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  1. 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 …

    8,066 votes
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      under review  ·  377 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

      Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

      MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

      For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

      4,007 votes
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        38 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

        Will Buik,
        Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

      • 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

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          29 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion.

          We’re looking into adding multiple row functionality along with other doc well features from the Custom Document Well Extension of Productivity Power Tools (https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=VisualStudioProductTeam.CustomDocumentWell).

          At this point we’d love to hear your thoughts on these features to help us prioritize which parts are the most valuable for your productivity when interacting with files and tabs. If you can spend a few minutes to answer the questions on this survey, we’d greatly appreciate it!

          https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/THSPZRW

          If you have any additional comments, please feel free to drop me an email at prnadago at Microsoft dot com.

          Regards,
          Pratik Nadagouda
          Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

        • 2,823 votes
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            104 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

          • 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

            2,755 votes
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              17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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/

              2,016 votes
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                under review  ·  79 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                1,908 votes
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                  58 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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.

                  1,437 votes
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                    123 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…

                  • Improve WPF Editor performance

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

                    1,355 votes
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                      under review  ·  13 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 1,139 votes
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                        34 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi Supporters of this item,

                        We are considering making this available as an option in a future release of Visual Studio.

                        If this is made available, we expect the feature to need to be optional as there are many who prefer the current keybinding of Ctrl+W to stay as it is.

                        Thanks
                        Mark Wilson-Thomas
                        Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                      • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

                        Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

                        A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

                        1,116 votes
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                          24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                          In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

                          979 votes
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                            14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for your votes so far on this suggestion. We are currently reviewing this request. As we have more information, we will share it with you here. In the meantime, please make sure you comment here to capture the requirements you have for a UTF-8 capable CRT.

                            — Visual C++ Team

                          • Add native Markdown support

                            Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

                            Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

                            To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

                            955 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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…

                              782 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

                                Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

                                760 votes
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                                  24 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion.

                                  At this point, we’d like to dive further into the specific needs your scenarios will have from the API. If you can spend a few minutes to answer the questions on this survey, we’d greatly appreciate it! Your answers will help us plan and prioritize the work required.

                                  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F5XRQJ7

                                  Regards,
                                  Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                  Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

                                • 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…

                                  724 votes
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                                    under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                                    As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                                    (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

                                    723 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                                      VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                                      You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                                      Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                                      Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                                      Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                                      710 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments. I work on the ASP.NET tooling team and I wanted to let you all know that we are very interested in enabling this. Right now we are working on some support that will enable adding/removing auth to be much easier. After that work is done we are hoping to enable a way to add (and potentially remove + replace) the auth for an ASP.NET project.
                                        I don’t have permissions to change the status here, but I will ask that it gets updated to Under Investigation. I don’t want to mark it as started because we are still doing some infrastructure changes to enable it. I’m hoping we can start the actual work in a couple of months but I can’t say for sure until we get past the current set of feature work.

                                      • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
                                        http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

                                        When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

                                        705 votes
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                                          34 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hello voters!

                                          While I don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I do want to let you know that we recently started looking into this and what will it take for us to provide better support for this scenario.

                                          I’ll provide another update once I have more concrete information to share.

                                          Thank you!

                                          Ruben Rios
                                          Program Manager
                                          Visual Studio IDE Team

                                        • 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++

                                          613 votes
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                                            25 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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