy, if I could initialize an array programatically. Something like:

                            new int[] (int u =0; u < 4; u++) {return (int)Math.Pow(u,2); }

                            or something like that. For multidimensional arrays it could be like

                            new int[,] {(int u=0; u<5; u++), (int v=0; v < 5; v++) {return u+v;}

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a way to delete packages from the Visual Studio Team Services Package Feed

                              In the new Package Feed Extension of Visual studio Team Services, there doesn't seem to be a way to remove packages from the feed.

                              10 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • StackOveflow Limit

                                By the time a StackOverflowException is thrown, it is to late to figure out where the SO occurred. It would be nice if the VS IDE would monitor recursive calls to methods within our solution and limit the count to 10 (for instance). Then it would be helpful if the IDE forces a break on the 11th call alerting the developer of the potential SO.

                                This feature would take a lot of resources so I also recommend that it be disabled until when the developer needs to use it.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • allow MS account alaises

                                  I work with multiple MS accounts (personal and work provided) please just add each email under the same account and share subscriptions between them all. having to log out of one account to another when switching source code repositories is frustrating - they are all me!

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • When aligning XAML attributes, each new line should use spaces from the beginning column of the starting tag

                                    If you look at the attached screenshot, the first line has 3 tabs, and the second line has 5 tabs. That's wrong. In any editor not set up to show tabs as 4 spaces, the second line won't have its attribute aligned with the first. The second line should also have 3 tabs, but 11 spaces instead of 3.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • consgnar produtos em fins pacotes pronto evoluir informatização formalizada

                                      Labor valido de tecnocracia e consignação em viabilização de objeto de provimento ao quadro de alcance aos fins

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                                        0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Stop or reuse running tasks in Task Runner Explorer when project is reloaded.

                                        If using a VCS such as GIT, and you work with branches, switching branches often causes the project to reload. Additionally, if you've bound a Task Runner Explorer task to "Project Open" and it's a watch task, it will not kill or reuse the previous task that was already running. So you end up with a lot of running watch tasks.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • reorder pinned tool windows

                                          When I pinn for example Test Results and Error List to the window bottom, I cannot reorder them without unpinning and pin them anew.

                                          This worked in VS 2013!

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