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  1. Fix the UWP designer errors

    I've been doing XAML for 9 years, but the current status of XAML designer in UWP apps is just terrible. Either remove it completely or make it at least as stable as WPF designer in VS2015.

    Things like:

    Method not found: Void Windows.UI.Composition.Visual.put_Size(System.Numerics.Vector2)

    or COMException: Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component.

    I haven't met a single UWP developer who wasn't frustrated by the designer always broken

    44 votes
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      1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add windows 10 hamburger menu and title templates by default

      This way, it makes it way easier to make our apps fit the default UWP design. (similar to how people could easily make hubs/pivot apps in WP8.1).

      45 votes
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        4 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please consider adding ReadyRoll to Visual Studio Professional

        I was very excited to see the addition of ReadyRoll in the latest update of the Visual Studio 2017 RC, however this will only be available on the Enterprise edition. I think that you should consider including this option in the Professional SKU as well since it is a tool that would be of great help to most professional developers and most of us can only go as far as the Professional Edition of the product.

        76 votes
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          6 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio 2017, C#, Mono Cross Platform Linux?

          So what is the method to use Visual Studio 2017 (or 2015) to develop & build a cross platform desktop GUI application with Linux? The advertising all indicates Xamarin is the way to go...You go to Mono website and the current pages indicate to no longer use monodevelop on Windows, and point to downloading / install Xamarin to VS. I know Xamarin is now Microsoft and built on Mono, so that sounds reasonable. OK, install Xamarin to VS2017 - except nothing there indicates that it works with Linux / Mono... just Android / Apple, etc.

          Listed in the Extensions section…

          32 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add VB.Net Project Templates For .Net Core and .Net Standard to Visual Studio 2017

            It's absurd that VS 2017 lacks VB.Net project templates for KEY new concepts such as .Net Core and .Net Standard.

            Microsoft has promised to maintain VB.Net as a first class citizen/language, but in the last year or two, I've seen exactly the opposite.
            I'm fearful that perhaps VB.Net isn't getting even the most basic levels of internal Microsoft use and testing with new concepts if there aren't even project templates in your flagship dev tool.

            I suggest either dropping VB.Net completely or committing the resources necessary to properly maintain and support it. Everything about the current half-measures is quite uncomfortable…

            55 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Status bar should display encoding, line endings and indentation settings

              VS Code display encoding, line endings, tab/spaces and indentation settings in the Status Bar. VS should do the same.

              VS should additionally have the options of inferring the settings from the document contents and have ability to convert line endings between CRLF and LF for the selection or the entire document.

              VS should also show and allow to change the current encoding (UTF-8 or UTF-8 with BOM). Always default to UTF-8 no BOM.

              22 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Android API Level 24

                Please add support for Android API Level 24

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                  7 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Just like Community editions. It is a good news for xbase programmers, if MicroSoft add Visual Foxpro

                  I am just using Visual Studio Community Version 2017. Its a great tool. Microsoft initiative towards community editions is impressive. If Visual FoxPro is also added in community editions side by side, it is good for thousand of xbase programmers.

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Prevent IIS Express from taking over as the launch settings default in .NET Core projects in VS 2017

                    While debugging ASP.NET Core apps in VS 2017, IIS Express is added as the default in the launch configuration window, backed by `Properties/launchSettings.json`.

                    If this is changed, or if the settings are removed - either from the UI, or by modifying the file, on the next launch of VS, these settings have been returned, and IIS Express set to the default again.

                    The issue is compounded when you have a multi-startup solution. In my current case, I have a micro-services solutions with 8 startup projects, with more to follow.

                    It's getting harder and harder to use VS as the primary…

                    20 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Implement replace/original, code generator feature for C#

                      As championed here, https://github.com/dotnet/csharplang/issues/107, the replace/original feature will allow custom code generators to be added to C# to implement many common boilerplate tasks. Also known as "Aspect Oriented Programming".

                      Possible use cases include implementing INotifyPropertyChanged, logging, exception handling, retrying, and many others.

                      39 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Do not re-enable IIS Express launch setting in VS2017 if deleted

                        If you remove the IIS Express launch setting in a dotnet core project in VS2017, the next time the solution is opened the IDE will re-add the launch setting and set it as the default. I would rather have the Kestrel launch setting as a default.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support Microsoft Fakes on .NET Core

                          Microsoft Fakes is powerful function for testing. Please provide support to use Microsoft Fakes Stub/Shim context in .NET Core test project.

                          44 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Integral, Derivative, and Algebraic Calculations

                            It is very frustrating to be unable to directly calculate integrals and derivatives of functions within strings (as well as perform other algebraic operations). A large market share exists for data scientists, database experts, and Microsoft Azure users who just want to crunch numbers (which are somewhat like data scientists).

                            29 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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…

                              388 votes
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                                38 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide a custom offline installer package for vs 2017

                                I'm loving the flashy new UI for the web-install of VS 2017. As I often do not have access to really fast speed internet access (only ADSL 1 at home!) I would love to be able to choose my custom combination of components and have them all download at once initially and provide me with either a single installation file or (perhaps more practicably) an installer and an accompanying data store (archived or any format as you see fit).

                                Initially I would imagine the installers flow would be something like:

                                1. Ask user if they want offline or online installation …

                                61 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Develop a test completion report

                                      Even we are working with Scrum and use a DoD that includes testing activities, we need a test completion report, to check how the testing is going during the current sprint.

                                      We need a number of indicators:
                                      1- Number of user stories vs. Number of documented test cases.
                                      2- Number of planned test cases vs. Number of executed test cases (with a second level indicating passed vs. failed tests).
                                      3- Number of defects found (classified by severity).
                                      4- Defects distribution (by areas).

                                      Some of these indicators can be developed with custom queries and can be published as a widget in…

                                      26 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Team Explorer - Pending Changes

                                        In Team Explorer - Pending Changes section in Visual Studio IDE (all supported version), there should be an option to zip/or copy the modified files to copy them on the computer. I know we can shelve the code changes, but sometimes it is easy to simply keep a copy of files on preferred computer location.

                                        it's like, 1) user click on any folder/file in Included/Excluded section, the context menu will have one more menu item to "Export/Copy to" which will open the save folder/file dialog and the user can choose a place to save the selection.
                                        2) if user select…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add custom GPS location to iOS Emulator

                                          Add a way to enter custom gps location in the emulator settings. Now it only supports the selection of "Null, Apple, City Bicycle Run, City Run, Freeway Drive". This is very convenient to test location based apps. It will be nice if we can select a KML file, but a simple "lat,long" text field should work.

                                          15 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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