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  1. XAML Debugging

    Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

    2,219 votes
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      17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

      Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

      407 votes
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        2 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

        1,728 votes
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          53 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

          This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

          A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

          A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
          http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

          The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
          1) Windows 10
          2) Legacy Windows
          3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
          4) Droid …

          6,536 votes
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            under review  ·  266 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • make header include refactoring possible

            Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

            Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

            302 votes
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              under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

              Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

              http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

              1,363 votes
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                under review  ·  36 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

                Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

                343 votes
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                  26 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

                  On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

                  Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

                  We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

                • Better NullPointerException Error message

                  Let's say you have the line

                  a.b().c().d().e().f().g();

                  and you run it and get an
                  System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                  Where did this happen? what do you need to fix?

                  A better error message would be

                  The Call: null.e()
                  Caused a Null Reference Exception

                  this would make debug/life a lot easier.

                  I would also suggest you use the full method signature so you might get

                  The Call: null.e(string, List<string>)

                  2,880 votes
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                    35 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are actively evaluating whether we will be able to bring this suggestion into the product for .NET developers for the System.NullReferenceException in a future release.
                    We have recently made an improvement, similar to this suggestion, for debugging C++ Access Violations in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.
                    Read about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/29/improvement-to-debugging-c-access-violations-in-visual-studio-2015-update-1.aspx

                    We encourage you to continue to comment on and vote for this UserVoice item to share any additional feedback that you have for this suggestion.

                    Thanks,
                    Kaycee Anderson
                    Visual Studio Diagnostics

                  • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

                    I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

                    When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

                    When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

                    696 votes
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                      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

                      add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
                      <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro&quot; > link </a>

                      478 votes
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                        under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support multiple rows of document tabs

                        It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

                        3,616 votes
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                          21 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion, and especially to those who responded to my previous questions over email.

                          Based on the many responses I received, it seems that simply allowing multiple rows in the tab strip so you can have more “sets” using the existing Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 pinning capabilities is the most desired feature by folks on this discussion item.

                          We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and this information has been very helpful.
                          If you have further comments, and haven’t already done so, please drop me an email at mwthomas at Microsoft dot com.

                          Regards
                          Mark Wilson-Thomas
                          Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

                        • 2,715 votes
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                            98 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

                            Thanks for the feedback!

                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                          • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                            The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                            However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

                            658 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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,…

                              424 votes
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                                22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hello supporters of this suggestion

                                We are considering the possibility of a solution to this issue for a future release of Visual Studio.

                                One possibility under discussion is that the default folders would not be created until they are first used, giving users the opportunity to specify their own location at that moment, and have it stored in the (existing) preferences location.

                                Feedback on the thread below is welcome,

                                Regards

                                Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                              • 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).

                                415 votes
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                                  23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve WPF Editor performance

                                  Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                                  1,319 votes
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                                    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                                    Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                                    In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                                    struct S {
                                    int a;
                                    int b;

                                    S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                                    };

                                    int main()
                                    {
                                    S s(42);
                                    }

                                    and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                                    GCC issues…

                                    420 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

                                      Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

                                      It is currently only supported in C/C++

                                      Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

                                      492 votes
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                                        18 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Supporters of Data Breakpoints for C#!

                                        I am currently looking into this suggestion to investigate what the possibilities for this could be. Stay subscribed or add support to this item if this is something you still want. I will contact you all soon to talk with you about the situations you get into where this feature would benefit you.

                                        Stay Posted,
                                        Kaycee Anderson

                                      • 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.

                                        1,243 votes
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                                          24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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