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    • code formatting alignment

      I would like the code editor to assist with aligning the code in different ways. There is a add-in called Code Alignment that you can use, but I would like this to be built in to the formatting in the editor and it should be possible to align automatically when you save. For example I would like to aligning on equal signs in consecutive assignment statements, like this:

      var a = 1;
      string b123 = "";

      I think that this should also include a number of other alignment options too, like aligning declarations and parameters etc - or anything that…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • UI Updated Event for ProgressBar

        Request: I would like to see an event for the ProgressBar class that would be raised when the UI is finished updating the new value.

        Description: Currently what happens in Windows Vista and newer is when the Value is changed a slow increment on the user interface side occurs to show a gradual increase or decrease to the new value but there is no event to indicate when the UI is finished updating.

        Situation: There are instances where other control's values are dependent upon the new value of the ProgressBar. While programmatically it preforms correctly in that the other controls…

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • When edit and continue is used don't allow current break point to switch from the active code window.

          Open the code window that the current breakpoint is at BUT don't switch to that window. Keep the current active window open.

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • XML Documentation Web

            Restore option to specify XML documentation on Web Application projects.

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Don't refresh and move Git options in the Team Explorer

              I have a git project connected to our on premise TFS. When I go to changes (or other) and then I click the home button in the Team Explorer window, it starts loading (blue bar at the top moves) and then the buttons move. See the 2 images I attached.

              I'd like the buttons not to move on me, so I don't click something I don't want when it changes. See the attached image.

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Why is there no BMI1, BMI2 instrinsic support? I want PDEP/PEXT at the very least...

                We lack support for BMI1 , BMI2 which are present in all modern compilers. Particularly useful would be PDEP and PEXT, like the Intel compiler has (e.g. like this https://software.intel.com/en-us/node/523995). There are many others as well. We should add these instruction sets as instrinsic functions.

                Also, we should provide double width division intrinsics, i.e. a 64bit processor should be able to divide 128 bits by 64bits in a single operation. Would be the straightforward inverse of this. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d2s81xt0.aspx

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • ms tests

                  I want abilities to run failed test n times (for mstest). I have selenium tests for SPA so too difficult write test that will passed always, simpler to run few times

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                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Keep C++ AMP supported and improved.

                    Please keep supporting and improving C++ AMP. It is still unique among all other solutions.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improved Renaming TOOL

                      When a software entity (e.g., a field) is renamed for some reason (e.g., correcting a typo), it likely that other related and similar entities should be renamed accordingly. The rationale is that if an engineer makes a mistake in naming a software entity it is likely for her to make the same mistake in naming similar and closely related software entities. However, existing renaming tools, e.g., Visual studio and Eclipse, could not suggest developers to rename such related entities.

                      To solve this problem, we have proposed an approach. The approach is presented in the attached paper which was accepted for…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • team foundation 2015 build logs in local time

                        Current TFS Build Info (start, stop) is in local time. As it should be. However build logs are in UTC time which is very frustrating. These should also be in local time, please!
                        The number of users which need this must be small and if needed some config option could be given.

                        See https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/93ea5f77-6687-4ba4-8775-00e440801cac/tfs-2015-update-1-build-time-displays?forum=tfsbuild

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Remove the background Color!

                          Please remove the purple background of the VS Logo on the taskbar. It will look quite well with the windows 10 theme

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                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Regex visualizer

                            Often when I have to use regular expressions I find myself constantly copypasting the expression to and from the code editor because a complex expression is hard to read inside Visual Studio with no visual guidance. Therefore it would be useful to have some support to writing regular expressions. I have two ideas (that are not mutually exclusive with respect to each other):
                            First, a regex coloring could be implemented if the IDE finds a string literal in a regex constructor or a static regex method. The coloring could look similar to that of https://regex101.com/ . Visual Studio should also…

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Support For Non-Generic Members Within Generic Classes

                              I often find myself implementing the following (going for brevity over grammar here):

                              abstract class SomeClass<T>
                              where T : SomeClass<T>
                              {
                              overrides DoSomethingSansType(SomeClassSansType obj ){
                              DoSomething((T) obj)
                              }

                              DoSomething(T obj){
                              //42
                              }
                              }

                              abstract class SomeClassSansType {
                              abstract DoSomethingSansType(SomeClassSansType obj );
                              }

                              This allows all instances of SomeClass<?> to be grouped together and have their common functionality used.

                              It would be nice if the following could be added as syntactic sugar for the above:

                              abstract class SomeClass<T>
                              where T : SomeClass<T>
                              {
                              sanstype DoSomethingSansType(SomeClassSansType obj ){
                              DoSomething((T) obj)
                              }

                              DoSomething(T obj){
                              //42
                              }
                              }

                              //And later:
                              var list = new…

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Check for additional updates when updating extensions using the Visual Studio installer

                                Some updates, like the ones for Application Insights and Typescript as seen in the attached image, launch the Visual Studio installer to update the extensions.
                                This means that you have to:
                                - start the first update
                                - close Visual Studio
                                - apply the first update in the Installer
                                - launch Visual Studio
                                - start the second update
                                - close Visual Studio
                                - apply the second update in the same Installer
                                - and launch Visual Studio again to continue working

                                Can't the Installer also detect multiple available updates to installed packages/extensions and list the others, so you can then choose to…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • TFS and external (local) GIT

                                  Team foundation Server 2015 has possibility to use External GIT repo in Build. Please add support to use Local (network share) External GIT repo.

                                  Why ?
                                  We have few external GIT repos what we can not move under TFS-GIT but we want to use power of TFS-BUIL & TEST & RELEASE system...
                                  Thanks

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                                    0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Foreach should use pointers

                                      The foreach loop should use pointers to allow easy manipulation of the data.

                                      foreach(String s in strList) // s should be a pointer to strList[x]
                                      s = "Hello world"; // then this would be possible

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Auto-create Controller Actions from data entered into JavaScript/JQuery Ajax methods

                                        A great feature of many IDEs, including VS, is that you can define a function on the fly and automatically create a method stub for it.

                                        Wouldn't it be great if this could be done when you are making Ajax requests to the server?

                                        For example, say you wish to send data to an action using JQuery's $.post() method:

                                        You type $.post("MyController/MyAction", {data: "myData"}); into your front-end code, this new feature would then give you the option to auto-create an action "MyAction" in controller "MyController" with a string paramater "data" and a default return type of say, ActionResult.

                                        I'm still…

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Example Namespace "system.Examples"

                                          While learning, programmers write oft the same code multiple times,
                                          which, of course, increases the educational effect.

                                          But after a while, if you already know what you are doing (e.g. creating a class)
                                          only to learn something new (like LINQ) you are wasting time.

                                          This is where the namespace "system.Example" comes in.
                                          It already has many test classes for beginners like ("Car" or "Human")
                                          and delivers many useful properties and methods.

                                          An example of using this namespace could look like this:

                                          system.Example.Car car = new Car("BMW", "M3 GTR", ...);

                                          PS
                                          That would be nice for game developers too. :D

                                          3 votes
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