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  1. Add many-to-many relation support

    Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
    It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

      – The Visual Studio Team

    • F# add Unit Test support

      Although FP style is Unit Test ready code there is no support in VS for Unit Test feature in F#.

      217 votes
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        closed  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

        Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

        216 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

          – The Visual Studio Team

        • Support Adding Workflow Activities to Toolbox Using Toolbox Controls Installer

          Third-party builders of workflow activities (like for TFS Build) would like to be able to add their workflow activities to the Workflow Designer Toolbox by either having end users install our activity package using a VSIX deployment (using the Visual Studio Gallery) or by an MSI Installer.

          This process would be similar to the way other third-party component vendors are able to add to the toolbox for WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverilght, WPF, etc. controls. We would like the same functionality for Workflow Activities.

          Original Forum Post with more details: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsx/thread/410242a8-42ac-42b6-8fcf-08088bd5b31a

          202 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for taking the time to make this suggestion. The suggestion was made five years ago and has a low number of votes. In an effort to determine what scenarios customers still find relevant, we are closing old suggestions. Please create a new one if you feel this scenario is important.
            - WF team

          • Add more controls to Lightswitch HTML Client

            Currently the Lightswitch HTML Client for LoB apps is excellent, but also very primitive in some regards. Without controls like Tree Views or Data Tables it can be difficult to build even basic data intensive applications with LS. This is made more complicated by that fact that the client exposes only a few hooks for Javascript and HTML injection by default, and tying custom plugins and controls into LS can be surprisingly complex.

            In short, it would be a huge boon to LS HTML to add more controls and would expand the use cases of it significantly.

            Some controls that…

            193 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

              – The Visual Studio Team

            • odata v4

              upgrade Lightswitch OData to v4

              174 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                – The Visual Studio Team

              • Add a compiler warning for C-style casts in C++

                Would it be possible to add a new compiler warning that informs the user when a C-style cast has been used in either native or managed C++?

                Although I'm not too concerned with the casting of basic data types (such as float fValue = (float)nValue;) C-style casting of class pointers that may fall through to a reinterpret_cast<T> are particularly dangerous and also difficult to find in existing source code. A compiler warning would help developers identify such instances without resorting to regex searches across files. Generally speaking if something falls through to a reinterpret cast then it has probably gone…

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                  closed  ·  6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • New syntax to map interface members to the base class

                  Explicit interface implementation in VB makes the code much better readable and maintainable than C# code with its implicit (i.e. hidden/secret) interface implementation.
                  It is one of the main advantages of VB over C#.

                  However there is one drawback: If a class implements an interface, all interface members have to be implemented directly in that class.
                  There is no way in VB to map an interface member to a member of the implementing classe's base class.

                  In C# this works implicitly without any extra code. In VB, of course, we want to maintain an explicit way to achieve it.
                  A…

                  155 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make the Optional keyword optional

                    Please allow

                    Private Sub Test(s As String = 1)

                    as in C# besides the current version:

                    Private Sub Test(Optional s As String = 1)

                    This removes redundancies (--> improves readability, accelerates writing code) and drives forward the co-evolution of VB/C#. I don't see any reason not to allow this.

                    147 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • open source lightswitch

                      If Microsoft is moving in a different direction, please open source LightSwitch so that it can be updated and expanded by the community.

                      140 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                        – The Visual Studio Team

                      • Import BPMN and convert to Workflow

                        Take a BPMN diagram and provide a one-way conversion to Workflow

                        137 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for taking the time to make this suggestion. The suggestion was made almost five years ago and has a low number of votes. In an effort to determine what scenarios customers still find relevant, we are closing old suggestions. Please create a new one if you feel this scenario is important.
                          - WF team

                        • Menu Icons

                          I would like the ability to specify an icon for each menu item and to set a default icon for all menu items.

                          I was looking at my LightSwitch applications, wondering why they didn't look as good as the Windows Azure Dashboard. The basic layout of both is very similar, but I think one of the major differences is the ability to include images beside each menu item. The Azure dashboard includes many images, even if they are only simple folder icons. An icon beside the menu item would go a long way toward a more professional looking app.

                          135 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                            – The Visual Studio Team

                          • Multitenant Projects

                            Hability to serve multiple databases with the same deployed instance

                            135 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                              – The Visual Studio Team

                            • Include fully featured grid control in LightSwitch HTML client

                              LightSwitch HTML client grid that includes built in column filter, sort, group, or edit features. Not having this feature is a major barrier to using LightSwitch HTML for LOB applications.

