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  1. Visual Studio "15" Msbuild toolset issue

    Hi

    I have installed VS 15 using the light installer on my existing machine with Vs 2015. I have opened a solution created with VS 2015 and I get this at buildtime:

    >Project file contains ToolsVersion="14.0". This toolset may be unknown or missing, in which case you may be able to resolve this by installing the appropriate version of MSBuild, or the build may have been forced to a particular ToolsVersion for policy reasons. Treating the project as if it had ToolsVersion="15.0".

    Msbuild 14 is present on my but Vs 15 does not seem to detect it. How can I…

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      0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Reduce the noise in CSS intellisense

        The data table that is used to provide CSS intellisense in Visual Studio should be editable by users so that they can remove unwanted completion entries.

        For example, every time I want to add the `width` property I have to type four characters "widt" in order to get past the completion for "windows". Now I have never in my life used windows and I would just like to remove it from intellisense.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • With each breakpoint, I should be able to maintain some notes... frequently, I need to save some pointers or values. For lazy people entire

          With each breakpoint, I should be able to maintain some notes...

          frequently, I need to save some pointers or values.
          For lazy people entire state of Auto/Local window should be saved.
          These windows could have icons to save the current states.
          State of the Auto/Local-window, I mean the variables and their values.

          These notes should be arranged by the visits..
          Anytime during the debug i should be able to access the notes via
          the breakpoints hierarchy.
          The Notes can themselves be arranged by debug-sessions.

          I, this will be great help to all developers..
          Thanks,
          Jyoti Swarup

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • continuous forms OR continuous sub forms

            as MS Access developer , i am developing applications on MS Access , i used to deal with subforms, continuous and continuous subforms.
            so in the great MS Visual Studio; this feature not exist !
            we need this feature in VS or any other development program (not MS Access) has this features . i prefer this on VS .
            i know there (DataRepeater) or (GridView) are similar but we need something integrated or built-in controls easier to deal with .

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              0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Angular 2

              Provide a template and support for Angular 2

              Why is it so difficult to configure an Angular 2 project in VS 2015? There is an endless number of confusing articles on the web. Developers spend days and weeks trying to get their projects setup.

              The most common approach is to use VS, Node, Node-Gyp, Python and a host of other packages and work your way through a million configuration issues. What does Microsoft have to say about this? Nothing.

              If Visual Studio makes it so difficult to setup an Angular 2 project, why do we need Visual Studio?

              Why is…

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • ByRef overloading in VB

                The following "Add" methods in C# can't be called by VB codes directly.

                public class CCRawList<T> : IList<T>
                {
                ...
                public void Add(T item)
                {
                Add(ref item);
                }
                public void Add(ref T item)
                {
                if (count == Elements.Length)
                {
                Capacity = Elements.Length * 2;
                }
                Elements[count++] = item;
                }
                ...
                }

                So, please implement a new syntax for VB like this to perform ByRef overloading:

                Add(ByVal item) ' equals to Add(item); in C#
                Add(item) ' equals to Add(ref item); in C#

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Find and Replace automatically set context to Selection

                  Whenever I select a block of text and click CTRL+H to perform Find and Replace I would like that Find and Replace dialog context is automatically set to 'Selection'.
                  This used to work like that in previous version of VS and I find it odd that it has been changed.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add a search feature to the CPU profiler's function list

                    The only way to find a specific function is to sort alphabetically by function name and scroll through the list. A search feature would make this far more accessible.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • In TFS 2015, create shared steps into other shared steps

                      Shared steps are currently flat, it means that we can only have 1 level of shared steps. Therefore, it is not possible to refer to a shared steps within another shared steps. This is something needed to create sophisticated test cases based on other test cases.

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                        2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • set default encoding

                        Need a 'set default encoding for ALL files saved in VS', not only current file. It's so annoing to set it every new document, for example, when create pure .html file using utf-8.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add ability to filter disabled exceptions

                          I like the new Exceptions Settings window. Current filter functionality only allows you to show the enabled exceptions. For me, I'm often wondering what exceptions I've excluded, wanting to turn them back on.

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Respect privacy and business secrets

                            Suggestion: Add respect for privacy to the maxims of VS product development.

                            More and more I fear that Microsoft tries everything to fetch all my business critical code into its cloud, disrespecting any last particle of privacy and business secrecy, pushing developer experience heavily downwards. Regarding Visual Studio this comes up in some places:

                            The new "report a problem" or "make a suggestion" feature is a big improvement to archaic MS Connect forms. However: If I am not careful, I send you screenshots of my sensible development work. Neither me nor my team members are allowed to send such screenshots,…

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Smart auto-type

                              Do not cast to int as default. Check, if value smaller than int, then cast to appropriate type, like short or char, etc.

                              As example, if I wrote...
                              auto _value = 0xFF;
                              ... I don't need to cast to int, because the value in BYTE range, so 0xFF should be "(BYTE)0xFF", not "(int)0xFF".

                              P.S. Sorry for my bad English.

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add status line indicating that the size is being computed

                                For Visual Studio 15 the install size displayed does not update immediately. It would be helpful if you added a label displaying "Computing Size..." or something similar.

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Need for Comments or Remarks for Each Item in Solution Explorer

                                  It would be confusion consequent upon the files in Solution Explorer were named with formatted code, particularly when the files were becoming more and more.

                                  So I suggest you to add a field as comments after each item name in Solution Explorer to describe it as shown.

                                  Thanks!

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Auto hide solution explorer and properties while resizing

                                    It will be better if you provide auto hide solution explorer and properties when resizing visual studio using keyboard shortcuts (windows + <left or right arrow>) by default.

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Why is there no BMI1, BMI2 instrinsic support? I want PDEP/PEXT at the very least...

                                      We lack support for BMI1 , BMI2 which are present in all modern compilers. Particularly useful would be PDEP and PEXT, like the Intel compiler has (e.g. like this https://software.intel.com/en-us/node/523995). There are many others as well. We should add these instruction sets as instrinsic functions.

                                      Also, we should provide double width division intrinsics, i.e. a 64bit processor should be able to divide 128 bits by 64bits in a single operation. Would be the straightforward inverse of this. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d2s81xt0.aspx

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Easy cloning of steps in TFS vNext build definitions

                                        Some TFS vNext build definitions consist of a long list of similar steps with only slightly different parameters. Creating such a build definition is tedious because each step has to be created using "Add build step". Having a simple clone function on the steps level would be very helpful.

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