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  1. Include way to know if code is running in Live Unit Test

    There is currently no way to know at runtime if code is being run from VS Live Testing. Sometimes I want specific code to run in that situation (like throw an exception as a sanity check, because that code shouldn't be run in that scenario).

    It would be great to have a feature to know if code is being run by VS Live Unit Testing. NCrunch does this by defining the NCrunch flag at build time. Something like that would work well.

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      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Styling - All Upper Includes Numbers

      Shouldn't All Upper as a style allow numbers?
      Like ALLUPPER is valid, but also ALLUPPER2 should also be valid.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • An idea for updating

        I suggest that there should be a way for updating when releasing the formal edition of vs2017, which won't need us to install again. If the way is already exist, then just ignore this.

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          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide some means to easily identify or eliminate problems with pasting code containing non-breaking space character (0xa0)

          If you copy/paste a code snippet from a web browser,it often contains nonbreaking white space characters (U+00A0).

          When compiling C++ code, the first time you're aware of this is when you get the error:
          C3873 '0xa0': this character is not allowed as a first character of an identifier

          However, even give that, it's still a guessing game as to what needs to be edited because even with View White Space enabled, you can't differentiate between a valid white space and an invalid one. I invariably find I have to re-edit the entire line, removing any white space and re-inserting it.
          It's a real PITA -…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a chalkboard or text board so i can add variables and information visable.

              I.e.. I have session variables that i might need to recall in various webpages. I can look on my chalkboard located in my saved editor panels on the left/right.

              It would be nice to drag variables, controls etc. and the VS editor adds the name of the object on the board for note taking purposes

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Create a Calendar Extension

                My team really needs to be able to see Projects and Tasks in a calendar view that keeps card information... i.e. assigned to, due dates, etc.

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                  0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Visual Studio 2017 - Installer: Workload for C++ UWP games

                  The current Universal Windows Platform also installs C#/Visual Basic, .NET, Blend for Visual Studio... etc.
                  As a C++ game developer for Xbox One, Windows 10, Win32, I'd like to have a workload that is slimmer and excludes the unessential .NET etc. technologies. And when available one that excludes even C++/CX.

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Get rid of IDE0017 C# Object initialization can be simplified

                    I recently switched to VS 2017 RC as my primary development mode because I read it was production ready.

                    Now every class I compile you try and show me a warning, 'Object Initialization Can Be Simplified'.

                    Get rid of this warning, or at the very least make it something that has to be turned on, do not turn it on by default.

                    You can't just introduce something that breaks 12 years worth of C# code in our code libraries.

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                      5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Stop using MS Edge for debugging ASP.Net apps

                      Positing for a second that MS Edge is unsuitable for debugging ASP.Net apps (see list below), PLEASE stop defaulting to that browser when debugging. I prefer to have the experience relatively streamlined so that I can focus on debugging *my* code. However, with Edge's flakiness, I'm having to jump debugging paradigms and deal with whatever bugs Edge wants to expose. It's just a royal pain in the &*# compared to vPrev, which wasn't great for ASP.Net either.
                      Why Edge is bad for debugging ASP.Net:
                      1. VS does not attach its debugger; it uses Edge's, so I constantly have to open…

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Break on Exception in ASP.Net should break once, not 5+ times.

                        I like to run debugging with all CLR Exceptions checked to break. However, in ASP.Net, it's all but unusable, as every exception breaks over and over again as every point in the stack has to break. Normal Windows apps break once, maybe twice, but in ASP.Net, it can be 5+ times!!! And it's often InvalidOp, so when I uncheck it to maintain sanity, I end up screwing up my debug session, as I start losing the exception I was after. Anything that pops up REALLY needs to have a cap as to how many times it does so in a…

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Show current downloaded size and total downloaded size of individual components in VS installer

                          It would be helpful how much data being downloaded and how much is remaining within VS installer. This would allow to know how much further time installer would take and improve installer experience vastly.

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                            5 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visual warning if not all files are latest in a solution

                            When opening a solution hosted on TFS. Display a visual warning if there is newer files on the server that is not checked out. Also a notify if there is updates to referenced nuget packages.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide useful feedback for easily repairable problems with installation

                              It was not possible to update form one version of VS2017 RC to another, and the setup log said this was because of an installed extension. Such an easily remedied problem could be surfaced to the user without having to dig through log files

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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Move System.Reactive.Unit to System

                                When I'm trying to code in a more functional style, I sometimes need to return Unit from a method instead of void (or anything to signify "I don't care about the actual value", Unit just fits the bill). I would appreciate if I could do that without pulling the entire System.Reactive package.

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                                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Asp.net Code Supports VB

                                  As Visual Basic is not supported by current release of ASP.Net core 1.0.3, we wonder if VB will be supported in the future.
                                  Please refer to this thread: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/36369977-bcd0-4871-b77e-622ebc9d7643/does-aspnet-code-supports-vb?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Automatic additional file paths when adding another solution

                                    Adding another solution to a program doesn't actually add it to the path. Currently that makes adding projects to a solution essentially just a visibility tool that doesn't actually do anything. I think its fair to say that if a programmer is adding a solution it is because they are going to be utilizing the code within the project. Why not automatically add path when doing this?

                                    I believe this is an easy step which would add some convenience. (likewise you could add an option to turn this on/off)

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Cut back on arbitrary functions

                                      Why does Visual Studio give me news and featured videos? Visual Studio is supposed to be an IDE. I didn't download VS to get news, I don't want to see featured videos, I want a fast startup and I don't want to have to deal bloatware-esque **** like that. (I disabled it)

                                      Business setting: People should working not looking at microsoft news.

                                      Home Setting: No one is getting news from an IDE.
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                                      I want a program that feels professional. Adding news seems like an arbitrary function bloating this already huge program that is relatively slow (I am comparing this…

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • IntelliJ IDEA like autosave

                                        Autosave all files; like IntelliJ IDEA. There is not notion of saving or that of dirty files by placing an "*" in the tab. Anything you type is saved, always. Of course, have a buffer and persist when user is not blasting away on the keyboard. And VS makes sure to persist everything in this buffer when user closes solution.
                                        Perhaps allow turning off the feature if user wants to save it manually.

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Await null without an exception

                                          The introduction of the "myObject?.MyMethod()" construct is really cool, but exposes a new issue when using it with async. "await myObject?.MyMethodAsync()" (properly) throws null exception when myObject is null. How about introducing "async?" to allow the programmer to explicitly state "I'm expecting a null return and its okay". That'll allow for "await myObject?.MyMethodAsync()".

                                          If "MyMethodAsync" returns "Task<type>" rather than just "Task", "async?" would pass-through the null as "(type)null". It "type" is a value type, using "await?" would recast the "type" return to "type?". The compiler should probably warn if the "await?" result is then used as a non-nullable type and…

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