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  1. 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

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      16 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

      //weak reference:
      var value = weak(new Reference());

      //weak event:
      var source = GetLongRunningObject();
      source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

      Or in VB.NET:
      'reference:
      Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

      'event:
      Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
      AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

      I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

      273 votes
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        4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Coded UI test html log should record assertion

        Include assertion checks in the HTML log file created by QTAgent this is essential for testers as many times they are asked to show proof specially in medical companies(at list that what my personal experience says)

        272 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add option to control automatic test discovery after builds

          I am working on solution that contains 13 000+ unit tests split between several (10+) projects. I am trying to use TDD, but after each build there is a long time window while Test Explorer tries to discover ALL the tests in my solution.
          I need an option to disable/enable the automatic test discovery and a new command to trigger it manually whenever I need to refresh the test list. This will save me literally hours each day.

          269 votes
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            8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 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.

            268 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Java support to Visual Studio

              With Microsoft's recent giant leaps forward into supporting Open Source technologies and platforms, I believe time is ripe for Microsoft to add support to Visual Studio for building Java applications.

              History is history - time to move forward: Java is a reality and is very widely used to build server-side technologies in particular.

              While IntelliJ is pretty good and Eclipse does it's job, NOTHING comes close to the enormous power and flexibility of Visual Studio and its practically unbeatable editor, window layout mechanisms, debugger, code introspection tooling, etc.

              I believe that in adding Java support, Microsoft could expose Visual Studio…

              267 votes
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                18 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  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.

                267 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

                  create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

                  267 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks a lot for the feedback. Not only is this happening, it’s also happening in the open! You can follow as we’re making progress on GitHub. You can even participate and help us bringing .NET to Mac OSX and Linux!

                    See these posts for more details:

                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/12/04/introducing-net-core.aspx

                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/11/12/net-core-is-open-source.aspx

                    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/02/03/coreclr-is-now-open-source.aspx

                    Thanks,
                    Immo Landwerth
                    Program Manager
                    .NET Team

                  • Build List, Dictionary and Tuple into the language

                    List and Dictionary are used extensively when developing in C# and although Tuple is relatively new it's a very useful class.

                    Other languages such as Python and Ruby make these constructs part of the language implementation which makes it incredibly easy to use them and reduces the amount of typing required.

                    I would imagine the syntax could look something like this:

                    var myList = {1,2,3,4}; // List
                    var myDict = {(1,"A"),(2,"B"),(3,"C")}; // Dictionary
                    var myTuple = (1,2,3,4) // Tuple

                    265 votes
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                      11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                      264 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add official support for Blend Extensions

                        Currently there is almost no documentation how to extend Blend. I have seen some examples in the wild which seem to be the result of reverseengeneering rather than beeing officialy supported. Some of the suggestions posted here could be easyly programmed by the community.

                        [Blend team response]
                        In addition to voting for this idea, please leave a comment letting us know what extensions you would like to use in Blend.

                        262 votes
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                          10 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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.

                          262 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.

                            259 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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 →
                              • Enable "compare shelved file with local edits"

                                If you are interacting with a file in a shelveset, you get 3 options to compare the file in the shelveset to:

                                1. Compare with Unmodified Version: shelved file vs. version last gotten in the workspace that made the shelf

                                2. Compare with Workspace Version: shelved file vs. version last gotten in the local workspace (but without any local changes)

                                3. Compare with Latest Version: shelved file vs. latest version in TFS

                                *** I frequently want this fourth option, which is notably absent ***

                                4. Compare with local Version: shelved file vs. version last gotten in the local workspace (including…

                                257 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

                                  257 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.

                                    253 votes
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                                      4 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…

                                      252 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                                        • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                                          Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                                          The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                                          For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                                          The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

                                          248 votes
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