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  1. Add F# support for .NET Native

    I had a conversation with @xyziemba and @dotnet on Twitter recently about the .NET Native toolset and features. I understand the F# is not supported at the moment and that support is unlikely to come in the VS 2015 RTM timeframe. I'd like to suggest that you consider adding this support as soon as possible - even if it means some time after the RTM of VS 2015.

    Since I couldn't find a UserVoice request for this - I wanted to put this in.

    Thanks,
    Krishna

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      12 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        62 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We expect this feature to be released by the end of the year. Not only will you be able to commit to submodules, but you will also be able to view the file history and blame within a submodule.

        However, VS will not yet have “full” submodule support; you will only be able to have one Git repo open per VS instance. Therefore, working between a submodule and the parent repo will not be seamless. To help us prioritize further submodule features, please open new UserVoice items.

        Kayla Ngan
        Program Manager

      • 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.

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          13 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

        • Open links in an actual browser

          Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

          1,348 votes
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            32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

            Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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.

              813 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

              • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

                Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

                740 votes
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                  started  ·  21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Test Explorer is severely limited

                  I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                  1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                  2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

                  660 votes
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                    started  ·  74 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      17 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We are pursuing a design that will allow you to set pull —rebase at the global and repo level; the setting will be saved directly to your gitconfig. We will consider rebase on a pull-by-pull basis (as requested in some comments) for future development.

                      Sync runs pull immediately followed by push, so configuring this setting will allow Sync to do a pull —rebase.

                      In the event that you are using Visual Studio 2017, you can set up pull —rebase in your gitconfig and VS will already respect those settings.

                      Kayla Ngan
                      Program Manager

                    • Visual studio - GIT - propose to prune when fetching the repo

                      What I'd like to do is that Fetch should be able to do 'git fetch --prune'

                      I know that I can register a remote to always be pruned with 'git config remote.origin.prune true' but this is not what I want.

                      I'd like a checkbox on the right of Fetch button for example.

                      see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d283472d-a194-4f55-aee6-205094fb1766/visual-studio-git-always-prune-when-fetching-the-repo-?forum=tfsversioncontrol#87f6bf6b-0b58-46ee-9475-252e11910848

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                        10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We are pursuing a design that will allow you to set fetch —prune at the global and repo level. We will consider prune on a fetch-by-fetch basis (as requested in this suggestion) for future development.

                        In the event that you are using Visual Studio 2017, you can set up fetch —prune in your gitconfig and VS will respect those settings.

                        Kayla Ngan
                        Program Manager

                      • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                        Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                        This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                        Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                        489 votes
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                          37 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello,

                          We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

                          As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

                          Allison Buchholtz-Au
                          Program Manager – VS IDE

                        • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                          In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                          Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                          As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                          See also:

                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                          http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

                          478 votes
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                            20 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                            The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

                            419 votes
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                              24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi Supporters

                              Work has started on including this feature in a future release of Visual Studio.

                              In line with many comments in this thread, we’re planning to provide a means to change the modifier from Ctrl+Click to other options for those who would like to keep Ctrl+Click for selecting words.

                              Thanks!
                              Mark Wilson-Thomas
                              Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                            • Add git worktree support

                              Git added the ability have multiple working trees for a single repository.
                              https://git-scm.com/docs/git-worktree
                              When opening a solution from a linked working tree, Visual Studio does not detect as being part of the repository, which deactivate the git features in Visual Studio.

                              Visual Studio should be able support solutions which are in a linked working tree.

                              383 votes
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                                13 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support the ability to push Git Tags to remote

                                It's now possible to create Git tags in VS2015.
                                However, these are local tags, and can't be pushed to the remote server.
                                One has to use the git command line: git push --tags
                                Would it be possible to get this push command from within Visual Studio?

                                383 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for AVX-512 in MASM

                                  Intel's roadmap shows AVX-512 will be available in Xeon soon. I could be developing and testing code now using Intel's emulator. This is very important for high performance computing.

                                  265 votes
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                                    started  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

                                    create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

                                    264 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks a lot for the feedback. Not only is this happening, it’s also happening in the open! You can follow as we’re making progress on GitHub. You can even participate and help us bringing .NET to Mac OSX and Linux!

                                      See these posts for more details:

                                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/12/04/introducing-net-core.aspx

                                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/11/12/net-core-is-open-source.aspx

                                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/02/03/coreclr-is-now-open-source.aspx

                                      Thanks,
                                      Immo Landwerth
                                      Program Manager
                                      .NET Team

                                    • Pull Request comments lose their context

                                      Comments in a pull request are tied directly to a line number. Thus, as more commits are added, they will shift around in the file, and become confusing.

                                      I don't know what the best solution for this would be, but it's rather disorienting for in-progress stories.

                                      220 votes
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                                        11 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        We’ve actively working on improvements to the pull request platform to enable improved comment tracking when new changes are added in subsequent commits. We have other improvements to the pull request experience underway as well, and you’ll see these changes starting to roll out soon and continue for several sprints.

                                        Thanks,
                                        Matt Mitrik
                                        Program Manager

                                      • Allow switching TypeScript configured version from Project Properties IDE

                                        Currently the only way to switch between TypeScript compiler versions is to manually edit the .csproj or .vbproj setting for the following element:

                                        <TypeScriptToolsVersion>1.0</TypeScriptToolsVersion>

                                        While this isn't impossible it is cumbersome to have to manually modify the project's configuration. I propose it would be better to have this version be reflected via a dropdown or similar selection in the 'TypeScript Build' tab within the project properties. Since TypeScript allows side-by-side installation of the SDKs it would be appropriate to be able to switch between them.

                                        This allows flexibility to target more easily older or newer versions of TypeScript when required.…

                                        208 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • JavaScript Unit Testing

                                          Please provide a TestRunner for javascript Unit Testing Frameworks like QUnit. It should be possible to run them automated in the background. Also different browser javascript engines could be targeted (like IE oder Google V8).

                                          193 votes
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