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  1. Save or copy Memory Usage snapshot list

    I'm in a situation, in native C++, where I am replacing an algorithm by another one and I want to make sure the new algorithm does not allocate more memory than the old one. So I ran the old algorithm taking memory snapshots at relevant points. Now I have this memory snapshot list but I can't copy or save any of this information so I can reference it when I run the new algorithm. I have to eyeball and copy this information into a text file. I would be cool if I could copy the information much like we can…

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Have an option to ignore exceptions until the first breakpoint

      When I troubleshoot an issue, I have Just My Code disabled, and don't mind having to wade through external exceptions, because they can provide useful clues. Unfortunately, between the program startup and the area I am debugging, there may be just too many exceptions. So I keep going: Ignore exceptions, start program, hit breakpoint, enable exceptions, step through my target area, stop debugging, repeat.
      It would be nice if I could have an option to make VS ignore all exceptions until the first breakpoint is hit.

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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a SQL visualizer to the list of visualizer options when debugging

        As the title suggests. A SQL visualizer could provide a nicely formatted/color-coded view of SQL text. It would be a nice quality of life improvement and should help to better identify issues in SQL code while debugging.

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          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support OData Destination

          Please add support of OData Destination in SSIS packages, supporting operations: POST, PUT, PATCH.

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            0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • provide effective CLI tooling for running multiple .NET Core projects in Visual Studio

            Debugging .NET Core web applications that require multiple Kestrel instances is often difficult. For example, consider an Aurelia client application using data provided by a .NET Core Web API that is secured by ASP.NET Identity, authorization through IdentityServer4. This could use three separate Kestrel instances:

            1. Web API
            2. IdentityServer4
            3. Client

            Using command prompts gets unwieldy, as they are opened outside of Visual Studio and managed manually. It would be simpler to keep track of everything if Visual Studio offered some sort of tooling for opening multiple command prompts and managing them as windows attached to the IDE.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments option is not being saved

              Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced
              Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments

              Setting is not saved properly.

              It randomly turns back on upon restarting editor.

              112 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • show a "selected" register in binary digits

                Show at least 1 register in binary digits form with the click of a mouse or tick of a box. Showing 2 registers in binary digits, stacked one above the other, would be an excellent addition to Visual Studio as well. In summary, more support for binary visualizations in the IDE.

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Adding #if UNSAFE

                  Would be nice if one had the opportunity of using unsafe code if the project allows it and use other(but slower) code if its not. (Automatically)

                  I thought about something like #if UNSAFE like #if DEBUG

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • allow to disable grouping in "find all references"

                    The find all references window becomes quite cluttered with groupings when you have many references stretched over many files, this making it unusable if it is not large.

                    It is good to have many options how to group, but the window would be much more helpful, if you could disable grouping in the Combobox.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • zen code - significant whitespace

                      Add an option statement on file level for compiler to treat whitespace as significant, following the below rules:

                      var DescribeUseCase() // <-- inferred return value, because we're using var
                      // Method body starts after indentation
                      var result = ArbitraryMethodCall(abc) // <-- implicit semi-colon insertion
                      if result.value > 3 // <-- parenthesis insertion
                      "Larger than three" // <-- indentation identifies block body
                      "Smaller than three" // <-- return last statement
                      // method ends where indentation ends

                      Option statement examples:
                      using zen
                      using option whitespace

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • IDE multiple empty dockable windows/areas for source files

                        I almost always want to have 2 source files open side by side. I have to size the IDE to use the right side of the screen and then tear off a source file and size it to the left side of the screen (2k monitor). Once I have them sized nicely ... not really covering the entire screen since I leave about 10% on the far left for other small tools. I can get to work. Open other source file and drag to the other source area if it doesn't open in the one I want it in, etc.…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Color of structure marks in Visual Studio 2017

                          I like can change the color of structure marks in Visual Studio 2017. This color is to much visible. Is irritant.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Read prior VS window layouts if none exists yet for VS2017

                            Why for every new VS do I need to find and reopen every little tool window (ex Error List, Output, Bookmarks, Breakpoints, ...) and tear them off, stack them up, size and arrange them all over again to get the working environment and layout I want that works for me on my multiple monitors with various sizes?
                            VS should be able to tell that it is brand new (no layout saved) and look for a layout from prior VS versions to start with!

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ANSI Support in output window

                              support ansi in output window

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • need some improvement

                                c++ is a popular programing language....yours need to make a editor + compiler for only c++ language....It must need less space application....like as code::blocks.......and make faster to install it....yours
                                vs make more time and space.......remember no need more dynamic it......

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Alternative location for VC.db files

                                  Please, can you finally fix it and allow to have alternateive location of VC.db files?!
                                  VS by default likes to polluting source folders with temp/output folders, but that's easy to modify, however VS still produces GIANT files that will always be inside source folder, which is unacceptable. Can you provide an option to place these files elsewhere (preferably in IntDir or something like that. Note, I'm aware about possibility make them use alternate location (e.g. TEMP), but that applies to all projects then.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • integrate Deep Learning into C#

                                    If Deep Learning APIs were integrated directly into C#, it would be much more powerful. Deep Learning can be used for anything from facial recognition and tracking fraud, to full artificial intelligence.

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                                    • Exception dialog should be smarter to show LoaderException property of ReflectionTypeLoadException

                                      VS2017 features a new exception dialog, which automatically displays inner exception information. However, certain exception types such as ReflectionTypeLoadException does not store useful information in inner exception, but in its LoaderException property. Hope the dialog can be extended to allow expanding such properties automatically.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project

                                        browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project (as a browse mode / linkable files solution "click to view")

                                        browser github homepage
                                        push github notification to VS
                                        open project like a solution that just view the file when click on it

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add option "Use Visual Studio Development Server" back so ServerVariables work in development mode.

                                          Restore the ability to use ServerVariables in debug mode. This worked in VS 2012 and it is very useful.

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