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  1. Visual Studio Task Manager

    One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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      27 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      This was a great suggestion.

      As per the updates below, we’re delighted to report that Visual Studio 2017 now includes support for detecting and managing poorly-performing extensions. From the Help menu you can choose “Manage Visual Studio Performance” to see extensions that load slowly or impact typing responsiveness. We also proactively detect extensions that are particularly poorly-performing, and prompt Visual Studio users to disable them.

      We covet further proposals around improving the performance or reliability of Visual Studio extensions for consideration in future updates – please create new suggestion entries for them so the community can discuss and vote on them individually even now this suggestion is closed.

      Thanks for your support,

      Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

    • Allow 3rd party Extensions (vsix) in Visual Studio Express editions

      As a developer of a commercial extension for Visual Studio, I was (and still am, at some level) against supporting non-paying customers.

      However, over the years I came to realize that you get more flies with honey, and I now believe Microsoft should allow installing Visual Studio Extensions (vsix) in Express editions.

      People use Express editions for different reason - some won't pay for their development tools out of spite, others just can't afford the next (basic) SKU, or an MSDN subscription.

      Yet there are many people who create and maintain free and open source extensions for Visual Studio. While…

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        28 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow extensions/plugins for VS Express

        That way I could use ReSharper, etc, with a nice lightweight version of VS.

        I don't use TFS, nor MSTest, etc.

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          26 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition is a fully featured version of Visual Studio free for open source developers, startups, students, and hobbyists, rather than enterprises. Compared to the previously available free edition of Visual Studio (Express), the Community edition combines tools for Web, desktop, cloud and mobile development in one product, and adds support of Visual Studio extensions. With Visual Studio Community, developers can access thousands of extensions available in Visual Studio Gallery (https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com), such as Web Essentials, VSVim, Cordova tools, and others.
          Watch the Visual Studio Community 2013 video (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2014/040) to learn all about what you can do with this release, and download Visual Studio Community 2013 (https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/free-developer-offers-vs.aspx) to start coding.
          Selma Ikiz,
          Visual Studio Team

        • Give some love to the Visual Studio Gallery

          Visual Studio Gallery serves thousands of Visual Studio users every day.

          As a developer of Visual Studio extensions (and other tools), I'd love to see the Gallery receiving some of the love that the .NET tools and frameworks enjoy.

          In particular (but in no particular order):

          1. Spruce up the Gallery - the site could use some freshening up, making it a bit more up to date with regards to technology
          2. Provide a public API (REST?) for interacting with the gallery: uploading extensions, querying the download count, getting information about a particular package, etc.
          3. Support Markdown in the…

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            8 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We’re delighted to report that we’ve “given some love” to the Visual Studio gallery, and this week we launched the first preview of the new Visual Studio Marketplace, which unites extensions for Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Team Services into a single portal. We paid good attention to the suggestions in this page, and we’ll be continuing to enhance the Marketplace in upcoming phases to add still more features.

            At this stage, we’re marking this suggestion as “completed” since the Marketplace is now the default place to go for new extensions, but we covet new suggestions that identify features or areas that require even more love.

            Thanks so much for your feedback! Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

          • VSIX should support PackageReference

            This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351120/vsix-should-support-packagereference.html
            Now that NuGet is fully integrated into MSBuild, VSIX projects should support the PackageReference feature.

            If you add a reference manually or through NuGet (utilizing packages.config), the VSIX project automatically includes the assembly since the reference is marked as Reference inside of the csproj file instead of PackageReference.

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              0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Remove extension restrictions from Visual Studio Express edition

              Remove extension restrictions from Visual Studio Express edition.
              This is what you get when you try to install an extension in Visual Studio Express

              3/7/2014 11:37:52 AM - Microsoft VSIX Installer
              3/7/2014 11:37:52 AM - -------------------------------------------
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Initializing Install...
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Extension Details...
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Identifier : FSharpVSPowerTools.68b42cfe-c752-4094-8dba-ed48aa81cac8
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Name : F# Power Tools
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Author : fsharp.org
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Version : 0.3.2
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Description : A colllection of additional commands for F# in Visual Studio
              3/7/2014 11:37:53 AM - Locale :…

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                1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We heard you! As Erik notes below, we’ve taken this feedback to heart and introduced the free Visual Studio Community edition, which provides a superset of the Express functionality and includes support for extensions. Closing this as completed to return your votes to you. Thanks so much!

