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  1. Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

    I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

    During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
    * Team Foundation Server Express
    * SQL Server Express
    * SQL Server Data Tools
    * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
    * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
    * Entity Framework…

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

      We hear you. Uninstalling Visual Studio is not a pain-free experience.

      As mentioned in a previous update, Visual Studio is one of the most complex installers because it includes support for many different languages, frameworks and platforms, installing runtimes from Microsoft and other companies. When someone attempts to uninstall VS (often many months later), it’s not easy to know which components are in use by other applications that may have been installed in the meantime, since some third-party install packages don’t track this. So we err on the side of leaving more remnants rather than risk leaving other apps without the dependencies they need to execute.

      If you’re comfortable with this trade-off, we have built a couple of solutions for you:

      1. Use the /force switch when running uninstall, which provides a more aggressive approach. This is documented in more detail here:
      http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/heaths/2015/07/17/.

      2. We’ve completed work on a…

    • T4 editing

      T4 is no longer just a tool used internally by VS, but is being increasingly used by developers for code generation. It would be great to have syntax highlighting, intellisense etc. out of the box.

      I appreciate this is probably more of a Visual Studio feature request than an ASP.NET one, but as T4 is used a lot within ASP.NET projects, particularly MVC ones, I figure it's worth a mention.

      3,203 votes
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        29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’ll be pleased to know that Devart have a great T4 editor with support for Visual Studio 2015 (and previous versions): https://www.devart.com/t4-editor/download.html. We’re closing this suggestion based on low recent interest and the existence of a free community alternative as well as alternative technologies (http://daveaglick.com/posts/announcing-scripty), so that newer community suggestions have the chance to receive appropriate consideration.

        Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

      • Make Visual Studio startup and shutdown faster

        Application startup without any solution/project should be instantaneous (less than 1 second)
        Application shutdown should not exceed 100ms for each open project and should show a progress bar.

        2,016 votes
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          26 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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 have been continuing with every release.

          As our Visual Studio performance team continuingly work on Visual Studio startup and shutdown experience, we’d like to close this item to give your votes back to use on other topics, and help us focus our team’s investments. 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/mt632287.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…

        • Make XAML a first class citizen of Visual Studio

          Make XAML participate in compile time syntax checking, in code refactoring (e.g. property renames), and in code navigation. Add refactoring (e.g. "Create Style from Element") and other performance features to the XAML code editor (e.g. allow in-place editing of xaml tags so that the end tag changes when you change the begin tag).

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            closed  ·  2 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

            It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

            Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

            Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

            1,375 votes
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              42 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 for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

              It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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                16 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 a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                The new project type could have the following features:

                - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                - Intellisense is…

                1,012 votes
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                  16 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  In reviewing this feedback item and discussing with individuals who voted, we’ve decided that this item is too old and out of date to guide our product development.

                  If you’re still interested in the idea of the JavaScript project type, please vote on this new suggestion here: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/31368127-create-a-javascript-project-type

                  It would also be great to hear your personal feedback on what you would like to see in such a project. Please feel free to email me back directly.

                  Regards,
                  Bowden Kelly
                  JavaScript & TypeScript Program Manager

                • Include SQL BI tools in the latest VS version

                  SQL Server 2012 has followed its predecessors as the BI Tools released again with the previous version of VS instead of the latest one.

                  Please, release the BI tools with the latest VS version and include it in SQL Server. Be the IDE really integrated again (or finally)!

                  794 votes
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                    14 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Closing this item. SQL BI tools are shipping in the latest VS versions, incl. VS 2017. Some project types ship sooner than others (for example, AS and RS project types are already available as individual VSIX files for VS 2017), but as a whole the goal is to support the latest versions of VS as soon as possible.

                  • Hierachical Navigation Menu

                    In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

                    382 votes
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                      21 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 Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                      Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

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                        6 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

                      • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                        Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

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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 web deployment projects to VS11

                          I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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                            14 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                            create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                            validates
                            screens
                            fields
                            relationship
                            and others

                            276 votes
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                              10 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

                            • Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

                              Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

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                                9 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Yes, the ideal is to be ready with the BI project types by the time a new VS version ships. In the VS 2017 release, we managed to do this for SSAS and SSRS project types (the VSIXes are available in the Gallery), while SSIS is still a work in progress, but in general, the goal is to be ready as soon as possible with every new VS release.

                              • Work much closer with Resharper team, to make Resharper much faster, and to make it consume much less resources.

                                Resharper is probably the most complex and most helpfull VS addin. It drammatically affects VS performance, so, it will be great if both teams will work close to make overall experience much better. NOTE: Rehsrper consumes huge amount of resources as well.

                                253 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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 have been continuing with every release.

                                  As our Visual Studio performance team continuingly work with Resharper team to identify and fix the issues , we’d like to close this item to give your votes back to use on other topics, and help us focus our team’s investments. 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–…

                                • WPF support in Lightswitch

                                  How about replacing Silverlight with WPF for the desktop client to get rid of the pixel rendering performance issues with Silverlight? Since LS now has HTML support for web clients, Silverlight could be replaced with a more powerful desktop client like WPF ( I would even take Winforms if it substantially increased performance ).

                                  244 votes
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                                    6 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

                                  • Stop treating workarounds as a legitimate alternative to standards compliance

                                    Particularly in the world of C++, where the delta between what the compiler accepts and what the standard says is quite large, it is common for people to report bugs against the compiler.

                                    Often, however, these are met with refusals to fix the compiler, and claims that there are workarounds.

                                    I would love you to change this policy.

                                    Yes, sometimes there is a zero cost workaround to a particular flaw. But that's not a reason to not fix the bug. I write code that I wish to compile in g++, VC++, and sometimes even clang++. Being forced to avoid standard…

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                                      6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Incorporate the ribbon and ditch the toolbars!

                                      Is there any other app that has an incredible amount of commands that would benefit more from a results-driven UI? I think incorporating the ribbon is a no brainer!

                                      240 votes
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                                        41 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        We appreciate the feedback about the complexities of the command systems in Visual Studio. We are currently evaluating improvements we can make in upcoming releases.

                                        In the next few months, we are contacting users that are interested in this topic to get detailed feedback and evaluate possible solutions. If you are interested, please sign-up here (https://visualstudio.typeform.com/to/YNvqVk).

                                        Ali Satter,
                                        Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE

                                      • 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.

                                        218 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

                                        • 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 →
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