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  1. Allow for static variables within methods

    An example:
    int Foo(){
    static int i = 0;
    return i++;
    }

    Console.WriteLine(Foo());
    Console.WriteLine(Foo());
    Console.WriteLine(Foo());

    Outputs:
    0
    1
    2

    Because the method itself is non-static, the static variable within the method would only apply to the instance of the object:

    Console.WriteLine(a.Foo());
    Console.WriteLine(a.Foo());
    Console.WriteLine(b.Foo());

    Outputs:
    0
    1
    0

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Show the project name in the output of the web publish activity, somewhere near "Overall status"

      Show the project name in the output of the web publish activity, somewhere near "Overall status".

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        0 comments  ·  Windows Azure Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • duplicate view of debugger window on Visual Studio

        Like this case here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47597422/duplicate-view-of-debugger-window-on-visual-studio

        Can we open two debugging windows(Disassembly window) during debugging time with one VS?

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          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • rebuild code when all errors are corrected in Visual Studios

          When Error list becomes 0 from X(number) the code should auto rebuild and show the success or fail message. This will save millions of developers time. It will enhance the user experience and make working on VS (XXXX) enjoyable.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Short cut to find/open a class/interface

            I come from android develop background and recently move to a new project using visual studio/c#. I notice several inconvenient things compare to android studio.
            1) Android studio has short cut "cmd + N" to quick find/access class/interface which is quite delightful. Visual studio doesn't have it, have to use "find in solution", and then search from the whole find result.

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              • Worst ever working with Visual Studio. It takes ages!

                Worst ever working with Visual Studio.

                It takes ages to add components in the installation, for the most basic setup.

                It takes ages.

                I just needed the most basic C++ compiler.

                It is just a compiler, for your God's shake!

                With yum on Linux it takes a few seconds!

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                  0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The Control-ScroolWheel should work on all sub-windows of Visual Studio

                  If the source code is too small to see, what make you think the stack, output window, error list windows are okay. All sub-windows should zoom (change the size of the text) when the window has focus and you do a control-scroolWheel.

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                    0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Button to make copies of projects

                    An easy way to copy projects.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Syntax Highligthing for Type/Function Tooltips when using C++

                      Currently, the tool tips created when you hover over a code element display that elements type. These tooltips display the type in a plain, black font.incr

                      This is an issue, because the tooltip doesn't display the declared type (the string used at the declaration site), but the full, expanded template type. This can lead to the type string being extremely difficult to read.

                      I suggest adding syntax highlighting to these strings. At minimum, these elements should be highlighted:

                      return type
                      function arguments (if any)
                      primary class name (the class being templated)

                      This would visual separate the messy template information from…

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make the offline installer available

                        You cannot expect people with slow internet connection speed to download 8 GB worth of installation files in one go unless you lost the common sense somewhere. Don't become Apple.

                        Provide an Offline Installer with selective downloads through torrent or direct download for community edition. Or you can provide resume support in your UI installer which would be worth while effort.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" removable

                            As I'm a C# developer only, I never use VB and F#, I hope the "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" stuffs can be removable, I hate redundance, I want only C# language feature installed on my machine. Please make "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" removable, the best solution is put every language into its own feature package I think, so that each user can select which he(she) wants to install.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" removable

                              As I'm a C# developer only, I never use VB and F#, I hope the "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" stuffs can be removable, I hate redundance, I want only C# language feature installed on my machine. Please make "Visual Basic" and "Visual F#" removable, the best solution is put every language into its own feature package I think, so that each user can select which he(she) wants to install.

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Default to project folder when using the "Add existing file to resources" dialog

                                I often add resources to a project using the Add Existing File command in the Project > Resources tab.

                                The "Add existing file to resources" dialog always defaults to "Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Professional\Common7\IDE".

                                This issue has been in Visual Studio for quite a while. Can we get this fixed?

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make sure your products work with your products....

                                  When I go to the subscriber portal for MSDN/VisualStudio(and many other Microsoft products) using Microsoft Internet Explorer or edge, the page is either not available, or has incorrect/wrong information in it.
                                  But, when I use a competitors product, I get the correct information. That seems wrong to me.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Display what version the installer will update Visual Studio to

                                    When installer can update Visual Studio, there is no version number displayed. Installer only shows currently installed VS version. This makes the UI confusing and we don't know if the update will to to a patch release (eg. 15.4.1 to 15.4.5) or minor release (15.4.x to 15.5)

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                                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • return? (conditional return)

                                      C# 6.0 introduced null-conditional operator for safe property/method access. It would be great if the ? could also be used for 'return' keyword to conditionally generate a 'return' statement if the right-side value is not null.

                                      ResultType MyFunc()
                                      {
                                      return? CheckSomething();

                                      // do other stuff

                                      return myResult;
                                      }

                                      without 'return?' we should write the code this way:

                                      ResultType MyFunc()
                                      {
                                      var result = CheckSomething();
                                      if (result != null)
                                      return result;

                                      // do other stuff

                                      return myResult;
                                      }

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • VS designer - support WPF visual states

                                        Add support visual states inside visual studio designer similiar to how blend works or used to work. Where you can view a certain state.

                                        Add attribute that allows viewmodel to tag what property that is associated with the view & thus the designer could automatically set it.

                                        d:DataContext="{d:DesignInstance IsDesignTimeCreatable=True, Type={x:Type vm:...ViewModel}}"

                                        private Control view = null;
                                        [View()]
                                        public Control View
                                        {
                                        get { return this.view; }
                                        set
                                        {
                                        if (this.SetProperty(ref this.view, value))
                                        {
                                        this.UpdateVisualState();
                                        }
                                        }
                                        }

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                                          0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow loading multiple solutions

                                          In some situations a dependency is build in a different solution altogether. It will be great if the IDE allowed loading multiple solutions at the same time.

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