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  1. Enums and Array literal key improvements - For building maps.

    Enums and Array literal key improvements - For building maps.

    Once support for const Field Size and MaxValue are implemented, it would be great to be able to initialize and EnumMap with the following syntax. Where the size of the EnumMap is implicitly defined from MaxValue.

    enum SetA
    { A,B,C }

    EnumMap<SetA, String> VariableName = { SetA.A = value, SetA.B = value, SetA.C = value }

    using array literal initialization,

    It would be great that this form or array initialization could be done with key value pairs,
    as it would ensure that the correct values are associated with the correct…

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • NuGet multiple packages selections

      Ability to select multiple packages for removal / installation / update action.

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        0 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Git: Pull / Push / Sync a branch from the Branches hub in Team Explorer

        Very often, I am executing a Sync in preparation to merge a local git branch into a target dev or master branch. (or to create a new local branch from a master or dev branch).

        With Team Explorer, that requires a lot of clicking back and forth between the Sync pane and and the Branches pane. It would be really nice to just be able to right-click on a branch in Branches to initiate a pull/push/sync.

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          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • pasting text should automatically escape quotes based on location where pasted.

          when pasting text into an existing string (i.e., the cursor is within "abc<cursor here>def", then the pasted quotes should be escaped by the paste operation.
          In case the user did not want this, he/she could still press "control-z" to undo the "smart escape", thus leaving the unmodified text.

          for example, consider the following text being in the paste buffer (quotes are part of the text).

          hello world, "how are you"?

          then assume you are in the editor in the following line:

          string foo = "some text";

          then navigate to the spaces between "some" and "text" and press "control-v".

          The suggested…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Show child namespaces as a child note of parent namespace in code map.

            When I generate code map for a project, the result diagram shows each namespace as a different node regardless of the hierarchy. I believe it is more logical to show a child namespace as a child node of parent namespace. Such as namespace X.Y.Z is child of X.Y.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • make it obvious for new users that pressing F1 will open the relevant MSDN article.

              How many times (in real life or stackoverflow) you see a learning programmer ask the meaning of standard operator or built-in .NET classes? We could've avoided the condescending replies, negative attitudes all around had the VS on first launch show an unskippable tutorial "Did you know? You can press F1 while writing code, {short video demonstration showing the glorious contextual help with usage example}"

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                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Improve shared projects with global view

                  Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

                  But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

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                    8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Gridview and Data Model Changed so much

                    GridView in Windows Forms, WPF or ASP.net is something I could use to load XML feed or other datasources (like sqlce, sql server) and base a significant part of an application. UWP disappeared DataTables etc, Changed Gridview, networkink and rearranged namespaces. It has also much less examples in VB.net so I'm not able to make something work as I could before! Too much errors, to many namespaces, bindings etc. Please make it simpler and clear!

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Font size of balloon is not connected with font size of editor

                      font size of balloon is not connected with font size of editor.

                      When you change font size of editor to bigger, balloons are still small and most often unreadable.

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • make the lightbulb behavior optional

                        when using vs2015 for native c++ development it would be liberating and a relief to be able to completely suppress the appearance of annoying light bulb quick action suggestions that make no sense and cause disturbing distractions. there is currently no way to do this.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • distribute files to Tab Groups via regex

                          I often have a view, viewmodel and logic file
                          would be great if I could say: when I open files autom. open file in left or right tab group.
                          Problem: vs2015 keeps on crashing and crashing and crashing. Have to again and again place files left or right..

                          Would be great if I could just say *ViewModel.cs -> left side, *View.xaml -right and so on.

                          Also if I only have 1 tab group open just say place files according to regex list in left or right tab group.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Multimedia information and comments in source code

                            Don't limit yourself in a 2D vanilla text world! Add images, screenshots, video or just the recorded commenting voice in middle of your class method! Remaining at pure text in describing a class and its methods is nowadays a limiting approach to extend your visions. Let's upgrade the current IDE editor to manage multimedia, and finally unleash the power of the programmers creativity. Just imagine: screenshots, images, ideas, tests, videos, live links at the requirements documents, UML diagrams...
                            It is 2016. It is time to enter a new paradigm. Let's do it.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Updates install should handle the issue within VS

                              So, within VS you go to updates (as you got a notification to install them) and click on one of them to install - this then starts the process, at which point it asks you to shut down VS. Now, why would I need to do that since it was VS that started this process? Shouldn't VS be able to do all of the work and then restart as needed (or ask before you click on the update?

                              Even worse, one of the updates then said I needed to *REBOOT* the computer. This is an application - a process that…

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                                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • In printing code add/re-add the following features some of which used to be there:

                                In printing code add/re-add the following features one of which used to be there:
                                - Don't print collapsed code option
                                - Print the current method/function only (as per where the cursor is placed)

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Sort files in Solution Explorer byt file name first, extension last

                                  Files should be sorted like this

                                  * Module.cs
                                  * Module.Attachments.cs
                                  * Module.Extensions.cs

                                  not like this

                                  * Module.Attachments.cs
                                  * Module.cs
                                  * Module.Extensions.cs

                                  Thus sort the file list by filename-without-extension first

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Split code lens references link into usage link and implements link.

                                    Code lens currently shows a references link, allowing you to navigate to implementations and uses of a particular class, method, or property.

                                    I suggest providing two links with similar functionality, where one link shows a list of implementation references and the other shows use references.

                                    Link currently looks like (7 references).
                                    I suggest (1 implements | 6 uses)

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                                    • Empty braces are no longer formatted correctly with the FormatDocument command

                                      See also here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30520764/did-c-sharp-formatting-change-in-visual-studio-2015-and-how-can-i-change-it-bac

                                      Given an empty method like this:

                                      void EmptyMethod() { }

                                      FormatDocument (Ctrl-K, Ctrl-D) used to leave it alone. In VS 2015, FormatDocument now moves the braces to their own line:

                                      void EmptyMethod()
                                      { }

                                      This is annoying because (a) when I use CollapseToDefinitions, I can no longer see (without expanding it) that the method is empty, and (b) there's no apparent way to turn this behavior off.

                                      Can it be changed back to how it used to be, where FormatDocument would leave these braces alone?

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Two or more document tabs for a code document

                                        Please allow two or more document tabs for a code document.
                                        I want to edit a code document with two tabs at the same time.
                                        Code in a tab was changed,and others code in tabs also was changed.
                                        It will benefit the developers who is using the widescreen computer,make the developers work more efficiency.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Multi-targetting for database related projects (SSIS etc)

                                          In C# projects, I can select which .NET platform I want to use - even older .NET framework versions are supported.

                                          Why isn't that idea implemented for database-related projects such as SSIS?

                                          If I need to support older database servers I have to install multiple versions of Visual Studio - e.g. VS 2010 side by side with VS 2015 just to be able to open and edit SSIS packages.

                                          It would be great if I could just do that in the latest Visual Studio IDE (i.e. the project opens up and let me decide whether I want to edit/save it…

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