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  1. Review System.Collections.Generic to add missing methods to prevent double or inefficient search (ex: Dictionary<T,V> TryAdd, HashSet<T>)

    While extension methods are great and allow to adds the missing methods.
    There are some cases where you would like to not have a performance penalty.
    Ex:
    Dictionary.TryAdd => (ContainsKey, Add) 2 search
    Dictionary.TryRemove => (ContainsKey, Remove) 2 search
    HashSet.TryGetItem => enumeration instead of hash search
    HashSet.Replace => (Remove, Add) 2 search

    I'm also convinced that depending on the size of the collection, alternate search strategies could be used.

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      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve usability of SQL Server Connect dialog

      When connecting to a SQL Server from a new Query, the Connect dialog opens on tab Browse. Then I have to click on Local (i.e.) etc. etc. But 99% of the time I need a connection from the History tab. So If it would open with the History tab I would be more productive since it save time and it is more logical.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow C# and VB project to have configurable namespace rules at the project level

        On the tab with default name spaces of a pop up allowing the configuration of namespace rules for new files. In some cases I would like a project to create new code artificats using VB rules (Always in the root namespace) or C# rules (always in a namespace matching the folder name) I would like to set the default behavior on either type of project depending on what I am building.

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow file and directoy comparison when using git

          When using TFS, it's possible to use vsdiffmerge to compare any files or folders on disk from within Visual Studio. When using Git, this is not possible. Please make it possible to use this functionality for local files / directories when not using TFS.

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            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ctrl+} should bring you to matching #region or #endregion

            Just as it does for curly braces. This is a priceless keyboard shortcut that would be a huge help for code with #region

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              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Automation support for hybrid UWP & store apps in windows 10

              Coded UI is not supported for hybrid app automation in visual studio 2015 on windows 10. An automation tool is much needed to write UI automation for a hybrid apps. Either provide support for coded UI automation on windows 10 or provide new tool.

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                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

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                  started  ·  14 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add feature to auto-generate code for recreating the selected object in its current state (for later testing)

                  It would be nice to be able recreate the state of a complicated object for unit testing scenarios. I'm thinking: during a debug session, I hover over an object that has been initialized, select an option for auto-generating code to reproduce that object, and it spits out a code block that would recreate that object exactly as is. Perhaps that would be thrown into a snippet for later use. This would be useful for unit/integration testing, where it could be difficult/tedious to create a complicated object.

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                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • show assembly qualified name in .cs properties window

                    show assembly qualified name in .cs properties window

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Preserve breakpoint hit-counts when debugging stops

                      When a conditional BP is hit with a "Hit Count" clause, it shows the number of times that BP has been hit. You can also get that count while the debuggee is running from the tooltip (hovering over the conditional breakpoint shows you the condition with the current hit count). However, when then debugging session ends, those hit counts are lost. That's valuable information. I would like to preserve those hit-counts so I could them as a cheap way of 'profiling' branches of code.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Newly opened files should show up on the right end of the TabView in the VS editor

                        I find myself constantly frustrated that new files are opened on the left end of the editor tabview. All other applications that I have ever used open new files on the right, which is much more intuitive, and lends it self to the daily task of "digging down" into functions. Please change this convention to match (practically) every other multi-doc application on the planet. Any web browser or Notepad++ are a couple of examples. Thank you for your consideration

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Mini import swagger.json models

                          Similar to the Past Special Class from JSON make this feature accept Swagger model files.
                          Keep it neat an simple, skip the method definitions just generate the simplest possible c# model for the input. Keep the model in one file.
                          public class Rootobject
                          {
                          public Serviceinfo ServiceInfo { get; set; }
                          public Serviceinput[] ServiceInput { get; set; }
                          public Usercredentials UserCredentials { get; set; }
                          public Resultinfo ResultInfo { get; set; }
                          public VODB VODB { get; set; }
                          }

                          public class Serviceinfo
                          {
                          public string Timestamp { get; set; }
                          public int SubId { get; set; }
                          public Accounting…

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add from Http

                            Add Existing from http(s).
                            We have lots of source code available on a http site.
                            Would be nice to be able to Add Existing and enter a http address.
                            /Odd

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • make Print(string), PrintLine(string) and LineInput() work with console

                              (I have posted this suggestion several days ago, but I do not see it now on uservoice so it probably somehow was not saved... so, I post this once again)

                              I completely agree that FileOpen/FileClose/PrintLine(file, string)/LineInput(file)/EOF(file) etc do almost belong to history. However, this set of input/output statements do serve its purpose very well for absolute beginners, because teaching beginners to use "writers", "streams" and "encodings" is a tremendous overkill, for there are much more important things they have to learn before that. But, they do not work with console.

                              So, my proposal is that Print(string) and PrintLine(string) do print…

                              4 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • NativateTo, for files in solution only, and make it fast.

                                NavigateTo is sooooo slow. And 99.9999% of the time I just want to navigate to a known file. Give me an option to turn off all the other categories and just search for files... which will hopefully make it fast. Most times it's faster for me to use FileOpen dialog than to use NavigateTo. That's a small exaggeration, but you get my point. Make it fast.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create a project translator from VB to C#.

                                  With the decline of VB usage as a language, we need a method to translate large project into another form.

                                  Just as VS provides project upgrade importers between its versions, could this now include the option to translate between languages as well?

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Capability of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding)

                                    For now, visual studio 2015 (I'm using community version, I have no idea about others ) doesn't support the function of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding). And this also confirm by an asked question at official visual studio forum.

                                    I wound like to describe the scenario again as below:

                                    Scenario:
                                    1. A project and all its file created under UTF-8 encoding
                                    2. A chinese simplified version windows 10 operating system
                                    3. A chinese simplified version visual studio 2015 installed in the system above

                                    Problem:
                                    • Now we open the project with the visual studio we installed, the…

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio should display normalized paths

                                      Visual Studio currently displays paths with ../../ like this:

                                      bullet\msvc\2012\src\BulletMultiThreaded\..\..\lib\

                                      It should display and/or the normalized/real path too without the dots.

                                      3 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add the ability to choose which columns are displayed in the watch windows

                                        I have never referred to the Type column. In fact, if I see it I'll always expand the Value column as far to the right as possible, just to 'hide' the Type column. It would be useful if the context menu allowed you to quickly remove the column.

                                        This would apply to the Autos and Locals windows too. And obviously it wouldn't make sense to hide the Name and Value columns, but extra columns could later be added.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Bigger Icons in Visual Studio 2015 Toolbar

                                          I can increase the font size in Windows, which works for Visual Studio IDE, but there's no option to increase the size of the toolbar icons.

                                          They are hard to see or click.

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