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  1. Manage NuGet Packages should support Database project

    In Visual Studio 2013, when I click the Manage NuGet Packages menu for Database project, it will prompt me that "Operation failed. The project 'database project name' is unsupported.".

    And in Visual Studio 2015, this feature is grey out for database project.
    I think NuGet Manager should also support database project. There has other communities who also has this requirement, please refer to:

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/8570c1e9-2916-4e80-800a-2e553f8a2bfa/referencing-dacpac-nugets-from-a-sqlproj-ssdt-within-visual-studio-2015?forum=visualstudiogeneral&prof=required

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      8 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

      The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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        3 comments  ·  Project  ·  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…

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          7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

          Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

          While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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            7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow delegates and generics to be used in attributes

            Alter section 17.1.3 of the C# language specification to allow for additional language features to be used in attributes. For example, being able to specify a delegate (anonymous or not) would allow one to look up a member-specific validation method using a static method:

            public static bool NameValidator(string name) {
            return !string.IsNullOrEmpty(name);
            }

            [StringValidation(NameValidator)]
            public string Name { get; set; }

            One better would be to allow anonymous delegates or lambda expressions:

            [StringValidation(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
            public string Name { get; set; }

            Better yet would be to allow for generics in attributes:

            [Validation<string>(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
            public string Name { get;…

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              8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add option to control automatic test discovery after builds

              I am working on solution that contains 13 000+ unit tests split between several (10+) projects. I am trying to use TDD, but after each build there is a long time window while Test Explorer tries to discover ALL the tests in my solution.
              I need an option to disable/enable the automatic test discovery and a new command to trigger it manually whenever I need to refresh the test list. This will save me literally hours each day.

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                5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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

              • 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…

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                  18 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable turning off Roslyn Code Fixes

                  I would like to speed up Visual Studio 2015 by disabling the analysis of my sourcecode by Roslyn (code analysis, code fixes, analyzers, etc) when I am working in C# projects. In previous releases of Visual Studio there were two options in the Tools menu >> Options >> Text Editor >> C# >> Advanced:

                  - Underline errors in the editor
                  - Show live semantic errors

                  I am a user of ReSharper, so I do not need this functionality. The reason I think Roslyn is causing the slow-down is that when I use the same version of ReSharper in VS2013, I…

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                    6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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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                      8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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.

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                            14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

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                              9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

                              This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

                              A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

                              https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

                              From the following conversation I had with…

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                                3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

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                                  11 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

                                • Make namespace configurable for folder

                                  The namespace for new files created are automatically determined by the folder structure.
                                  This often creates a problem if you wish to make a logical group of files (by placing them in a folder) that is not supposed to be a new namespace.
                                  Creating the folder and moving the files is not a problem, but the trouble starts as soon as someone uses 'add class' on the folder.
                                  Now the new file does not sit in the same namespace as the other files in the folder.

                                  One example would be to use a folder to store partials of a big…

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                                    12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Squash commits in Git using Visual Studio

                                    It would be nice, if we can combine (squash) multiple commits directly from Visual Studio.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

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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…

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                                          5 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow readonly modifier on local variables, not just properties.

                                          Readonly modifiers shouldn't be canned for just instance-level properties on a class. Readonly isn't always to explicitly prevent subsequent code from changing a value. I would argue readonly modifiers can significantly improve code comprehension and readability:

                                          Imagine the following code in a method definition, where prod_count would be a local:

                                          int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

                                          If the compiler would allow this:
                                          readonly int prod_count = (List<Product>) prods.Count;

                                          All of a sudden, I know as a developer reading the code that I don't have to scan for prod_count getting reassigned to something...I can mentally write it off as, okay that's just…

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                                            12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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