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  1. Search option to skip unversioned files

    In the 'Find and Replace' -> 'Find options' add a check box to only search versioned files. This option would allow the find-in-files to quickly pass all the bin and obj folders which most repositories ignore.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • WCF support XML, will be great to support also JSON

          WCF support XML, will be great to support also JSON

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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Docked unpinned window exapnd out instead of in

            with multiple screens it would be nice if a docked unpinned window could expand out of the side of the IDE instead of over the middle of the IDE

            It is kind of hard to read the output when the source control window is covering the entire IDE while the IDE is unresponsive because the TFS integration locks the IDE up until finished

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              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Incorporate the guidelines feature from Productivity Power Tools

              Incorporate the guidelines feature from Productivity Power Tools - nothing more, nothing less just the way they are will be great.

              I wouldn't mind any extra features.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Dynamic class

                Include support for dynamic class in .net.

                This should allow the developer to take existing classes and either add more properties to the class in a new class, or remove properties.

                This will allow the developer to create DTO classes from original classes, cutting away the properties he wants, but maintaining the ones he wants as well.

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Restore global.json functionality in VS2017

                  Before the switch from project.json back to .csproj files, I was able to use global.json in order to specify local source code for a NuGet package I referenced. This made it incredibly easy to debug against the source code, and also make code changes on the fly to my dependencies that are in other packages and repositories.

                  With the new csproj format, I am forced to make changes to my package and push them up to our registry, or package and push to a local nuget source. This makes for an incredibly clunky experience when NuGet is your primary method…

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Programatic Anonymous List Initilization

                    Currently in c# it's easy to initialize a list when the entries are known. Something like:

                    new int[]{1,2,4,8};
                    etc.

                    But it would be really handy, if I could initialize an array programatically. Something like:

                    new int[] (int u =0; u < 4; u++) {return (int)Math.Pow(u,2); }

                    or something like that. For multidimensional arrays it could be like

                    new int[,] {(int u=0; u<5; u++), (int v=0; v < 5; v++) {return u+v;}

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make custom work item type fields editable in excel. They are currently read only.

                        When I create a custom field for say a user story. e.g. "Customer Value", and then choose picklist and enter some values. If I open that list in excel to make editing large amounts of items a bit faster, the custom fields are always read only. This just makes those custom fields not as useful. It would be great if I could edit the custom field, and it even pulled in the picklist and the validation.

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                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • precompile web project publish

                          At the time of publication if you can make it so that files that have not changed are not published again

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Clean up MFC/ATL by building with /Wall - remove the warnings (aka sloppiness) before release

                            If using MFC/ATL and compiling with /Wall, there is an ocean of warnings. The idea is for ME to find issues with MY code, the that provided my MS. There's no excuse to leaving C4365 (type conversion) warning littered everywhere. C4574, C4263, 4264 should also be addressed. C4820 is in the winnt.h file. Explicit padding to remove the warning would be more professional.

                            Who knows, in the process of cleaning up, real issues can be uncovered and resolved.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
                              • How to solve Microsoft Build WebSetup Error?

                                I just wrote 2 posts about web setup error on these links
                                http://bit.ly/nfiXh4
                                http://bit.ly/qV0r68
                                But I think this is not solution. Microsoft should solve quickly.
                                Thanks

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                                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • live code analysis

                                  Live Code Analysis would be fine. One of the newest Features of Visual Studio 2017 is "Live Unit Tests". I would like to have the same Feature for Code Analysis (fxCop). Live Code Analysis checks the active document and visualize warnings etc directly beside the Icons for live unit testing.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enter product key in installer without command line

                                    At the moment, you can only enter a product key for install by using the associated command line option. It would be better if you could enter the key when starting the installer (a bit like the windows installer) and provide a "Skip" button if the user wants to enter the product key within Visual Studio later.This would also offer possibilities to combine the Visual Studio installers, as the installer can check the key, and determine which edition it activates.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Clicking WEBSITE menu item hangs IDE

                                      Open a Website Project from a network share folder. In the main nav click the WEBSITE menu item. The IDE will hang for a random amount of time while the progress cursor blinks excessively. I think the hang time is related to the size of the project.

                                      I mostly need to get to the Copy Web Site.. tool. Can you make a keyboard command for that?

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                                      • seach box - search forward and search back buttons

                                        Search box is currently fiddly to search backwards. Requires click combo and change search mode to backwards, so next use of box is in search back mode and another fiddle to search forward.

                                        Search box is small, so room for both a search back and search forward button. Have used in an other IDE and is very effective.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 3 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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