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  1. Free the detail view in the query results window so I can put it on seperate screen from the results list.

    I deal with long query results and would like to be able to see the full detail record without having to move splitter and scroll bars all the time. I need to the full width of a large screen to see the columns and I'd like to use the full height of my screen for the list. The detail view requires a large screen to take it all in as well.

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      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve VS "pending changes" performance

      The "pending changes" window performance of VS2015 is still noticeably slower to use than VS2010.

      One of the main problems is that selecting a workspace is delayed in 2015, where it's immediately accessible in 2010.

      It's very frustrating to:
      - Launch 2015
      - Click pending changes
      - Realize that VS is hitting the server for some reason
      - Launch 2010
      - Click pending changes
      - Select the workspace I want to see
      - Getting my results faster than I can select a workspace in 2015

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XSD Context Menu and Code Files

        Currently, the context menu for XSD files has 'View Code' and 'View Designer'. These bring up the XML Editor and the Schema Designer, respectively. Additionally, when we use a code generator, such as XSD.exe or Xsd2Code, we would have a .vb or .cs code file of the same name, and the IDE correctly associates and nests these files to the XSD file. Unless "Show All Files" is enabled, they're hidden in Solution Explorer, which is all fine except these code files are not easily reachable without enabling 'Show All Files'.

        In this age of code generators, I suggest View Code…

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • CLS Compliance

          Please work with Unity to make their public methods and interfaces CLS compliant.

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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • introducing aliases for primitive types and prohibiting use of primitive types for classes that are marked as strict.

            Although C# is considered to be strong typed language the primitive types relax on interpreting the entity they keep. For instance int variable may keep number 10 and we don't know what 10 essentially means, cucumbers? tomato? people? cars? The developer can easily make mistakes by saving quantity of wrong entity to integer variable and compiler won't complain about that.
            Adding aliases would allow for compile time check that the arithmetic operations are made with the same measure.

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • introduce aliases for primitive types and prohibit use of primitive types for classes that are marked as strict.

              Although C# is considered to be strong typed language the primitive types relax on interpreting the entity they keep. For instance int variable may keep number 10 and we don't know what 10 essentially means, cucumbers? tomato? people? cars? The developer can easily make mistakes by saving quantity of wrong entity to integer variable and compiler won't complain about that.
              Adding aliases would allow for compile time check that the arithmetic operations are made with the same measure.

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Save Solution Explorers and Rename Tabs

                Currently not able to save layout with multiple Solution Explorers. For larger MVC projects, typically create separate Solution Explorers for Models, Views, Controllers, Scripts and CSS. When restarting VS, have to recreate, re-dock and resize each. Also, ability to rename "tabs" of Solution Explorers.

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Baselines in the Test Explorer

                  In VS2015 Update 1, code analysis now has the ability to create baselines. I want the ability to create baselines in the Test Explorer too.

                  Where there are a large number of tests (thousands) and some of them take a long time to execute (>30s), it is impractical to run them all at every checkin. When someone does run the tests, I want to be able to create a baseline and be able to distribute it amongst all developers. Developers can take a divide-and-conquer approach to fixing the failures quickly.

                  Also, this will be useful where a team has fallen…

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Apply a good look of your vs products

                    Apply a good look of your vs products, the IDE of vs2010 and later versions look so uncomfortable, it not easy to distinguish when the menus, bars, and panes with a same background color! I do not like the ******* flat style, can it be 3D surfaced?! On the other hand, the IDE looks like a huge monster, it can do very kind of products, And it can do very amount of diffculty of using it! it can be more vs-developer friendly?!

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support cookies when a WebClient request is redirected

                      If you make a request to download a file, and the request is redirected, any cookie added to the original request or sent back by the server when redirecting is disregarded. This makes the WebClient pretty much unusable to consume an API / website that relies on cookies for authentication.

                      You could make it an optional feature turned off by default to not break backward compatibility.

                      The other annoying thing is that the WebClient doesn't seem to store state. For instance when I set the UserAgent I expect all requests made by the same instance of the WebClient to use…

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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

                        i am a winform developer and i recently bought a surface book and when i open a form in design mode, it is very small and untidy and i can't do anything with that . please support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow upgrades of VS2012 C++/CLR projects to newer frameworks (4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1)

                          If you :
                          - create a C++/CLR library project in VS2012
                          - code this in the class example :

                          ```C++

                          #include "stdafx.h"

                          #include "TestCLR.h"

                          #include <msclr\marshal.h>

                          using namespace TestCLR;

                          using namespace System;
                          using namespace msclr::interop;

                          void Class1::Init()
                          {
                          const char* message = "Test String to Marshal";
                          String^ result;
                          result = marshal_as<String^>( message );
                          }
                          ```
                          - Upgrade the project to an updated version of the framework, by editing the project file on this line :

                          ``` XML
                          <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.6.1</TargetFrameworkVersion>
                          ```

                          You end up with tons of warnings like this :

                          warning C4945: 'VBCodeProvider' : cannot import symbol from 'c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\system.dll': as 'Microsoft::VisualBasic::VBCodeProvider'…

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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Editor Formatting: Leave block on single line option is broken

                            Options -> Text Editor -> C# -> Formatting -> Wrapping -> Leave block on single line.

                            The above option is broken and does not do what the example suggests it should do. If you type

                            public int Foo { get; set; }

                            in the editor. It will reformat it to

                            public int Foo
                            {
                            get; set;
                            }

                            which is exactly what it's NOT supposed to do. I've played with the options as suggested in the following thread and it has not worked.

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

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make an easy way to add prerequisite to be published. Currently the latest prerequisites to be deployed are not a given option.

                              We need an easy way to add prerequisites to be published with an application Setup. Currently, the latest prerequisites to be deployed are not a given option for me. For example LocalDB 2012 is the on prerequisite option yet LocalDB 2014 is the release that I am using, but there is no way to add it as a prerequisite to be bundled with my application.

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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • The search options on the Search Replace popup need to be more distinguishable.

                                The quick search popup is almost unusable.
                                The options for Whole Word, Match case regex are almost indistinguishable when the are selected/deselected.
                                This leads to failed searches due to unintended search options.
                                This is very dangerous as no results might lead to dangerous action.
                                e.g.a search for FIXME which is unintentionally case sensitive.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • When using replace in the editor automatically fill in a previously used replacement for the given search string

                                  When using replace in the editor automatically fill in a previously used replacement for the given search string.
                                  When performing a series of text replacements during a conversion, it would be a big improvement if the matched replacement was selected automatically.

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                                  • update VS form title when updating solution name

                                    when renaming a solution, update the title in VS

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                                    • Warning message in ssis design mode should have copy and paste properties

                                      Warning message in ssis design mode should have copy and paste properties

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                                      • "Preview Changes - Rename" dialog should contain a splitter between its elements

                                        "Preview Changes - Rename" dialog shows tree of found elements in top side and code preview in bottom. Problem is that there is fixed proportion between these views. It would be very useful to have possibility to for example expand tree of found elements and narrow code preview view.

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                                        • Support syntax highlighting for .sass not just .scss

                                          When opening a .sass file there is no syntax highlighting or intellisense. It only seems to support.scss files, which has a different syntax than .sass.

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