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  1. 2,332 votes
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      21 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring back Classic Visual Basic, an improved version of Visual Basic 6.0 (the old idea has been stoped at 7400 votes for no good reason)

      The silent majority of VB6 users did not ask for changes that came with .NET

      We request Microsoft brings back classic Visual Basic as COM development is back with Windows 8.

      Reloaded from: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

      1,310 votes
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        333 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Do not introduce the curse of #regions to HTML

        In VS2013.4RC you have announced #region support for HTML: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/10/16/announcing-new-web-features-in-visual-studio-2013-update-4-rc.aspx

        I understand that removing #regions from C#, as previously suggested and declined, would be unreasonable at this late stage (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2678342--region-directive-considered-harmful-was-get-rid).

        Let's not introduce this curse to new languages though.

        Regions are a way for mediocre teams to hide ****** code behind a roll-up. They are not a productivity extension. They do not help lift the breadth developers forward.

        https://twitter.com/tathamoddie/status/522887198941515778
        https://twitter.com/shiftkey/status/522885829442957312
        https://twitter.com/jrusbatch/status/522886424421363713
        https://twitter.com/scottgal/status/522887947075342336

        221 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

          It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

          Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

          Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

          318 votes
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            9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow 3rd party Extensions (vsix) in Visual Studio Express editions

            As a developer of a commercial extension for Visual Studio, I was (and still am, at some level) against supporting non-paying customers.

            However, over the years I came to realize that you get more flies with honey, and I now believe Microsoft should allow installing Visual Studio Extensions (vsix) in Express editions.

            People use Express editions for different reason - some won't pay for their development tools out of spite, others just can't afford the next (basic) SKU, or an MSDN subscription.

            Yet there are many people who create and maintain free and open source extensions for Visual Studio. While…

            794 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support .NET Builds without requiring Visual Studio on the server

              To build certain PCL libraries and libraries for Windows 8 RT requires having Visual Studio on the server.

              Nick Berardi writes about a workaround that allows running a build server without VS, but it's really just a workaround for functionality that should be easy.

              Not to mention there's probably licensing considerations we're just ignoring by doing that.

              http://nickberardi.com/a-net-build-server-without-visual-studio/

              Please make it easy (and legal) to build .NET projects on a server without requiring a Visual Studio installation (or license) on that server.

              2,072 votes
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                12 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Create migration tooling for TFS

                As a ALM Consulting I need good migration tooling so that I can push data from one TFS server to another.

                The idea would be to create solid open source tooling that really supports consultants in the field. The TFS Integration Tools are too often a sledge hammer when a scalpel will do and the lack of investment is making them more and more irrelevant. We need to have simple tooling to move work between TFS servers, Collections, and Team Projects which is not currently supported scenarios in the Integration Tools.

                107 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for collectible assemblies

                  Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
                  Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

                  452 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Multi-Device Hybrid Apps with Visual Studio 2013 Express

                    Make Multi-Device Hybrid Apps available for Visual Studio 2013 Express Editions.

                    887 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support .editorconfig

                      It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                      "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                      You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

                      313 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                        Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                        While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

                        148 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                          As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                          541 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add build status to pull requests

                            I would like to see the status of builds related to commits in a pull requests.

                            On the main page of a pull request we have Discussion, Files, Commits. I would like a Build page as well that lists any build runs on the source branch of the pull request.

                            This will allow the reviewers to quickly see that all tests have passed and that the current build is green.

                            49 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Team Web Access Charts to Group by Tags

                              Specifically with the Scrum process template, there is no place to do root cause analysis, so the natural candidate is to use Tags, this avoids having to customise the process template. The problem is that I cannot produce a work item query "chart" that will allow me to "Group by" the tag. While I appreciate that this might be a challenge with the nature of the pseudo managed field, it would be really useful.

                              54 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Don't require "async" keyword for the methods with "awaits" in the body

                                This is misleading. This looks like a part of method signature but this is not. The only thing it does is: it enables awaits in the method body. This requirement looks the same as if you would require "enable_yield" keyword for the methods with "yields":

                                public enable_yield IEnumerable<int> Foo()
                                {
                                yield return 42;//yield is enabled
                                }

                                public IEnumerable<int> Bar()
                                {
                                yield return 42;//compiler error
                                }

                                The "async" tells nothing new for the caller - the caller already knows that the method returns Task.
                                If the method returns "void" - anyways any methods can start threads, enqueue work items to the…

                                31 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 72 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Trigger Rollback activity when a Release is Rejected (somehow) by the user/approver

                                    Nowadays, the Rollback activity in the Release Template is triggered only if one of the previous activities fail (returning a non-0 status code).

                                    It would be great to be able to trigger a Rollback activity if the release is Rejected by some of the Approvers.

                                    By now, when it happens, we need to trigger a new Release manually to rollback the application to the previous version. It takes a hard work because we need to find the latest valid (and released) build, etc.

                                    39 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                                      The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                                      "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                                        3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

                                        We often find ourself writing statements such as:

                                        If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
                                        {
                                        // Do something with c
                                        }

                                        It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
                                        the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

                                        192 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support the -Loopback token in proxy bypass lists

                                          The .NET Framework is currently hardcoded to bypass the proxy for traffic destined to localhost/127.0.0.1/::1. This makes sense in general, but greatly complicates debugging with Fiddler or other proxies.

                                          In 2011, this problem was fixed in WinINET and WinHTTP with the introduction of the "minus-loopback" token in proxy bypass lists. When <-loopback> is present, the client should not bypass the proxy for local addresses.

                                          See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fiddler/archive/2011/02/10/fiddler-is-better-with-internet-explorer-9.aspx for more detail.

                                          59 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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