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  1. 6 votes
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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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.

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          2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Codelens Doesn't Detect Parameterized nUnit Tests

          CodeLens currently does not support detection of parameterized nUnit tests, as described in the pages below:

          https://github.com/nunit/docs/issues/174
          https://github.com/nunit/nunit3-vs-adapter/issues/55
          https://github.com/nunit/nunit-vs-adapter/issues/105

          Adding support for CodeLens detection of tests in-line would be very useful.

          60 votes
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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow making desktop ARM64 programs

            Allow us to compile desktop applications for ARM32/ARM64. Windows 10 on ARM64 will be able to run such applications, so why not let us make them?

            Currently, in order to compile ARM32/ARM64 desktop applications, you have to install the WDK, whose license agreement expressly prohibits using the WDK to make ARM end-user applications.

            This is a dumb restriction, especially since it can be worked around without breaking the agreement (e.g. with making your own import libraries for the DLLs that aren't in UWP).

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

              33 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Visual Studio suggest explicit type instead of var when ToList is called

                Currently when the .editorconfig or the Visual Studio settings say that the code should prefer var when the type is apparent Visual Studio suggest that I change code like this

                List<string> test = Enumerable.Range(1, 2).Select(i => i.ToString()).ToList();

                I should use var because the type is apparent. It does this even when I have code like GetItems().ToList(); While calling ToList makes it apparent that the type is a List<T> it is not the List that I care about, it is the T. This is a clearly a case where if the type should be explicit (assuming the user set csharp_style_var_when_type_is_apparent =…

                62 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow a thrown C++ exception to be inspected.

                  When the Exception Helper appears for an exception thrown in C++, it would be very useful to be able to inspect that exception object.

                  This would allow, for example, the what() message in a std::exception to be viewed. Ideally, inspection should respect the natvis rules, so that user defined exceptions can be displayed as intended inside the Exception Helper.

                  Even just adding the exception object to the Autos window would help immensely.

                  Currently we need to do this manually by finding the address of the exception object, it's type, and then adding a pointer cast to the Watch window.

                  5 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make it easier to create Symbol packages for .NET Standard Libraries

                    In the latest version of Visual Studio 2017 v15.3, when creating a .NET Standard library, the Package editor allows entering the details for generating a NuGet package.

                    The generated nuspec file then includes only the library .dll, but not the .pdb that should be submitted to the symbol server.

                    As such, the generated .nuspec should also include the .pdb if desired by the developer. Example:

                    <files>
                    <file src="D:\Source\GitHub\ndef-nfc\NdefLibrary\NdefLibrary\bin\Release\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.dll" target="lib\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.dll" />
                    <file src="D:\Source\GitHub\ndef-nfc\NdefLibrary\NdefLibrary\bin\Release\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.pdb" target="lib\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.pdb" />
                    </files>

                    If the tools generate both the .nupkg file, as well as the .symbol.nupkg file, the nuget push command would upload both files to the appropriate…

                    8 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Implicit new Type<T>() for class member variable

                      C# requires full typename when instantiating a class member variable:

                      private List<String> m_strings = new List<string>;

                      Most of the time, it would be very handy if the syntax is shortened as:
                      private List<String> m_strings = new;

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • stop removing git-bash from my windows explorer context menu every time I update VS 2017.

                        stop removing git-bash from my windows explorer context menu every time I update VS 2017.

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Visual Studio Test Explorer needs more features

                          Test Explorer needs
                          1) A History of tests run locally from Visual Studio. Like VSTS has a history of Tests run from Releases.
                          2) A way to associate a Test with a Story/Bug in VSTS. A common thing we have going on is a test will fail and then a Bug will be raised but there is no connection being made between the failing Test and the Bug in VSTS.
                          3) The Test Output screen only allows you to Copy and Paste the entire contents of the Test Output. Usually all I need to do is copy a few words…

                          22 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Easily Switch Exception Message in English

                            When one got an Exception, the major way to solve it might be search in the internet, and Major Forum or Website about program are discussed in English, so one will need to get English Exception Message so that one can easier find the solition or provide solution to the community.

                            Now .Net show message in local language, I hope .Net can provide a way let programmer efffectively and easily turn any .Net program such as Console/ WPF/ Winform/ asp.net Exception Message in English, Thank you.

                            Related discussion in StackOverflow:
                            https://stackoverflow.com/questions/209133/exception-messages-in-english

                            12 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • error dialogs should be copyable

                              From time to time Visual Studio throws up error dialog boxes. These are modal and the text from them cannot be copied. Often I want to paste the information.

                              I suggest you provide the ability to copy text from any dialog box. If that is impossible because of so many dialogs, then some quick and simple way of OCRing the text.

                              5 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Camel Case Matching in GoTo Search

                                Currently the GoTo Search does not cope with Camel Case.

                                Can this be added for global and sub GoTo searches as well?

                                15 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Don't hide trailing return type when collapsing function definition

                                  When using C++11's trailing return type declaration, the return type gets hidden when the function body is collapsed. For example, the code

                                  auto f() -> bool {
                                  return true;
                                  }

                                  Will collapse to:

                                  auto f() { ... }

                                  Hiding the trailing return type.

                                  2 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable deleting line from Error List when error Code is CS1061

                                    This error indicate when there is no definition for some method/property/anything. If we could just right click on all errors and "delete error lines" it would be a lot of time savior.
                                    When this is usefull? When we create a property on some component/user control the designer generated the code with default value. But when we realized that property is not really necessary we drop it, and then BUM! We get 383 errors to fix, and the fix is just delete line.

                                    3 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • search in recent

                                      In Visual Studio / Start Page / Recent add a search box to filter recent projects in the below list.

                                      56 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Store iisexpress folder in %USERPROFILE% instead of Documents

                                        IIS Express should store its iisexpress folder in %USERPROFILE% instead of the user's Documents folder.

                                        In a scenario where you have OneDrive storing your PCs documents to OneDrive instead of "This PC", these files (TraceLogs, etc..) are constantly being uploaded/downloaded from OneDrive unnecessarily.

                                        7 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add possibility to add personal notes to code in Visual Studio

                                          It would be great to be able to attach personal notes to specific parts of the code when debugging or working on a feature.
                                          Most of the time I find myself taking notes either in Notepad or using pen and paper.
                                          I could make comments directly in the source but since they are for my personal use I would have to go through all of it and clean it up before committing and pushing anything.

                                          9 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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