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  1. 2,118 votes
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      19 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

      958 votes
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        228 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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.

        1,847 votes
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          12 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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…

          572 votes
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            9 comments  ·  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.

            406 votes
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              3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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/

              266 votes
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                4 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.

                701 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.

                  375 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Project  ·  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…

                    106 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 56 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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…

                        187 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                          53 votes
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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()

                            154 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for Macros in Debugging Command Line Arguments and Executable path for C# solutions

                              I am working on an Excel addin written in C#.

                              One thing that is very painful is that there is no support for Macros in the command line arguments and executable path in C# debugging panel.

                              i.e. when you are working on an Excel addin, typically you need to launch Excel.exe with your addin on the command line arguments.

                              What I would really need is to be able to enter

                              1 - $(EXCELPATH) in the Start External Program textbox and I would set ExcelPath somehow externally.

                              2 - $(TargetDir)/Myaddin.xll as command line arguments

                              Unfortunately for C# solution, these macros/envvars are…

                              53 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

                                374 votes
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                                  26 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…

                                • 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…

                                  108 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Import a full TFS database on Visual Studio Online

                                    Import a full TFS database on Visual Studio Online. I don't want to have to use a migration tool that takes a week (and bug at the middle of the process) to redo all the commits. I would love to see a feature that would allow me to generate an archive from my on-premise TFS and import it into Visual Studio Online.

                                    33 votes
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                                      0 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.

                                      290 votes
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                                        12 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  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.

                                        114 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add syntax highlighting and Intellisense for .shader formats in VSTU

                                          It would be great to get some of that hybrid language used in Unity for shader development to get some Intellisense and syntax highlighting...

                                          50 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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