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  1. Test Tools in VS 2016 - CodedUI - Merge UIMap Actions Into One Method

    Due to the instability of the CodedUI Test Builder, and the unpredictability of playback I have many separate methods in a single UIMap file. I would like to merge the actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method. Within the UIMap there already is a function that will split a UI Action into separate methods, and I want to do the opposite and merge separate actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method.

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      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Automatically fix fixable errors

      Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

      It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

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        6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable IntelliTest for 64 bit projects

        Enable IntelliTest for 64 bit projects

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          9 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Edit and Continue: Allow Edit and Continue x64 under local IIS

          Edit and Continue x64 is an outstanding addition to Visual Studio 2013. Unfortunately, I tend to use the full IIS server on my local machine for debugging, but the Edit and Continue option becomes disabled as soon as I change from "IIS Express" to "local IIS".

          The error message states that changes are not allowed "when the debugger has been attached to an already running process", which I assume is because the IIS Application Pool (running as w3wp) is already running when debugging is started..

          How can this be fixed?

          Ideally, this should be fixed by allowing the debugger to…

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            under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Line Spacing

            Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • LINQ Debugging - condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack"

              Improve debugging support for Ix and Rx queries in the IDE. Specifically, a condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack" would be great. It would also be great if we could hook into the "query stack" features from our own LINQ-based APIs.

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                5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow #region blocks to be indented much like they are in C#

                In C# you can indent a #region block so that the region flows with the layout of your code. Unless I am missing something, this is not the case in VB.

                Example (C#):
                public class MyClass
                {

                +[VARIABLES]

                +[PROPERTIES]

                +[METHODS]
                }

                Example (VB):
                Public Class MyClass

                +[VARIABLES]

                +[PROPERTIES]

                +[METHODS]

                EndClass

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                  10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hey Greg,

                  Thanks for the great suggestion. I agree that it would be nice to see these indented properly. I honestly couldn’t tell you the reason for this design choice but it applies to all preprocessing directives. Having said that, our team owns both the VB and C# code editor experiences and as we’re rebuilding them as part of Project “Roslyn” we’re trying to be on the look out for opportunities to make the experiences more consistent where it makes sense – this looks to me like one of those cases. The “Roslyn” based editing experience is not planned to be in the next release of Visual Studio but it’s certainly not to early to look at improving this. I’ll follow up with the right folks to see if I can make this happen :)

                  Regards,

                  -Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic & C# Languages Team

                • SmtpClient should allow to specify the envelope sender to support a return path for VERP

                  Implement an optional envelope sender address used for the MAIL FROM command.

                  This is needed, because the address in the MAIL FROM command is used for bounce messages.
                  This will also result in an different return path header.

                  Read more on "Variable envelope return path" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_envelope_return_path

                  please see also this similar feature request: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2180497-smtpclient-should-allow-a-null-mail-from-in-the-sm

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • New projects treat compiler warnings as errors by default

                    All new project templates will set the "treat warnings as errors" flag to true by default.

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                      8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make Visual Studios website UX and advertising more inclusive

                      The other day I received one of those generic emails about Visual Studio, and I noticed that out of the 11 clip art people only 2 were girls. And both were in the background or off to the side(see pic). So I decided to check out the VS website and noticed the trend continued. Men outnumbered women on every part of the website with 2 or more people with the sole exception of continous intergration (ps props to who ever designed that page). In fact, most of the time they doubled to quadrupled the number of women. And although there…

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Different icons for DLL-refs and Project-refs

                          In the project reference folder there is a list of references to other assemblies. These can be referenced by pointing to a dll or to another project in the solution. It would be really helpful and emphazise correct linking if one could easily see (on the icon) whether the refence is made to a project or to a dll.

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Number interface for int,short, double, float, etc...

                            Here's the doc's for Linq.Sum : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb345537.aspx

                            It would be nice if there could be just 1 method

                            Sum(IEnumerable<Number>)

                            For this to happen there would need to be a Number Interface that is common to the number structs (int, short, double, etc)

                            I would suggest it includes add, subtract, multiply, divide and asInt, as Double etc....

                            I believe this would reduce a lot of duplicate code, plus would allow for expandability with new objects

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                              6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix the Font & Colors dialog

                              please fix this dialog. it hasn't changed for years, it desparately needs some attention.

                              consider this use case:
                              - i'm editing some code and part of it is red. i want to change it to blue.
                              - i open the fonts & colors dialog
                              - i scroll through the HUGE, completely disorganized 'display items' list
                              - i have to guess which of those items applies to the red text I want to change. sometimes it's obvious, most of the time it's not...
                              - usually, i have to select each item in that list, one-by-one, looking for one that's the right…

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                                15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • OpenGL in Windows 10 Universal Apps

                                It would be great to see OpenGL supported in Windows Universal Apps. So we can use OpenGL in modern apps for the desktop as well as for phones.

                                Please visit the SharpGL project at GitHub (https://github.com/dwmkerr/sharpgl) where Dave Kerr and I am working on. We provide a simple wrapper and some framework stuff around OpenGL to make it available in .NET languages.

                                We want to be platform independent as OpenGL is. So please help us and all the developers who wants to bring their iOS and Android OpenGL apps to Windows 10 (desktop and phone).

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                                  4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Expose a Workflow Service through REST/JSON endpoints

                                  It'd be great if we could call Workflow Services directly from an AJAX application through REST/JSON endpoints. The current inability to define a contract first when defining a Workflow Services prevents us annotating the contract with the [WebGet] attribute which would be the obvious way to enable both a SOAP and REST endpoint on the same service.

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                                    9 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

                                    Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

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                                      11 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow bulk update target .NET framework version for all projects in a solution

                                      The solution (.sln) properties allows bulk update of Configuration and Platform properties. It should also allow updating the TargetFramework property.

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                                        5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow code clone detection to be run from command line and/or MSBuild

                                        The new code clone detection feature seems to be very tightly coupled to the project object model exposed by the IDE. This essentially makes it impossible to use within automated builds. Please consider changing the "innards" so that the tool can be used to break an automated build (including builds run outside the IDE) when duplicate code is found.

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                                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • The Processor Architecture for Tests should use the current Platform type

                                          1. Pick a Platform and Configuration from the drop-downs
                                          2. Go to Test Explorer and run tests

                                          All tests FAIL!

                                          The tests use the 'Default Processor Architecture' which can be configured under the TEST menu. If that doesn't match the Platform type I'm working with, tests fail to run.

                                          Whenever I change the Platform, I need to remember to also change the Default Processor Architecture.

                                          I suggest that when I pick a platform, the Default Processor Architecture also changes to match.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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