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  1. 1,129 votes
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      34 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

    • 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…

      1,119 votes
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        40 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        1,106 votes
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          14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

          Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

          1,064 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            1,056 votes
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              22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • C# support static extension methods like f#

              C# support static extension methods like f#

              956 votes
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                17 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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,…

                948 votes
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                  79 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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/.

                  937 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    933 votes
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                      17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      914 votes
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                        17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                        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.)

                        881 votes
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                          11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

                          Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

                          825 votes
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                            22 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                            The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                            "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                              14 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                              There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                              It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                              813 votes
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                                12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hello again voters and reporters for this UserVoice item

                                Visual Studio 2017 RTW, released yesterday, contains fixes to many of the worst issues we are aware of that caused typing delays. To get the benefit, if you haven’t already done so, please download it today from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/

                                We’ve also included enhanced typing telemetry in the new release, so we can continue to focus on improving those issues that remain, and we’ll alert you via the Visual Studio Performance Center (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/10/faster-visual-studio-15-startup/ for details) when an extension is slowing your typing down.

                                We’re not done: we intend to make further improvements to typing responsiveness in updates to Visual Studio 2017.

                                Thank you

                                Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
                                Program Manager and Engineering Manager
                                Visual Studio Editor Team

                              • 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.

                                803 votes
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                                  48 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                                  Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

                                  796 votes
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                                    20 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

                                    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.

                                    777 votes
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                                      33 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                                      Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                                      Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

                                      774 votes
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                                        17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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…

                                        754 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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 !

                                          748 votes
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                                            44 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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