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  1. Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

    This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

    A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

    From the following conversation I had with…

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        260 votes
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          32 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

          the idea is: enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

          the rationale behind this is (why I feel this need): I am preparing an introductory programming material and I expect a reader to press F5 *at least* one time for each example... and it is rather stupid that each exercise in such a material MUST end with otherwise completely unnecessary and illogical "Console.ReadlineLine()" statement... teaching beginners to write programs that way just harms their programming minds in their infancy and does not belong…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

            Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

            Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

            Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

            * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
            * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
            * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

            If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

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              13 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Good news – we are adopting a plan that is very close to what is proposed in this suggestion. We will adopt a semantic versioning scheme for Visual Studio starting with Visual Studio 2017, using the major / minor numbers, based on the standard enumerated at http://semver.org.

              The RTM release will be numbered 15.0, with feature updates numbered sequentially 15.1, 15.2 etc. We use a five digit number to represent the specific build number of a particular component, and that will remain the best way to identify a specific single build of the product. So in Help / About, you’ll see something like 15.1 (build 26230.0). 

              We hope this will simplify things somewhat, and we’ll continue to further align with the semantic versioning model as we invest in our build systems.

              Thanks so much for your feedback – we appreciate it!

              Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

            • Add an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community

              Is there an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community? like in visual studio code? like this https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/integrated-terminal

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  34 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

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                    184 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Test Tools in VS 2016 - CodedUI - Merge UIMap Actions Into One Method

                    Due to the instability of the CodedUI Test Builder, and the unpredictability of playback I have many separate methods in a single UIMap file. I would like to merge the actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method. Within the UIMap there already is a function that will split a UI Action into separate methods, and I want to do the opposite and merge separate actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method.

                    146 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Generic OrderedDictionary

                      Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

                      94 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Bridge.net

                        Along with Xamarin and Cordova tools that indeed help multi-platform development, maybe you should also promote Bridge.NET's C#-to-JavaScript/TypeScript.

                        This way a developer can write business logic AND user interface façade services using C#, and then develop NATIVE user interfaces using any of these technologies: WPF/XAML, UWP, Windows Forms, ASP .NET WebForms/MVC/WebAPI, Xamarin, Unity (!) - directly, and using the generated JavaScript and TypeScript definitions as well with: HTML5 (Angular/other DOM frameworks), UWP JS, Cordova tools, and NodeJS (server side)!

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                          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Visual Studio Design

                          Visual Studio is No.1 developers IDE but need professional UI/UX and prototype designer to be complete. at now Visual Studio Blend not very useful and can move features to Visual Studio and removed.
                          prototype tools such as Sketch, Lingo, adobe XD and InVision not support Windows 10 and UWP.
                          So continue Expression Design as Visual Studio Design with new features:
                          1. Cross platform for Windows, macOS and Linux
                          2. Prototype template for UWP, android and iOS
                          3. Support multiple pages
                          4. Support Html5 animations
                          5. Create UWP app from prototypes
                          6. Export prototype to UWP, PowerPoint, PDF and etc.
                          7.…

                          72 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Cloud-based iOS emulator instead of remoted iOS simulator for Windows

                            Windows developers need a free cloud-based iOS emulator instead of current simulator that needs a Macbook.

                            168 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add "using static" inside method body.

                              C# 6 has a new future that you can use static members of class or enumeration members without providing the class or enumeration name explicitly.

                              using static System.Reflection.BindingFlags;
                              ...
                              var m = type.GetMethod("A", Instance|Public);

                              But the the "using static" is global inside a file. My suggestion is to limit it inside the method body:

                              public MethodInfo GetMethod()
                              {
                              using static System.Reflection.BindingFlags;
                              return type.GetMethod("A", Instance|Public);
                              }

                              This could simplifies a method without having you to use a static class/enum on the while file.

                              37 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow specifying a whitelist of Version Control paths that I want CodeLens to index

                                The CodeLens feature is great, but I had to disable it in our main team project collection because this feature impacted our server in such a way that its database was growing out of control. My metrics revealed that I had 3.2 TB of CodeSense files (number of files: 13,199,733) against only 170 GB of VersionControl files (number of files: 1,169,366). Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we're working extensively with dev branches.

                                That being said, the "tfsconfig codeindex" command allows TFS administrators to configure a blacklist for a given team project collection (i.e. option /ignorelist).…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

                                  This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

                                  A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

                                  A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
                                  http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

                                  The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
                                  1) Windows 10
                                  2) Legacy Windows
                                  3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
                                  4) Droid …

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                                    under review  ·  197 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Stop doing heavy work in the Visual Studio UI thread.

                                    If you are working on enormous projects, searching and command autocomplete will run without a way to interrupt them, locking up the entire editor until they finish. For example using >of in a project with thousands of files causes a search to run for every key stroke in the UI thread, which can take many seconds to minutes to complete.

                                    Doing things async is UI 101...

                                    28 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                                      So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

                                      462 votes
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                                        started  ·  12 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow us to change the navigation bar colour on windows 10 mobile in our apps

                                        With phones that have software buttons, we could apply transparent effects, blur, gradients or just plain colours on our apps. Of course we will give the user a choice to whether or not they would want there own preferences (maybe with a universal toggle in the OS or a toggle within the app we create). This could also be used to represent an event which has happened in the app.

                                        86 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support inlining for functions returning unwindable objects

                                          Within deeply-templated codes, it seems quite common to call a function which simply forwards the arguments into another function, which again just forwards the arguments into another function, which again just do forwarding, and so on. As I know, current version of Visual C++ is not able to inline such a function if it returns an object with non-trivial destructor, whenever exceptions are enabled. This often makes a performance hit particularly when the level of forwarding is unavoidably deep and there are many arguments with not-so-small sizes. I very much hoped if the upcoming Visual C++ 2017 has solved this…

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