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1. Only show links to solutions on Visual Studio Start Page, no links project

About 99% of the time, I open solutions from the Visual Studio Start Page. Somehow, also projects are listed. I do not need them. Please make it option, if they are shown or not. This way I do not have to delete the projects links be hand. Thankx for considering.

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• Instead of asking me to install missing Windows SDK version, also offer me upgrade project to an installed SDK

If I open a UWP project that references 10240 SDK, but I don't have that installed, i'm presented with two options: Install the SDK, or skip/don't load project.
I'd propose you add a 3rd option: Since this generally happens because you don't install older SDKs any longer but only newer, making projects essentially out of date, offer me the option to pick a new (greater) SDK Version among the ones I have installed. Currently you manually have to know to go into the project file to hand-edit this.

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• Hide lightweight solution suggestion banner when disabled in Options

When the 'Lightweight solution load for all solutions' is disabled in the Projects and Solutions options, do not show the 'Load *** faster next time by trying out lightweight Solution load..." banner when opening a solution with the Lightweight Load property set to Default.

It is bad user interface practice to suggest a feature to the user that has been explicitly disabled in the application.

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• mixing vb.net with C# in the same solution

It is not difficult to achieve and it could be very handy for developers. I've seen many situations where it would be extremely useful. There are two ways of "mixing":
1) allow both C# and VB.NET functions to be called from the same solution
2) allow both C# and VB.NET functions to be called from the same Form/Module

BTW I couldn't believe that anybody before didn't put the same question. That's the reason why I decided to write this idea which exists from the very begining of .NET platform.

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• Allow debugging of projects whose assembly names differ by configuration

For historical reasons, some projects we develop produce differently-named assemblies depending on the configuration. This is achievable by manually editing the project file to include a new AssemblyName definition for certain configurations.

Visual Studio builds the project correctly for all configurations, and the assembly can be run stand-alone. However, if you attempt to start debugging the project in a configuration in which the assembly name has been overridden, Visual Studio gives the error:

> Visual Studio cannot start debugging because the debug target 'c:\path\to\correct\bin\dir\UnchangedAssemblyName.exe` is missing. Please build the project and retry, or set the OutputPath and AssemblyName properties appropriately…

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• Enable registration of users without a mobile phone (not all users have such a ********).

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• VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

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• installer

The (new, 2017, rather nice) Visual Studio installer really ought to be accessible via:
A shortcut in All Programs/Visual Studio 2017
via Add and Remove Programs, right click on Visual Studio 2017 (the only thing currently there is Uninstall)
Inside Visual Studio's Help Menu

On the other hand, it should not be in the root of All Programs

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• 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…

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• Provide an option to not build before running tests

Whenever a test is run, a build is initiated. Even when there's no changes, a solution of modest size (~35 C# projects ~5 native projects) takes 20 to 30 seconds for a 'no-op' build, which is a significant overhead to re-run tests. The main problematic scenario is if I'm debugging a test, step too far, and then want to re-run - there's an unnecessary rebuild step.

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• Don't add history page up and page down.

Don't add history page up and page down.
When I want to see long function, I will use page up and page down.
After see long function, history is filled with page up and page down.
This spoils history jump usability.

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• New tool to show wasted space in padding

When fields of structs are not properly aligned, space can go wasted.
Having a tool that shows the top 10 of structs where space is wasted would be cool. This could go into the memory profiler. It has information of how many objects of a type are allocated, and then it should be easy to get the space wasted with padding for each object. Multiply these numbers, sort and give the top 10.
Super useful!

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• show sizeof mouse hover

When hovering over a type or identifier, VS right shows the corresponding type. It would be nice to show the sizeof() of the type as well.
Since sizeof(.) sometimes is not what one expects due to padding, for projects where memory/perf is important
it would be nice to have that information handy.

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• Support mixing programming language in the same project

Given that F# and C# are both compiled to the same IL, can we please support to allow mixing code files of C# and F# in the same Visual Studio project? This will rapidly increase the popularity of not only F# but also C#.

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• Basic support for git sub modules

If I add a submodule to my git repo, VS does not download it first time (init) or update it on pulls. Because of this when other people open my project the builds will fail. tfs online supports downloading of sub modules when it pulls the code from git so visual studio should also support this.

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• Provide which branch the solution checked out when solution names are same.

I have same solution checked out to different folders. When I launch VS on the start page, recent projects menu and on start menu, the solutions' names are same. It's hard to distinguish which one is the right branch. If VS provides which branch that solution is checked out with the name of the solution that'll be great.

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• Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable offline installer

Please provide link of Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable offline installer

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• Show decimal and hexadecimal in the debugger

Please show both decimal and hexadecimal values for integers in the debugger. There is usually plenty of space available where the values are shown and would make globally switching unnecessary,

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• I prefer previous intellisens functionality

Hi,

In this new version of VisualStudio (2017) you must constantly press the tab key to select an automatic entry, whereas in previous versions the same result was obtained by entering a space or an opening “(“ or “[“ or “{“.
For example, if I type in:
MyClass myobject =
and then, start entering the keyword "new" like this:
MyClass myobject = ne
Intellisens proposed the keyword "new" and it was enough to enter a space to get:
MyClass myobject=new˽
I find that this old operation was much more practical than having to always type in the tab key.
This…

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• Move Type to Namespace refactoring

Move Type to File is nice refactoring but it does not let us work fast enough when you want to place new files into business, core etc. projects. Resharper and CodeRush have this refactoring, and it would be awesome to have this refactoring in VS2017 out of the box, as it is one of the most used refactoring in Resharper.

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