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  1. 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/.

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

      • 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.

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          26 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

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            47 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…

          • 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!

            299 votes
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              5 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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.

              306 votes
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                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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

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                  17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 1,220 votes
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                    51 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

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                      under review  ·  23 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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…

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                        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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/

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                          under review  ·  41 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                          1,331 votes
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                            under review  ·  13 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.

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                              53 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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…

                              984 votes
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                                under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                                There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                                Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

                                134 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  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>)

                                  2,917 votes
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                                    36 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

                                  • 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.

                                    955 votes
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                                      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

                                      Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

                                      1,247 votes
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                                        53 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

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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…

                                        • 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 …

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                                            under review  ·  288 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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