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  1. Intellisense should say what a Lambda expression does

    I don't get Lambdas, and probably never will. I simply don't write them. Unfortunately a lot of MS examples have them instead of writing out the code they replace. Intellisense should tell me what their expression does. If I hover over the variable part, it should say what's happening to it, or where the result gets created.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Replace Action Recordings in MTM with Xamarin Test Recorder

      Action Recordings (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286647(v=vs.110).aspx) are nearly useless and are very fragile. Instead Xamarin Test Recorder https://www.xamarin.com/test-cloud/recorder should be integrated into MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) and extended to work with WPF/Win Form/ Desktop applications that require automated testing.

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        6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a search box in "About Microsoft Visual Studio" dialog

        I would love if it is possible to have a search box in "About Microsoft Visual Studio" dialog to help search installed products.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • <CustomListItems> need to accept more than just <Item> descendants in natvis

          In VS2015, natvis has a new tag called <CustomListItems>. It is very cool, allowing for iteration over structures to find just the right ones and display them to any of the watch windows.

          Unfortunately, these items to display are only limited to using <Item>, which is really sad as there are a bunch of already available constructs that would make this much easier to visualize.

          Basically, anything that <Expand> or <Synthetic> can contain, so should <CustomListItems>. Even having it contain another <CustomListItems> would be useful to limit scope of <Variable>.

          Also, <Item> under the <CustomListItems> is a crippled version of…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve code analysis for CA2100

            Code analysis should be able to determine that a private collection of strings is not coming from user input. It appears it is able to determine this for a local variable, but not for private collections that only have strings coming from local variables.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • DoubleQuote Property

              In Visual Basic .NET if you want to have a double quotation mark, " or Unicode characters U+201E (8222) and U+201C (8220), then the current solution is to use multiple double quotes within the String literal.

              The issue with this solution is that the readability of the String decreases. In C# the alternative is to escape the string the with @ sign prior to the literal.

              The proposed alternative .NET solution is to provide 2 new properties within the Environment class named: Environment.OpenQuote and Environment.CloseQuote that map to their respective characters.

              Please take a moment to review this proposed solution…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Give us an opportunity to insert VS marcros / copy VS macros

                It would be really nice to be able to copy / insert macro variable, e.g. $(ProjectDir) to fields when editing the "Additional Include Directories" or "Additional Library Directories" in C++ project.
                The feature would be nice to look like properties of Output Files -> Object File Name.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Scroll tabs in the tab panel left-right with mouse wheel

                  Please, add a possibility to scroll tabs left-right with the mouse wheel when cursor is over the tab panel (it is implemented, for example, in Komodo Edit).

                  When you open many tabs, and the one you need is not visible anymore, it is not always convenient to click on the small arrow button to search the tab in the list. And with described functionality you may just scroll your tabs to the left-right and quickly select the necessary one.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix Xamarin please!

                    The Xamarin is giving error please :"aapt.exe" exited with code -1073741819.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Edit and start projects inter dependencies

                      It would be very nice (especially for very huge project) to be able to set inter dependencies through projects to be sure that they all start if we debug a "parent" one

                      example:
                      BackEnd-API project -> webserver hosting back end api calls
                      FrontEnd-API calls --> webserver hosting frontend api calls
                      Backoffice project --> webserver, depends on API project
                      Logistics project
                      FrontEnd project --> webserver, depends on API project

                      as soon as we want to run backoffice IISExpress, it would auto start BackEnd-API in IISexpress (and backoffice also of course), but nothing else

                      It's a kind of an extension for "always…

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Git: Allow selection of 3rd party git diff and merge tools

                        The integrated diff view in VS2015 is fast and helpful in many situations but still limited in its options and workflow.

                        At our company we use BeyondCompare as the primary diff tool.
                        We would like to select this tool as preffered diff and merge editor for git.

                        Other git clients like SourceTree allow to configure these tools freely (by adding the configuration to .git/config).

                        I'd love to see that in VS2015 as well.

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                          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • css

                          Editing large minified CSS files slow down Visual Studio extremely as the whole file is in one large line (tested with Sharepoint CORE15.css -file - size is around 300kb).

                          Once the file has been formatted to multiline the performance works normally.

                          Can the performance with long single line CSS files be improved as the openingn of the minified file and reformatting it takes a lot of time.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • override all visibility options in designer, not just hide

                            Using the document outline panel, I can hide elements in the designer.
                            I would love to be able to force visibility using this method also.

                            If I have an element that is usually collapsed, clicking on a similar button could force show it in the designer, without the need to alter my design time data

                            On a similar note, sometimes I would want to collapse an element, not just hide it.

                            I think from a designer point of view, it would be useful to have Hidden, Collapsed and Visible at the click of a button

                            d:IsHidden="True"
                            d:IsVisible="True"
                            d:IsCollapsed="True"

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ask to configure projects for typescript.

                              "Your project has been configured to support TypeScript"

                              Please stop.

                              Asking to configure is perfectly fine, but just doing it without asking is incredibly disruptive. I have an alternate setup for building/deploying scripts that I need to adhere to and automatically configuring the project like this only gets in the way.

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                                3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • adjust UI so clicking "accept this merge" can't result in an accidental double-click on "auto-merge all"

                                The location of the "accept this merge" button on the merge screen mirrors that of the "auto merge" button on the screen that immediately follows. As a result, a hasty click or double-click can have unintentional consequences when merging files.

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Delete a work item

                                  In VSTS workitems can be deleted from the work item itself or from a query etc.

                                  In Visual Studio there seem to be no delete of work items at all (please add it).

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Editor|C++|formatting|Spacing|binary operators to have separate options for different operators

                                    I would prefer the Options for Editor|C++|formatting|Spacing|binary operators to allow separate options for different operators.

                                    In maths it is common to write 2x + 3y which reads better in code as 2*x + 3*y i.e. spacing is used for add/subtract, not for multiply/divide, and that is our coding style, for our mathematical software.

                                    The default of spacing on (which is OK) surprised me when cutting & pasting, so I explored the options.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Need a way for natvis structures to be 'callable'.

                                      I've come up with this problem several times. I have a set of tags that are all the same except for some variable. Rewriting the entire section is what i've been doing so far, but it's tedious and SUPER ERROR PRONE, esp if I have a bug in one, which I then manually have to remember to go to all of the others. Yes, copy coding at it's finest. o.O

                                      I have one natvis type that is over 1100 lines long with prolly 30-40% of it copy coded. And I would like to have this view to be used elsewhere…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Preview diff should not close if the window is pinned and I navigate in the team explorer.

                                          I was trying to integrate feedback from a code review back into the code. I opened the review and clicked on the comment, bringing up the relevant code. Then I tried to open the file from my pending changes; however, navigating to the pending changes closes the diff, even if I pin the window or remove it from the IDE. While ultimately, I can just diff from the pending and edit in place, it would have been nice to support the workflow I was attempting.

                                          tl;dr: If I pin a window open, please don't close it.

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