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  1. Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution

    Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution. This should be located under the Debug context menu item under the project node within Solution Explorer and optionally all debug/run functionality should also be included under the main application's Project menu for easier keyboard access and for consistency.

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      6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add PHP to Visual Studio

      Even dough PHP is not a Microsoft Language, The IDE could be working for it and generating Microsoft an Income.

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        16 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Intellisense snappier

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

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          3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • CodeLens for C++

          Make CodeLens available for C++ projects. One cannot deny that C++ is one of the most widely used programming language in the world, and very code intensive software is written in C++, e.g. operating systems or games. Visual Studio should provide CodeLens for C++, so that large groups of developers have a better possibility to review and test code.

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            4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Remote Debugging to immediately attach to a starting process

            The Global Flags Editor (gflags.exe) allows a debugger to be configured so that when a process is started, the debugger can attach immediately and break before the process' entry point. This already works with Visual Studio (devenv) and WinDbg.

            It would be great if the Remote Debugger (msvsmon.exe) could be configured as the debugger for a process in the same way as VS and WinDbg.

            I would expect the workflow to be something like:
            1. configure msvsmon as the debugger for a process (eg notepad) on a remote machine
            2. Attempt to start notepad.exe on the remote machine and find…

            238 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to archive it. We think this is a great idea and have longer term plans on our backlog to improve the Attach to Process experience all up, including incorporating this suggestion.
              Thanks,
              Kaycee Anderson
              Visual Studio Team

            • 232 votes
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                48 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for AVX-512 in MASM

                Intel's roadmap shows AVX-512 will be available in Xeon soon. I could be developing and testing code now using Intel's emulator. This is very important for high performance computing.

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                  2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  226 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 →
                      • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

                        Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

                        I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

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                          10 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

                          Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

                          Kaycee Anderson
                          Program Manager, Visual Studio

                        • Code Coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps)

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

                          220 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                            The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                              3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                              Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                              While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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                                7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow delegates and generics to be used in attributes

                                Alter section 17.1.3 of the C# language specification to allow for additional language features to be used in attributes. For example, being able to specify a delegate (anonymous or not) would allow one to look up a member-specific validation method using a static method:

                                public static bool NameValidator(string name) {
                                return !string.IsNullOrEmpty(name);
                                }

                                [StringValidation(NameValidator)]
                                public string Name { get; set; }

                                One better would be to allow anonymous delegates or lambda expressions:

                                [StringValidation(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                public string Name { get; set; }

                                Better yet would be to allow for generics in attributes:

                                [Validation<string>(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                public string Name { get;…

                                213 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Pull Request comments lose their context

                                  Comments in a pull request are tied directly to a line number. Thus, as more commits are added, they will shift around in the file, and become confusing.

                                  I don't know what the best solution for this would be, but it's rather disorienting for in-progress stories.

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

                                    We’ve actively working on improvements to the pull request platform to enable improved comment tracking when new changes are added in subsequent commits. We have other improvements to the pull request experience underway as well, and you’ll see these changes starting to roll out soon and continue for several sprints.

                                    Thanks,
                                    Matt Mitrik
                                    Program Manager

                                  • 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.

                                    209 votes
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                                      5 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

                                    • Support MVVM in VS.NET Metro templates

                                      MVVM is widely recognized as the best pattern for xaml-based projects.
                                      Please change the vs.net templates so that they generate a basic skeleton of an MVVM project (adding subfolders for Views, Viewmodels, Behaviors, Converters)
                                      Add also basic classes like the DelegateCommand and other tools commonly used for MVVM implementation.

                                      This is a short description for:
                                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithcsharp/thread/30254e92-5133-45de-b3c9-f52a72515821

                                      206 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add mixins to C#

                                        Adding mixin functionality enables true duck typing within the language and makes things like IOC and Dependency Injection so much easier. It's the next logical progression from the dynamic type.

                                        203 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                                          After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                                          please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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                                            2 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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