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  1. Add API for invoking VC++ compiler

    It would be great to have an API for the C++ compiler. To create better tools that implement support for the VC++ toolchain, it would grant a great performance benefit for invoking the compiler programatically.

    - No seperate process creation.
    - Include dependency parsing without /showincludes option.
    - Compiling sources dynamically without writing them to the disk.
    - Other benefits.

    I suppose it would not take too much effort to provide such an API, as the compilation is already separated to different dlls (c1.dll, c1xx.dll, c2.dll).

    I hope to see this feature in the future.

    (Also if you can add…

    309 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Should we restyle the crash chat to make it look more like the roulette/tradeup chat?

      We were thinking about making the chat uniform among all game modes.

      What is your take on that?

      17 votes
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        58 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Document /d2cgsummary and other internal compilation metrics flags

        There was a blog post by Aras Pranckevičius about an undocumented compiler flag /d2cgsummary. It would appear that the backend has the ability to report certain metrics that could possibly help diagnose unusual compilation times.

        Slow compile times are a pain to figure out. Properly documenting these flags (and adding more!) could help us stay sane and happy.

        154 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio For Linux OS

          Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

          2,240 votes
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            77 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Microsoft say "It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." Why ?

            Microsoft say of the VB6 programming language "In summary, VB6 was awesome. We agree. We don’t expect or demand anyone to throw away their code or rewrite from any of our technologies unless it makes business sense for them to do so. We have to innovate to enable our customers to innovate. It is not a viable option to create a next version of VB6. We stand by our decision to make VB.NET and the .NET Framework. We think they are awesome too. It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." - Paul Yuknewicz, Group Program…

            213 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Include the VB6 programming language in Windows 10

              Add the VB6 programming language and IDE to Windows 10.

              This will be very useful for supporting all the VB6 applications still in use.

              And as Windows 10 starts to be used on ARM tablets it will be useful for developing new tablet apps.

              172 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 84 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                  831 votes
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                    35 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make VB6 open source

                    Given that Microsoft will eventually remove support for VB6 make it open source so that it can be updated and improved by the VB6 community.

                    286 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

                      Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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

                        Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

                        On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

                        Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

                        We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

                      • Provide a transpiler for VB6 programming to JS

                        Provide a transcompiler to convert the VB6 programming language to JavaScript.

                        Also do the same in Office for VBA programming.

                        132 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add option to pull --rebase

                          While I can configure my Repository Settings and Global Settings to rebase on every pull/sync (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/git/concepts/git-config?tabs=visual-studio#configuring-settings), I'd prefer to rebase on-demand. Please expose an option for pull --rebase that does not require I change my settings/gitconfig.

                          This request has been created by the admin as a follow-up to this prior request: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/10294356-sync-button-should-allow-git-pull-rebase. To address the prior request, we added settings to configure pull.rebase, but did not expose a rebase option on a per pull basis.

                          60 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow "Associate to Test Case" functionality for MSTest V2 from Visual Studio

                            MSTest V2 no longer supports "Associate to Test Case" from Visual Studio. Googling around it looks like it is still possible to do this from the REST API.

                            Please add this functionality back for MSTest V2.

                            63 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

                              I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

                              371 votes
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                                18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Debugger should support authentication with SourceLink

                                The C# compiler and the debugger currently support a '/SourceLink' which is a technology where the compiler can emit a JSON file telling the debugger how to locate source files. See https://github.com/dotnet/core/blob/master/Documentation/diagnostics/source_link.md for documentation.

                                This works great for public projects on GitHub, or other sites that don't require authentication. But the debugger doesn't yet support hosts that require authentication.

                                364 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Name the future version of Visual Basic 6.0 as "Visual Basic 6.0 phoenix"

                                  According to google and facebook statistics, Visual Basic 6.0 has one of the largest communities. Many young people enter the VB6 community in a natural way (without being forced by trends supported by different companies). Visual Basic 6 is a smart mind attractor since the majority of the critical mass is made from people between 18-35 years old. (https://vb6awards.blogspot.com/2017/10/visual-basic-60-is-attractor-for-young.html)

                                  All programmers wish to keep the syntax and legacy and the programming language name. It feels in the air that MS will be forced to bring back a new version of VB6. Here I propose a name circulated in…

                                  31 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 71 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

                                      In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

                                      Others were not included in the port.

                                      This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

                                      1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
                                      2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

                                      276 votes
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                                        61 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • provide an option to install Visual Studio 2017 15.2 or make it possible to update from 15.0 to 15.2

                                        We need an option to install 15.2 or to update 15.0 to 15.2 without automatically updating to 15.3.x.
                                        Please make this possible with a setup program, with an offline istaller or even online. Thanks.

                                        50 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 !

                                          674 votes
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                                            51 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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