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  1. Make Debugging faster

    It takes too long to begin debugging an application. It also takes too much time stepping through code in debug mode.

    1,817 votes
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      26 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Decrease the Memory Footprint

      Since Visual Studio is a tool which can be used in so many scenarios (desktop development, web development, game development, etc) and supports so many languages (managed, native, scripting) it seems it is often loading tools and editors which are not needed for the current scenario.

      It would be nice to have very fine grain control over what components are loaded at any given time to decrease the memory footprint and increase the performance.

      For example, if I just want to edit a C# file in a class library it seems the memory footprint could be much smaller than when…

      1,662 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Visual Studio startup and shutdown faster

        Application startup without any solution/project should be instantaneous (less than 1 second)
        Application shutdown should not exceed 100ms for each open project and should show a progress bar.

        1,597 votes
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          15 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Changed the title to clarify that this is Visual Studio startup/shutdown.

        • Make Solutions Load Faster

          Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

          1,218 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make VS scalable by switching to 64 bit

            No matter how fast and efficient VS will be, we will eventually reach some limit.

            I've reached the memory limit since VS 2003 -- around 1.3gb memory usage VS started to give out of memory exceptions. That was using 20-30 projects.

            Nowadays we have more than 70 projects in the solution and VS 2010 doesn't reach the x86 memory limit (on a 64 bit windows). Eventually we'll reach the number of projects that will be the tipping point for VS.

            Using a 64 bit build of VS will enable us to just buy memory and still work with that solution.…

            1,131 votes
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              17 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve performance of Visual Studio builds and other uses better when working with solutions with several projects (ex. 40+)

              When working with a large number of projects in a solution, builds and loading of the solution can become quite slow. We are currently working with around 40 projects and Visual Studio is starting to crawl and this is unfortunate since we are aiming at having possibly over 300 total projects part of the solution due to a modular application design but are afraid of doing so due to performance woes. Making Visual Studio better at handling large projects in terms of performance and also in terms of ease of navigating between projects and their contained files will greatly reduce…

              1,128 votes
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                18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Reduce overall build time and provide better feedback on the progress in the UI.

                Building currently completely blocks the UI, and no progress is shown. Just showing a responsive, non-blocking UI windows which shows progress and has a working cancel button would be a great addition.

                745 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                  There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                  It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                  559 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make change files faster

                    When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

                    311 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

                      There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

                      293 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add "Ignore All" and "Reload All" buttons to Reload Project dialog

                        When projects and solution is regenerated outside of Visual Studio, and Visual Studio picks detects the change and offers user to Reload or Ignore, it offers one or two dialogs per project. There's no way to "Ignore All" or "Reload All". This is low-cost high-impact feature for many developers who generate their solutions and projects using external tools.

                        237 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Intellisense snappier

                          Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

                          233 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Compilation responsivness and enhancement

                            C# and VB.NET compilers are blazingly fast! However, on RebuildAll scenarios, the user experience could be (easily) enhanced if:

                            1) The progress bar would show accurately the RebuildAll progression.

                            2) If before compilation, VS could warn/break if one or several target DLLs WndHandle are currently hold by some processes, and which process hold which handle (the process explorer way)

                            3) RebuildAll doesn't try to recompile DLLs relying on DLLs that didn't compile successfully.

                            217 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make "Go To Definition" faster (C++)

                              Clicking on that option often takes 5-10 seconds and it completely hangs the GUI.

                              198 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Work with the R# team to make VS startup with R# inside faster

                                R# is a super popular addin and dramatically slows down VS startup. This situation certainly impacts negatively the VS startup issue many are complaining about.

                                Through he VSIP program R# guys and VS guys should meet and see how the R# bulk code (>40MB of dlls) load could be smartly deferred when the user is choosing a sln / loading a sln / starting work with a sln.

                                192 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make source code (text) editor faster

                                  With a lot of extensions installed, the source code editor can really slow down on some older systems. Scrolling isn't smooth, and typed text can have big delays in showing up.

                                  143 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Get Context menus up faster

                                    When you right click an item in Solution Explorer in particular the menu it is very slow in appearing. Make that faster and snappier. Context menu in editor is also slow, and can be improved too.

                                    126 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Starting then running all unit tests in a solution can take a very long time.

                                      We have over 200 projects, 2900+ unit tests. It takes over a minute some times to get to the point where it can start listing all the unit tests in the test window, and start executing. We have latest gen Core I7, 8GB 64 bit windows, and it is still a pain. Maybe this area needs 're-imagining', as I can understand the complexities of managing this large number of projects/tests, but it is not working well for us.

                                      102 votes
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                                        9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make running "MSTest" tests MUCH faster

                                        Running unit tests using MSTest is very slow (when compared to alternative farameworks like NUnit). Whilst I love the integration with TFS, code coverage and the like at times even a small test project takes so long to run that it seriously disrupts your "flow".

                                        80 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Database Projects

                                          When opening a database project the initial processing of the project is very slow, improvements were made from 2008 to 2010, but I think with the use of multicore machine it should be faster.

                                          69 votes
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