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  1. Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Professional

    In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
    Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

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      24 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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…

      505 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

        493 votes
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          under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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 →
          • 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++

            492 votes
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              18 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi Supporters of Data Breakpoints for C#!

              I am currently looking into this suggestion to investigate what the possibilities for this could be. Stay subscribed or add support to this item if this is something you still want. I will contact you all soon to talk with you about the situations you get into where this feature would benefit you.

              Stay Posted,
              Kaycee Anderson

            • 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…

              490 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 →
                • 487 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 !

                    484 votes
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                      37 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 481 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the suggestion! There have been some delays but your suggestion is currently in our next 6-month plan.
                        We are still in the planning process and may reach out for your feedback.
                        We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Thanks!
                        Kayla Ngan
                        Program Manager

                      • 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.

                        479 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>

                          478 votes
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                            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            472 votes
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                              33 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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.

                              467 votes
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                                20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Better project reload

                                If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

                                446 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

                                  It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

                                  441 votes
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                                    under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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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                                      23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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…

                                      439 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Sql Server Compact 5

                                        Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

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                                          24 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support server SSL certificate chain inspection in Portable Class Libraries

                                          As requested in http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3158400-add-httpclient-support-in-portable-class-libraries there is now an HttpClient that can be used in Portable Class Libraries. The latest version of portable HttpClient today is 2.2.15 and it supports also SSL connections.

                                          When a SSL connection is created, the HttpClient doesn't offer any way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                                          I've understood that this could be done in these frameworks:
                                          - .NET FW 2.0 (or newer): using System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback API…

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                                            9 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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