                              131 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                                – The Visual Studio Team

                              • Make Setting up Theme Colors Easier

                                I like to use a dark background when I program, but sometimes the foreground colors get difficult to read. So, I go into the Colors Settings but there are a million things in there and figuring out which one to tweak is a long process.

                                I'd love to be able to highlight the piece of text that is showing up brown and right-click on it and be able to go straight to the color setting that is making it that color. Or show the three settings that are affecting that text's color....

                                Right now, it is too hard and makes…

                                125 votes
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                                  12 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for your feedback on this idea. Visual Studio is quite extensible and customizable. In fact, we have a community member that has written an extension that makes it easier to create and apply many different themes.

                                  You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery:
                                  https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/6f4b51b6-5c6b-4a81-9cb5-f2daa560430b

                                  Thank you for using Visual Studio and providing feedback.

                                  Ali Satter,
                                  Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE

                                • Simplify C++ templates error messages

                                  Please simplify C++ templates error messages like STLFilt does.

                                  Things that can be hided:
                                  * Typedef's unrolling
                                  * Displaying template default arguments
                                  * The qualifiers "class", "struct", "__thiscall" and "__cdecl"
                                  * Shorter names for nested classes

                                  118 votes
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                                    closed  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make running "MSTest" tests MUCH faster

                                    Running unit tests using MSTest is very slow (when compared to alternative farameworks like NUnit). Whilst I love the integration with TFS, code coverage and the like at times even a small test project takes so long to run that it seriously disrupts your "flow".

                                    114 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      I am closing this issue as it is a little confusing – it is not clear whether the issue is talking about the MSTest test framework, or the MSTest.exe runner, or the vstest.console.exe runner, or the Test Explorer.

                                      If you meant making running MSTest test framework based tests faster, please vote on the GitHub issue here: https://github.com/Microsoft/testfx/issues/142 with a thumbs up.

                                      Pratap Lakshman
                                      Visual Studio Team

                                    • Get Context menus up faster

                                      When you right click an item in Solution Explorer in particular the menu it is very slow in appearing. Make that faster and snappier. Context menu in editor is also slow, and can be improved too.

                                      107 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you to all who provided ideas and votes on this topic. We used that data to help prioritize the improvements starting in Visual Studio 2012, and continue with the releases after.
                                        As we believe the Solution Explorer and context menu in editor are snappier, we’d like to close this item as fixed to give your votes back to use on specific topics. Our Visual Studio performance team will continue working to improve performance at an ongoing basis. When you have specific performance issues, it’s now really easy to use the feedback tools right inside Visual Studio to send us feedback with performance traces, see instructions on how to do this here:
                                        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt280277.aspx; these traces help us to home in on your issues more precisely.
                                        Please use Visual Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566) and continue your feedback and votes– we highly value your feedback.
                                        Visual Studio Team

                                      • Offline Windows 10 SDK and UWP tools

                                        Please provide completely offline Win10 SDK+ UWP tools as ISO file so that it can be installed without internet connection.
                                        There is no Windows 10 SDK and UWP tools in whole 7 GB VS update2 ISO setup and setup completes with error on not installing them because of poor internet connection. While this site, https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads clearly says it is already included “Use a free, Visual Studio Community 2015 with Update 2 client that already includes the latest Windows 10 developer tools to get started creating innovative and compelling Universal Windows apps and Classic Windows applications.”

                                        When trying to download offline…

                                        106 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi there, a few useful things that we have for you to address this suggestion:

                                          Firstly, you can run the Windows SDK in a “layout” mode, which creates a local offline cache of all the required files. Simply download the Windows 10 SDK from here: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-10-sdk and then run sdksetup.exe /layout . You can also run sdksetup.exe /? for more options. The same applies for the Windows 10 emulators, incidentally.

                                          For Visual Studio 2015 in an offline scenario, we’ve heard the feedback below and created an administrator’s guide which helps administrators deploy Visual Studio in more challenging environments. The guide is available here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee225238.aspx

                                          Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                        • Better ToString() Default Methods

                                          This falls into 2 categories.

                                          1) fix the existing objects, for example
                                          Console.WriteLine(new int[]{1,2,3});
                                          currently will produce: System.Int32[]
                                          it would be better if it was
                                          [1,2,3]

                                          2) for new objects
                                          Right now anonymous objects have a great ToString()
                                          Console.WriteLine(new {name="Fred", age=4});
                                          will produce
                                          { name = Fred, age = 4 }
                                          I would argue this should be the same by default for a Person Class
                                          Console.WriteLine(new Person{name="Fred", age=4});
                                          however, currently this will produce:
                                          Namespace.Person

                                          101 votes
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                                            6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                                            - The Visual Studio Team

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