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  1. Go to (former Navigate To) - better results sorting (by relevance or % match)

    The new (VS2017) Go to upgrade on former Navigate to feature is great. You are getting close to the R# Ctrl+T + it's variants.

    The biggest pain remaining is the order of results. It seems (at least for the files) that the result are sorted alphabetically. There should be some better sorting algorithm, ie. by % match.

    For "f impo book" there current results are:
    - 2091231827309182_ImportedBook.cs (EF migration)
    - 2212380293023092_ImportedBook.cs (EF migration)
    - Imports/Book.cs
    - ImportedBook.cs
    ...

    See attached scrrenshot.

    But the results should definetely start with items like
    ImportedBook.cs
    ...

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visual Studio For Linux OS

      Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

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        76 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add bracket completion and highlighting for C++ templates

        When writing templates in C++ it can be quite messy at times to match all the left angle brackets( < ) with the right angle brackets( > ).

        I'll paste here a couple of examples:

        template <typename Component>
        static constexpr auto indexOf()
        {
        return Index<Cache<std::decay_t<Component>, N>, decltype( components_ )>::value;
        }

        template <typename U = SocketType, typename = std::enable_if_t<e_std::is_same_v<U, SslSocket>>>
        BasicClient(....

        When you write code like this, highlighting and/or completion for brackets like the one already available for parenthesis and curly braces would be a really good help

        Thanks!

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a refactoring tool to remove control's events

          If user creates an event from XAML event properties by double clicking the event name. Usually produces a code for that event.

          Now how about from code, maybe like rename factoring. Allow users to right click the method name and delete all the references to this event from XAML. - Delete only from xaml, not from code.

          Or maybe another option to delete all references.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • allow enum to be declared as a char

            Allow me to declare an enum as being of type char... After all, it supports byte.

            public enum IsManyField : char { No = 'N', Yes = 'Y' }

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide Enable/Disable Build vNext Build Definition.

              XAML Builds Definitions can be easily disabled/enabled.
              This does not seem to be possible with build vNext?

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                0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Hope C# allow this line of code: Command.ExecuteNonQuery() > 0 ? MessageBox.Show("") : MessageBox.Show("Test");

                I hope C# will allow the operator " ?: " can use like this line of code :

                " Command.ExecuteNonQuery() > 0 ? MessageBox.Show("") : MessageBox.Show("Test"); "

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add VS IDE menu item "Send to compressed file".

                  Like as:

                  External Tools:
                  Title: ZIP
                  Command: C:\Program Files\WinRAR\Rar.exe
                  Arguments: a $(TargetName) -r -x*.exe -x*.pdb -x*.rar -x*\obj\
                  Initial Directory: $(SolutionDir)

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove Strong Naming from the Visual Studio Extensibility templates

                    Strong naming is a barrier to entry for many new authors of Visual Extensions and provides very marginal value. It requires all the referenced DLLs to be strongly named and the last thing a new extension author wants to be doing is messing around with ildasm.exe.

                    Developing Visual Studio extensions is hard and the more you can remove these "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments, the better. Signing is an option that (unfortunately) needs to exist but the vast majority of extensions don't need it and it doesn't make sense as a default.

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                      1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support per-Task metadata via the Task Parallel Library

                      In parallel with the thread-local data, establish a task-local data capability. One could add key/value pairs tied to a given task.
                      It would be most useful if the key/value pairs of a given task could be passed down to its child tasks (perhaps add it as a task creation option).

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Save source control configuration Plug-in by solution to prevent changue always when open a diferent solution

                        Sometimes we have projects with Git and others with Svn, So when I open a project with svn then when I open the project with git the svn confiration still there not change automatically.

                        So I need to change this any time.

                        I suggest you keep source control confiration by solution.

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                          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Output path / build path must be user a user setting

                            For multi user environments, the output path of a C# project must be user dependent. Merge issues resulting of conflicting changes to the csproj file are only the smallest part of the problem. At the very least, the settings needs to be moved into the csproj.user file.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Native TypeScript refactoring in 2017+

                              VS 2017 should support TypeScript refactoring out of the box or in an easily found extension.

                              Here are a few ideas:

                              I'd like to be able to do method/parameter renaming with VS 2017 without having to install R#.

                              automatically add import statements would also help a lot. TypeScript hero does this well https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=rbbit.typescript-hero

                              Real time TSLint.

                              I think it's cool, but too bad that that VS Code tools are better than VS 2017.

                              I use TypeScript more than C# these days and feel that it deserves VS tools.

                              5 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • IDE Region Based Preprocessory Directives Contains Test Cases

                                When you have different regions its likely that you may copy and paste from one #region FOO {foo stuff} #endregion FOO.

                                But let say you add a new region called #region BAR {bar stuff} #endregion BAR.

                                Its likely that there are cases where you want to check that there are no FOO in your BAR region and no BAR in your FOO region some form of IDE preprocessor check or test case using contains or does anything contain string "FOO" then Fail with error message: "Contains FOO - it is contaminated.";

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                                • Support embed systems programming with a much richer experience compared to the current IDE.

                                  Make it easier than ever to get started and program an embedded system with rich user experience and easy to use debugging and combine the currently powerful IntelliSense. All this while integrating azure to really forge path for the Internet Of Things to really take off.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • use Project name as the title of the build log output

                                    Team Build web reports always use "Microsoft Team Foundation Server" as the title of the web page. We have over 20 different branches and each team build results looks the same. Can you preface with the project name/collection instead? For example,

                                    "MyProject - Microsoft Team Foundation Server"

                                    I really hate looking through 10 different logs before I find the one I want because the titles all look the same.

                                    I don't think you need to include "Microsoft Team Foundation Server", because I already know that I'm using it.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support opening files with hybrid file extensions

                                      Files such as *.Designer.cs would be files with hybrid file extensions as there are multiple extensions in there i.e. ((*.Designer).cs)

                                      If Visual Studio was able to differentiate between these and the core "*.cs" file extensions, it would be possible to set the default editor for these types of files. I personally think that it would make more sense to have the *.Designer.cs open into the designer rather than the code editor and the *.cs open into the code editor rather than the designer.

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • tray icon when exiting visual studio while it is in memory

                                        tray icon when exiting visual studio while it is in memory, like MS Outlook

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                                        • 使用过程中,vs2017和2015 经常弹出信息框“”无法保存”

                                          使用过程中,vs2017和2015 经常弹出信息框“”无法保存”

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