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  1. Provide More Diverse Installation Customization Options

    Allow users the ability to deselect as many components as they want during installation.

    If a user programs in only C++ they should not be forced to install multiple components for .NET and other languages.

    Bring fourth the capability to fully customize the installation by removing component dependencies.

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      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Annotate disassembly trampolines in more cases

      While the disassembly view symbolicates call instructions when the offset points directly to a function, in some third party code I've been debugging where the instruction is of the form:

      call dword ptr ds:[12345678h]

      where the offset is a pointer into a table of trampolines, Visual Studio should be able to dereference that pointer, see that it refers to (eg, in this particular case) KERNELBASE.dll!_WriteFile@20 and symbolicate it to save me the hassle of dereferencing the pointers myself by hand.

      While the disassembly itself should still show the original call instruction, perhaps adding a comment to the line would suffice;…

      3 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Native PowerShell Development Support w/ XAML Forms Development

        I would like to see some support for PowerShell Development natively within Visual Studio, supporting XAML Form Development. Currently have to utilize applications like SAPIEN PowerShell Studio, but it would be nice to see extended support into VS2017 for those of us who do Enterprise Server Side Automation / Development.

        7 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studioinstalling

          I think that you can print some advice under the Progress bar for user.
          such as: "Now XXing maybe spend more time installing"
          It's reassured for user.

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            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • VS Sign-in: Saving multiple accounts

            Every day on first opening VS 2017 (15.3 26510.0-Preview) it prompts me to sign-in with an existing account or select an alternative. Unfortunately for me, VS has remembered an account that I no longer use day-to-day.

            It would save time if the VS could remember multiple accounts when prompting for a password and give the option to remove accounts no longer in use.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Java language programming support

              Java language programming support.Provide some convenience for Java programmers.

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              • Full load options

                I would like to have options to select how to open and load VS, now you are going with idea of faster load. But it is very annoying later. When I start to work on my solution then from time to time VS is doing and doing something, loading updating etc, very annoying
                I would rather have open VS , go to have a coffee, get back to work and have it with all its components loaded.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow switching the static analyzer on/off via property sheets

                  Properties > Code Analysis > General > Enable Code Analysis on Build needs an "Inherit from parent or project defaults" setting.

                  At the moment we have to duplicate the entire release config to have a fast release build.

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make right tab group scroll bar same size as left tab group scroll bar

                    The title says it all. Seems to be a bug, because I've noticed the widths are sometimes equal but most times not. Havent figured out how to reproduce yet.

                    Also, sparks and sprinkles for the awesome scroll bar width decrease in VS2017!

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add DBNull.Value constant support in System.Web.UI.ObjectStateFormatter

                      If System.Web.UI.ObjectStateFormatter supports DBNull.Value constants, buziness application will get serialize/deserialize performance improvements.

                      public sealed class ObjectStateFormatter {
                      ...
                      private const byte Token_DBNull = 105; //supports DBNull.Value token

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a way of adding both .cpp and .h file at the same time with the same name.

                        It's funny, because it sounds so trivial, but in c++ you generally add a cpp and h file at the same time with the same name, it's such a typical action to make in a project...

                        In visual studio, that action takes quite a few clicks and typing, you end up filling out the details for the header file, only to have to do it all again for the cpp file.

                        Perhaps a checkbox to allow it to create both files at once for you would be nice, or to be able to select cpp and h file type and…

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VS2017: Separate default extensions in Extensions and Updates

                          Extensions the Visual Studio Installer added are mixed into the list(s) of Installed extensions. It is occasionally useful to second-guess the Installer and remove a "default" extension or two. But, in most cases, including those extensions in the main list with nothing to distinguish them just makes the Extensions and Updates UI more painful.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Standarize command line interface

                            While APIs and ABIs are getting standardized, it would be great if GNU/Intel/LLVM/VC also consider proposing standardization of command line interface, CLI, to the committee.

                            Chances are; the argument syntax will be standardized as well: POSIX style "--<key>" for multi-chars arg, "-<key>" for single char etc. instead of DOS style forward slashes. Alternatively, find a happy-medium that works for everyone.

                            This may also "reduce" the need of having multitier build systems for the rest of the computer science history; cl->msbuild->cmake/ninja/gn/gyp/<some-new-magic-box-using-snake-language>

                            Convergence in tools has potential merits. Nobody is enjoying or learning something marvelous by too many different ways of configuring…

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide a recent option in the open submenu, similar to the recent projects list on the start page

                              I wish you had an option to look at your recent projects in the menu system like there is on the start page and like there is in every Office application. I think that would greatly improve developer productivity, especially if you did like you do in office and allow us to limit list length.

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                              • Java compilier

                                Please add Java compilier, This will help many a novice programmer and can improve your ratings

                                3 votes
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                                • Please add dark theme.

                                  Dark Theme please. ☻

                                  10 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • VS2017 Help need more!

                                    Being a beginner in C++ I have been using code from examples from ebooks. Sometimes I find even though I type the code correctly I get errors and a big error list. When I click on the error I go to where the error is found. But now I sit there trying all types of variations to clear the errors. Sometimes more or less, I fix thru trial and error and a lot of time. What I suggest is a further explanation example of code error meaning depending if you are a beginner, intermediate or advance user. A link to…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow environment variable specification when launching CMake targets

                                      My project depends on finding third party dependencies in a non-standard path. There is currently no way to set the PATH or other environment variables when launching my CMake target.

                                      This configuration should live somewhere in the build directory, not in the launch.vs.json, as the environment variables are specific to the CMake cache, as opposed to the source.

                                      Note that this only applies to the new VS 2017 CMake Integration. Using the generate solution method, I can use CMake to generate a .vcxproj.user that extends the environment.

                                      18 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Highlight all occurrences of a select word in the vertical scrollbar

                                        Just add the functionality that is already available when you press CTRL+F to search a word, but without the need of pressing anything. Just select, and all occurrences of the selected word in the displayed file are highlighted also in the vertical scrollbar. This should happen only when you select a variable or a function, not the keywords. It would increase the productivity, imho.

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                                        • Integrated FDD and SCD - Visual Studio IDE 2017

                                          Currently, we need to use dotnet CLI or csproj editing to pack your deploy-able either as 'a framework-dependent deployment (FDD)' or 'a self-contained deployment (SCD)'. Can we have this feature integrated within Visual Studio 2017 (IDE) ?

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