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  1. Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

    In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

    Others were not included in the port.

    This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

    1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
    2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

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      50 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • (Editor) Disable adding a new line after C# [Attributes] when auto-formatting

      This thread pretty much says it all >> http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/9e5dd395-afd7-46d7-845d-5345a3268961/dont-let-the-editor-insert-a-new-line-after-a-c-attribute?forum=visualstudiogeneral <<

      What I want is:

      Auto format ->

      [MyAttribute1] [MyAttribute2] Stuff MyStuff;
      [MyAttribute1] OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

      But what I get is:

      Auto format ->

      [MyAttribute1]
      [MyAttribute2]
      Stuff MyStuff;

      [MyAttribute1]
      OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

      which is quite annoying.

      There is no option anywhere to disable adding a new line - This should be a very basic built-in option.

      Thanks.

      216 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Pull Request comments lose their context

        Comments in a pull request are tied directly to a line number. Thus, as more commits are added, they will shift around in the file, and become confusing.

        I don't know what the best solution for this would be, but it's rather disorienting for in-progress stories.

        214 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We’ve actively working on improvements to the pull request platform to enable improved comment tracking when new changes are added in subsequent commits. We have other improvements to the pull request experience underway as well, and you’ll see these changes starting to roll out soon and continue for several sprints.

          Thanks,
          Matt Mitrik
          Program Manager

        • .Net Native compliler for Desktop

          Provide the .Net Native compiler not only for Windows Store applications.

          209 votes
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            11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Use UTF-8 by default for C++ source files

            .cpp and .h files should be saved in a modern encoding such as UTF-8 by default (and the compiler would have to be updated to handle UTF-8 input as well). The use of the windows-1252 codepage really feels like something out of the 1980's. The rest of the world uses Unicode. Heck, as far as I know, most other VS project types use it. Can we *please* get the same in Visual C++?

            207 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Java support to Visual Studio

              With Microsoft's recent giant leaps forward into supporting Open Source technologies and platforms, I believe time is ripe for Microsoft to add support to Visual Studio for building Java applications.

              History is history - time to move forward: Java is a reality and is very widely used to build server-side technologies in particular.

              While IntelliJ is pretty good and Eclipse does it's job, NOTHING comes close to the enormous power and flexibility of Visual Studio and its practically unbeatable editor, window layout mechanisms, debugger, code introspection tooling, etc.

              I believe that in adding Java support, Microsoft could expose Visual Studio…

              206 votes
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                17 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow switching TypeScript configured version from Project Properties IDE

                Currently the only way to switch between TypeScript compiler versions is to manually edit the .csproj or .vbproj setting for the following element:

                <TypeScriptToolsVersion>1.0</TypeScriptToolsVersion>

                While this isn't impossible it is cumbersome to have to manually modify the project's configuration. I propose it would be better to have this version be reflected via a dropdown or similar selection in the 'TypeScript Build' tab within the project properties. Since TypeScript allows side-by-side installation of the SDKs it would be appropriate to be able to switch between them.

                This allows flexibility to target more easily older or newer versions of TypeScript when required.…

                206 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Debugger should support C# compiler '/embed' option

                  The C# compiler supports embedding sources files into the PDB via the '/embed' option. However, currently the debugger will not automatically pull them back out and show them. This item tracks properly supporting this feature in the debugger.

                  205 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support SQL FileStream and FileTable in Entity Framework

                    Currently working with sql file tables is too difficult when working with EF6. I would like to create file table and filestream records directly in entity framework

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                      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add mixins to C#

                      Adding mixin functionality enables true duck typing within the language and makes things like IOC and Dependency Injection so much easier. It's the next logical progression from the dynamic type.

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                        7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                        After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                        please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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                          2 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow custom build tools to run in parallel

                          We build a lot of project using the C++ Qt framework with Visual Studio. Header files having Qt signals/slots are run through a tool called the MetaObjectCompiler to generate a cpp file. This is a custom build tool that is not run parallel, though there is no reason why it shouldn't. This makes build awfully slow sometimes.
                          I realize it might not be possible to run every custom build tool in parallel, but a per-file option "Can run in parallel" (false as default) might be a solution. The Qt-Addin for VS could set that option to true and you'd make…

                          201 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                            Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                            In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                            I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

                            201 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add context menu item in solution explorer to open Source Control Explorer showing selected file

                              When you right-click in VS 2010 Solution Explorer it would be great to have a shortcut there that opens up Source Control Explorer immediately showing the selected file.

                              Currently a user is required to open Source Control Explorer and manually expand (and know) all the folders in the path to get to the desired location.

                              197 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                                Ewald Hofman

                              • WebBrowser Control Using Edge Rendering Engine

                                Hi Development Team,

                                Thousands of developers including myself would like the WebBrowser control in Windows Forms Application to use the Microsoft Edge Rendering Engine.

                                We know there is WebView control for Universal Windows Platform, but, we want all the power we get under Windows Form Application but prefer the WebBrowser control rendering engine to be Edge not Internet Explorer.

                                Could Microsoft please release this feature as an add-on to Visual Studio 2015? Or is there a way we can change the WebBrowser control use the Edge rendering engine? A lot of programmers are asking for this feature.

                                196 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add range operator

                                  USING:
                                  1.
                                  Range operator with three operands:
                                  bool b1 = 5 ? 1 .. 9 // true
                                  bool b2 = 100 ? 1 .. 9 // false

                                  2.
                                  Second syntax of the for loop:
                                  for(i = 0 .. 99) // loop 0 to 99 step 1
                                  http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591753-second-syntax-of-the-for-loop

                                  3.
                                  Second syntax of the switch statement:
                                  switch(i)
                                  {
                                  ....case(5 .. 10)
                                  ....{
                                  ........Console.WriteLine(">=5 AND <=10");
                                  ....}
                                  }
                                  http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591758-second-syntax-of-the-switch-statement

                                  4.
                                  Slicing:
                                  var list = new List() { 1, 3, 3, 7, 8, 9 };
                                  var slice = list[0..3];
                                  // suggested by Chris M.
                                  // http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2213037-c-slices-support

                                  193 votes
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                                    14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add "Ignore Case" and "Ignore Whitespace" options to the Diff window

                                    The Diff and Merge tool in VS 2010 and earlier support command line options for ignoring case and ignoring whitespace but these don't seem to be available in the integrated diff tool for Visual Studio 2012.

                                    193 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

                                      Spec Explorer is a masterpiece for testing requirements:
                                      It is closest to the best general known way of defining requirements ( thanks to abstract state machines) in a language you master using a very rich object-object oriented architecture!
                                      Please make it work with Visual Studio 2015.

                                      193 votes
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                                        under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

                                        VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

                                        With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

                                        193 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                                          Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

                                          189 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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