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  1. Method Groups

    For better IntelliSense.
    class MyClass
    {
    group WriteMethods
    {
    StorageFile WriteToFile(StorageFile file, string text) { }
    StorageFile AppendText(StorageFile file, string text) { }
    }
    group ReadMethods
    {
    List<string> ReadLines(StorageFile file) { }
    string ReadToEnd(StorageFile file) { }
    }
    }

    Calling:
    My.Class.ReadMethods.ReadLines(myFile);

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow viewing async tasks in ASP.NET applications

      Currently, it doesn't seem possible to get a view of async tasks in the Tasks window when debugging an ASP.NET application. It seems that asynchronous (async/await) coding is being pushed by Microsoft and is becoming a generally accepted Good Thing for web applications in many languages, but debugging asynchronous applications with no visibility of outstanding or current tasks is very difficult.

      The Tasks debugging window only seems to work in a very simple scenario: when running an application (such as a console app) under the debugger via F5. Attaching to an existing process or launching an ASP.NET application running under…

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

        Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to provide the ability to show outstanding tasks in the Tasks window after attaching to a running application as suggested. We will be providing an update soon.

      • Add async foreach to C# and IAsyncEnumerator to .NET

        • C# feature 1 (foreach-await):

        foreach (var item in AWAIT asyncEnumerable) { ... }

        • .NET interfaces

        public interface IAsyncEnumerable<T> : IEnumerable<T> {
        IAsyncEnumerator<T> GetAsyncEnumerator();
        }

        public interface IAsyncEnumerator<T> : IEnumerator<T> {
        Task<bool> MoveNextAsync();
        }

        • C# feature 2 (async-yield):

        async IAsyncEnumerable<XmlNodeType> TokenizeXmlAsync(XmlReader reader) {
        while (await reader.ReadAsync()) {
        yield reader.NodeType;
        }
        }

        • Why

        Imagine a scenario when you run a SQL query and read results row by row, but you don't won't to block a thread in your app because you are waiting on a reader to read and parse the next row from the network stream, and…

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          1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

            Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

            So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

            I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

            I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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              36 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Flatten the TFS merge UI

              Merging changesets between branches is done today with a wizard which opens in a modal window. Consider a use case of a user doing a partial merge, of several changesets. E.g. only changesets of closed bugs. You open the wizard from the source branch, then select if to merge everything or select changesets, then select target branch (imagine having multiple target options), click Next, select the changesets, and click Finish (or Next and then Finish, if you want to waste more of your time). Then you repeat all of the above for every changeset you want to merge.

              This is…

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                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make windows layout keyboard binding depend on location

                VS windows layouts are a great feature; I now have layouts that allow me to switch quickly between 'just editing code', 'debugging','testing' modes with the Ctrl-alt-<digit> shortcuts. However, since I work in multiple physical locations with different monitor setups (ranging from a single laptop display to a 3-monitor panoram) I'd like Ctrl-Alt-2 (for example) to bring up the appropriate layout for 'debug mode' regardless of which environment I'm in. Clearly, this would require me to be able to quickly remap keyboard shortcuts to particular layouts.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide better tools to fix "Found conflicts between different versions of the same dependent assembly that could not be resolved" warnings

                  How about a double-click triggered dialog that explains exactly where the conflict arises? having to change build verbosity and search through that mess is not fun.

                  5 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • APIs for taking screenshots and share

                    Please, develop APIs for taking screenshots and can be shared on social media on uwp.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Show unit test results after a test run

                      I can't believe that when I run a unit test or all the unit tests, I can't see the results. How many passed? How many failed?
                      Instead, I have to pick up the mouse and move over to the Explorer tabs and select the Test Explorer.

                      The output window should tell me how many passed and how many failed as part of this output:
                      ========== Run test finished: 32 run (0:00:06.4861821) ==========
                      ------ Discover test started ------
                      ========== Discover test finished: 32 found (0:00:01.4906237) ==========

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                        1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Solution Platforms to have their case changed

                        Scenario:
                        Make a new win32 console project with all defaults.
                        Enter Configuration Manager.
                        Pick Edit from Active Solution Platform
                        Try renaming `x86` to `X86`
                        Error: "This name has already been used. Please enter a different name for the platform".

                        Discussion:
                        Solution Platform names can't have their case changed.
                        I think there's no sense to this. Internally VS doesn't want duplicates with the same otherwisely cased names, but this dialog box could easily allow it without the workaround of having to go through a middleman name. E.g. `x86` -> `BUGS BUNNY` -> `X86`.

                        Naturally, this is ultra-low priority.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Cleanup (erase) button nearby the Build search glass, in Team Explorer view

                          Hi, it would be nice if we can get a erase or cleanup button (cross) nearby the Builds search glass in Team Explorer view.

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                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Don't auto enable the Git Source Control Plugin

                                Our development team (and every other team I've been on) hates the Git plugin for visual studio. We find it cumbersome compared to third-party tools or the command line interface. And it is a performance nightmare, especially with large repositories. This wouldn't be an issue if we could just disable the git plugin by setting it to none in the source control options menu. However, Visual Studio will ALWAYS reenable it if it detects a git repository in the directory of the solution.

                                We've resorted to regedit-ing to disable it.

                                If someone wants to turn off functionality, they should be…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Appeal to hobbyists and students. I am an elderly hobbyist. Your present approach is overwhelming to me. This market would be small but coul

                                  I am an elderly hobbyist, but there are thousands of children who are learning code in school. Your current approach is overwhelming to a non-professional. I know something about C++, but I can't understand the abbreviations that you use and I don't know what you are talking about most of the time. You might consider a simplified pathway for people like me and my grandchildren. Then show us the way to enter that pathway and progress at our own pace.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Solution explorer should illustrate difference between library and executable projects

                                    The icons and property sheets for C# libraries and C# executables are identical. One shouldn't have to bring up the project property page in order to see the difference, it should be obvious from the icon. Or *at least* show the target type on the properties pane when the project is selected.

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                                    • Capture screen video during a diagnostics session

                                      This would make correlation with UI interactions much easier

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add refactoring option: "generate local Property" from static DependencyProperty

                                          When developing a control with multiple DependencyProperties, we currently have a snippet option for generating both a static DependencyProperty and a corresponding local Property with getter/setter. However, I would like to see a refactoring option; if I have a DependencyProperty by itself, I would like to right-click it and have the option to "Generator local property" with getter and setter. Conversely, I would like to be able to right-click a local Property and generate a DependencyProperty from it.

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