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  1. Add F# support for .NET Native

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351081/add-f-support-for-net-native.html
    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…

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      13 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

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      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351045/provide-stash-support-in-visual-studio-tools-for-g.html
      There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

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        58 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Solutions Load Faster

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        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

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          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.

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            36 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

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            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351030/provide-javascript-refactoring-tools.html
            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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              2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

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              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.

              839 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

              • Test Explorer is severely limited

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                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351051/test-explorer-is-severely-limited.html
                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…

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                  started  ·  73 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

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                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351048/allow-precompiled-headers-to-be-shared-between-pro.html
                  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…

                  564 votes
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                    23 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

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                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351013/stop-polluting-my-documents-with-visual-studio-fol.html
                    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…

                    550 votes
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                      51 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

                    • Make go-to-definition and find-references work between F# and C# projects

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                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351087/make-go-to-definition-and-find-references-work-bet.html
                      In a solution containing a mixture of C# and F# projects, go-to-definition does not work when your starting point is, say, C# and the target function/value/type definition is in F#. (And vice versa.) The same is true for find-all-references.

                      This is a major inconvenience when working on this kind of mixed codebase. It would be great if it could work in both directions but even go-to-definition would be a great start.

                      324 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Squash commits in Git using Visual Studio

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                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351072/squash-commits-in-git-using-visual-studio.html
                        It would be nice, if we can combine (squash) multiple commits directly from Visual Studio.

                        288 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

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                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351010/make-net-real-platform-independent-add-linux-suppo.html
                          create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

                          268 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

                          • JavaScript Unit Testing

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                            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351033/javascript-unit-testing.html
                            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).

                            202 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

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                              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351027/reduce-amount-of-programs-added-to-programs-and-fe.html
                              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…

                              105 votes
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                                6 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

                              • Fix XDesProc

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                                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?

                                94 votes
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                                  12 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…

                                • Intellisense filter by type

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                                  Sometimes, when I'm coding, I need to search in the intellisense's dropdown for certain kinds of elements.

                                  That is, when I need to add an event handler and I don't recall its name, I have to search through all elements (methods, properties, enums, etc) til I find mine.

                                  If I could filter the list by "events", it could optimize the search. Same when I'm looking for "methods", "properties" and etc.

                                  What about adding tabs on top or below the list, so we can…

                                  86 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for sharing this suggestion.
                                    I’m pleased to report that this feature is being built for Visual Studio “15″.

                                    You can try it in the recently published Visual Studio “15″ Preview 4
                                    (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/08/22/visual-studio-15-preview-4/ for download details)

                                    To enable this feature in Visual Studio “15″ Preview 4, go to Tools > Options > Text Editor > [C# | Visual Basic] > IntelliSense and check the options for highlighting and filtering.

                                    See Kasey Uhlenthuth’s blog post at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2016/07/13/visual-studio-15-preview-3-for-c-and-visual-basic/ under “Intellisense Improvements” for more details.

                                    Thanks
                                    - The Visual Studio Team

                                  • Conditions support for <Content> section of VSIX manifest

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                                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351061/conditions-support-for-section-of-vsix-manifest.html
                                    Currently you can have a single .vsix file targeting several Visual Studio versions. But all the content is deployed to all Visual Studio versions. The request is to be able to deploy content based on conditions such as the Visual Studio version, edition, dependency installed or not, etc.

                                    An scenario for this goal is the following: suppose that I have a single package MyAssembly.dll which has two different .vsct tables with different icons for VS 2010 (colorful) and 2012/2013 (gray). So I get…

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                                      2 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • bring back full colors on controls in ToolBox!

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                                      simply enough allow full coloring of the controls in the toolbox where we can find and select the right one, fast and accurate just like in vs2010.
                                      going to black and white trying to look like photoshop, is a very wrong idea! we do not have 10 tools like photoshop, we are not painting and we are depending on the controls we are choosing to design a form.

                                      now its unacceptable hard to spot, and select the right control, we have to wait…

                                      50 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve the Windows Phone emulators so that they can work within a Hyper-V instance

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                                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351036/improve-the-windows-phone-emulators-so-that-they-c.html
                                        I currently use Hyper-V for various development environments within my enterprise. One pain point I have building Windows Phone apps is the fact that the emulator uses Hyper-V. This creates an issue when I'm in a Hyper-V instance. There are workarounds as documented at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13148828/unable-to-create-the-virtual-machine, but I shouldn't have to follow a work around for what I would assume is a common scenario (common defined as more than 1% of developers not meaning majority).

                                        Please vote for me!

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                                          3 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make PerfView open source

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                                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351066/make-perfview-open-source.html

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