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  1. Make Intellisense snappier

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

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      3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Show <returns> and <value> contents of XML Documentation of target member in the IntelliSense tooltip

      C# IntalliSense does not show contents of <returns> and <value> element of target members' XML Documentation. But these often contain important information, and its length is usually enough short to show in the tooltip, so the IDE should include these content in the IntelliSense tooltip.

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        0 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.

        235 votes
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          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add SFTP/SCP as a publish method for web projects

          SFTP/SCP is not available as a publish method for web projects. This means that you have to publish to a local directory and then copy the files to the remote server via an external SFTP/SCP tool if you server or hosting provider uses that protocol, which is cumbersome.

          It would be more convenient to have the option built-in, since a lot of system admins are moving to SFTP/SCP for security purposes.

          234 votes
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            1 comment  ·  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

            233 votes
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              4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Faster thread loading PDBs and fetching PDBs from the symbol server

              Loading PDBs is incredibly slow especially when fetching from a remote symbol server. It should be possible to thread loading of the symbol files for all of the load time DLLs (i.e. those loaded before the first instruction executes). It would also be great when debugging minidumps (since all of the loaded DLLs are known ahead of time)

              229 votes
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                9 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, but it is not a part of our current performance improvement plans. We are dedicated to improving the performance of Visual Studio and do hope to incorporate this suggestion into further future plans.
                Thanks,
                Kaycee Anderson
                Visual Studio Team

                See the following two blog posts for additional context on debugging performance and pdb loading
                Debugger performance tips and tricks: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio/
                Understanding symbol settings: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/01/05/understanding-symbol-files-and-visual-studios-symbol-settings/

              • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

                I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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                  8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow generation of sequence diagrams from code

                  Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 had the "Generate Sequence Diagram" feature allowing to create such diagrams from code; this functionality seems to be removed from Visual Studio 2015 - and should be readded, if possible.

                  227 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support refactoring in razor views

                    Basic refactoring operations doesn't work in razor views.

                    IMHO, the most useful cases are :
                    - The "Find all references" menu should search in razor files too
                    - The "Rename" refactoring should work in razor files

                    227 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        42 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

                        Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

                        For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

                        There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

                        * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

                        It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

                        223 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  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…

                          222 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Project  ·  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…

                            219 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add many-to-many relation support

                              Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                              It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

                              218 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hans-Otto,

                                Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                                Thanks,
                                Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                              • 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.

                                217 votes
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                                  15 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

                                  The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

                                  Please keep the server updated.

                                  216 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                                    Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

                                    216 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Chris,

                                      Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                      Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                                      Thanks,
                                      Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                    • Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

                                      The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

                                      Please now re-open this suggestion
                                      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
                                      and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

                                      VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

                                      Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

                                      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

                                      215 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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.

                                        214 votes
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                                          5 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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