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  1. 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

      • Pull request approvals reset or downgrade when new code is pushed to branch

        A administrative setting on version control that will cause all PR approvals to be removed/reset if new code is pushed to the branch.

        Currently if someone reviews the code and approves it. I can push changes and merge without them being forced to review again.

        They are notified, but It would be nice to force another review by someone if new changes are made.

        I am pretty sure GitHub developed something similar in the past 6 months or so.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable Roslyn-Powered Code Views

          This vote is for developers who support the idea of Roslyn-Powered Code Views. Code Views are a conceptual improvement to the way Visual Studio renders code to a developer, and how a developer works with that code.

          Opening a file: To load a Code View, code is loaded into memory and parsed as a Roslyn AST. From there, it is processed through a developer's Code Formatting Profile to render the code to the developer as they prefer it. This includes such things as spacing (spaces or tabs), documentation (on or off), and characters/symbols around fields (underscores or even Hungarian notation…

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            5 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  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 →
            • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

              The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
              It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

              -a
              www.adamcogan.com

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                2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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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                  7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • Add lambda support to C++/CLI

                      Lambda is now supported in C++ 0x but not in C++/CLI. It means we are not able to use C++ lambda to define delegates in ref class. This makes using .Net libraries like Task<T> and System::Linq a very tedious work.

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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • C++ code map

                        Add support for C++ code maps!

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                          4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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 →
                          • 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 →
                            • Microsoft should make MFC open source

                              MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                              With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                              Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                              Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                              http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                              “[…] Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide…

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                                under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support Bridge.net

                                Along with Xamarin and Cordova tools that indeed help multi-platform development, maybe you should also promote Bridge.NET's C#-to-JavaScript/TypeScript.

                                This way a developer can write business logic AND user interface façade services using C#, and then develop NATIVE user interfaces using any of these technologies: WPF/XAML, UWP, Windows Forms, ASP .NET WebForms/MVC/WebAPI, Xamarin, Unity (!) - directly, and using the generated JavaScript and TypeScript definitions as well with: HTML5 (Angular/other DOM frameworks), UWP JS, Cordova tools, and NodeJS (server side)!

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                                  3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve MFC - add a VisualManager (CMFCVisualManagerWindows) for Windows 8 / 10

                                  All developers in the world programming for Windows 8 / 10 with MFC need the new visual style / theme for the dialogs / application / windows / controls / a.s.o. Please add the urgent needed file(s) to the Visual Studio 2015 Update 2.

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                                    4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Include Code Coverage Analysis in Professional Edition

                                    It's great to see some of the previously Ultimate-only features such as CodeLens moving downlevel to the Professional edition, so thanks! It's maybe too late to do this for RTM, but please consider also including the Code Coverage Analysis tool in the Professional edition of VS 2015 rather than limiting it to Enterprise.

                                    Performing code coverage analysis is an integral part of any unit testing workflow, but it's hard to justify the cost of Enterprise for just this one built-in feature when something like JetBrains dotCover can just be purchased separately.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 →
                                      • add custom tool support to shared projects

                                        Both VS 2013 U4 and VS 2015 Preview does not seem to support custom tools in shared projects. That makes it impossible to use shared projects with many useful single file generators, including those shipped with Visual Studio (RESX, T4 Templates, etc.).

                                        In our usecase we would like to use shared projects for shared data models. Normally these data models are specified in our schema DSL and we have MsBuild tasks that generate necessary source code. This approach is not applicable to shared projects because they are never built, however we could do the same with custom tool (single file…

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                                          9 comments  ·  Project  ·  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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