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  1. 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/

    1,214 votes
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      under review  ·  31 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please replace the flat, mostly monochrome icons in VS 2015

      Visual Studio already looks a lot better than Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. I like that at least some icons got colored again and that the menu no longer is all ppercase.
      However, I'm still not a fan of flat design. The colored icons still look quite strange. And most of the monochrome icons are really ugly.
      So please bring back the icons of Visual Studio 2010. Or provide multiple icon packs and let the user choose. Not everybody likes flat design!

      219 votes
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        4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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…

        400 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

          1,676 votes
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            50 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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

            2,112 votes
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              16 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 2,683 votes
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                96 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

              • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

                Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

                1,577 votes
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                  17 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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>)

                  2,795 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

                  • 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.

                    1,221 votes
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                      23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 …

                      6,133 votes
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                        under review  ·  214 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Browser Link Support for Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP Headers

                        Currently Browser Link uses inline JavaScript which causes Content Security Policy (CSP) (See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/CSP/Introducing_Content_Security_Policy) violation errors. CSP requires external files to be used for JavaScript and CSS.

                        If the user is using CSP then browser link is disabled as inline scripts cannot be run. Please use external files, which will allow us to use CSP in conjunction with Browser Link.

                        This is the error that Chrome throws:

                        Refused to load the script 'http://localhost:40323/7ccba4ec32eb40b093fe065c6ca53fbf/browserLink'; because it violates the following Content Security Policy directive: "script-src 'self' ajax.googleapis.com ajax.aspnetcdn.com".

                        56 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          862 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve Visual Studio Call Stack walking performance

                            Walking the call stack can sometimes be a slower operation when debugging. Do not slow down debug operations such as stepping when walking the call stack takes a long time

                            74 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for the feedback, we are currently investigating what performance improvements we could make to give you a faster experience when debugging, particularly when the call stack walking is causing the slowness.

                              Thanks,
                              Kaycee Anderson
                              Visual Studio

                              See the following blog posts that offers more details on what settings and windows relate to this, and other tips and tricks for speeding up debugging in general. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio.aspx

                              Andrew Hall,
                              Program Manager, Visual Studio Debugger

                            • Selectable Install directories

                              Well this has been posted before but closed, I am posting it again. VS is increasing in size like crazy, its more important than ever before to bring back the option to install visual studio in a directory of our choosing. Also, get rid of the message "requires N GB of disk space in ALL drives". This message is vague. Just let us select a directory to install and install everything there, dont install everything to the hard coded system directories/partition. That would be great, thanks.

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow switching TypeScript configured version from Project Properties IDE

                                Currently the only way to switch between TypeScript compiler versions is to manually edit the .csproj or .vbproj setting for the following element:

                                <TypeScriptToolsVersion>1.0</TypeScriptToolsVersion>

                                While this isn't impossible it is cumbersome to have to manually modify the project's configuration. I propose it would be better to have this version be reflected via a dropdown or similar selection in the 'TypeScript Build' tab within the project properties. Since TypeScript allows side-by-side installation of the SDKs it would be appropriate to be able to switch between them.

                                This allows flexibility to target more easily older or newer versions of TypeScript when required.…

                                188 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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/.

                                  885 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

                                    Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

                                    590 votes
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                                      under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop installing a bunch of SQL server stuff

                                      I don't do any SQL development. I didn't even check anything web development related, so we can't blame this on ASP.NET --- I did C++ and Windows 10 SDK only. And yet I get this?

                                      59 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

                                        In Visual Studio 2015, tooling for .NET Core was available as a package, installed separately from the whole IDE.

                                        However, Visual Studio 2017 RC has the option of installing the ".NET Core and Docker" workload. For developers that do not work with ASP.NET Core, this workload adds extra space to disk. So, I propose making a "Cross-platform development with .NET Core" workload, or something like that, but without web application development stuff.

                                        Thanks.

                                        18 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          This is really good feedback. We’ve been reviewing what we do here. Right now, our plan is to merge the .NET Core features into the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads when the .NET Core tooling is no longer “preview-quality”. We would prefer not to silo it into a separate workload if possible, because we want it to be available to developers using the existing workloads. Interested to know what kinds of development you’re doing with .NET Core – are you running from the console?

                                          At the same time, we also recognize that we need to keep trimming the size of the web tooling – that remains a work in progress.

                                          One option for you is to install the .NET Core component specifically as an “individual component”, rather than as part of a workload. There’s a separate tab during installation to pick and choose…

                                        • 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…

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