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  1. 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.

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      495 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


      Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

      We…

    • Open source Silverlight

      Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

      For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

      However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

      * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
      * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
      * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
      Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

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        61 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 …

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          under review  ·  125 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

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            27 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support for ES6 modules

            Add support for the new JavaScript ES6 module syntax, including module definition and imports.

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              69 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • C++ CLI support for optional parameters for using in C#

              in C++ CLI is possible to define an optional parameter like

              public void ProvaDefaults([Optional, DefaultParameterValue(true)] bool value)

              but in this way the compiler don't use the DefaultParameterValue for setting the correct default value in the metadata (II.15.4.1.4 The .para m directive) that is visible in C#

              so in C# the deault parameter is visible but only with the system default value (in the sample reported it is false instead of the wanted true)

              3,876 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

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                  25 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

                  Will Buik,
                  Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

                • 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 :) */}

                  3,522 votes
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                    75 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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,

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                      85 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support multiple rows of document tabs

                      It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

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                        13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion.

                        We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and would like to gain a better understanding of the problems you’re seeing which you would like to see solved.

                        Based on the various responses to this item, the following needs/desires are mentioned:

                        1. A need to be able to organize tabs in your own way when they are open, so that you can (for instance) have a set of “pinned” / “important files” that you’re regularly working on, and a set of others that you may only have opened transiently; an ability to easily move items between these groups.

                        2. A need to group strongly related files (like “code behind” files and their parent markup files for instance) together automatically in the tabs

                        3. A need to easily distinguish “file-sets” when many files are open (e.g. with color or other treatments)

                      • Show indent guides like Notepad++ does

                        Indent guides help quickly finding out where a scoop starts and where it ends. I think an advanced IDE like Visual Studio must have this feature. I know that there is an extension for this, but why doesn't Visual Studio have a basic feature like this natively?

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                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Put an option to disable indentation after pasting code

                          Vertically line up arguments of a function call. Then copy the block of code. Paste it somewhere else. The allignment which you carefully made is all gone. You have to do the same custom formatting every single place you paste your code.

                          Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing this in Visual Studio 2015. I checked for a solution on the internet. Most people are complaining about the same problem and there is no cure.

                          Please provide an option for disabling this behavior.

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                            10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              34 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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 */ }

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                                28 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  94 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

                                  Thanks for the feedback!

                                  Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                • 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>)

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                                    32 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

                                  • 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 →
                                    • C++/CLI Intellisense support for triple slash (///) auto XML Comments like C# to make them visible from derived C# projects

                                      Add support for triple slash (///) xml comment like C# to have support for sandcastle auto generated documentation ad expecially to have full intellisense support for Parameters help and Methods help accessible from all c++/cli and c# derived project that use the c++/cli class and methods

                                      2,241 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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

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                                          15 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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…

                                          1,955 votes
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