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  1. Code coverage support for Windows Phone projects

    Please enable code coverage support for Windows Phone projects.

    259 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support elastic tab stops

      Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

      http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

      P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

      256 votes
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        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use UTF-8 by default for C++ source files

        .cpp and .h files should be saved in a modern encoding such as UTF-8 by default (and the compiler would have to be updated to handle UTF-8 input as well). The use of the windows-1252 codepage really feels like something out of the 1980's. The rest of the world uses Unicode. Heck, as far as I know, most other VS project types use it. Can we *please* get the same in Visual C++?

        252 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

          Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

          There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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            5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Manage NuGet Packages should support Database project

            In Visual Studio 2013, when I click the Manage NuGet Packages menu for Database project, it will prompt me that "Operation failed. The project 'database project name' is unsupported.".

            And in Visual Studio 2015, this feature is grey out for database project.
            I think NuGet Manager should also support database project. There has other communities who also has this requirement, please refer to:

            https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/8570c1e9-2916-4e80-800a-2e553f8a2bfa/referencing-dacpac-nugets-from-a-sqlproj-ssdt-within-visual-studio-2015?forum=visualstudiogeneral&prof=required

            251 votes
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              8 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Structure All Nullable Values

              .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

              If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

              class someGenericClass<T>
              {
              T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
              because T may already be null */

              T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
              what you wnat is keep what's null null,
              and turn non-null into null */
              }

              The only problem is that this does not exist!
              If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

              249 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Intellisense snappier

                Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

                245 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

                  The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

                  What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

                  The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

                  245 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual studio 2017: Add support for Windows store 8 projects (Phone & Desktop).

                    add projects support for Windows Store 8.1 and 8.0, and Windows Phone 8.1 and 8.0 in VS 2017 RTM

                    241 votes
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                      15 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable turning off Roslyn Code Fixes

                      I would like to speed up Visual Studio 2015 by disabling the analysis of my sourcecode by Roslyn (code analysis, code fixes, analyzers, etc) when I am working in C# projects. In previous releases of Visual Studio there were two options in the Tools menu >> Options >> Text Editor >> C# >> Advanced:

                      - Underline errors in the editor
                      - Show live semantic errors

                      I am a user of ReSharper, so I do not need this functionality. The reason I think Roslyn is causing the slow-down is that when I use the same version of ReSharper in VS2013, I…

                      237 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                        236 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • (Editor) Disable adding a new line after C# [Attributes] when auto-formatting

                          This thread pretty much says it all >> http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/9e5dd395-afd7-46d7-845d-5345a3268961/dont-let-the-editor-insert-a-new-line-after-a-c-attribute?forum=visualstudiogeneral <<

                          What I want is:

                          Auto format ->

                          [MyAttribute1] [MyAttribute2] Stuff MyStuff;
                          [MyAttribute1] OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

                          But what I get is:

                          Auto format ->

                          [MyAttribute1]
                          [MyAttribute2]
                          Stuff MyStuff;

                          [MyAttribute1]
                          OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

                          which is quite annoying.

                          There is no option anywhere to disable adding a new line - This should be a very basic built-in option.

                          Thanks.

                          236 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 236 votes
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                              52 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Move a file in TFS, which is dragged from on project to another instead of remove and add it

                              Until now, Visual Studio removes and adds a file in the TFS if it get traged/moved between different projects. Visual Studio should move the file instead to prevent the CC history.
                              The same could also be used for cut & paste a file.

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

                                As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                                Ewald Hofman

                              • Add in support for Enum and Delegate constraints

                                Currently C# disallows constraints for
                                System.Enum,
                                System.ValueType,
                                System.Delegate,
                                System.Array,
                                System.Object

                                However, the CLR has support for classes constrained to All 5 types.
                                It could be very useful to have this constrain.
                                To constraint a method to enum we can just use:
                                where T:struct,Enum
                                Allowing us to specify only to be called on enum instances and not those boxed as Enum.

                                Delegate is less strict unfortunately, as there is no way to specify that a T must be an inheritor of a class. A simple solution would be to add an interface to Delegate like `IDelegate` so that we can easily…

                                231 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Code Coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps)

                                  Please enable code coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps).

                                  228 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Squash commits in Git using Visual Studio

                                    It would be nice, if we can combine (squash) multiple commits directly from Visual Studio.

                                    227 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • optimize for debugging like gcc -Og

                                      An option similar to GCC's -Og would be fantastic for one of Visual Studio's bigger industries, commercial games. One is currently forced between choosing a fully optimized build that is impossible to debug or a debuggable build that can't run many real-time game tests at playable speeds.

                                      Some basic optimizations like low-level inlining (simple getters and accessors and other very simple functions) and some math optimization is still easy to debug but can make _massive_ improvements to run-time speed.

                                      227 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support XAML+Native Code for desktop applications

                                        Metro app developers got the gift of the ability to combine XAML with native code. Desktop developers (well, at least me) have wanted this for years and probably didn't ask because we figured there was no chance. Now developers of these little toy apps get this ability! This is a travesty. Desktop application developers need a modern framework (MFC is older than the internet, WPF is dead), and it should be native code (.NET is too slow). So please port the ability to use XAML and native code together over to the Win32 development platform.

                                        225 votes
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                                          11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Coded UI support in multi desktop feature of Windows 10

                                          Hi,

                                          I have installed latest Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5.

                                          Initiated a Run CodedUI test in Windows 10 -> Desktop 1, opened Desktop 2 to do some other work and hoping that CodedUI test will run in Desktop 1.

                                          But my assumption was wrong.

                                          Visual Studio is Running on Desktop 1.

                                          Execution of opening Web browser and Navigating took place in Desktop 2.

                                          Where I thought still both Desktop 1 and Desktop 2 are active sessions, hence CodedUI execution would be take place in Desktop 1.

                                          Is it a bug or behavior is correct.

                                          As a end…

                                          222 votes
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                                            6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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