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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.

    1,824 votes
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      26 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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  ·  47 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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 →
        • 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.

          1,642 votes
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            under review  ·  17 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 :) */}

            1,640 votes
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              50 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

              1,608 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.

              • 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,

                1,597 votes
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                  40 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  1,585 votes
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                    under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 1,481 votes
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                      35 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

                      I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

                      During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
                      * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
                      * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
                      * Team Foundation Server Express
                      * SQL Server Express
                      * SQL Server Data Tools
                      * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
                      * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
                      * Entity Framework…

                      1,386 votes
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                        32 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
                        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
                        I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

                        Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

                        Kelly Berman
                        Visual Studio Program Manager

                      • 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>)

                        1,378 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                          1,373 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

                          • 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

                            1,313 votes
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                              335 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

                              1,288 votes
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                                24 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Expand Generic Constraints for constructors

                                Currently when declaring a generic constraint on a Type parameter
                                ie.
                                public void DoSomething<T>() where T : new() { /* do something */ }

                                You can't specify that T has a constructor with specific parameters:
                                ie.
                                public void DoSomething<T>() where T : new(string, int) { /* do something */ }

                                1,283 votes
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                                  16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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).

                                  1,277 votes
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                                    68 comments  ·  Install  ·  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.

                                    1,262 votes
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                                      under review  ·  12 comments  ·  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.

                                      1,234 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        1,196 votes
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                                          48 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Online

                                          As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

                                          I am sure we are not the only ones.

                                          1,195 votes
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                                            74 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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