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  1. have cl.exe actually generate binary code

    currently, cl.exe does not generate exes.

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • cl.exe get past winnt.h(154): fatal error C1189: #error: "No Target Architecture"

      1. cl.exe seems to be cacheing source code and it's stale. I see in error messages old versions of my code.
      2. after setting
      #define _WINNT_VER_ 0x0601
      #define _WIN32_WINNT 0x0601
      and #including winnt.h,
      the compiler complains with the error message up top. C1189 "No Target Architecture". I didn't know that had to be in my code. I thought that was something I specified as a compiler switch...

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        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Visual Studio Test cases are not executed if one of the test agent machines goes down.

        When we run tests via test controller and test agents configuration, during the runtime, if own test agent machine shut down or test agent closed etc. the subsequent tests are not executed anymore, I mean all of the test cases running on the other test agents machine will also get failed.
        We think we could make test tools more robust in the future, please refer to this thread:

        https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/0ce0d115-fd34-4750-ac96-b6eb2b45acec/visual-studio-test-rig-setup-test-cases-are-not-executed-if-one-of-the-agent-machines-goes-down?forum=vstest

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          1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add full test reporting capabilities to Team Services

          Lightweight charts do not provide enough information for reporting purposes and manual reports need to be built in Excel, which is not easy due to Outcome not being available in Queries. Add the pre-built Excel reporting functionality that are available in on-premise TFS.

          15 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add test outcome to Queries

            Outcome can't be queried on nor can it be output as a column in the results. With Team Services only having lightweight charts, I need the outcome to manually build reports in Excel.

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              0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Caller Info attribute [CallerMember]

              The [CallerMemberName] provides limited information. [CallerMember] on the other hand would provide a wealth of reflected information. Whereas [CallerMemberName] is applied to optional parameters of type string, [CallerMember] would be applied to optional parameters of type MemberInfo.

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Stop installing MSI based Azure Modules. Use PowerShell Gallery repo

                Can you stop installing an MSI based (old) version of Azure PowerShell cmdlets. Either stop installing, or give me the option to use a repo, such as PowerShell gallery, where the latest modules exist. Apart from changing the $env:PSModulePath, I can't use PowerShellGet cmdlets to update Azure cmdlets. I also notice one of you updates REMOVES the PS Gallery modules and reinstall the old MSI version. Grrrr!!!

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                  0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Vue file intellisense in Visual Studio

                  Vue files are files with one html section, one script section and one css section.
                  With Vuejs pack 2017 extension, we can somehow have intellisense for Js and css.

                  However, if you work with Typescript and/or Sass, you can't have intellisense.

                  To provide compiler informations about used languages, an attribute @lang can be added.

                  Ex :
                  <script lang="ts">...</script>
                  <style lang="scss">...</style>

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Sort projects by ascending integer

                    Given projects 1,2,3, ..., 20, the Solution Explorer will place 10-19 between 1 and 2. While this is alphabetic sorting, it differs from the sorting used in Windows Explorer, and is less useful. Integers should be recognized and sorted properly.

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                      2 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Reduce Disk I/O on build - Allow "In Memory" bin and obj output

                      Please allow VS to compile files in Memory instead of obj folder. Note that it's an optional feature. So you can always get back and disable this to write on disk if you need.
                      We only need to final bin folder to get ready to run, writing to disk in the middle obj and bin folders is taking a lot of build time, fragment the disk, and we don't need them.
                      I played a bit creating a Virtual Ram disk and use ntfs links from the obj and bin folder to memory and I notice a great speed up.
                      You…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Revisit the ability to have display options for CodeLens

                        Others have suggested this and I will as well....

                        Codelens/References take up too much space vertically in code and are not always necessary (or desirable) so they should only be present when desired by an option to toggle.

                        Please reconsider the options to:

                        -Display reference counts items to the right of the property, the left, or only as a tooltip when hovering over the property. Alternatively, a hotkey for display would be welcome.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make warning 4611 (setjmp and destructors) not trigger on POD types

                          It's useful to know when a setjmp/longjmp can cross a C++ destructor. But it appears that even a POD type which has no destructors triggers this warning. For instance:

                          #include <setjmp.h>

                          struct X { int y; };

                          int main() {
                          struct X x;

                          jmp_buf buf;
                          if (setjmp(buf) == 0) {
                          longjmp(buf, 1);
                          } else {
                          // whatever.
                          }
                          }

                          If such cases trigger the warning, it winds up being "you used setjmp in a C++ program", which is not helpful. The warning should only be raised if you have the potential to actually skip over a destructor.

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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Local function opening brace on the same line

                            When formatting code, make opening braces for local functions follow the same setting for (class) method opening braces.

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Open work items in Visual Studio's inline browser

                              The current options are "Default browser" and "Compatibility mode." I would like to see "Inline browser" added to that list. I think using a common platform for work items is a good idea but having work items open in a new window (or tab) can be cumbersome especially when working on a web app where tab management is important. I'd like to keep my work item views inside the IDE, so that I don't have to alt-tab to see different aspects of my work.

                              Also, double clicking on the same work item twice should not open another duplicate tab in…

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • vs2017 the update tools first should download the component and then ask to close visual studio

                                I am updating the visual studio 2017. The installer made me to close the visual studio instance and already 2 hours it's downloading packages. it should download whatever it needs and then ask for closing the visual studio.

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                                  3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Graphics Frame Analysis : image export

                                  It would be nice to be able to save images to a raw or png format.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Re-enable ability to hide collapsed regions when printing

                                    Prior to VS2015, the Print dialog included the ability to choose whether or not to include collapsed regions. That choice has now been removed (as noted in the "Known Issues" here: http://tiny.cc/VSprint). There really needs to be some sort of workaround to allow users to hide collapsed regions while printing.

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                                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • support export TFS work items as pdf or similar format

                                      we deal every day with stakeholders who do not have access to our tfs instance
                                      need to be able to get their input to work item definitions (for example, acceptance criteria for user stories)
                                      current option to 'export to excel' is exceptionally poor for human consumption, and excludes attachments
                                      need ability to report or 'save as pdf' (or similar) all content for work items in a query/backlog/other

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                                        0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve visualizer API

                                        The current API for writing custom visualizers is horrible. You have to apply an attribute for the visualizer to the type you want to visualize, meaning that you cannot write custom visualizers for anything in the BCL or 3rd party libraries.

                                        As a result, there's not a single normal visualizer available as an extension in the Visual Studio gallery. If that's not a sign of failure for this extension point, I don't know what is.

                                        Custom visualizers should declare what types they can work on themselves. This would be far, far more powerful in allowing the community to build visualizers…

                                        9 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Team Explorer - Pending Changes

                                          In Team Explorer - Pending Changes section in Visual Studio IDE (all supported version), there should be an option to zip/or copy the modified files to copy them on the computer. I know we can shelve the code changes, but sometimes it is easy to simply keep a copy of files on preferred computer location.

                                          it's like, 1) user click on any folder/file in Included/Excluded section, the context menu will have one more menu item to "Export/Copy to" which will open the save folder/file dialog and the user can choose a place to save the selection.
                                          2) if user select…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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