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  1. Allow Run Intellitest on private methods

    The IntelliTest Run facility is great - when you can use it.

    I often come across private (often static) methods of a class that I'd like to have IntelliTest exercise (because it can do such a good job of it); however, currently it's impossible to do so without creating a permanent IntelliTest - which I rarely want to retain, and so creating a test only to have to then faff around deleting it is not desirable.

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      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable C++ Core Guidelines Checker for mixed projects

        At this point, the C++ Core Guidelines Checker refuses to work on mixed C++/CLI projects (with the message "CppCoreCheck is disabled on C++/CLI projects."). We use C++/CLI as a bridge between native code (both our own which is fully C++17 complaint and 3rd party libraries) and a thin layer of managed classes to allow their use from C#.

        We'd very much like to run the C++ Core Guidelines Checker on the native parts (~90%) and (for now) ignore the managed parts (~10%), to at least get _some_ feedback on what could be improved.

        I can see this being a problem…

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve support for XML documentation comments in Object Browser

          In XML comments containing </para><para> tags, Object Browser and VS IntelliSense insert an extra linefeed, wasting screen space during editing. Some earlier versions of VS did not do this. Could these extra blank lines be omitted, maybe as a Tools option if people have come to depend on them?
          Also, instead of having to use </para><para> to break lines, it would save space to allow <br/> tags as well.

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 微软犯下一个不可挽救的错误

            为了让用户升级到windows 10,微软的做法是windows 10的UWP不能运行在windows 7或更低版本的系统平台。
            也就是说所有的用户需要升级到win10才行,但是有没有想过过去的各种应用都是运行在win7或更低版本系统中。但是大部分企业和个人用户都还在使用win7或更低版本的系统。
            另外UWP不能动态加载DLL,势必给企业级用户带来更大的成本,过去许多的应用大部分都是基于MFC或WPF做的,很多应用都有许许多多的动态库,难道都要重写吗,这些开发成本微软买单吗?或许微软会说我们可以用C++/CX包装一下,我只想说好样的!!!
            企业生存的目的是利润,而不是消耗更多的成本!
            从企业的角度来想想,开发了一款win10的UWP应用却只能运行在极少的机器中,从开发成本,用户量最基本的角度分析企业没有那么傻,如果UWP能运行在win7或更低版本的系统中,自然win10就会取代更低版本的系统。
            如果微软再不重新思考,我相信未来的桌面很有可能被Android所替代。

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              0 comments  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support tf.exe /login for VSO

              It would be nice if tf.exe /login supported Visual Studio Online. Currently it only seems to support on-premises TFS. We'd like to be able to silently script out some tf.exe commands but can't without having to respond to the login UI.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide async locks (i.e. await lock (lockObject) {...})

                We should be able to do this in an async method:

                await lock (lockObject) {
                ....
                await methodAsync();
                ....
                }

                The semantics would be: await a semaphore to enter the lock, unless the thread has already entered the lock previously (i.e. allow re-entrancy on the same thread); and dispose the lock at the end of the block.

                In addition, the async lock and the existing (synchronous) lock mechanisms should work together, so that await lock will not enter if another thread has done a lock, and vice versa.

                This would provide a language enhancement for locking that appropriately matches the…

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please port Visual Studio for Mac to Linux.

                  I would really like to see some of the additional features that come with "Visual Studio for Mac" come to linux. Please cast my voth there

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix inappropriate generation of compiler error CS1612

                    Unfortunately this error can be inappropriately generated when assigning to a property (i.e. invoking a property setter). An immutable struct can still have a valid property setter, as long as the property setter doesn't actually assign to any fields in the struct. For example,

                       public struct Relay {
                           public Relay(Func<string> getText, Action<string> setText)
                           {
                                   this.GetText = getText;
                                   this.SetText = setText;
                           }
                           private readonly Func<string> GetText;
                           private readonly Action<string> SetText;

                     …

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 'Close All But Pinned' for Visual Studio

                      A useful feature to have in Visual Studio IDE. Options exist to 'Close All Documents' and 'Close All But This', and it would add better experience to also have the option of 'Close All But Pinned'.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Detect connection strings in appsettings.json (or DbContext) and auto populate database in Server Explorer

                        It will be great if Server explorer automatically detect connection string or context and show database.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow easier name change of publish profiles

                          In older versions of Visual Studio it was easy to change the name of a Publish Profile for ASP.NET MVC projects. Now, in order to do this in VS2017, you have to rename the file and unload and reload the solution. When there are multiple publish configurations it is obviously vital to differentiate these profiles by name. Can we have the same "edit" functionality we had in previous versions where you could change the name (or assign a name) to a publish profile in the Publish dialog.

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                            3 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support Bridge.net

                            Along with Xamarin and Cordova tools that indeed help multi-platform development, maybe you should also promote Bridge.NET's C#-to-JavaScript/TypeScript.

                            This way a developer can write business logic AND user interface façade services using C#, and then develop NATIVE user interfaces using any of these technologies: WPF/XAML, UWP, Windows Forms, ASP .NET WebForms/MVC/WebAPI, Xamarin, Unity (!) - directly, and using the generated JavaScript and TypeScript definitions as well with: HTML5 (Angular/other DOM frameworks), UWP JS, Cordova tools, and NodeJS (server side)!

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                              3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • make the editor theme more customizable as you do with vs code

                              make the editor theme more customizable as you do with vs code

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • do not automatically save Project "Properties"

                                Create a solution with a Project > Right Click on Project (in Solution Explorer) > select Properties (or Alt + Enter) > tab with Project Properties appears > Make changes > close tab > changes (incorrectly) automatically saves

                                Suppose you forget what changes were made... you can't undo... or safely exit "without applying changes"

                                This is very, VERY inconvenient.

                                Please implement the Save button

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                                  • VS should give us a way to clear history

                                    Visual Studio hasn't got a way to clear history yet. That includes find & replace history, recent project list, recent project template list (and this includes clearing away the out-of-date Win32 Console Application that won't go away). It's just a bit uncomfortable with all the history staying there and can't be cleared.

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Update with Windows Upate

                                      You should update Visual Studio with Windows Update and provide a consistent user experience for all key Microsoft products. Apple does it with MacOS app store...

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                                      • Add "Only non-open documents" option to search function

                                        One may search and correct a document and then wish to exend the search to the rest of the project. Rescannning the corrected document is a waste of time. Also, in case of included documents developed outside of the project, opening them before starting the search will save a considerable amount.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Hide backing fields and include inherited members as options in "Generate Constructor" dialog

                                          When you click "Ctrl + Period" on an empty line, Visual Studio will eventually (if no enum or struct declarations follow directly) give the option to generate a constructor. When you click on it, a dialog will popup which lets you select all the member variables of this class that you want to pass to the constructor. Unfortunatly though, inherited members are not included in the list, and you will get an error after proceeding if those are required. It's also annoying that obvious backing fields are shown in the list (Visual Studio will change variables like "_myVar" to "myVar"…

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