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  1. Put the Instance name in the Visual Studio Title Bar

    I have multiple versions of VS 2017 on my box now. It would be great to be able to tell which one I'm looking at.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Lightweight solution load

      It looks that VS2017 does not load workspace (previously opened files) when Lightweight solution load is on. I understand loading projects on demand helps with performance of opening a solution but I need my environment (context) available when I open a solution.
      Thank you

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make "Windows Forms" an Optional Choice for Installation

        What?
        Installing Visual Studio takes too long

        Why?
        There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer puts onto my workstation that I'll probably never use. I don't need a ton of space consumed by components or technologies that I don't use. This is especially true of any technologies that have reached the end of their lifecycles, eg. Classic ASP, Foxpro, VB6, J# and so on.

        Proposal:
        Make Window Forms an optional installation component. Any significant component of Visual Studio which is used by a limited fraction (eg two thirds) of its users should be made optional. Going forward, Microsoft…

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          1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 'AttributeTargets' enumeration should be able to distinguish 'ref' parameters

            When defining a new Attribute class which specifies AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Parameter), it would be more useful to restrict application on the basis of whether a method parameter can possibly be altered by the callee, and thus return a value to the caller, i.e. 'out' or 'ref' semantics in C#. Considering the gigantic difference in semantics between [In] and [Out] parameters (especially if working towards a comprehensive system for usefully attributing concurrency effects, which are inherently non-local), having only "AttributeTargets.Parameter" to cover both cases is insufficiently precise, vague, and/or just plain useless. This would require extending the AttributeTargets enumeration to include a value…

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • In the VS editor, have the (CNTRL)KF command removed a double semi-colon.

              When a double semi-colon appears in the code, the second semi-colon is not removed when a (CNTRL)KF is invoked. It is recognized that a second semi-colon is harmless, but it should not be in "clean" code.

              This may also be an issue with other languages that use the semi-colon to end a statement.

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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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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