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  1. Watch window member specifier for arrays

    When watching an array pointer with size specifier, also add the ability to specify a class/struct member to watch. Example:

    ptrToArrayOFooPtrs, 4, m_FooMemberVar

    This would display like:
    [0] m_FooMemberVar=value
    [1] m_FooMemberVar=value
    [2] m_FooMemberVar=value
    [3] m_FooMemberVar=value

    This allows you to quickly inspect a variable on every object in the array.

    33 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Change the form of the last line in the output window in Visual Studio

      When we compile a project, we always take a quick look to the last line of the Output window:

      ==== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 1 up-to-date, 0 skipped ====

      For some optical illusion I always see for a fraction of a sec:

      ========= Build 1, succeeded 0, failed 1, ... ==========

      The word "failed" has an eye magnet on that line triggering many times unnecessary anxiety.

      Could change the form of the last line to end message be somehow re-arranged preventing this thing i.e

      ==== Build: succeeded=1 , failed=0, up-to-date=1, skipped=0 ====

      With this form, we fond the last…

      5 votes
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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please consider adding ReadyRoll to Visual Studio Professional

        I was very excited to see the addition of ReadyRoll in the latest update of the Visual Studio 2017 RC, however this will only be available on the Enterprise edition. I think that you should consider including this option in the Professional SKU as well since it is a tool that would be of great help to most professional developers and most of us can only go as far as the Professional Edition of the product.

        76 votes
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          6 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Status bar should display encoding, line endings and indentation settings

          VS Code display encoding, line endings, tab/spaces and indentation settings in the Status Bar. VS should do the same.

          VS should additionally have the options of inferring the settings from the document contents and have ability to convert line endings between CRLF and LF for the selection or the entire document.

          VS should also show and allow to change the current encoding (UTF-8 or UTF-8 with BOM). Always default to UTF-8 no BOM.

          22 votes
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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Expand http status code methods in MVC

            currently we have:

            Success:
            •return Ok() <- Http status code 200
            •return Created() <- Http status code 201
            •return NoContent(); <- Http status code 204

            Client Error:
            •return BadRequest(); <- Http status code 400
            •return Unauthorized(); <- Http status code 401
            •return NotFound(); <- Http status code 404

            I'm currently writing an automated tea delivery API and would appreciate the following:

            •return ImATeapot <- http statuscode 418

            11 votes
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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add custom GPS location to iOS Emulator

              Add a way to enter custom gps location in the emulator settings. Now it only supports the selection of "Null, Apple, City Bicycle Run, City Run, Freeway Drive". This is very convenient to test location based apps. It will be nice if we can select a KML file, but a simple "lat,long" text field should work.

              24 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Open-source RDCMan

                I'd love for Microsoft to open-source their Remote Desktop Connection Manager application. We use it extensively at our workplace and it would be great to work with the dev community to help further improve it

                19 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Integrate Conan.Io package manger into visual studio

                  Conan.IO is a platform neutral package manager for C++.
                  It is the only package manager that can handle the packages in a compiler and platform neutral way. Nuget and vcpkg are only available on windows.

                  The problem with conan.io is that there is an effort to learn it. This effort could be improved if there would be an integration into Visual Studio.

                  Something like the nuget integration would help a lot.

                  Here a presentation about conan.io
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvqH_ck-5Q8

                  19 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Option to Disable Ctrl+Click Go to Definition

                    In Visual Studio 2015 and earlier, the behavior for ctrl+click was to select the 'word' (overloaded behavior from double click). It would be nice to have this behavior back in Visual Studio 2017.

                    30 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Remove "Change signature" quick action suggested all the time

                      On every line I have the option to "Change Signature" as a quick action (the light bulb on the left). This should be on the menu, not as a quick action. Quick actions should be to refactor code for example. Or at least this should be configurable.

