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  1. 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…

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      9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • I wish catch multiple exceptions in the same catch

      For example:

      try
      {
      // smth}
      catch (RemoteException, NamingException , CreateException e)
      {
      // smth
      }

      1,631 votes
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        54 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Customize Process Template on Visual Studio Online

        In Visual Studio Online, allow the ability to change the current process template a created project is using as well as the ability to upload your own process templates to create new projecsts with.

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          74 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

          Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

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            under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

            1,573 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.

            • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

              To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

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                under review  ·  21 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add non-nullable reference types in C#

                Non-nullability checks have to be manually encoded hundreds of times in any large real-world project, and they are not compile-time-enforced. There are code contracts in .Net 4.0, but their usage is still very verbose, and only partly compile-time-enforced.

                What I wish is a pendant to the null-lifting operator ?, for instance, !, so that one could write:
                void MyMethod(string! s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

                Or, the way ReSharper does it:
                void MyMethod([NotNull] string s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

                1,495 votes
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                  47 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                  When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

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                    under review  ·  40 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

                    Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

                    1,358 votes
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                      16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry inn Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                      While it is at an early stage, it contains useful refactoring functionality including some rename refactoring, as well as other functionality, and is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                      This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                      Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                    • Allow "default" values on automatic properties

                      When using auto-properties, I should be able to set a default value without having to create a constructor, like I can with a field:

                      Something like:
                      public bool IsActive = true { get; private set; }

                      1,335 votes
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                        69 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        It is our plan to add this feature to C#.

                        The syntactic form of it will be to put an initializer at the end of the auto-property declaration, just like for field initializers:

                        public int X { get; set; } = x;

                        The initializer directly initializes the underlying field – it doesn’t go through the setter. For that reason, it is now meaningful to allow getter-only auto-properties:

                        public int Y { get; } = y;

                        For getter-only auto-properties, we would generated the backing field as readonly.

                        Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! We looked at the feedback in our design discussions, and ended up deciding that this was the best approach all up.

                        Mads Torgersen, C# Language PM

                      • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

                        Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

                        Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

                        1,307 votes
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                          85 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Better NullPointerException Error message

                          Let's say you have the line

                          a.b().c().d().e().f().g();

                          and you run it and get an
                          System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                          Where did this happen? what do you need to fix?

                          A better error message would be

                          The Call: null.e()
                          Caused a Null Reference Exception

                          this would make debug/life a lot easier.

                          I would also suggest you use the full method signature so you might get

                          The Call: null.e(string, List<string>)

                          1,256 votes
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                            25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve WPF Editor performance

                            Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                            1,244 votes
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                              under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a MSDN Subscription - Lite version - cheaper and limited tools

                              Currently all MSDN subscriptions are expensive for individual developers and they provide all s/w that are not really required by individuals.

                              An individual developer, for hobby, can use express editions of SQL Server, does not need Enterprise editions of OS / Office and similar software that increase the cost of MSDN license.

                              The suggestion is to create a MSDN Lite subscription that individual developers can buy and will provide tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Azure

                              The licensing cost should change little bit-
                              * For individual developers, the rates should be lower.
                              * For enterprises, the price can be…

                              1,228 votes
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                                22 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  30 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Visual Studio for Mac Os x

                                  Dear Madam and sir;

                                  We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Mac Os x.
                                  And language of programming such as:

                                  -C
                                  -C++
                                  -C#
                                  -VB
                                  -F#
                                  -HTML
                                  -MHTML

                                  Thanks,

                                  1,216 votes
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                                    36 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    1,208 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

                                      Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

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                                        65 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

                                        We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

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                                          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

                                          We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

                                          Hope that helps.

                                        • Update standalone FxCop to support .NET 4.5 and Portable Libraries

                                          Please update the standalone version of FxCop to be on par with the latest edition of the Code Analysis in VS 2012 to support developers using the Professional Edition SKU. This implies support for .NET 4.5 and for Portable Libraries.

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                                            48 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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