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  1. 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 →
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        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

          241 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

          • Make Intellisense snappier

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

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              3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

              Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

              If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

              I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

              238 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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…

                234 votes
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                  11 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

                • 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 !

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                    45 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      49 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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 →
                      • Bring back individual zoom levels for each window

                        Individual zoom levels are key to comparing and editing code in large projects. Please bring that back in VS2015.

                        222 votes
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                          22 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 →
                          • 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…

                              220 votes
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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…

                                216 votes
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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 →
                                  • 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.

                                    213 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

                                    • WinForms Designer DPI Lock

                                      Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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                                        6 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  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.

                                        210 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

                                        • Support Android API Level 24

                                          Please add support for Android API Level 24

                                          209 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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