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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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 →
        • Allow Test Explorer To export test results

          When running tests in Test Explorer, there doesn't appear to be a way to export these results. This would be useful in order to share failed test results with fellow team members. Ability to export to trx would be wonderful. I know this can be accomplished via commandline, but running from commandline is a rather clunky solution, especially if you want to re-run failed test.

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            6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • Custom Project Order in Visual Studio Solution

                  Add ability to customize project order in Visual Studio solution. Now all projects sorted by name and this behavior cannot be changed via user settings.

                  138 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                    There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                    Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

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                      7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                      Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                      The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                      For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                      The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

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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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                          11 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 →
                          • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

                            In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

                            Others were not included in the port.

                            This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

                            1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
                            2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

                            134 votes
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                              32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Circular shift / Rotate JIT support

                              Many cryptographic hash and encryption functions take advantage of circular shift:

                              (val << shift) | (val >> (32 - shift))

                              Modern C and C++ compilers recognize this expression, and compile it accordingly to X86's ROTR/ROTL instruction. I believe the .NET runtime should be able to recognize the IL sequence that the above expression would generate:

                              ldloc val
                              ldloc shift
                              shl
                              ldloc val
                              ldc.i4 32
                              ldloc shift
                              sub
                              shr.un
                              or

                              And optimize that sequence into a single X86 ROTR/ROTL sequence.

                              I'm pretty sure it doesn't do that now, according to my experiments.

                              The best thing to do is to introduce some…

                              134 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add an 'Ignore space...' for all format options

                                Autoformat can be great, but it can also greatly work against when you have some exceptions.

                                Please add option to turn off all whitespace autoformatting.

                                I never hit accidentally the space button, and I'm also perfectly well to press the space button when I do want a space.

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                                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enterprise Library as default framework

                                  I think include enterprise library as default framework will become handy as this will help for consistency. As my concern, I think most of development works now need dependency injection (unity), Logging tool and config tool. So why not put enterprise library as the first option

                                  133 votes
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                                    25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

                                    Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

                                    Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

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                                      6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • WebBrowser Control Using Edge Rendering Engine

                                      Hi Development Team,

                                      Thousands of developers including myself would like the WebBrowser control in Windows Forms Application to use the Microsoft Edge Rendering Engine.

                                      We know there is WebView control for Universal Windows Platform, but, we want all the power we get under Windows Form Application but prefer the WebBrowser control rendering engine to be Edge not Internet Explorer.

                                      Could Microsoft please release this feature as an add-on to Visual Studio 2015? Or is there a way we can change the WebBrowser control use the Edge rendering engine? A lot of programmers are asking for this feature.

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                                        5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support the -Loopback token in proxy bypass lists

                                        The .NET Framework is currently hardcoded to bypass the proxy for traffic destined to localhost/127.0.0.1/::1. This makes sense in general, but greatly complicates debugging with Fiddler or other proxies.

                                        In 2011, this problem was fixed in WinINET and WinHTTP with the introduction of the "minus-loopback" token in proxy bypass lists. When <-loopback> is present, the client should not bypass the proxy for local addresses.

                                        See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fiddler/archive/2011/02/10/fiddler-is-better-with-internet-explorer-9.aspx for more detail.

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                                          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • MSTest API

                                          It would be very useful if MSTest could be made available through a programmatic API, and have programmatic access to the results.

                                          Whilst it's true that we can lunch MSTest.exe from a separate process, and then query the corresponding results file, in reality this is clunky, inelegant and annoying.

                                          The of other unit test frameworks (NUnit, xUnit) is already publicly available, so why can't we have this for MSTest.

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