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  1. Remove unused References

    It would be great to have an option to remove all unused References from a project.
    Similar to [Organize Usings] > [Remove and Sort].

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      5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support natvis debug visualizers in Mixed mode debugging

      Please user our .natvis files when debugging in Mixed mode. They are not used (as of VS 2013 Preview). We have a C++/CLI application with many native and many /clr files and cannot use the .natvis visualizers there.

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        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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 →
        • Add support for Java style "throws" keyword

          In Java, "throws" keyword is used in method signatures, informing about the exceptions may arise from this method.

          public void ReadFile() throws IOException, FileNotFoundException { ... }

          When developer use this method, Java compiler forces the developer to implement an exception handling strategy, surrounding this method with try-catch, or adding these exceptions to the new method's signature..

          public void UseReadFile()
          {
          try {
          ReadFile();
          }
          catch(IOException ioex)
          { ... }
          catch(FileNotFoundException fnfex)
          { ... }
          }

          public void UseReadFile throws IOException, FileNotFoundException
          {
          ReadFile();
          }

          157 votes
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            45 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

            It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

            Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

            Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

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              7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

              C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
              For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

              R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
              R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

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                4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 153 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable Local History

                  Other IDEs have local history tracking. It's really useful for when something is almost right, but not ready to commit. Then a couple changes are made to try and finish it up. Turns out those changes make it worse. Depending on how big those changes were and how many files you touched it can be a nightmare. Local history makes it easy to rewind. This is especially useful for css/javascript where a small change can have a large impact.

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                    10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    As we investigate this proposed model, we have a general question for you.

                    1. We support Undo stacks in the tool.
                    2. There is an extension “auto-history” that provides a level of automatic roll-back, based on heuristics/events to perform snapshots
                    3. Local repo support.

                    If we think of the above as a continuum from simple undo to a more explicit commit, we would like to hear feedback on how you’d prefer a model for local history support on this spectrum. E.g. is the preferred model to allow automatic snapshotting to a local repo?

                  • Provide a more robust Exceptions window in Visual Studio.

                    It would be great to be able to save the Exceptions configuration in the Debug -> Exceptions window into various profiles. Once saved, allowing us to switch between profiles would be a tremendous help when debugging a variety of projects.

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                      4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • C# Script window similar to LinqPad

                      I want to be able to write scripts to try out things that I would normally create a console application for. It should be really easy to reference projects from the solution that I have currently open and all editor features should be enabled, such as refactoring and intelisense.

                      Ideally after I have written code in a script I would then be able to easily move it into one of my projects.

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                        4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                        • 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).

                          148 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support SSAS / SSIS / SSRS in Msbuild

                            I would love to see MSBuild support building BI project types for CI. Currently, the only out of the box way to build these projects on a Continuous Integration server is by using devenv.exe. Devenv.com is fussy and will hang or not build projects at all. Additionally, licenses need to be periodically refreshed for it to continue working. It's a mess.

                            148 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Option to import and export VisualStudio bookmarks

                              Bookmarks are useful for code tracing. It will greatly help user to navigate through the code during review ,training or even debugging.

                              Currently bookmarks are being stored in the solutions *.suo file. Since its a good practice not to add this file into code repository, there should be a tool to allow developers to export their bookmarks from one machine to another. This scenario exist for developer that works at different stations on the same code.

                              Currently Bookmarks are not available as option in Import and Export Setting Wizard

                              148 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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 →
                                  • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

                                    Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

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                                      2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add git support for subtree add, push and pull

                                      Git subtrees are a popular way of including code from a remote repo into a project repo. They have advantages over git submodules.

                                      Visual Studio's git features need to support adding and managing push, pull and merges from subtrees.

                                      The only way to use git subtrees presently is from the command line :

                                      e.g.

                                      Add a subtree (as a remote)
                                      git remote add shared ssh://git@bitbucket.org/xyz/shared.git
                                      git subtree add --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master

                                      Pulling upstream changes
                                      git subtree pull --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master

                                      Pushing changes to the upstream repository
                                      git subtree push --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master

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                                        3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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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                                          12 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Adopt IANA Standard Time Zones

                                          The .Net BCL TimeZoneInfo class is a wrapper on top of Windows timezone data. Now that ICANN/IANA is formally managing the zoneinfo database (since Oct 14, 2011), Microsoft should favor this standard instead of its proprietary time zone implementation. See http://www.iana.org/time-zones and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tz_database for further details.

                                          This would allow .Net much greater interopability with other Internet platforms.

                                          Since Windows timezones have been around for quite some time, Microsoft should provide this as an option, perhaps in a different set of classes, with some translation to and from the existing TimeZoneInfo class for backwards compatibility.

                                          (also - it would be ideal…

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                                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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