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  1. Visual Studio For Linux OS

    Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

    770 votes
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      32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

      I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

      353 votes
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        14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

        I was shocked to discover this by accident while evaluating 2017 to prepare for an upgrade from 2015. I am supporting several live Silverlight projects that are likely to have a lifespan of at least a few more years. This an upgrade blocker for me, and I was really looking forward to 2017.

        Perhaps support could be provided as an extension in a similar way to how support for vdproj (setup) projects was restored.

        546 votes
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          12 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make the VS Test Explorer Open source

          This entry tracks the interest in seeing the VS Test Explorer open sourced.

          285 votes
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            9 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

            Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

            695 votes
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              76 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

              On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

              Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

              We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

            • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

              In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

              Others were not included in the port.

              This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

              1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
              2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

              173 votes
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                42 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Debugger should support C# compiler '/embed' option

                The C# compiler supports embedding sources files into the PDB via the '/embed' option. However, currently the debugger will not automatically pull them back out and show them. This item tracks properly supporting this feature in the debugger.

                157 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                  Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

                  588 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for the feedback! We heard you loud and clear, and we’re working on this. Unfortunately the 2015 version of the Color Theme Editor uses a few undocumented APIs that mean we can’t release the source code as is; we’re fixing it up for 2017 but it’s a labor of love by a few folk who do this as a volunteer project. Thanks for the feedback and we’ll try and get an updated version out soon.

                    Totally get the feedback around color theming being too complex, as well, as noted in the additional feedback item: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/19251595. Backward compatibility is always an issue, because extensions need to be able to easily identify the current theme and work with it, but we hear you.

                    Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                  • Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

                    Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

                    213 votes
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                      45 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visual studio 2017: Add support for Windows store 8 projects (Phone & Desktop).

                      add projects support for Windows Store 8.1 and 8.0, and Windows Phone 8.1 and 8.0 in VS 2017 RTM

                      131 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Debugger should support authentication with SourceLink

                        The C# compiler and the debugger currently support a '/SourceLink' which is a technology where the compiler can emit a JSON file telling the debugger how to locate source files. See https://github.com/dotnet/core/blob/master/Documentation/diagnostics/source_link.md for documentation.

                        This works great for public projects on GitHub, or other sites that don't require authentication. But the debugger doesn't yet support hosts that require authentication.

                        56 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please provide Visual Studio 2017 Express.

                          Please provide Visual Studio 2017 Express.

                          87 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • VS 2017 publish tool

                            In VS 2017 there is a new Publish tool. But in this tool it is not possible to unselect some files. It is always publishing ALL files.
                            In the old publish tool you could select Preview and them unselect some of the files. But in the new tool the Preview windows is not connected with the Publish windows, so unselecting in the Preview has no effect.

                            85 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

                              This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

                              A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

                              https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

                              From the following conversation I had with…

                              179 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support mstest on Windows 10 IoT Core devices

                                  Support unit testing for UWP applications targeted for ARM based devices using Windows 10 IoT Core.

                                  75 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

                                    The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
                                    It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

                                    -a
                                    www.adamcogan.com

                                    84 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support WinAppDriver for Windows 10 IoT Core devices

                                      Support WinAppDriver for ARM based IoT Core devices to enable automated UI testing using Selenium.

                                      73 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make Visual Studio suggest explicit type instead of var when ToList is called

                                        Currently when the .editorconfig or the Visual Studio settings say that the code should prefer var when the type is apparent Visual Studio suggest that I change code like this

                                        List<string> test = Enumerable.Range(1, 2).Select(i => i.ToString()).ToList();

                                        I should use var because the type is apparent. It does this even when I have code like GetItems().ToList(); While calling ToList makes it apparent that the type is a List<T> it is not the List that I care about, it is the T. This is a clearly a case where if the type should be explicit (assuming the user set csharp_style_var_when_type_is_apparent =…

                                        62 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Reinstate VB5cce (VB5 Control Creation Edition) free download and support

                                          As subject. Until 6 days ago, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/165524 had a useful description and endorsement of VB5cce which used to be available for free. Myself and my clients use VB5cce. The article was since unceremoniously deleted (no mention of why, simply a broken link).

                                          Please Reinstate it and confirm it is free. Thank you.

                                          It is known we can download it from elsewhere, but my users treated this article as an endorsement that it was free to use and supplied by Microsoft. It worked perfectly on Windows 10 64b etc, so I can't see why MS chose to delete all reference to…

                                          115 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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