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  1. Add the alert name to project alert email or add a custom text section

    Project alert emails are great but they don't include enough information about the alert so I can tell which alert originated the email. Adding the alert name or a custom text field would allow me to use Outlook rules to sort or file the alerts properly.

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      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Separate UI language from language of generated code comments (e. g. *.Designer.cs)

      I would like it if I could choose the language of generated code comments (like new classes, or *.Designer.cs) independently of the language of my user interface.

      Today's global culture makes it necessary for people of different countries working together on the same code base. Therefore it is mandatory that comments in the code are written in a language every participant can read (usually English, but I've also seen projects where German was used although German and Italian and Dutch people were working on the project).

      On the other hand, while people's English skills may be good enough to read/write…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable (more than VS 2015)

        Let the user choose whether to install or not features such a Visual Basic or C#, and for which platform to develop. Although Visual Studio 2015 brought a good improvement in the setup process choices (hence the "Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable" idea, voted 1715 times, recently marked as completed) there is still a lot of room to do better. The Visual Studio 6 granularity was just perfect, why now there are so few choices? Why do users need to install the full .NET SDK if they are not going to do any .NET development? Why tools for…

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          5 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • PDF Viewer using pdf.js

          It would be nice to be able to view pdfs from Visual Studio code and given that Code is based on chromium, I think it may be practical to implement pdf.js.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • API for Release Management

            Hello,

            My team is not great at properly rejecting/abandoning builds. At the end of every sprint I have a task to go in and manually clean up stale 'In Progress' builds that have not been closed by the Dev or Test teams.

            An API to query the state of releases, and modify them would be fantastic.

            This would enable me to automate clean up routines.

            Related to my question in the MSDN Forums:
            https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/0357c464-97a1-4655-bb4e-768853c34327/release-management-2015-bulk-abandon-builds?forum=tfsbuild

            Thanks!

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              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Install updates delayed

              Installing flagged updates delayed much like I can do through windows update.

              As a developer I don't want to install updates during the day when I'm about to start work. If a crash occurs then I have to troubleshoot immediately. However if it happens over night I could either get a notification about it in an email/sms (possible feature) or just view it when I come back to my computer the next morning

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Remove whitespace from UI design

                There's a huge amount of un-used or inefficiently used space on the left hand side of every editor window. For starters you could save a bunch by making the line numbers and the bar where you place breakpoints the same UI element. On top of that, there seems to be space for 4 digit line numbers even though this source file does not have more than 999 lines of code. I'm inclined to detach the editor and have different Visual Studio windows overlapping eachother to be able to fit more code on screen and still have access to the project…

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add CanTellLength and CanSeekBackwards to System.IO.Stream

                  • Add CanTellLength property to the System.IO.Stream:

                  public virtual bool CanTellLength {
                  get {
                  try {
                  var length = this.Length;
                  return true;
                  } catch {
                  return false;
                  }
                  }
                  }

                  • Add CanSeekBackwards property to the System.IO.Stream:

                  public virtual bool CanSeekBackwards => CanSeek;

                  • Why
                  Working with System.Net.Http.StreamContent I found that it caches the request in memory before sending the HTTP request if the length of the stream is unknown. And to perform the check if the length is known it uses CanSeek property - it mixes completely different concepts.
                  I came up with conclusion:
                  - The stream can tell…

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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