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  1. Remove Strong Naming from the Visual Studio Extensibility templates

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    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351462/remove-strong-naming-from-the-visual-studio-extens.html
    Strong naming is a barrier to entry for many new authors of Visual Extensions and provides very marginal value. It requires all the referenced DLLs to be strongly named and the last thing a new extension author wants to be doing is messing around with ildasm.exe.

    Developing Visual Studio extensions is hard and the more you can remove these "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments, the better. Signing is an option that (unfortunately) needs to exist but the vast majority of…

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      1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  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.

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        171 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…

      • 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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          0 comments  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

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            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…

            • 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

              • Include Suggested Extensions as default on Visual Studio

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                Please include the extension "Suggested Extension" as default in the latest version of the Visual Studio.

                "Suggested Extensions" extension: https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/3be88243-8bf1-407a-a7ca-a968d0de2d59

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                  0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Environment Variables -> Path on installation exceeding max length

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                  Visual Studio adds folders to the Environment Variables -> Path without regard to the max size for the Path. The reason I highlight this here is with Visual Studio and SQL Server, it is common for developers to have multiple versions and hence much greater exposure to Path corruption due to it being too long.

                  Some programs are known to clear the Path on install when it is too long - not something you want to find out the hard way!

                  It would…

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                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Respect privacy and business secrets

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                    Suggestion: Add respect for privacy to the maxims of VS product development.

                    More and more I fear that Microsoft tries everything to fetch all my business critical code into its cloud, disrespecting any last particle of privacy and business secrecy, pushing developer experience heavily downwards. Regarding Visual Studio this comes up in some places:

                    The new "report a problem" or "make a suggestion" feature is a big improvement to archaic MS Connect forms. However: If I am not careful, I send you screenshots…

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

                      Hi James,

                      I want to address your concern about Team Services. As a convenience for VSTS users, we try to automatically populate connections associated with the active account. Unfortunately, for non-VSTS users, we have an error leaking that shouldn’t be. Rest assured, it is not an attempt to force anything to the cloud. You do not need to install Power Tools, though it appears that it may be a way to suppress the connection attempt.

                      Thanks,
                      Kayla Ngan
                      Program Manager

                    • 'Restart Now' button should distinguish between OS restart and VS restart

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                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351451/restart-now-button-should-distinguish-between-os-r.html
                      When installing or updating a VSIX, the user is often prompted to "Restart Now" which is a terrifying proposition because there's really no way of knowing what Visual Studio means.

                      Does it mean restart Visual Studio? If so that's annoying but not a big deal.
                      Does it mean restart the Vsix? If so, that's so trivial why bother asking.
                      Does it mean restart Windows? If so, then no: my OS is busy doing things I need it to do.

                      Not knowing is a…

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                        0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Seriously, reconsider torrents.

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                        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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                          3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Pre-select installation options based on previous VS installations

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                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351449/pre-select-installation-options-based-on-previous.html
                          In the new "Willow" installer, I find that the default selection is only the VS core editor. Being a longtime Visual Studio users, I'm usually installing a new major version on a machine that still has one or more previous versions, so it would be great if the installer of the latest version offered to give me parity with my existing installation (in terms of packages/options/tools) so I don't have to remember what I selected the last time and have to re-launch the…

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                            1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            This is good feedback. We have a couple of ideas under review for solving this. One challenge is that every VS2015 installation includes C# and VB for desktop and web development, but we can’t presume that every user needs all those capabilities. But roaming your configuration across machines is a desirable goal and once we’re able to implement sign-in into the installer, we’ll be able to persist your choices to the cloud as a good starting point.

                            Thanks for sharing – and looking forward to seeing feedback from others too in this area.

                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                          • visual studio needs to allow people to change the install path

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                            i have 2 hard drives so i should be allowed to choose where it installs this should be a feature that people should not have to complain about. i am disappointed with Microsoft.

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                            • Two node.exe found after installing VS "15" Preview 2

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                              On a new Windows 10 machine, I installed VS "15" Preview 2 and searched system drive for node.exe. Here is what I found:

                              C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 15.0\Common7\DevHub\Hosts\nodejs\node.exe
                              (v0.10.31)

                              and

                              C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 15.0\Common7\IDE\Extensions\Microsoft\Web Tools\External\node\node.exe
                              (v4.2.4)

                              Please unify these tools and keep one copy of the latest LTS edition of node.exe: 4.4.5 LTS (https://nodejs.org/en/)

                              FWIW, all major packages work with LTS version, including those with C++ modules.

                              Thanks in anticipation! :)

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                              • create an offline install package for Visual Studio tools for Apache Cordova

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                                I have had the devils own job installing the prerequisites for Visual Studio tools for Apache Cordova - Gradle,NPM,Android etc from behind my company firewall. In the end I had to take my computer home to set it up. Can they not be packaged up to make an offline installation ?

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                                • Selectable Install directories

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                                  Well this has been posted before but closed, I am posting it again. VS is increasing in size like crazy, its more important than ever before to bring back the option to install visual studio in a directory of our choosing. Also, get rid of the message "requires N GB of disk space in ALL drives". This message is vague. Just let us select a directory to install and install everything there, dont install everything to the hard coded system directories/partition. That would…

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                                  • Updater

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                                    the installer/updater should determine whether VMware is installled and then skip the installation of HyperV, simply because they cannot coexist. it just keeps installing it, while I'm forced to keep uninstalling it - in order to keep the system operational. picking up ANDROID_HOME might also be useful - I mean, reporting SDK/NDK was found and skipping that install.

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                                    • Change order of external tools location

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                                      Now VS2015 installation includes old version of node.js and npm. Also devs have newer version installed globally on their machines.
                                      So it would be awesome to have node and npm, which are shipped with VS2015 as fallback and set higher priority for already installed external web tools.
                                      I propose to have following order:
                                      1. .\node_modules\.bin
                                      2. $(PATH)
                                      3. $(DevEnvDir)\EXTENSIONS\MICROSOFT\WEB TOOLS\External
                                      $(DevEnvDir)\EXTENSIONS\MICROSOFT\WEB TOOLS\External\git

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                                      • Ask to configure projects for typescript.

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                                        "Your project has been configured to support TypeScript"

                                        Please stop.

                                        Asking to configure is perfectly fine, but just doing it without asking is incredibly disruptive. I have an alternate setup for building/deploying scripts that I need to adhere to and automatically configuring the project like this only gets in the way.

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                                        • Allow the package cache to be moved to shared location with team members

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                                          VS Setup has very heavy footprint on the hard drive. Especially because of the package cache that keep setup locally.

                                          In virtualized environment, when several developers are using several VM with dev tools, this leads to a huge amount of disk space waste.

                                          It would be nice in the cache location could be selected, and put on a network share, reachable by all team members.

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

                                            Thanks for the feedback: we agree that this is an opportunity to reduce the installation footprint for VS. We are considering some options here, including turning the package cache off by default in the next release of Visual Studio and/or allowing you to set the install location.

                                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

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