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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 →
    • 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…

      245 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
        • 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…

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            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Handle multiple Git repositories in a Visual Studio solution

            In TFS teams typically have one "repository" or collection for their work. In Git the concept is smaller repositories more specific to the area. Product iOS is one repository, Product Shared Libraries is one repository, Company Shared Libraries is a repository - as an example so in one solution we could span multiple Git repositories. Visual Studio 2015 (RTM) as of this writing does not support this that I can tell therefore I have to rely on external tools to manage Git version control such as Atlassian's SourceTree or Tortoise Git.

            Thank you.

            241 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Intellisense snappier

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

              241 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Scroll horizontally using Shift + Mouse Wheel

                Many applications (e.g. Visio) and editors (e.g. EditPlus) have Shift+MouseWheelScroll wired up to a horizontal scroll action.

                This seems like a useful convention to adopt in Visual Studio for the text editor (and others)

                232 votes
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                  16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    49 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • Generic OrderedDictionary

                      Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

                      230 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Line Spacing

                        Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

                        228 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

                          225 votes
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                            4 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).

                            224 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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.

                                  219 votes
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                                    11 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.

                                    218 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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.

                                      218 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

                                      • 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;…

                                          216 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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