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  1. Provide official logos for the .NET languages

    We need something to stick on our laptops.

    42 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hey Niklas,

      Cool suggestion. We actually do have, or at least had, logos for the .NET languages and stickers bearing them. I have one for VB on one of my laptops and one of each for VB, C#, and F# on another. We used to give these out at conferences and events, I’m not sure if we ran out. At times we’ve also had T-shirts and mugs. Everyone’s always asking us where they can get them. We really should put up a storefront somewhere so that all our fans can show their love. I’ll get on that and let you know what we come up with.

      Regards,

      Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic, C#, and F# Languages Team

    • 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.

      1,777 votes
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        54 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 1,306 votes
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          54 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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>)

          2,962 votes
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            37 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

          • Improve WPF Editor performance

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

            1,341 votes
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              under review  ·  13 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 …

              6,963 votes
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                under review  ·  312 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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

                2,452 votes
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                  17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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.

                  313 votes
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                    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

                    714 votes
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                      79 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…

                    • 125 votes
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                        under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 ;-).

                        500 votes
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                          26 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

                        • Better Angular Support

                          There has to be more "connectivity" between html/cshtml and javascript (and typescript).

                          For example pressing F12 in an ng-click attribute should bring me to the function in the javascript (or when typescript used to ts function).

                          107 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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…

                            986 votes
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                              under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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/

                              1,534 votes
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                                under review  ·  50 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

                                Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

                                I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

                                234 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

                                  Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

                                  Kaycee Anderson
                                  Program Manager, Visual Studio

                                • 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++

                                  525 votes
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                                    21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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

                                    3,682 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

                                    • 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.

                                      970 votes
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                                        18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          100 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

                                        • Microsoft should make MFC open source

                                          MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                                          With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                                          Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                                          Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                                          http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                                          “[…] Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide…

                                          128 votes
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                                            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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