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  1. infer generics

    To make the C# language more attractive (for pythonistas and lovers of javascript) and competitive, allow for our compiler to infer common generic types:

    var numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]; // numbers is an IEnumerable<int>
    var letters = ['a', 'b', 'c']; // letters is an IEnumerable<char>
    var strings = ["Hello", "World"]; // strings is an IEnumerable<string>
    var objects = [3, letters, "please"]; // disparate types, so presume object; IEnumerable<object>

    // Lists then? Use the list prefix
    var iceCreamFlavours = list ["Cotton candy", "Chocolate", "Vanilla"]; // List<string>

    // Optionally, defining list type with 'using' statement:
    using list = System.Collections.Generic.List;

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Step over groups in "Error List" and "references"

      When you have the Error list or "references" list open you can step through each item by pressing F8.

      In VS2015 there were no groups and every time you pressed F8 you got to the next item.

      With VS2017 the groups are treated as items and everytime you reach a group separator in the list you must press F8 yet anohter time to step over it.

      It's confusing since you're usually have your eyes on the code window and don't know why the F8 key didn't send you to the next item.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow use of VS Community Edition without a licence

        I understand that you don't want people to use the free Community Edition for enterprise development but you could make this clear when the customer downloads the original file and you could have them click something to agree to this at that point. Licencing in VS is intrusive and often infuriating, as for example happened when a user opened his laptop to do some work in VS on a plane journey only to find his licence had expired and he was locked out. At the very least add a grace period of a week or something for when people don't…

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          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • integrate Deep Learning into C#

          If Deep Learning APIs were integrated directly into C#, it would be much more powerful. Deep Learning can be used for anything from facial recognition and tracking fraud, to full artificial intelligence.

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • For long installations

            When the user select a lot of features and the installation takes a long time, it would be helpful if the installation process would inform showing lines about the action that it's taking at the momen. For example, when Visual Community applies Androids NDKs, it stays for a long time in a percentage but it doesn't anything else.

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Categorized Code lens and "Find all references"

              When using "Find all references" (or Code Lens), you are usually looking for a specific type of reference - for example:

              - When searching for all references of a class, you might just want to know where it's overridden.
              - When searching for the references of an abstract function in CodeLens, you sometimes just want to see the implementations of this abstract function, because F12 lead you to the abstract version.
              - When looking for the references of a variable or property, you sometimes just want to see where it's written, because you're currently investigating a bug that has to…

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Command for limiting file scope to Debug Configuration only.

                One useful feature hidden away and perhaps not known to some or many developers is the Debug Configuration attribute that can be attached to a source file. Unless I missed it, there is no command for this with the IDE and I do it manually by editing the project file (projName.csproj). I am a C# developer and not sure if this applies equally to other languages but my guess is it may.

                If you add the attribute [Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == 'Debug'] -- without the square brackets -- to files with Compile Include or Content Include, then that file will be…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a copy button in the exception window to better (and copy-paste) report errors when Visual Studio throws exceptions.

                  When Visual Studio throws an exception, it will show a window with (hopefully) a stack trace, but this cannot be copied. What would be a good idea is to allow the text displayed on the window to be copied, either by a copy button or allowing the window to have content selected and copied. I think posting a full stack trace to Visual Studio Bug tracker would help the team solve problems easier and allow the team to continue to make Visual Studio more awesome :)

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • AXML editor in VS2015 is very slow

                    I found many discussion about this problem, but no solving.

                    I have I5 with 8GB RAM.

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                      0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bookmarks for breakpoint save the time

                      breakpoint is position, where is problem, i want return in code.

                      Thnaks for VS, it's best for me.
                      :)

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • When selecting a time range in diagnostic tools, also filter console output for this timerange.

                        When selecting a time range in diagnostic tools, also filter console output for this timerange for easyer diagnostic using own outputs.

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support the $(DevEnvDir) macro in Visual Studio Database Projects

                          I created a new database project in Visual Studio 2015.

                          I wanted to invoke SqlPackage.exe in the post-build event, but the $(DevEnvDir) macro isn't defined in order for msbuild to find SqlPackage.exe in that directory.

                          A work-around is to hard-code the path, ex. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\Extensions\Microsoft\SQLDB\DAC\130\sqlpackage.exe" but this is not the best solution.

                          For example, I expected to be able to use "$(DevEnvDir)Extensions\Microsoft\SQLDB\DAC\130\sqlpackage.exe" instead of hard-coding the path.

                          Thank you!

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                            0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • lastbuildstate

                            Be able to remove the lastbuildstate or at least move it to a specific folder.

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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                • Show code structure in the margin

                                  This feature exists in the Productivity Power Pack 2015 but not in VS 2017.

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                                    • Shortcut for local search in Go to all

                                      I love "Go to all" feature!
                                      There is one thing that I miss from R# days and that's a keyboard shortcut that allows me to quickly start searching as local or global search.

                                      Yes, you can do CTRL + T, CTRL + ALT + C for local and CTRL + T, ALT + X (or , instead of T) but that breaks the flow of quick searches. And always have check in which context I'm currently searching. I would be happy if CTRL + , would be global and CTRL + T would be local by default.

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add search by method signature to Go to All

                                        I like the new Go to All feature that allows me to quickly search local or global method. But I would like to search method by signature as well.

                                        For example "m Update" may return a lot of methods and I would like to write "m Update(EmployerDetails" to get the method that the first argument is type EmployerDetails.

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                                        • DataGridView编辑列的窗口大小能记住最好。

                                          DataGridView编辑列的窗口大小能记住最好。

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