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  1. Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

    Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

    Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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      508 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Update 2/14/2017 – I am happy to announce that we have updated the SlowCheetah extension to work with Visual Studio 2017 and 2015. You can install the extension from the VS marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=WillBuikMSFT.SlowCheetah-XMLTransforms

      We are also in the process of adding support for additional project and file types. For the latest development news for the extension, check out the GitHub repo: https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah

      Please let us know if you run into any issues by reporting them at the issue tracker on SlowCheetah’s GitHub page.

      Note: if you installed the preview extension for Visual Studio 2015, please be sure to remove it before installing the new one to avoid conflicts.

    • Provide integrated JavaScript debugging in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers

      Currently, integrated JavaScript debugging with Visual Studio is only possible with Internet Explorer. Even though you can do a bit of JavaScript debugging with external tools in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the experience for debugging is not nearly as good as the integrated JavaScript debugging experience available with Internet Explorer. However, JavaScript errors often cause the IE browser to crash, thus making it very difficult to provide a great JavaScript debugging experience with Visual Studio. Therefore, Microsoft should provide integrated Visual Studio debugging experiences with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as they are the most popular alternative browsers in…

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        31 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

        What?
        Installing Visual Studio takes too long

        Why?
        There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

        Proposal:
        Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

        I belive you already have the…

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

          We’re making good progress against this suggestion and have just shipped Visual Studio 2017 RC. The minimal installation installs in approximately one-tenth of the disk space that Visual Studio 2015 used to take, and only takes minutes to install in typical “in the wild” scenarios. While we’re not done with the journey of modularizing Visual Studio, we plan to mark this suggestion as “completed” when we ship Visual Studio 2017. We continue to appreciate your thoughtful comments on more specific requests in this space.

          To that end, I’d encourage those of you who are adding suggestions to the comments (e.g. make WinForms optional) to separate them into a new suggestion so that others can comment on that proposal specifically.

          Warm wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

        • 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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            11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option

            VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option that just installs the basic IDE, compiler, git/github and nuget for grabbing libraries and includes.

            I don't want or need the azure framework or all the other stuff.

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

              Thanks so much for your feedback. You’ll be pleased to know that we’re working on creating a much more lightweight installation option, as described here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/04/01/faster-leaner-visual-studio-installer/

              As part of this work, we’re creating C++ workloads tuned for different needs, with the first one included in VS “15” Preview.

              Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

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                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Give a download pause button when installing update update through online installer

                Please give that button to atleast pause the download if its take 6 hours to update from VS Community update 2 to update 3.
                First download everything and then install one by one. Is this so much to ask for. Have the microsoft guys lost some common sense as to how to build a update tool. No one has time to sit around and update VS for 6 to 12 hours. We have got a life to live to. So please think about it.

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

                  In Visual Studio 2017, we optimized the build-to-build upgrade to inspect what’s on your machine and only download the specific components that have changed. Small updates can occur in a minute or two rather than hours.

                  We don’t serialize download and install by default, because as you note everyone wants updates to be as fast as possible – and so we install updates as quickly as they come down the wire. If you want to create a download cache prior to installing, you can use the —layout command line switch with the installer.

                  Thanks for your feedback – we do appreciate it!

                  Yours, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                • 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

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                    16 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual Studio Task Manager

                    One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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                      28 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We’re delighted to report that Visual Studio 2017 now includes support for detecting and managing poorly-performing extensions. From the Help menu you can choose “Manage Visual Studio Performance” to see extensions that load slowly or impact typing responsiveness. We also proactively detect extensions that are particularly poorly-performing, and prompt Visual Studio users to disable them.

                      More information on our work is here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/11/10/extensibility-in-visual-studio-15-increasing-reliability-and-performance/

                      Since we’re still at the RC stage, we’ve moved the status to “started”, but we plan to mark this suggestion as “completed” when we release Visual Studio. We covet further proposals around improving the performance or reliability of Visual Studio extensions for consideration in future updates – please create new suggestion entries for them so the community can discuss and vote on them individually even after this suggestion is closed.

                      Thanks for your support, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                    • 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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                        9 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

                      • Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

                        It has always bugged me that when installing Visual Studio there are 40+ items added to the Programs and Features list in Windows.

                        While I understand that some are necessarily standalone programs (like all the different runtimes), there are many Visual Studio components added that are _only_ there for Visual Studio.

