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  1. Improve code analysis

    Improve code analysis
    - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
    - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
    - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
    - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
    - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
    - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
    - Detect class used only by one other class…

    1,184 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Support the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10

    Microsoft support the VB6 programming language on Windows 10.
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708

    This means that VB6 is supported until 2025. But Microsoft exclude the VB6 IDE from this support.

    The VB6 IDE does install and run on Windows 10, so there is no reason it should not be supported.

    Instructions for installing the VB6 programming IDE are here:
    http://nuke.vbcorner.net/Articles/VB60/VisualStudio6Installer/tabid/93/language/en-US/Default.aspx
    http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=23993

    With Microsoft's' continued support of VB6 for at least another 10 years it should be fully supported by including the VB6 IDE.

    1,180 votes
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    77 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

    Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

    1,162 votes
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    30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. option to disable quick action squiggles

    In VS2015 you introduced the quick action light bulb. I think its a cool piece of tech, and I get why many people like it. However its a bit to intrusive for me, the light bulb was ok, but the green quick action squiggle errors are starting to become a bit annoying.

    For example, when I create classes I prefer writing up the class first in the header file, writing the functions, variables etc I know I will be needing. The second I finish writing the constructor prototype the squiggles and the light bulb flare up, "Function definition not found,…

    1,152 votes
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  5. Add ligatures to Consolas font

    I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
    https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

    But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

    My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

    1,131 votes
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  6. Support a .NET 4.0 Service Pack on Windows XP Supporting those .NET 4.0 Bugs Fixed in .NET 4.5

    This idea is in contrast to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2723735-make-net-4-5-work-on-any-os-that-supports-4-0 and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3116039-support-xp-for-4-5-until-the-end-of-xp-support-, which I do not support. It is parallel to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3095632-make-vs2012-not-hide-net-4-0-bugs-when-targeting-, but I think is the converse of it.

    Consider a developer who must support customers running Windows XP, and who also is unable or unwilling to debug their applications on a machine separate from their main development machine. Such a developer may feel that he cannot upgrade to Visual Studio 2012, since that installation would replace the .NET 4.0 assemblies on the developer machine, making it impossible for the developer to encounter the fixed .NET 4.0 bugs.

    Unfortunately, it…

    1,120 votes
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  7. Congratulations to Microsoft for extending VB6 programming support to Windows 10

    This idea is a proposal of thanks to Microsoft for extending VB6 support to Windows 10.

    Microsoft say "VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 10 for the lifetime of the OS. Visual Basic 6.0 runtime files continue to be 32-bit only and all components must be hosted in 32-bit application processes. Developers can think of the support story for Windows 10 being the same as it is for Windows 8.1."

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

    This means that VB6 programming is supported until at least 2025.

    THANK YOU, MICROSOFT !

    1,114 votes
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    99 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351486/support-silverlight-projects-in-visual-studio-2017.html
    I was shocked to discover this by accident while evaluating 2017 to prepare for an upgrade from 2015. I am supporting several live Silverlight projects that are likely to have a lifespan of at least a few more years. This an upgrade blocker for me, and I was really looking forward to 2017.

    Perhaps support could be provided as an extension in a similar way to how support for vdproj (setup) projects was restored.

    1,091 votes
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    58 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351030/provide-javascript-refactoring-tools.html
    Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

    1,090 votes
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  10. Allow free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE

    Microsoft currently make the VB6 programming language and IDE available to all MSDN subscribers for download from the subscriber downloads section. A generic subscriber key is also provided.

    Microsoft should now make this available for free download without requiring a paid MSDN subscription.

    This is already done with the Expression Web software, so it wouldn't be creating a new precedent.

    1,053 votes
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    49 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

    1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
    2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
    3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
    4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
    5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

    # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
    # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

    1,045 votes
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    64 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351278/save-text-files-with-the-newline-convention-presen.html
    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…

    1,025 votes
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  13. C# support static extension methods like f#

    C# support static extension methods like f#

    1,024 votes
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  14. Add native Markdown support

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351229/add-native-markdown-support.html
    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/.

    991 votes
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  15. Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

    If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

    Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

    990 votes
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  16. Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351124/allow-users-to-install-entirely-to-another-hard-dr.html
    Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

    937 votes
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    66 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We expect to make significant progress on this front in the upcoming release. There are some components which must be installed to the system drive for various reasons – for example, Windows hotfixes and .NET Framework releases. But we think we will be able to do a better job of honoring the chosen location in the next release.

    To give some transparency into the design process, one interesting wrinkle to this problem is third-party components that we install. If you choose to install Visual Studio to (say) D:\VS, where should we install something like Git for Windows or the Android SDK (if you select those components)? Should we install them into a subdirectory of D:\VS, even though other apps may use them? And should we attempt to secure the directory? C:\Program Files is only writeable by admin users, which presents a security boundary to rogue apps. Tough choices…

    Thanks,…

  17. support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

    As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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  18. Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

    The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

    Please now re-open this suggestion
    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
    and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

    VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

    Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

    931 votes
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  19. Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

    Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

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  20. make header include refactoring possible

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351244/make-header-include-refactoring-possible.html
    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.

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