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  1. Extensions per solution support

    Sometimes I find myself in situations where I wish I had the option to disable/enable specific extensions for specific solutions mainly for two reasons:

    1. The extension is heavy and opening large solutions can take quite some time so you're in the mercy of the vendor to improve the experience, the classic example is using R# with large projects.

    2. The extension shouldn't even load because the extension isn't used for example using Visual Assist for C++ as opposed to R#.

    The problem is when you disable/enable extensions sometimes you lose the configuration and you need to restore it each…

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      0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add a Length member to the IO.File static class.

      It seems this may have been an oversight but I can use static methods to check if a file exists, rename it, delete it, compare dates, etc. but should I need to check it's size, now I'm instantiating an IO.FileInfo class instead. Would you consider adding a member to IO.File for checking a file's size?

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support for System.Data.SQLClient in UWP

        There are many reasons one would want to connect to an "on prem" SQL Server from a UWP. We have several applications we cannot distribute through the Windows Store because this limitation exists.

        UWP are able to connect to other databases such as SQLite or MySQL. Why not allow SQL Server as well?

        Please add support for System.Data.SQLClient in UWP.

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          1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • CTRL-H does not need to load all projects if the scope is set to Current Document

          On big solutions with many projects, it can take a long time to load all the projects. This is completely unnecessary if you are doing a CTRL-H and the scope is set to Current Document

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Improve C++ Extract Function to allow return values

                  The Extract Function quick refactor is great and very welcome but it's not nearly as powerful as the fantastic C# one. The first thing I would like to see improved is the ability to extract a function that returns a value because that is a very common use case which is not currently supported.

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add access modifier for test assembly only

                    The public, private, protected, internal, etc. modifiers are not a good match for a test project.

                    The typical advice is to make a method "internal", and then let the test project see the target project's internal methods. This is not a complete solution, because some methods should not be made internal - they should be encapsulated and hidden away as private or protected. Opening them up just for testing, causes problems.

                    The typical advice is a hack. The c# language needs an access modifier which gives a test assembly access to any member.

                    Let's call this access modifier "private test"…

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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add SVG- or AI-Import to Blend again

                      There were Import Options in Blend 2013 which were removed in 2015. I know you plan an new Import Option for the SVG-Format. This is very important for us. Please bring up this Import functionality as early as possible!

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                        0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • UPDATE ALL

                        Instead of having to pick one of the umteen updates at a time UPDATE ALL BUTTON
                        Does windows update ask me to save the file then run the update NO, NEITHER SHOULD VISUAL STUDIO

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the Start Page 'Recent' List Drag-and-Drop-able

                          It's incredibly annoying that pinned items in the 'Recent' list on the Start Page can't be dragged into an order that makes sense to me. It's not even alphabetically sorted, new items just get added to the top.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • this->axWindowsMediaPlayer1 = (gcnew AxWMPLib::AxWindowsMediaPlayer()); this is the next statement to execute when this thread returns from

                            I just add this component in my form.
                            but when I run the debugging.
                            I appeared the system thread and want it to break.
                            And the green arrow at this line shows"this is the next statement to execute when this thread returns from the current function component"
                            I did nothing but only add this component in my form.
                            How can I fix this problem?

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve visualizer API

                              The current API for writing custom visualizers is horrible. You have to apply an attribute for the visualizer to the type you want to visualize, meaning that you cannot write custom visualizers for anything in the BCL or 3rd party libraries.

                              As a result, there's not a single normal visualizer available as an extension in the Visual Studio gallery. If that's not a sign of failure for this extension point, I don't know what is.

                              Custom visualizers should declare what types they can work on themselves. This would be far, far more powerful in allowing the community to build visualizers…

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                                0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Non-modal visualizers

                                The visualizers that ship with VS should be non-modal and able to be docked to the side of the screen during a debug session.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Text translation via hover-over or right-click in the IDE

                                    I'd like to have the ability to select text within the IDE, and request instant translation. I am debugging through unfamiliar code written by someone else, with comments in a language I don't speak. Bing Translator is doing a fine job at translating them to English, but copy/paste between VS and the browser is tedious.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • add debugger "Run to cursor and step into"

                                      Sometimes I want to skip over a bunch of code and then step into a line of code. It would be nice to enhance the new green arrow in the VS 2017 debugger to have an additional "and step into" function. In other words, a single click would perform a Run to Cursor and then a Step Into (F8, F11).

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a "Go To File Member"

                                        The visual studio 2017 Go To feature is working well. The only thing that is missing for me is a "go to file member" feature.
                                        Same thing as the Go To member but for the current document only (implemented in Resharper).
                                        This kind of feature eases the keyboard navigation a lot. Using the current top dropdown is not keyboard friendly.

                                        Having this feature will make me switch from Reshaper navigation to Visual Studio 2017 navigation.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Expression.CanRead and Expression.CanWrite properties to System.Linq.Expressions.Expression

                                          At the moment, there exist private "RequiresCanRead" and "RequiresCanWrite" methods in the Expression class that are called to ensure that all arguments are writable/readable. However, there is no possibillity (except catching an error) to determine wheter an expression is writable/readable before an "Assign" method is called.
                                          This is a bit frustrating, "RequiresCanRead" and "RequiresCanWrite" could easily be rewritten to be boolean properties of the Expression itself. That would also make the internal code cleaner.

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