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  1. 1,753 votes
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      18 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

      1,578 votes
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        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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

        448 votes
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          88 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

          320 votes
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            5 comments  ·  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/

            194 votes
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              3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

              475 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  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.

                294 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  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.

                  136 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                    As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

                    352 votes
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                      24 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hey all,

                      If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

                      Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

                      The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

                      When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

                    • 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()

                      100 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow the ability to prove that a code review was done for a task

                        I was asked to escalate this from here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5e9c476d-a728-4505-a310-9614b1c3b06f/how-to-find-a-work-items-code-review-request?forum=tfsworkitemtracking

                        We are using VS2013 connected to TFS2012.

                        We are currently being audited as to our development practices. Overall it is going well and we can provide evidence on our processes.

                        However it seems TFS won't allow us to find a code review for a task.

                        We use a 1 tier branch, so everything gets committed and released from that. Before a commit a code review request is created. Only when the code review passes will the code be committed. This all works fine. However when looking at a task I cannot…

                        92 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Sql Server Compact 5

                          Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                          234 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • allow Windows phone apps to be created on Windows 7

                            Some developers don't want to upgrade to Windows 8 just to develop for Windows phone. If they won't upgrade then Windows phone won't get as many new apps. Please allow the new Windows Phone SDK to work on Windows 7 so its easier for the developers to create apps.

                            132 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add option to exclude the new 'Shared File DropDown' in the code editor added in VS 2013 Update 2

                              In VS 2013 Update 2, above the code editor has been added a drop down to 'View and Switch to other projects that this file may belong to'. I'm presuming this was added to support (enhance) the new 'Universal App' project types. As I'm a corporate developer based on Windows 7, writing desktop/web apps then this drop down only ever shows one type. Can an option added to switch off this feature which is useless for us and takes away from the usability of the other two drop downs, especially the members drop down which, unless you are using a…

                              179 votes
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                                19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

                                Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
                                Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

                                137 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                                  After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                                  please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

                                  79 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • backlog priority

                                    Provide ability for product backlog priority to be auto-generated as is-today OR user-assigned. Today it does both and certain events blow away user-specified values resulting in a lot of un-happy product owners. Don't understand why the field is user-editable if TFS regenerates the backlog priority value in drag-n-drop events and others. The way it works now in TFS 2013 is flawed.

                                    76 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Open source Silverlight

                                      Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

                                      For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

                                      However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

                                      * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
                                      * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
                                      * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
                                      Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

                                      1,950 votes
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                                        42 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                                        Seriously, how cool would that be?

                                        41 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

                                          Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

                                          Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

                                          As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

                                          14,692 votes
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                                            269 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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