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  1. Add ability to copy type from rightclick menu

    In code such as
    auto foo= Imagus::constructFooType();
    there is no mention of the type auto will be in the line, but inteli-sense knows it by hovering over the variable name

    I would like to be able to copy the type so i can paste it elsewhere

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • property sheet location

      In the property manager it is not possible to find out who or which file is importing a certain property sheet.
      You see that the property sheet is imported but not where exactly. This makes it very hard to find out.

      My suggestion would be that there is a context menu to jump to the file or a property which shows where the sheet is imported.

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

        When referring to a class identifier, presume instantiation:

        throw ArgumentException(); // read as `throw new ArgumentException()` since there's no `ArgumentException` method in scope, but there is a class

        var banana = Fruit("Banana"); // read as `new Fruit("Banana")` since there's no `Fruit(string)` method in scope, but there is a class

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • TortoiseGIT style file explorer change tracking TortoiseTFVC

          I use TFS VC and I'd like to see if a file is modified from the file system.
          File icon colour should change when...
          Green if unchanged, 
          Red if changed. 
          Blue if untracked.
          Like TortoiseGIT / TortoiseSVN

          It is visually an easy way of monitoring pending changes without opening the solution.

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            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Step over groups in "Error List" and "references"

            When you have the Error list or "references" list open you can step through each item by pressing F8.

            In VS2015 there were no groups and every time you pressed F8 you got to the next item.

            With VS2017 the groups are treated as items and everytime you reach a group separator in the list you must press F8 yet anohter time to step over it.

            It's confusing since you're usually have your eyes on the code window and don't know why the F8 key didn't send you to the next item.

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

              To make the C# language more attractive (for pythonistas and lovers of javascript) and competitive, allow for our compiler to infer common generic types:

              var numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]; // numbers is an IEnumerable<int>
              var letters = ['a', 'b', 'c']; // letters is an IEnumerable<char>
              var strings = ["Hello", "World"]; // strings is an IEnumerable<string>
              var objects = [3, letters, "please"]; // disparate types, so presume object; IEnumerable<object>

              // Lists then? Use the list prefix
              var iceCreamFlavours = list ["Cotton candy", "Chocolate", "Vanilla"]; // List<string>

              // Optionally, defining list type with 'using' statement:
              using list = System.Collections.Generic.List;

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Build in a .modInverse() into the System.Numerics.BigInteger library

                Hello Microsoft,

                I've written my own implementation for doing modular inverses for the BigInteger class before, but as a matter of convenience I'd like to have a .modInverse(BigInteger number, BigInteger modulus) method built in like what Java has to the Systems.Numerics.BigInteger class. I think it would be helpful to have that in the standard library.

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow use of VS Community Edition without a licence

                  I understand that you don't want people to use the free Community Edition for enterprise development but you could make this clear when the customer downloads the original file and you could have them click something to agree to this at that point. Licencing in VS is intrusive and often infuriating, as for example happened when a user opened his laptop to do some work in VS on a plane journey only to find his licence had expired and he was locked out. At the very least add a grace period of a week or something for when people don't…

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                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ctrl + Click to Go to definition

                    In delphi, used ctrl+click for going to definittion of that class/item under cursor.

                    This was a very helpful feature, I think visual studio should have that feature too

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Eliminate non-exceptional exceptions when debugging unit tests

                      Unit tests take a long time to start when debugging. Additionally, if Just My Code is turned off and all exceptions are set to Break on Throw, the debugger stops at several exceptions unrelated to the code being tested.

                      Eliminating exceptions that are thrown and caught in the course of normal, non-failing unit testing would help on both the speed and anti-noise fronts (throwing and catching exceptions is very expensive computationally and even worse if it distracts a developer). Since turning off Just My Code and breaking on all exceptions is often helpful to getting to the root of bugs…

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                        2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • For long installations

                        When the user select a lot of features and the installation takes a long time, it would be helpful if the installation process would inform showing lines about the action that it's taking at the momen. For example, when Visual Community applies Androids NDKs, it stays for a long time in a percentage but it doesn't anything else.

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                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Command for limiting file scope to Debug Configuration only.

                          One useful feature hidden away and perhaps not known to some or many developers is the Debug Configuration attribute that can be attached to a source file. Unless I missed it, there is no command for this with the IDE and I do it manually by editing the project file (projName.csproj). I am a C# developer and not sure if this applies equally to other languages but my guess is it may.

                          If you add the attribute [Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == 'Debug'] -- without the square brackets -- to files with Compile Include or Content Include, then that file will be…

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Categorized Code lens and "Find all references"

                            When using "Find all references" (or Code Lens), you are usually looking for a specific type of reference - for example:

                            - When searching for all references of a class, you might just want to know where it's overridden.
                            - When searching for the references of an abstract function in CodeLens, you sometimes just want to see the implementations of this abstract function, because F12 lead you to the abstract version.
                            - When looking for the references of a variable or property, you sometimes just want to see where it's written, because you're currently investigating a bug that has to…

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a copy button in the exception window to better (and copy-paste) report errors when Visual Studio throws exceptions.

                              When Visual Studio throws an exception, it will show a window with (hopefully) a stack trace, but this cannot be copied. What would be a good idea is to allow the text displayed on the window to be copied, either by a copy button or allowing the window to have content selected and copied. I think posting a full stack trace to Visual Studio Bug tracker would help the team solve problems easier and allow the team to continue to make Visual Studio more awesome :)

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                                0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • property auto-initializer

                                When declaring member properties with auto initializers, have the compiler be smart about the type of the property.

                                e.g.

                                public MyCustomClass<string> MyString { get; set; } = new; // compiler knows it is MyCustomClass<string>, so automatically adds/calls default constructor

                                or allow inferred definitions

                                public class MyClass
                                {
                                var MyString {get; set;} = "hello world"; // property type inferred from auto-initializer
                                }

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bookmarks for breakpoint save the time

                                  breakpoint is position, where is problem, i want return in code.

                                  Thnaks for VS, it's best for me.
                                  :)

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                                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • AXML editor in VS2015 is very slow

                                    I found many discussion about this problem, but no solving.

                                    I have I5 with 8GB RAM.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • TFS capacity planning should support half day off

                                      During the Scrum planning days, it is frequent that team members take half day off. Microsoft TFS should support it.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add new versions of Android promptly

                                        Android 6 took a while to be supported and Android 7 is going the same way.

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                                          0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • When selecting a time range in diagnostic tools, also filter console output for this timerange.

                                          When selecting a time range in diagnostic tools, also filter console output for this timerange for easyer diagnostic using own outputs.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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