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  1. 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…

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

      232 votes
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        15 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support for running web class applications from the VB6 IDE

        Enable debugging of VB6 web class (IIS) projects in Windows 7/8 in the next service pack.

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          2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            47 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • typescript code snippets

            Enable code snippets in TypeScript.

            226 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • 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…

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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

                  • 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…

                    219 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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.

                      218 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  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).

                        216 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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…

                          216 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make StepInto a std::function go directly to the implementation without stepping into std library code.

                            I have code like this:

                            #include <functional>
                            #include <iostream>

                            void display() {
                            std::cout << "Hello" << std::endl; // step into should go here
                            }

                            int main() {
                            std::function<void()> f = &display;
                            f(); // Step into here should go directly to "display()"
                            }

                            If I'm sitting on the breakpoint line: "f()" and I do "Step Into", it steps into a bunch of std library code and I have to keep doing Step Into many times before eventually stepping into the implementation of my function. It's worse if the function signature involves lots of arguments because you also have to step over…

                            214 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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;…

                                  210 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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 →
                                    • 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.

                                      206 votes
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                                        8 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.

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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

                                        • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

                                          Dear Microsoft,

                                          It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

                                          So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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                                            7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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