                        Examples include Service Packs, “Macro Tools”, “Prequisites” and especially all the language pack related items.

                        Looking at other products, like Office, you should be perfectly fine by combining everything into a single entry and configure all the compontents within a setup dialog.

                        This also applies to other components (which…

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

                          We’re making real progress against this area – slowly but surely. If you haven’t seen Visual Studio 2017 RC (or later) yet, check it out at http://visualstudio.com. We are eradicating many of the separate items that come from Microsoft, although we will continue to list third-party dependencies individually (for example, if I used the Visual Studio installer to get the Android SDK, we presume you might want to be able to uninstall that without relying on Visual Studio).

                          Let us know what you think… Thanks for the feedback, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                        • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

                          Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

                          Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

                          Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

                          * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
                          * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
                          * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

                          If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

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

                            Good news – we are adopting a plan that is very close to what is proposed in this suggestion. We will adopt a semantic versioning scheme for Visual Studio starting with Visual Studio 2017, using the major / minor numbers, based on the standard enumerated at http://semver.org.

                            The RTM release will be numbered 15.0, with feature updates numbered sequentially 15.1, 15.2 etc. We use a five digit number to represent the specific build number of a particular component, and that will remain the best way to identify a specific single build of the product. So in Help / About, you’ll see something like 15.1 (build 26230.0). 

                            We hope this will simplify things somewhat, and we’ll continue to further align with the semantic versioning model as we invest in our build systems.

                            Thanks so much for your feedback – we appreciate it!

                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                          • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                            So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

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                              started  ·  14 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve compile/link time with C++11 modules

                              Clang already supports modules, this reduces the algorithmic complexity of the build while maintaining backwards compatibility.

                              This could take a 60mins build down to 10mins.

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                                1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Implement support for binary, octal and hex literals

                                I know VB supports hex literals but these need to be improved so instead of using the &h prefix, you could use a suffix:
                                Dim hexValue = 1F7h

                                The same way you could then implement both binary and octal literals:
                                Dim binValue = 01100011b
                                Dim octValue = 722o

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                                  7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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 →
                                  • Do not block visual studio during update; allow to repair failed updates; warn about long running updates

                                    I have seen it very often when a Visual Studio update is available - you start the update and it runs for a couple of hours.

                                    During that time the IDE is blocked so you can't work on your PC any more. Since I cannot afford to be unproductive for such a long time, I run updates like this in the evening.

                                    What is kind of annoying is that the update package does not warn you before you run it that it will take a long time and will block the IDE.

                                    Also, I noticed on my notebook that several…

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

                                      Addressing your specific suggestions:
                                      1. This is a great suggestion. We are currently investigating how we can build this. We think we won’t be able to make this fit RTW for Dev “15”, but it is on our backlog for Update 1.
                                      2. In Dev “15” we are giving you a lot more information regarding the progress of your download. We tell you how much you have downloaded, how much you have left and an estimated time remaining. For install we give you a progress of how much % we have installed. It’s really difficult to give you accurate estimate of how long something will take to install but we are always looking for better ways of giving you visibility and advance warning.
                                      3. In Dev “15” we have completely revamped the installation experience. You will be able to see installations that are partial (i.e. didn’t complete successfully all the…

                                    • Fix XDesProc

                                      Fix XDesProc.exe so it doesn't hang everyone's systems.

                                      Just wondering, are you deliberately ignoring this bug, which has been reported by hundreds of developers?

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                                        10 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Rest assured, we’re not deliberately ignoring the bug. Far from it, in fact. The issues with XDesProc are tricky, as I’m sure you’d understand. While the reliability is getting better and we’re seeing a decrease in reported issues, we’re still making some large steps to improve it further. Naturally, if you’ve got any details on what you were doing when XDesProc caused issues, we’d love to hear them and make sure that our efforts address the issues. You can report these issues using the “Report a problem” feature on the Help menu in Visual Studio, and also make sure that you’ve configured Visual Studio to send us crash reports (On the Help menu, select Settings under Send Feedback)

                                        In the meantime, I can lay your fears to rest and assure you that we’ve redoubled our efforts to make the XAML designer the best designer anywhere.

                                        -Dante Gagne
                                        Visual Studio Program…

                                      • typescript code snippets

                                        Enable code snippets in TypeScript.

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                                        • JavaScript Peek definiton

                                          Implement peek definiton in JavaScript editor

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