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  1. Provision for multiple download methods for VS 2017

    It would be good if you can make an arrangement for downloading the VS other than the web installer method. I know there are a few commands that can be used but it is not very user friendly. Instead I would suggest that you make a GUI for downloading like the webinstaller. The user will select the VS features of her choice and then she will be able to save it in any directory on her computer hard drive.
    Also, there should be a provision that if the internet connection breaks for any reason, then the user can resume the…

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support standard HTML/CSS/JS development without unwanted junk

      As a client-side developer working with non-Microsoft servers, I want to use VS for HTML/CSS/JS, without having any unwanted tools forced on me.

      ASP.NET? No thanks.
      MS SQL? Not using it.
      Azure? Already using something else.

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        0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make live unit testing configurable

        Right now, live unit testing in VS2017 RC will run all all unit tests in the solution. It would be great to restrict it to certain test assemblies (e.g. with file name filter, *.unittest.dll).

        Why? Imagine you have a solution with unit tests and integration tests (or even Coded UI tests). In this setup, it's common that you don't want your integration tests run whenever you do a code change.

        Or is this already possible? Via test configuration file? I could not find anything.

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          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" option for TFS 2015 build

          Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" to TFS 2015 scheduled build of new build system.

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            2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Typescript component to VS Build Tools 2017

            Add Typescript component to VS Build Tools 2017

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • a TableLayoutPanel for Windows Store Apps for better managing the controls

              I have problems managing the size of controls in Windows Store apps because I do not know which system users use (Windows Phone, Surface, PC, etc.). This could be solved with a TableLayoutPanel (similar to the Windows Forms).

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Debugging .NET Finalize without Dispose

                Catching a (C#) finalize without dispose is easy to do in code. Our classes are hardened to do this. HOWEVER, the "why did this happen" is very difficult. It may be difficult for the GC to provide VS with the hooks necessary to constantly monitor this for all objects. (Probably way too much GC overhead.) However it could prove "doable" for the GC to track one (more?) SPECIFIC objects and then do "something" to help the developer figure out were the last release occurred.

                Another thought might be to temporarily put an attribute or interface on a class declaration which…

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Save and Load selected set of "Individual components" in installer

                  I am charged with determining the set of selected Individual components for our development group. Using the new VS 2017 installer, it would be wonderful if I could check all the necessary boxes on the Individual components tab, save those to a file and have team members import/load it when they go to install. That way we all use the same installation settings.

                  I would suggest I make an offline installer but the -layout option only downloads the content and doesn't allow me to pre-select anything when I launch vs_professional.exe

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                    1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Option to download Cloud Test setting and results

                    We need an option to download cloud test run setting and results with the chart data for easy sharing.
                    At this time only option is capturing screenshots

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                      0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Attach to process on startup (application and windows service)

                      It would be great if the Visual Studio Debugger attaches to a specified process if it starts.
                      To debug a windows service we put debugger.attach to the start-point, compile an replace the .exe of the windows service.

                      So Visual Studio could implement a "process attacher" which automatically attachs to a process with a specified name if this process starts.
                      With this feature VS could be configured to attach to every process on process start. Especially if you have an application which starts another process with Process.Start or start a windows service mentioned above

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ignore spacing in more situations

                        At present you can ignore spaces in declaration statements but I also like to space out (align) other statements.

                        For instance assignments:

                        var1 = 1;
                        vartwo = "two";
                        longvariable = 3;

                        And also event attachment.

                        myevent += handler;
                        alongevent += handler;
                        yetanotherevent += handler;

                        When I reformat a document at the moment, all those additional spaces get removed.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make "Click to Run" icon always visible, and add "Set Next Statement" icon

                          The click to run icon is great, but it take a fraction of a second to appear which means you have to move to the line, hover for a moment, then move to the icon to click it.

                          If, while debugging, there was a column of click to run icons to the left (the same place where breakpoints appear) clicking on one would be a single action (and much faster!)

                          It would also be nice to have a "Set Next Statement" icon in the same place which would allow a section of code to be easily re-run multiple times while…

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use InvariantCulture when storing entity framework model designer files

                            When saving the model to a .edmx file, the IDE currently uses the user's culture when sorting the entities.

                            This means there will always be changes to commit to the source repository if your culture deviates sufficiently from other team members.

                            E.g. one of our team member's accidentally had Swedish regional settings on his computer. In Sweden they treat the letter 'V' as identical to the letter 'W' and will gladly put W in front of V in the alphabet.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow configuration selection control in Toolbar to be expandable

                              Some of my solution configurations have long names that exceed 7.5 character display limit on the drop-down control. When clicking on the control to choose a new configuration, it also doesn't show which configuration is currently selected, since it assumes that you can read your configuration.

                              Make the drop-down control stretchable or otherwise improve readability of current configuration.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • inconsistence in executing outcome between TFS2017 & TFS2015

                                I created a test method that uses "Assert.Inconclusive(skipMessage)" function. On TFS2015, the executing outcome is done, but on TFS2017 the executing outcome is not executed.

                                Could you please help me to make the outcome is done when using "Assert.Inconclusive(skipMessage)" on TFS2017?

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                                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Installer UI language

                                  I'm installed and running VS2017 in english, my Windows 10 uses german. Why is the installer UI in german if I'm using english VS.

                                  In VS2017 (and also previous versions) the notifications for "Extensions and Product Updates" and the dialog is in english (correct), but if I click on the "more information" of a product update the Internet Explorer shows in german. Would be better in english, I need to change the language each time.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • visualstudio.com login with Organizational/Work or School account

                                    It would be great if I could authenticate to Visual Studio Team Services (visualstudio.com) using an Organizational/Work or School account. As it stands now the only option is to use a Personal/Microsoft account.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Azure Data Factory structure

                                      It would be great if, in SQL Server Object explorer, one of the table scripting options would be "Generate Azure Data Factory Dataset Structure". When selected, the table DDL would be converted to ADF dataset structure, and from there, developers could delete columns they don't want to include or otherwise modify the structure. As I'm sure you can imagine, it's quite cumbersome to generate the ADF dataset structure for tables with hundreds of columns.

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                                        0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • MSDN API doc page load very slow - speed up or distribute for local installation

                                        Page load time on MSDN is painfully slow for API docs. I look up docs 100 times per day. We need a solution.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • search callstack window

                                          It would be nice to be able to search the call stack window - similar to how the output window search works. So refer to highlight each frame that matches the search criteria and when pressing <F3> jump to the next match frame.
                                          This would be productivity feature that is especially helpful when trying to find "your" code in a large callstack

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