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  1. Allow me to link Visual C++ filters to specific directories

    Please give me a way to associate a directory for a given filter (ie folder) in VC++. The directory would be used as the default when I click on a filter and run the Add New wizard. This would help greatly on larger projects with elaborate directory structures.

    Here is an example of how the current setup is maddening. Imagine I am working on something that has a directory structure like this

    \Foo
    \build
    \msvc << VC++ files here
    \brandX << build/make files for your competition
    \include
    \Algorithms
    sort.h
    \Collections
    vector.h
    \src
    \Algorithms
    sort.cpp
    \Collections
    vector.cpp

    I can create Filters…

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      10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visual Studio Tools for Git Extension (Microsoft Git Provider) integration with Source Control Explorer window

      The major feature that is still missing from the Microsoft Git Provider is to integrate it with the Source Control Explorer window to provide a full featured Git repository UI that will rival third party tools in it's feature set.

      A great example of the ideal functionality is the Git Extensions main user interface. It allows changing repositories and branches, stashing changes, committing code and push/pull operations. It also provides a great visual diagram showing the commit history for the selected repository and where each branch (local and origin) is in relation to the head. It also allows you to…

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        7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        When the item was marked as completed, we have misunderstood the suggestion. Your suggestion is still valid, and on our backlogs. But we are not actively working on this.

        Opening the suggestion again for you to upvote this one. Sorry for the confusion.

        Ewald Hofman
        VSTS/TFS Program Manager

      • Generic OrderedDictionary

        Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

        288 votes
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          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Debugger should support authentication with SourceLink

          The C# compiler and the debugger currently support a '/SourceLink' which is a technology where the compiler can emit a JSON file telling the debugger how to locate source files. See https://github.com/dotnet/core/blob/master/Documentation/diagnostics/source_link.md for documentation.

          This works great for public projects on GitHub, or other sites that don't require authentication. But the debugger doesn't yet support hosts that require authentication.

          282 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide the option to disable Git publish in visual studio status bar.

            After the latest update (2) there is a new Publish button in the bottom right of the IDE. Doesn't state what it does, and even though TFVC is used it still creates a GIT repository on right click. Please provide an option to disable that button and please don't make my source control choices for me.

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              6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Compliable strings

              If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
              System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
              System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
              System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
              System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

              In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

              Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

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                9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Coded UI test html log should record assertion

                Include assertion checks in the HTML log file created by QTAgent this is essential for testers as many times they are asked to show proof specially in medical companies(at list that what my personal experience says)

                272 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • .Net Native compliler for Desktop

                  Provide the .Net Native compiler not only for Windows Store applications.

                  267 votes
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                    14 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for AVX-512 in MASM

                    Intel's roadmap shows AVX-512 will be available in Xeon soon. I could be developing and testing code now using Intel's emulator. This is very important for high performance computing.

                    265 votes
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                      started  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

                      create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

                      264 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks a lot for the feedback. Not only is this happening, it’s also happening in the open! You can follow as we’re making progress on GitHub. You can even participate and help us bringing .NET to Mac OSX and Linux!

                        See these posts for more details:

                        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/12/04/introducing-net-core.aspx

                        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/11/12/net-core-is-open-source.aspx

                        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/02/03/coreclr-is-now-open-source.aspx

                        Thanks,
                        Immo Landwerth
                        Program Manager
                        .NET Team

                      • CodeLens for C++

                        Make CodeLens available for C++ projects. One cannot deny that C++ is one of the most widely used programming language in the world, and very code intensive software is written in C++, e.g. operating systems or games. Visual Studio should provide CodeLens for C++, so that large groups of developers have a better possibility to review and test code.

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                          4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Line Spacing

                          Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

                          262 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Build List, Dictionary and Tuple into the language

                            List and Dictionary are used extensively when developing in C# and although Tuple is relatively new it's a very useful class.

                            Other languages such as Python and Ruby make these constructs part of the language implementation which makes it incredibly easy to use them and reduces the amount of typing required.

                            I would imagine the syntax could look something like this:

                            var myList = {1,2,3,4}; // List
                            var myDict = {(1,"A"),(2,"B"),(3,"C")}; // Dictionary
                            var myTuple = (1,2,3,4) // Tuple

                            261 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

                              //weak reference:
                              var value = weak(new Reference());

                              //weak event:
                              var source = GetLongRunningObject();
                              source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

                              Or in VB.NET:
                              'reference:
                              Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

                              'event:
                              Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
                              AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

                              I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

                              261 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

                                Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

                                If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

                                I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

                                260 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Code coverage support for Windows Phone projects

                                  Please enable code coverage support for Windows Phone projects.

                                  259 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • WinForms Designer DPI Lock

                                    Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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                                      9 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add official support for Blend Extensions

                                      Currently there is almost no documentation how to extend Blend. I have seen some examples in the wild which seem to be the result of reverseengeneering rather than beeing officialy supported. Some of the suggestions posted here could be easyly programmed by the community.

                                      [Blend team response]
                                      In addition to voting for this idea, please leave a comment letting us know what extensions you would like to use in Blend.

                                      256 votes
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                                        10 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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…

                                        254 votes
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                                          56 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support elastic tab stops

                                          Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

                                          http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

                                          P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

                                          253 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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