                      49 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • References counter (just this) like in CodeLens for VS Community Edition

                        I would like to suggest for VS Community edition, a counter that shows how many times a class, method etc. is referenced in the Solution, like there is in Professional edition, and above, when using CodeLens, to avoid shift+F12 (Find all references) every time we need to find where an object is being used. - This would improve code maintenance.

                        I understand this is a CodeLens feature, available on Pro editions and above, but is it possible to have just that tiny references counter, please?

                        14 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Expose wrapped properties

                          Provide an easier/faster way to exposed wrapped properties.
                          For example:

                          public class ClassA
                          {
                          public int Prop1 { get; set; }
                          }

                          public class ClassB
                          {
                          private ClassA innerClass;

                          public int Prop1
                          {
                          get => innerClass.Prop1;
                          set => innerClass.Prop1 = value;
                          }
                          }

                          Would be useful to be written similar to this:

                          public ClassB
                          {
                          private ClassA innerClass;

                          public int Prop1 => innerClass.Prop1;
                          }

                          9 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Prevent IIS Express from taking over as the launch settings default in .NET Core projects in VS 2017

                            While debugging ASP.NET Core apps in VS 2017, IIS Express is added as the default in the launch configuration window, backed by `Properties/launchSettings.json`.

                            If this is changed, or if the settings are removed - either from the UI, or by modifying the file, on the next launch of VS, these settings have been returned, and IIS Express set to the default again.

                            The issue is compounded when you have a multi-startup solution. In my current case, I have a micro-services solutions with 8 startup projects, with more to follow.

                            It's getting harder and harder to use VS as the primary…

                            26 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Remove size limitation of .pgd file

                              As of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, the 1GB size limitation on .pdb file has been removed. But this limitation is still on .pgd file(PGO database file), there will be error "error writing to instrumentation file LNK1265" when its size reaches 1GB.
                              There are many large projects today, so it is reasonable to remove size limitation of MSF file format.

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                                3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Implement replace/original, code generator feature for C#

                                As championed here, https://github.com/dotnet/csharplang/issues/107, the replace/original feature will allow custom code generators to be added to C# to implement many common boilerplate tasks. Also known as "Aspect Oriented Programming".

                                Possible use cases include implementing INotifyPropertyChanged, logging, exception handling, retrying, and many others.

                                42 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Feature to skip past current exception when Break When Thrown is on

                                  When Break When Thrown is on and an error occurs in a complex application, it can take multiple, sometimes even a dozen or more "Continue" actions before the current exception has fully run its course. As a result, I find myself turning on and off Break When Thrown, but that sometimes results in missing the "next" exception.

                                  I want an option that lets me skip past breaking on all re-raisings of the current exception, but doesn't turn off breaking on that exception class, or even later re-raisings of the same error.

                                  13 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community

                                    Is there an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community? like in visual studio code? like this https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/integrated-terminal

                                    116 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Just like Community editions. It is a good news for xbase programmers, if MicroSoft add Visual Foxpro

                                      I am just using Visual Studio Community Version 2017. Its a great tool. Microsoft initiative towards community editions is impressive. If Visual FoxPro is also added in community editions side by side, it is good for thousand of xbase programmers.

                                      18 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Dim or otherwise indicate "inactive" editor or built-in terminal

                                        One of the best features of VS Code is the built-in terminal. However, I often begin typing in the editor when in fact I think I'm in the terminal - and vice versa. To alleviate this issue, it would be helpful to visually indicate which portion of the IDE is "active" vs. "inactive". A simple dimming effect might just do the trick.

                                        9 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Canceling Opening Visual Studio From Splash Screen

                                          Sometimes I get click happy with the Visual Studio icon in my taskbar. It would be great to cancel the opening of additional Visual Studio instances directly from the splash screen.

                                          I run Visual Studio in a VM so the splash screen may be visible for 10-30 seconds per instance.

                                          Thanks,

                                          Khalid Abuhakmeh (https://twitter.com/buhakmeh)

                                          15 votes
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