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  1. 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.

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      172 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…

    • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

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      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351412/create-a-ubiquitous-net-client-application-develop.html
      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…

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        under review  ·  508 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

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        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351390/make-the-debugger-stick-to-the-current-thread-inst.html
        Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

        I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in…

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          25 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

          Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

          Kaycee Anderson
          Program Manager, Visual Studio

        • Support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

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          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351408/support-spec-explorer-in-visual-studio-2015.html
          Spec Explorer is a masterpiece for testing requirements:
          It is closest to the best general known way of defining requirements ( thanks to abstract state machines) in a language you master using a very rich object-object oriented architecture!
          Please make it work with Visual Studio 2015.

          223 votes
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            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Don't save performance passes (.psess) in solution file (.sln).

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            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351419/dont-save-performance-passes-psess-in-solution-fil.html
            There are some stuff that gets changed in the solution file if you've done a profiling session (memory or performance, doesn't matter). This is very annoying when using version control.

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              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

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              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351359/resolve-haxm-hyper-v-conflict.html
              Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

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                3 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

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                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351288/vs-ide-should-support-file-patterns-in-project-fil.html
                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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                  42 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

                • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

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                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351285/implement-xslt-30-for-net.html
                  Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                  http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

                  2,817 votes
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                    under review  ·  146 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351278/save-text-files-with-the-newline-convention-presen.html
                    The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                    However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I…

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                      33 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Better Dual Monitor Support

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                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351249/better-dual-monitor-support.html

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

                        Hello everyone!

                        Thank you for taking the time to vote and comment on this ask. Unfortunately, the current ask is not specific enough for us to take an action.

                        In an effort to better understand your needs around this scenario, we’ll ask you to please visit the survey below and help us define the ask better.
                        https://www.research.net/r/TK6FKGW

                        In a few weeks, we’ll aggregate the results and provide an update.

                        Thank you!

                        Ruben Rios
                        Program Manager
                        Visual Studio IDE Team

                      • 239 votes
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                        • Add native Markdown support

                          This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351229/add-native-markdown-support.html
                          Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

                          Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

                          To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

                          991 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Split Visual Studio windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

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                            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351247/split-visual-studio-windows-horizontally-and-verti.html
                            It would be nice if you could split Visual Studio windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

                            So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

                            452 votes
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                              30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello voters!

                              While we don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I wanted to let you know that we recently started discussions about potentially supporting this scenario.

                              I’ll provide an update once I have more concrete information to share.

                              Thank you!
                              Ruben Rios
                              Program Manager
                              Visual Studio IDE Team

                            • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

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                              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351432/create-a-utf8-c-runtime.html
                              In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

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

                                Thank you for your votes so far on this suggestion. We are currently reviewing this request. As we have more information, we will share it with you here. In the meantime, please make sure you comment here to capture the requirements you have for a UTF-8 capable CRT.

                                — Visual C++ Team

                              • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

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                                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351457/support-net-core-in-visual-studio-2017-without-bei.html
                                In Visual Studio 2015, tooling for .NET Core was available as a package, installed separately from the whole IDE.

                                However, Visual Studio 2017 RC has the option of installing the ".NET Core and Docker" workload. For developers that do not work with ASP.NET Core, this workload adds extra space to disk. So, I propose making a "Cross-platform development with .NET Core" workload, or something like that, but without web application development stuff.

                                Thanks.

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                                  4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  This is really good feedback. We’ve been reviewing what we do here. Right now, our plan is to merge the .NET Core features into the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads when the .NET Core tooling is no longer “preview-quality”. We would prefer not to silo it into a separate workload if possible, because we want it to be available to developers using the existing workloads. Interested to know what kinds of development you’re doing with .NET Core – are you running from the console?

                                  At the same time, we also recognize that we need to keep trimming the size of the web tooling – that remains a work in progress.

                                  One option for you is to install the .NET Core component specifically as an “individual component”, rather than as part of a workload. There’s a separate tab during installation to pick and choose…

                                • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

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                                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351177/c-repl-execute-one-off-c-code-on-the-fly-from-with.html
                                  I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

                                  When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

                                  When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers…

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                                  • Ability to create custom workloads for VS15 installer

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                                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351456/ability-to-create-custom-workloads-for-vs15-instal.html
                                    It would be nice if a user could create a custom workload that they can load into the VS15 installer. This would allow users to help others install the necessary components for development easily, rather than being told to install X, Y and Z, a user could be given a customised workload that will have X, Y and Z already selected for the user.

                                    I read through some blogs related to workloads and searched uservoice but could not find any mention of custom…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for this – it’s good feedback. We have it on our backlog (for after RTM), but we haven’t heard the request commonly enough from customers yet to know that this is a high-priority item (compared to other items on the backlog). Your UserVoice idea is great, and we’ll keep monitoring this thread to understand the scenario better.

                                      Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                    • Seriously, reconsider torrents.

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                                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351450/seriously-reconsider-torrents.html
                                      The ISO is 7.1GB. Running the /layout command will download.. well, who knows how many GB (I'm up to 9.86GB after THREE DAYS of downloading via Microsoft's servers, and it's still not complete). I've been downloading the ISO for the last 30 minutes and the speeds have not gone over 120KB/sec - it stays around 30-45KB/sec the majority of the time. No, it's not my end. I can download a slackware torrent right this very minute and reach speeds nearing 3MB/sec - I…

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                                      • Allow re-open closed issues or mark solutions as "unacceptable"

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                                        My issue was incorrectly closed as duplicate. Ok, mistakes happen, how can i re-open it?

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                                        • Microsoft should make MFC open source

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                                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351420/microsoft-should-make-mfc-open-source.html
                                          MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                                          With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                                          Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                                          Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                                          http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                                          “[…] Doing so will enable…

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