                Tim Sneath | Microsoft

              • Support language-server-protocol

                This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351118/support-language-server-protocol.html
                As the number of supported languages is growing, it would be nice to have support for the language-server-protocol in Visual Studio.

                https://github.com/Microsoft/language-server-protocol/wiki/Protocol-Implementations

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                  1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow "Update All" in Extension Manager

                  When there are updates available for extensions, you install them in the Extension Manager, one by one. There should be an "Update All" button so I can review the EULAs all in one go, then walk away from my computer while all the updates are downloaded and installed.

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                    4 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    In Visual Studio 2015, we’ve worked to remove some of this friction. We now have support for auto-updating extensions so you don’t have to manually update each one per the request. We’re going to keep improving this to include support for per-system extensions in coming updates.

                    Thanks for the great feature request,

                    Tim Sneath | Microsoft

                  • Choose multiple extensions first, then take action at once!!

                    Every time there is a new installation of VS, I have to install 12 extensions one by one. Would be nice if you guys make it like WebMatrix installation launcher, where you first add multiple extensions to your bucket list and then install them at once.

                    Same goes for deletion.

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                      0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow extensions to filter their MEF exports by VS version

                      When writing VS extensions that support multiple versions of Visual Studio from a single VSIX, it would be very useful to filter specific [Export]s to only be exported in specific VS versions.

                      This would be useful for workarounds for bugs that were fixed in newer versions, or for working with features that were only introduced in newer versions.

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                        1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove Strong Naming from the Visual Studio Extensibility templates

                        This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351462/remove-strong-naming-from-the-visual-studio-extens.html
                        Strong naming is a barrier to entry for many new authors of Visual Extensions and provides very marginal value. It requires all the referenced DLLs to be strongly named and the last thing a new extension author wants to be doing is messing around with ildasm.exe.

                        Developing Visual Studio extensions is hard and the more you can remove these "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments, the better. Signing is an option that (unfortunately) needs to exist but the vast majority of…

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                          1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • updating products and extensions is a pain

                          When updates are available, they're listed in notifications, then I click one to open the extensions and updates window, then I click update on one, it downloads, usually requires me to go back to visual studio to quit it, wait for the install, ren-open visual studio and start the whole thing over again. if there's many updates this is very tedious.

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                            1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • NuGet Out-of-the-box

                            Why not make Visual Studio comes with NuGet out-of-the-box? It's a GREAT tool and should be already installed!

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                              0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Better Extensions Window

                              In the Extensions screen:
                              1-Show if a given extension is free or not, if it requires opening a browser window, and allow to sort and filter by these features.
                              2-Asynchronous--don't lock GUI. This is so annoying. I want to install or update a bunch at a time
                              3-Remove the need to have to click multiple times per install (to download, accept agreement, install, etc.)
                              4-Allow users to check which ones they want (using a checkbox) and then hit an "Apply" button when ready to actually install.
                              5-Allow user to uninstall/disable/enable an extension even if in the "Online" tab (not "Installed"…

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                                1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for the feedback. You request 5 things and the good news is that #1 through #4 are completed but not #5 yet though it is on our backlog. I resolve this as complete, but feel free to open a ticket specifically for #5 if you wish, but we do have it captured internally.

                                Mads Kristensen
                                Visual Studio Extensibility

                              • VS extensions Free or Trial copy?

                                This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351146/vs-extensions-free-or-trial-copy.html
                                VS extensions, makes people like me wonder if all extensions are free but we know they're not all free. It would be nice if each extension can be labeld as free or xxdays of trial copy

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                                  0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • auomatically download tool and extension updates

                                  Automatically download tools and extensions that need updates. I am on an older DSL and it took me almost an hour to accomplish 2 product updates, 4 gallery updates, and 1 sample code update. Most of the time was spent doing the downloads. The product updates you can't do since they run their own downloader, but everything else should be right there so when I click on them they just install.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow UpdateAll option when updating extensions

                                    Once you get the VS RTM, you have to install 7+ more updates to it.
                                    It's a pain to open Tools/ExtensionsManager and install each one individually. Some of them also requires restarting Visual Studio, which adds more time to restart it after each update.
                                    It would be great if it would be an option to select more than one extension (add them to a list) and install those selected one all together.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Visual Studio Account remember all extensions that you have installed.

                                      The Idea is that when you are moving between work stations, not only are settings persisted on your account all of your extensions that you use in visual studio are automatically installed when you log in to a visual studio. Similar to the way chrome will install your extension when you log into a new instance of chrome.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • phonegap/cordova integration

                                        Please provide extention (like Web tools) to create HTML5 apps that can be integrated with Cordova API.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the feedback. In the Extensions and Updates… dialog you can now find a tab called “Roaming Extensions” which is a list of previously installed extensions so that you can easily install them directly from there.

                                            Mads Kristensen
                                            Visual Studio Extensibility

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