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  1. One .NET Framework for One Microsoft

    Proposal is to create a “One Framework” project at Microsoft to encompass both technology development and a consistent message for customer engagement. A developer should be able to fire up Visual Studio and use C# and Xaml to target Windows Desktop, Windows Store Apps, and Xbox One along with a cloud deployed “click once” option to all these targets. There should be clear guidance that all of these will be both supported and enhanced for a long time to come. It would be a nice extra to have a fully supported by Microsoft targeting of C# to Android and IOS…

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      28 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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>)

      2,126 votes
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        29 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are actively evaluating whether we will be able to bring this suggestion into the product for .NET developers for the System.NullReferenceException in a future release.
        We have recently made an improvement, similar to this suggestion, for debugging C++ Access Violations in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.
        Read about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/29/improvement-to-debugging-c-access-violations-in-visual-studio-2015-update-1.aspx

        We encourage you to continue to comment on and vote for this UserVoice item to share any additional feedback that you have for this suggestion.

        Thanks,
        Kaycee Anderson
        Visual Studio Diagnostics

      • Bring Windows 10 Universal Apps to Android and iOS

        Create something like what Xamarin is doing in order to help developers to code once and run EVERYWHERE (Wndows 10, windows 10 mobile, android and ios).

        If Microsoft could not buy Xamarin, at least do what they are doing by your own. Make something that enable us to archive real NATIVE cross platform development. It could dramatically increase the numbers of developers using .net to create mobile applications as well as increasing the number of apps created to wp too, since app could be compiled to ios, android AND WINDOWS PHONE. Hibrid apps like apache Cordova has a lot of…

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          28 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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.

          1,881 votes
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            19 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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

          • XAML Debugging

            Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

            1,789 votes
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              15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Only load the components needed for the current scenario

              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…

              1,770 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Merge Wpf and Silverlight to be one framework (that would be called silverlight??)

                Merge both frameworks to use the same assemblies and controls and make a .net silverlight profile that would be a subset of .net client profile and used by partially trusted xaps.

                1,752 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Scuba SteveScuba Steve responded

                  an example response from someone at your company (optional)

                • INotifyPropertyChanged

                  Provide a way for INotifyPropertyChanged to be implemented for you automatically on class.

                  Provide a way for INPC to be done on auto properties (that you mark in some way)....so that you don't have to unroll the auto property into a field, and raise yourself.

                  1,728 votes
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                    18 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

                    please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

                    1,657 votes
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                      102 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

                      What?
                      Installing Visual Studio takes too long

                      Why?
                      There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

                      Proposal:
                      Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

                      I belive you already have the…

                      1,654 votes
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                        63 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        An update on this front: we’re starting work here. It’s a thorny problem, but this demo from our recent Connect event shows some of the work we’re doing in this area:
                        https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2015/010/player#time=0h26m22s

                        We want to make installing Visual Studio a much quicker experience, where you can get up and running quickly with the core components you need. As we grow Visual Studio to support more and more scenarios, it inevitably gets bigger and more complex – but as the demo shows, we have some ideas on how we can rein this in while continuing to enable new workloads.

                      • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

                        This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

                        A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

                        A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
                        http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

                        The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
                        1) Windows 10
                        2) Legacy Windows
                        3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
                        4) Droid …

                        1,648 votes
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                          54 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Visual Studio Task Manager

                          One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

                          1,527 votes
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                            19 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We’re investigating this. Not so sure about a Task Manager feature itself, but we recognize the need to provide better telemetry to extension authors, to harden Visual Studio itself against errant extensions, and to make it easier for users to troubleshoot problematic extensions.

                            See the idea for more detail…

                          • 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.

                            1,466 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Greatly increase support for GPU programming in C#

                              -Support GPU programming in C# -both general and graphical- on at least equal level with C++. On every Microsoft platform.
                              -Design the future versions (or successor) of DirectX with C# in mind.

                              1,447 votes
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                                22 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.…

                                1,401 votes
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                                  18 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make XAML a first class citizen of Visual Studio

                                  Make XAML participate in compile time syntax checking, in code refactoring (e.g. property renames), and in code navigation. Add refactoring (e.g. "Create Style from Element") and other performance features to the XAML code editor (e.g. allow in-place editing of xaml tags so that the end tag changes when you change the begin tag).

                                  1,394 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

                                    1,379 votes
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                                      60 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • rename project folders and files

                                      Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

                                      I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
                                      * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
                                      * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
                                      * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
                                      * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

                                      1,371 votes
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                                        18 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add F# support for .NET Native

                                        I had a conversation with @xyziemba and @dotnet on Twitter recently about the .NET Native toolset and features. I understand the F# is not supported at the moment and that support is unlikely to come in the VS 2015 RTM timeframe. I'd like to suggest that you consider adding this support as soon as possible - even if it means some time after the RTM of VS 2015.

                                        Since I couldn't find a UserVoice request for this - I wanted to put this in.

                                        Thanks,
                                        Krishna

                                        1,357 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support WCF RIA Services in WPF

                                          Requires support from the RIA Services team as well as some additional support from the Cider (WPF Designer) team

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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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