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  1. 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.

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      13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve shared projects with global view

      Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

      But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

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        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

          Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

          It is currently only supported in C/C++

          Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

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            21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

            A simple property in C#:
            int MyProperty
            {
            get
            {
            return _myProperty;
            }
            set
            {
            _myProperty = value;
            }
            }
            private int _myProperty = 42;

            Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

            /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
            int MyProperty
            {
            get
            {
            return _myProperty;
            }
            set
            {
            _myProperty = value;
            }
            }
            /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
            private int _myProperty = 42;

            It's too bad that
            /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
            int MyProperty
            {
            int _myProperty = 42;
            get
            {
            return _myProperty;
            }
            set …

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              11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • bring back Build Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

              Build Explorer had been removed in Visual Studio 2015 in favour of a browser based solution.
              Unfortunately not all function of Visual Stduio Build Explorer are available in TFS Web Access.
              Currently it is really frustrating when you need to look at code coverage in source files and not only at the percentage.
              the information is stored in TFS and you can still use it with Visual Studio 2010 - 2013 but needing to use two Visual Studio does not allow to switch completely to Visual Studio 2015.

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                22 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back incremental C# compilation

                When coding Java in Eclipse, the compiler incrementally compiles the project in the background every time a file is saved. This way, when the user clicks run, the launch is instantaneous, rather than the long build process that comes with C#. This makes it easier to develop and test small changes, which in turn makes it easier to find and fix bugs.

                The C# compiler originally had this functionality, but it was removed when .NET 2.0 arrived as it could sometimes cause problems. However, given that it been proved possible in an equivalent language by the Eclipse team, coupled with…

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                  10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                  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 ;-).

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                    28 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

                  • 501 votes
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                      17 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We are pursuing a design that will allow you to set pull —rebase at the global and repo level; the setting will be saved directly to your gitconfig. We will consider rebase on a pull-by-pull basis (as requested in some comments) for future development.

                      Sync runs pull immediately followed by push, so configuring this setting will allow Sync to do a pull —rebase.

                      In the event that you are using Visual Studio 2017, you can set up pull —rebase in your gitconfig and VS will already respect those settings.

                      Kayla Ngan
                      Program Manager

                    • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                      Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                      public class Foo
                      {
                      public void DoBar()
                      {
                      new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                      }

                      private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                      {
                      // Get Baz from qux here...
                      }
                      }

                      This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                      The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

                      499 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

                        Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

                        1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
                        2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

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                          24 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • GPGPU programming

                          It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
                          especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

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                            5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve project F# model

                            Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

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                              under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                              Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                              Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                              484 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

                                add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
                                <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro&quot; > link </a>

                                481 votes
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                                  under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • XML comments schema customization in C#

                                  Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                                  Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

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                                    20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual studio - GIT - propose to prune when fetching the repo

                                    What I'd like to do is that Fetch should be able to do 'git fetch --prune'

                                    I know that I can register a remote to always be pruned with 'git config remote.origin.prune true' but this is not what I want.

                                    I'd like a checkbox on the right of Fetch button for example.

                                    see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d283472d-a194-4f55-aee6-205094fb1766/visual-studio-git-always-prune-when-fetching-the-repo-?forum=tfsversioncontrol#87f6bf6b-0b58-46ee-9475-252e11910848

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                                      10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We are pursuing a design that will allow you to set fetch —prune at the global and repo level. We will consider prune on a fetch-by-fetch basis (as requested in this suggestion) for future development.

                                      In the event that you are using Visual Studio 2017, you can set up fetch —prune in your gitconfig and VS will respect those settings.

                                      Kayla Ngan
                                      Program Manager

                                    • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                                      Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                                      This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                                      Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

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                                        29 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hello,

                                        We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

                                        As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

                                        Allison Buchholtz-Au
                                        Program Manager – VS IDE

                                      • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

                                        The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

                                        Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

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                                          7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable IntelliTest to generate tests for VB.NET projects

                                          Please extend IntelliTest to enable generating tests for VB.NET projects.

                                          446 votes
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                                            under review  ·  29 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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