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  1. Non-Compile non-code Projects for Visual Studio

    Solutions folders are "virtual" folders that behave very differently from "project" folders that directly match the file tree.

    We often desire the ability to have large folder full of items that are not directly associated with any particular "project" in Visual Studio - for example, a pile of powershell scripts used by the build system. Or shared references that are not being managed by NuGet. Or web-projects that aren't ASP. Or documentation.

    Managing these objects with Solution Folders as non-project items is extremely tedious.

    Since there is no interest in making solution folders easier:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/642861/solution-folders-automatically-mapped-into-physical-folders

    could we make projects handle…

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Would be nice to implement live chrome

          Would be nice if you could implement a feature to do live debugging with the chrome browser, what I mean by that is that you can code and see live in the chrome browser what you are doing without even refreshing chrome.
          Take a look at JetBrains PHPStorm, they have this feature.
          Would be nice when doing ASP.NET core MVC projects.
          And also It would be nice to actually have a code view and a live view in visual studio as well also when you are dealing with .NET Core MVC Models.

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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Git - Comparation with old file commited add lines with a single click and add a combo box to see every old commit

            Add functionality on file comparation to add old lines of code to new file version with a simple click.

            With the same idea add functionality to see an old commit of the file with a simple combo box menú.

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              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • In the color theme list, why are there only 3 choices - light, blue, or dark, maybe add 3 more choices.

                Add light yellow, pink, and smooth orange like Office Professional.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change back the top location of "open solution" in the file - open - menu

                  With the latest update, the top position is taken by

                  "analysis service database..." a feature not related to opening solutions.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when

                    Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

                    Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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                      0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add isnot operator to C#

                      There is a lot of use-case where you should check an object is not a specific type. It usually looks like

                      if (!(x is Foo)) ...

                      Which is look ugly, inconvenient typing, etc.

                      It would be much natural if C# would have an "is not" operator Also, VB.NET have simmilar operator.

                      For example:

                      if (x isnot Foo) or if (x is not Foo)

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        Publish Web dialog should have "pre-select folders/files" option, So that we can publish the changed/worked files/folders to the web server(IIS/HOSTING PROVIDER) by selecting it in the publish web dialog

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make it easier to view the value of macros such as $(ProjectDir)

                          Have the window that you can get from Edit --> Macros>> be a window that you can dock to your environment. Going through 7 arbitrary clicks to get there is overly annoying.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve implementation of std::string.

                            Improve implementation of std::string taking the observations in this article http://shaharmike.com/cpp/std-string/ into account (the clang-version, that is).

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Don't automatically commit all files when no files are staged in Git

                              Currently, if no files are staged and a commit is attempted, all unstaged files are committed. Commit should either be disallowed or an alert should pop up notifying the user.

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                                3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • First Azure SQL and Web

                                I was blown off by the ease in creating an Azure SQL DB, Importing data from an existing DB, creating an SP and using all this in a new Azure Web App. I hesitated a very long time because I was unsure about the How-to and Pricing and everything went softly even without reading any user manual, i.e. everything seems self-evident. Thanks

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                                  • create a combotreebox and a combocheckbox

                                    Create a combobox that displays data in a tree structure and the possibility to have checkboxes in a combobox.
                                    Thanks.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Right Click View Code option on SQL objects in designer similar to Go to Definition but for SQL

                                      While in the SQL query designer the ability to effectively do "Go to Definition" on a stored procedure would be helpful. That or the ability to navigate to that object in the Server Explorer would be equally helpful.

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                                        0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • continue debugging with the unchanged code but allow code changes during debugging mixed code

                                        When I'm debugging and find an error in the source code, I would like to use the values of the variables to change the code. I do not want to stop debugging before changing the code, because then the values of the variables are no more available. And often stopping the debugger instead of letting the process come to an end leaves everything in a mess. After coming to an end, I have to search the right code position again, because break points met after finding the bug changed the view. All this was available in VS2010. I am debugging…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to specify a build log file

                                          I have a build issue only occurring when building from Visual Studio.
                                          I'd like to have build ouput from Visual Studio suitable for the MSBuild Structured Log Viewer. For this to work, a custom MSBuild logger must be specified.

                                          Provide a means to specify a log file, including the possibility to specify a custom logger.

                                          Feel free to immediately close this suggestion if it is possible to achieve this goal by writing an Visual Studio extension.

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