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  1. Keep the debug session running even when not appliable changes were made. Show the original/edited sources somehow.

    It is annoying that when I made some changes which are not appliable to current debug session and want to continue with debug it is not possible - I should either revert may changes or restart the debug.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ToStringInvariant() and String.FormatInvariant() to the BCL

      When writing culture-insensitive code you must be careful to ensure you explicitly specify `CultureInfo.InvariantCulture` as the `IFormatProvider` parameter for `ToString(IFormatProvider)` and `String.Format(IFormatProvider, format, args)`.

      This becomes frustrating because `System.Globalization` is not in the default imports list, and the syntax is unnecessarily verbose.

      Adding extra methods that implicitly provide Culture-invariant formatting would make .NET code more concise.

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • #pragma comment(lib for delay loading of dlls

        I need to us a DLL that controls a hardware device, if the device isn't connected the DLL brings down the program with it. The DLL executes this code on attachment.

        This problems can be solved by dynamically loading the DLL.

        MSVC supports delay loading DLLs via `/delayload:toxic_sdk.dll`

        To avoid extensive build targets, I use pragmas to control the included libraries, sadly there isn't a similar mechanism for loading DLLs.

        Can we have something like?
        #pragma comment(lib_dyn, "toxic_sdk.lib")

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide a facility to flatten HTML tags

          Some developers like to format individual tags on multiple lines while other like to see the contents of a tag on one line (I'm in the latter camp). There is no convenient way to reformat a page to flatten or concatenate a tag into a single line and editing by hand is time consuming and painful. In an manner such as Ctrl-K-D and Ctrl-K-F, I'd like to have and key sequence that instructs the editor to reformat the page or selection and flatten the tags, maybe Ctrl-K-T.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add another checkbox in exception Catch-On-Throw dialog for disabling the exception type for the current debugging session

            I often want to temporarily disable an exception from catching on throw because its too spamy for what I'm currently debugging but remembering to go turn it back on for the next session rarely happens. I'd love a second check box to disable the catch on throw for that exception type for just the current debugging session.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Display an error when using a self-closing select or textarea

              A few times when working on a CSHTML file, I entered a self-closing textarea or select element like this:

              <textarea asp-for="Budgeting" class="form-control"/>

              This is not valid because it should be this instead:

              <textarea asp-for="Budgeting" class="form-control"></textarea>

              However when I used the incorrect syntax above, I got no error or warning, and when the page was generated it did weird things to the HTML that was generated. It took some time to trace the source of the problem. If I got an error regarding this, it would have save a lot of time.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • To add an option that allow you to remove all breakpoints in one click

                It's better to add {Delete all Breakpoints} as an option, sometimes when we use breakpoints we use more than 15 breakpoints in a small procedure, so after finish debugging we need a one click option to remove or delete all the breakpoints.

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a new button to show what has been changed in the last undo step

                      Allow us to see what has been changed before we undo and let us jump to the location where the undo would occur. Now, after browsing all around the source code, it is difficult to remember where the part of the source code is which will be affected if undo is hit.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve Visual Studio MSDN Blog Commenting System (and Developer Engagement) with Disqus

                        Currently the MSDN blogging system suffers from a myriad of problems:
                        - Poor sign-in experience and profile system.
                        - Static, read-only posts (cannot edit/delete)
                        - Broken/no notifications
                        - Buggy / Easy to troll
                        - No up/down voting

                        Conversely, with Disqus, you get the following benefits:
                        - Community within a community (discovery/pollination/profile system)
                        - Reliable notifications
                        - Editing / deleting
                        - Flexible authentication / flagging / difficult to troll
                        - Up/down voting

                        A blog post has been created to discuss these issues at length, and you can read that here:
                        http://blog.developers.win/2016/02/improving-microsoft-developer-engagement-with-disqus/

                        The Visual Studio / Visual Studio Team Services Teams do…

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                          5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VB Samples - UWP

                          Almost no VB samples are available for UWP. You find a topic you're interested in at GitHub Windows-universal-samples - and darn - C# only.

                          It makes learning about UWP needlessly complicated and error prone.

                          PLEASE - make the time to create VB samples.

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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • CodeLens should provide references for enum members

                            Right now CodeLens surfaces references for the entire enum as a whole, but it would be extremely helpful to, at a glance, see references of individual members within the enum definition.

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Visual Studio Typescript extension should support all versions of TypeScript

                              I am using Microsoft.Typescript.MSBuild v1.8.11 nuget package to build my TypeScript so that I am in control of the version. The latest Visual Studio Typescript extension only support version 1.8.6 of TypeScript. I need version 1.8.11 to build rxjs 5.0.0-beta.7 without erros.

                              The build works fine but the problem is that I get hundreds of IntelliSense errors. We have a large team so various workarounds of only showing builds errors are not particularly helpful.

                              See https://github.com/Microsoft/TypeScript/issues/8518 for details of the issue.

                              I think:
                              1) There should be a Visual Studio extension for every released version of Typescript including minor releases…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • In app update downloader

                                Notifications bug me, and most other programmers from what I've gathered. The update system for visual studios is such a hassle. It requires you to download an executable from your web browser, close MVS, then run the updater. Diablo II fore example: When the game needed an update, it asked you if you'd like to install it, and then did the rest for you. MVS needs a similar system. It's just a quality of life suggestion.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add version control to Test Manager

                                  We need version control for test cases for the same reasons we need it for sources code:
                                  •to have a controlled check in/check out system to prevent multiple users from editing the test case at the same time
                                  •to be able to revert to previous version(s) of a test case when incorrect modifications have been made

                                  thread link:
                                  https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/8b2852da-0fa6-4d77-8eeb-2ca45fed0491/how-can-i-get-my-mtm-test-cases-in-tfs-source-control?forum=vsmantest

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                                    2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create your own Ada support capable of surpassing the GPL-only .NET

                                    Dear Microsoft, Create your own Ada support for .NET, capable of surpassing the GPL-only "A#" aka Ada for .NET.

                                    Two facts are evidence that the worlds programming conventions, as great as they have become, are growing stagnant. (1.) Languages derived or fashioned after C are familiar, but mostly designed to do what C cannot. C# is an example of great accomplishment in C-fashion programming. Still, always creating something new, and then upgrading it is an unstable way further development. The problem lies in C being too primitive and too vague. (2.) Microsoft's .NET is possibly the greatest cross-platform accomplishment since…

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                                      5 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make the instalation more customzable

                                      Make the installer more customzable like in vs2008, that i can choose if i want to download sql, etc...

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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support projects with C# scripting language files (.csx files for Azure Functions)

                                        Since Azure Functions now use .csx files to run C# code, it would be a lot easier to use Visual Studio to write that code instead of the Azure portal

                                        https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/functions-reference-csharp/

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Scope to this when opening a folder

                                          When opening a folder the ability to "scope" the solution explorer to a sub folder like you can with a project would be help.

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                                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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