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  1. Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

    Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

    1,255 votes
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      53 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve project F# model

      Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

      494 votes
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        under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

        1,773 votes
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          54 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Intellisense snappier

          Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

          241 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

            There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

            It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

            793 votes
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              12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hello again voters and reporters for this UserVoice item

              Visual Studio 2017 RTW, released yesterday, contains fixes to many of the worst issues we are aware of that caused typing delays. To get the benefit, if you haven’t already done so, please download it today from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/

              We’ve also included enhanced typing telemetry in the new release, so we can continue to focus on improving those issues that remain, and we’ll alert you via the Visual Studio Performance Center (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/10/faster-visual-studio-15-startup/ for details) when an extension is slowing your typing down.

              We’re not done: we intend to make further improvements to typing responsiveness in updates to Visual Studio 2017.

              Thank you

              Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
              Program Manager and Engineering Manager
              Visual Studio Editor Team

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              • partial class and/or partial method with intellisense

                When override a method, the intellisense shown the options that you can select. The same should be to do for partial class and/or partial method. thus, you don't need to back to others source files to copy and paste the name of partial class.

                6 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enterprise Library as default framework

                  I think include enterprise library as default framework will become handy as this will help for consistency. As my concern, I think most of development works now need dependency injection (unity), Logging tool and config tool. So why not put enterprise library as the first option

                  133 votes
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                    25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                    1,457 votes
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                      11 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      (Update 10/18)
                      Hello again,

                      I’m Will Buik, a Technical Product Manager on Visual Studio’s IDE team and I am back with an update. We have added an experimental feature to Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 that improves the time it takes to load Solutions. The feature is disabled by default, but you can turn it on through Tools→Options, “Projects and Solutions”→General→“Lightweight Solution load.”

                      We would love to hear your feedback about how lightweight Solution load works for you. If you are interested in participating in a quick user study to give us some feedback about the feature please fill out this brief survey: https://aka.ms/w2kt3j. We will reach out to you soon.

                      If you are interested in learning more about lightweight Solution load, check out the VS Blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/11/shorter-solution-load-time-in-visual-studio-15/
                      You can download Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 here – https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/

                      Thanks everyone, we look forward to your feedback.
                      -Will

                    • Add support for Java style "throws" keyword

                      In Java, "throws" keyword is used in method signatures, informing about the exceptions may arise from this method.

                      public void ReadFile() throws IOException, FileNotFoundException { ... }

                      When developer use this method, Java compiler forces the developer to implement an exception handling strategy, surrounding this method with try-catch, or adding these exceptions to the new method's signature..

                      public void UseReadFile()
                      {
                      try {
                      ReadFile();
                      }
                      catch(IOException ioex)
                      { ... }
                      catch(FileNotFoundException fnfex)
                      { ... }
                      }

                      public void UseReadFile throws IOException, FileNotFoundException
                      {
                      ReadFile();
                      }

                      157 votes
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                        45 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support XAML refactoring to UserControl / DataTemplate / ResourceDictionary

                        It would be grand if you could highlight a block of XAML and refactor it to a User Control, Control Template or Data Template. Alternatively you could promote all attributes in a selected block into a Style in a ResourceDictionary. Isnt XAML a 1st class citizen? Windows 8 team thinks so.

                        32 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring back Software Factories as a core development paradigm

                          Yes we have MS Blueprints hidden away somewhere in the Visualization & Modeling toolkit and we also have project templates which are difficult to maintain. However,
                          it would be great if we had single-click implementation of common solution architecture patterns. This should also be customizable. We should be able to easily add multiple projects to a solution with appropriate references and project items in a single action.

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Compile only and don't link

                            i need to compile ONLY source code files
                            for example :

                            i two modules (code files)

                            main_class.cs - math_class.cs

                            and that math class is used by main class

                            i've compiled both main class and math class

                            and then i edited the math class ...and wanted to rebuild the whole project
                            i will have to recompile ONLY the math class and relink the whole project

                            the compiler should Preprocessor then compile then assemble
                            and then the linker could be used to link object code files containing the MSIL encoded in binaries
                            just like C/C++.

                            like that i can better isolate compile…

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix Drag and drop to open file when running as Administrator

                              Dragging & dropping a file when running VS as administrator doesn't work, yet you must run VS as administrator when using IIS for debugging etc.

                              Reference: connectID 537964 from 3/1/2010
                              http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/537964/drag-and-drop-to-open-file-is-not-working-when-run-as-administrator

                              113 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make namespace configurable for folder

                                The namespace for new files created are automatically determined by the folder structure.
                                This often creates a problem if you wish to make a logical group of files (by placing them in a folder) that is not supposed to be a new namespace.
                                Creating the folder and moving the files is not a problem, but the trouble starts as soon as someone uses 'add class' on the folder.
                                Now the new file does not sit in the same namespace as the other files in the folder.

                                One example would be to use a folder to store partials of a big…

                                178 votes
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                                  12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • String Enum for both C# and VB

                                  The underlying type for an Enum is integer based; but I was wondering if it were possible to have a Enum that were String based. Not sure if it's even possible make sense; but it would save some time creating wrapper classes for String constants.

                                  104 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Design pattern suggestion

                                    It will be great if the Visual studio will start your solution with standard design pattern template, or give you the capability to transform your code from one design pattern to another.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Rename visual studio to something more fitting

                                      Re branding Visual Studio beyond adding a year and a name tailing the word "Visual Studio" , this tool is been used and this name do not represent a visual studio like it used to.

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                                      • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                                        Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                                        Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

                                        772 votes
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                                          17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow multiple inheritance from classes

                                          If you inherit from a class in the framework or another third party library it would be great, if I could add stateful methods and properties - not extension methods. The easiest way would be multi inheritance. C++ can do so, so C# should allow this too. To add a simple Method for logging you have to write code over and over again.

                                          123 votes
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                                            23 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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