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  1. Support for ES6 modules

    Add support for the new JavaScript ES6 module syntax, including module definition and imports.

    4,228 votes
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    71 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    19 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Extend JavaScript intellisense

    Implement extended intellisense support to writing javascript code. Add tracking classes inheritance in members list of intellisense suggestion

    476 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone – we’ve added most of the requests in the comments, and we’re going to close out the idea as fixed. If your individual item is not in the beta, please feel free to open a new UserVoice idea to represent it. Since the majority of these votes were targeting items we’ve now added to the JavaScript Intellisense, we want to close the item out to release the votes from this idea, so they can be applied to other areas.

  4. Google V8 Debugger Protocol support

    Please add support for the Google V8 Debugger Protocol, which would make developing in Javascript using Node.js and Visual Studio a lot less painful.

    http://code.google.com/p/v8/wiki/DebuggerProtocol

    325 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Provide formatting and colorisation for a JSON file type

    There is a good use case for storing information in ".json" files because it is more concise than XML.

    At present Visual Studio does not provide any formatting for files with the json extension.

    Please add formatting and colorisation of the content for these file types.

    317 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Embrace Grunt, Yeoman & Bower for Javascript development

    It would be nice if you embraced and baked in support for Grunt, Yeoman and Bower in Visual Studio (tooling).A node.js command window would also be great. (e.g. something like the NuGet Package Manager window etc.)

    277 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. JavaScript Navigation toolbar

    I vote for navigation windows and function/class browser for JavaScript, which we waiting from vs2005

    236 votes
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  8. typescript code snippets

    Enable code snippets in TypeScript.

    232 votes
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  9. 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.…

    208 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Code Navigation for JavaScript inside Visual Studio

    Someone already submitted refactoring for JavaScript, but I would like to also see complete JavaScript Code Navigation as well. Anyone who has worked with several/large JS files in VS would kill for rightclick->Go To Definition.

    203 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello!

    In the Visual Studio 2013 Preview release we’ve introduced the navigation bar to the JavaScript editor. You can use it to navigate between the major elements in your source as well as the code outline of the file. Please try it out and let us know what you think!

    If there’s other navigation tooling you’d like to see – please post a new idea to the site.

    - Jordan Matthiesen, Microsoft Visual Studio JavaScript tools team

  11. Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path

    Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path.
    For example:
    When I want to add all files from the subdirectory /path/to/files I must add files separately:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file1.js" />
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file2.js" />
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file3.js" />
    ...

    It will be more usefull if I have ability to setup references through wildcard:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/files/*.js" />
    or more widely:
    /// <reference path="../path/to/*/*" />

    202 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are happy to let you know that we have a new JavaScript editing experience which no longer requires reference paths and it’s available in VS 15 Preview 5. You can download the bits from here https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/. For more details on how to use the new editing experience, see the documentation here http://aka.ms/salsa.

    Bowden Kelly
    Program Manager
    JavaScript & TypeScript

  12. Add IntelliSense for Node.js scripts and AMD modules

    WebMatrix has good IntelliSense support for Node.js server-side code.
    It can even resolve exported functions from other module using require().

    Can this be added to Visual Studio's Javascript IntelliSense engine?

    197 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are happy to let you know that our new JavaScript editing experience supports Node and commonJS module resolution (using require statements). It’s available in VS 15 Preview 5 and you can download the bits from here https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/. For more details on how to use the new experience, see the documentation here http://aka.ms/salsa.

    Bowden Kelly
    Program Manager
    JavaScript & TypeScript

  13. Make Javascript Editing Best-in-Class

    Some extensions are now available from Visual Studio Gallery that improve the Javascript editing experience; please fold all those enhancements into VS.Next. Also, "right-click Go to Declaration" (currently offered by ReSharper) is basic-enough that it should also be in VS proper. Give us a VS-native method to declare #regions. Provide more options for formatting, etc. in the Options dialog. As a general mantra, it would be great if you could try to bring the Javascript-editing experience as much as possible on a par with the C# editing experience.

    126 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback – we continue to compare the JavaScript editing experience with other languages to evaluate features that make sense to bring over to JavaScript.

    With the release of Visual Studio 2012 we’ve addressed a number of the items in this post. If there are specific items from this post you’d still like to see in the product and don’t see now, please either add your vote to that idea if it is already on this site or create a new idea for voting.

  14. Add support JSDoc to Visual Studio 2011

    JSDoc is a power inline documentation.
    It support IDE such as:
    - Eclipse (WST, DLTK)
    - IntelliJ IDEA
    - NetBeanse
    e.t.c.

    IntelliSeanse be more powerful!

    110 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Auto-fill docummentation comments in JavaScript

    VS 2012 doesn't make it easy to write documentation in JavaScript source files. When you type /// to write XML documentation in C#, VS automatically fills in the proper tags to add a summary, and if the comment is before a function declaration, adds in tags for the function parameters as well. When you add another line to the comment, VS also automatically adds in the /// to start the line. In JavaScript, when you type ///, you just get three slashes.

    Alternatively, you could add support for JSDoc style comments, which are easy to write and are supported by…

    60 votes
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  16. 48 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback! You’ll see that in Visual Studio 2012 we have revisited JavaScript IntelliSense; take a look at this blog post for details about what has changed:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/05/10/my-favorite-features-improved-tooling-in-visual-studio-11-for-javascript-developers.aspx

    Try out the JavaScript IntelliSense support in the final version of Visual Studio 2012 and let us know what you think.

  17. Implement full support for JSX

    Provide full text editor support (including intellisense) for JSX and React

    44 votes
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  18. Allow Visual Studio to open folders without a project file

    Much like Sublime Text, Brackets, and now Visual Studio Code, it would be great if Visual Studio 2015 could open a folder for JavaScript projects without a pre-existing project.json file. This would assume no server-side compilation, no IIS Express, but allow all the IDE benefits like Bower intellisense, Task Runner support, Web Essentials, etc.

    I really prefer the experience in VS2015 over all other editors right now, but the requirement of a project file is a dealbreaker when my goal for my team is an unbiased project where they can use any editor. Other editors can have their extra bits…

    43 votes
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  19. ReactJS

    Add ReactJS support to Visual Studio. This is quite similar to JavaScript in many ways, but would also require Ecmascript 6 support.

    41 votes
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  20. Typescript intellisense

    In Visual Studio in JavaScript IntelliSense you have an option to unmark "Statement Completion - Only use Tab or Enter to commit" this is very nice because it then works like in C#. But why isn't this option in TypeScript? I really hope you will add that.

    35 votes
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