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  1. automatically generate precompiled headers

    Hi, i noticed a project made by an intern at microsoft which can automatically generate precompiled headers for a project. according to Andrew Pardoe it got removed, because of too many issues. See: https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/C9-GoingNative/GoingNative-35-Fast-Tips-for-Faster-Builds#time=13m03s

    If think the tool mentioned in the above demo has almost all the perks required for such a tool. It can dramatically speed up compile times (which i already noticed when adding them manually). Even if it is not 100% perfect you can easily use it as a base to improve upon.

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow sequential (i.e. not parallel) test execution in MSTest

      A portion of my test cases check the modifications performed by the code under test upon a database. For this I need to create and populate the database before each case. As the database name is the same, I cannot successfully execute a bunch of test cases without them clashing upon each other, and yielding a bouquet of exceptions.

      What I'd love to see is (suggestions in the order of priority):
      - An attribute stating that this particular test category belongs to a set of categories, which need to be executed sequentially
      - A UI-controlled setting in Test Settings to…

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        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Select the first project type by default in Add New Item dialog

        In VS2017, right click in Solution Explorer and choose Add > Class.

        This opens the Add New Item dialog. In order to create a class you have to select the project type (ASP.NET Core for example) and then you get the list of items to create.

        This extra step is quite frustrating when you are creating dozens of classes a day.

        It would be useful if a default project type is chosen, ideally the type of project that the right-click context is.

        Thanks
        Chris

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support Owner attribute on Test Classes

          TestMethods support owner attribute, but TestClasses don't. Sometimes it's impractical to stamp owners on each and every test method. It would be nice to have the ability to specify ownership at a higher level.

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            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • vstest.console.exe should support test filtering by Owner Attribute

            vstest.console.exe supports "/TestCaseFilter" parameter which allows you to selects tests to be run by TestCategory, Priority, FullyQualifiedName, etc.

            It should also allow this filtering by "Owner" attribute too.

            Visual Studio IDE supports this easily, because you can change the display to categorize tests by owners. But vstest.console.exe has no way to do this.

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              0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Auto-collapse #regions on "Find Next (f3)" after Find opens them

              The only thing that keeps me from using #region more is that every time I find something inside a #region, the #region opens and then stays open.

              The net effect is that my #regions aren't stable and it gets annoying re-collapsing them.

              Please update the Find code to recognize when a #region is opened, and then re-collapse it automatically if "f3" is pressed (or the "next" icon is clicked) to leave the region.

              To me it really doesn't make any sense for the #regions to pop open so easily without the developer expanding them intentionally.

              Alternatively, there could be an…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Dont stop IISExpress serving pages after debug has stopped

                I have a web project and I started with Ctrl-F5 (Start without Debugging). Then I decide to do some debugging and start with F5.
                When I stop debugging, IISExpress does no longer surf web pages from that side. I have to do another Ctrl-F5.
                Please do not stop IISExpres from surfing my pages, which I started in the first step.

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Treat the console window like Eclipse does it (integrate into Visual Studio as tool window)

                  Treat the console window like Eclipse does it. There's a tool window that acts as a console. It shows the console output and can take input.

                  This is very useful to quickly run programs and not have their output disappear with the console window. Also, you can keep the output text around indefinitely while developing. With a separate console window that is tedious.

                  This feature should be optional.

                  The feature should be done a little more nicely than Eclipse does it. Eclipse is, all in all, a shabby IDE compared to Visual Studio. There are a few ideas to pick,…

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Able to merger N number of .coverage file as I have multiple number of Distributed System that produced number of .coverage Files

                    Able to merger N number of .coverage file as I have multiple number of Distributed System that produced number of .coverage Files

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                      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • MTM - Have the ability to work with controllers set for load testing

                      When a machine is configured for load testing running a test controller and test agent that set to 'Configure controller for load testing'. MTM shows the machine as being offline. However, Visual Studio 2017 shows the machine as being online.

                      I think limits the ability of 'Microsoft Test Manager' to be used for testing and indicates a fault when there is none. It would be good if MTM could also handle (recognise) machines configured for load testing and show an appropriate status

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                        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Alert me to the size of a .json file or any file if it's outside the limit size before trying to open it.

                        Instead of locking me up for a period of time trying to open up a file outside the limits of the JSON editor. Alert me after I click that the size is too big and if I want to continue so I don't waste time opening it up.

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                          0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Handle StackOverflow exceptions in Visual Studio (don't just "crash the app and stop the debug")

                          When the programs has an infinite invoke loop, you can't get it from Visual Studio (it just "stops" debugging and even sometimes crashes).

                          It would be nice that this case could be handled as any other Exception.

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • In the popup that tells me I'm debugging a release build, can we have an option to stop completely?

                            More often than not, I'm debugging a release build because I forgot to change it to debug before I hit go. When I get that message, what I really want to do is just cancel the execution, flip to debug, and start over. I'd love an option in that window that makes that possible.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve interaction with build output Window and error tracking

                              TL;DR: No easy way to correlate an error in an #include hierarchy to the source file it came from.

                              Example case:
                              Addition of "#include <Winsock.h>" in a deeply-nested header file results in compilation errors in another, deeply nested header file.

                              See: https://github.com/kfsone/nesting

                              User experience:
                              . Confusing error list (see stack overflow for how often this min/max thing confuses people),
                              . Message may be reported in some obscure header file that uses 'min/max' instead of in a cpp file, but nowhere near the source of the mistake.

                              While VS's "/showIncludes" makes tracking this down easier, once you know what you are…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • modify vcvarsall.bat and cl.exe names so there's cl32.exe cl64.exe clarm.exe etc

                                running vcvars32 and vcvars64 repeatedly doing builds runs the path size up so big that the shell becomes unusable really fast. having separate compiler names and all the same path (one time) lets the developer build for multiple targets all at once for a given project in a batch file or with nmake or whatever they use. (and in fact, they can be built in parallel)

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • more powerful intellisense

                                  as example if I need to declare a variable with "NameValueCollection", but most probably developer don't know the exact spell or correct class or type, right now developer must write "NameValueCollection" and then press Alt+enter for suggetion. It will be really nice if it will come up in intellisense when user start to write it like "nameval", and intellisense show it up, when developer select it, it auto import the related namespace to that class.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Do not recompile after changes in whitespace (formatting) or comments

                                    Do not recompile if the changes to the file clearly do not affect the generated code.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Find in Files in folder option

                                      Hi, I can currenty use "find in files" in the current document/project and the solution.
                                      I would like to execute find in files also in a solution folder (multiple projects).
                                      Thank you!

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Update IIS Virtual Directory settings on start debug

                                        Visual Studio has a built-in feature that modify the IIS configuration when the solution is loaded.
                                        But sometimes we need to open the same solution in different branch. Last opened solution is the winner configuration.
                                        A good solution could be to change the IIS configuration on start debugging.

                                        Thanks

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                                          0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable "Current Document" when "Go to Member"

                                          Need to configure "Go to All" panel behaviour:
                                          When execute "Go to File" (Ctrl 1, F), "Current Document" switch will automatically disable.
                                          When execute "Go to Member" (Ctrl 1, M), "Current Document" switch will automatically enable.

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