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  1. 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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    172 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…

  2. VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

    The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

    Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

    Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

    2,100 votes
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    244 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Improve the XAML Designer performance

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351187/improve-the-xaml-designer-performance.html
    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.

    2,011 votes
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    59 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Reduce overall build time and provide better feedback on the progress in the UI.

    Building currently completely blocks the UI, and no progress is shown. Just showing a responsive, non-blocking UI windows which shows progress and has a working cancel button would be a great addition.

    1,976 votes
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    47 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Allow multiple Git repositories to be active at once

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351156/allow-multiple-git-repositories-to-be-active-at-on.html
    This description has been modified by the admin.

    This request is to have VS allow more than one Git repository be active at once. By allowing multiple repositories to be active at once, one can work with a solution that spans multiple repositories and also view histories and files of a submodule and parent repo at the same time.

    1,975 votes
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    77 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

    Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

    I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

    In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

    Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

    Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

    1,811 votes
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    52 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

    please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

    1,809 votes
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    116 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Allow Extension Properties

    I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

    1,694 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351128/ability-to-configure-source-control-settings-per-p.html
    Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

    This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

    Vote please :)

    1,648 votes
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    56 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is a great idea! We completely understand how auto-switching SCC providers would help increase your productivity. Although we plan to make this available to you in the near future, we are still in the planning process and may reach out for your feedback as we start to define how tackle this problem. We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Allison Buchholtz-Au: VS Program Manager ​​

  10. Make Solutions Load Faster

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    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351002/make-solutions-load-faster.html
    Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

    1,536 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    (Update 10/18)
    Hello again,

    I’m Will Buik, a Technical Product Manager on Visual Studio’s IDE team and I am back with an update. We have added an experimental feature to Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 that improves the time it takes to load Solutions. The feature is disabled by default, but you can turn it on through Tools→Options, “Projects and Solutions”→General→“Lightweight Solution load.”

    We would love to hear your feedback about how lightweight Solution load works for you. If you are interested in participating in a quick user study to give us some feedback about the feature please fill out this brief survey: https://aka.ms/w2kt3j. We will reach out to you soon.

    If you are interested in learning more about lightweight Solution load, check out the VS Blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/11/shorter-solution-load-time-in-visual-studio-15/
    You can download Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 here – https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/

    Thanks everyone, we look forward to your feedback.
    -Will

  11. Support for collectible assemblies

    Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
    Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

    1,514 votes
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    21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Update standalone FxCop to support .NET 4.5 and Portable Libraries

    Please update the standalone version of FxCop to be on par with the latest edition of the Code Analysis in VS 2012 to support developers using the Professional Edition SKU. This implies support for .NET 4.5 and for Portable Libraries.

    1,466 votes
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    62 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Open links in an actual browser

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351021/open-links-in-an-actual-browser.html
    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.

    1,407 votes
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    36 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Improve WPF Editor performance

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351170/improve-wpf-editor-performance.html
    Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

    1,374 votes
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    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

    Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

    Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

    1,321 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

    Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

    If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

    Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

    1,317 votes
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    7 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351305/make-visual-studio-per-monitormulti-monitor-dpi-aw.html
    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 ;-).

    1,260 votes
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    53 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

  18. open source Windows Forms

    Windows Forms is still the mostly used desktop technology for Windows Desktop Apps world wide, and WPF is only very slowly catching up. Still today, even the most new Desktop Applications projects become Windows Forms Apps, and on Windows CE industry devices, Windows Forms is often without alternative. Open Sourcing Windows Forms would allow the community to extend Windows Forms with functionality like true Mvvm support or seemless High Dpi scaling to find an easier, albeit long-term migration path to newer UI technologies, and it would increase business apps count for Windows 10, which derive from a new WinForms Developing…

    1,227 votes
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  19. Create a UTF8 C-runtime

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351432/create-a-utf8-c-runtime.html
    In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

    1,211 votes
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    22 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your votes so far on this suggestion. We are currently reviewing this request. As we have more information, we will share it with you here. In the meantime, please make sure you comment here to capture the requirements you have for a UTF-8 capable CRT.

    — Visual C++ Team

  20. 1,196 votes
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    36 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Supporters of this item,

    We are considering making this available as an option in a future release of Visual Studio.

    If this is made available, we expect the feature to need to be optional as there are many who prefer the current keybinding of Ctrl+W to stay as it is.

    Thanks
    Mark Wilson-Thomas
    Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

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