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  1. Add mixins to C#

    Adding mixin functionality enables true duck typing within the language and makes things like IOC and Dependency Injection so much easier. It's the next logical progression from the dynamic type.

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      7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

      After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
      please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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        2 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  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 →
        • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

          Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

          In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

          I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

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            14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

            199 votes
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              21 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow custom build tools to run in parallel

              We build a lot of project using the C++ Qt framework with Visual Studio. Header files having Qt signals/slots are run through a tool called the MetaObjectCompiler to generate a cpp file. This is a custom build tool that is not run parallel, though there is no reason why it shouldn't. This makes build awfully slow sometimes.
              I realize it might not be possible to run every custom build tool in parallel, but a per-file option "Can run in parallel" (false as default) might be a solution. The Qt-Addin for VS could set that option to true and you'd make…

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                5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support SQL FileStream and FileTable in Entity Framework

                Currently working with sql file tables is too difficult when working with EF6. I would like to create file table and filestream records directly in entity framework

                197 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    44 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add range operator

                    USING:
                    1.
                    Range operator with three operands:
                    bool b1 = 5 ? 1 .. 9 // true
                    bool b2 = 100 ? 1 .. 9 // false

                    2.
                    Second syntax of the for loop:
                    for(i = 0 .. 99) // loop 0 to 99 step 1
                    http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591753-second-syntax-of-the-for-loop

                    3.
                    Second syntax of the switch statement:
                    switch(i)
                    {
                    ....case(5 .. 10)
                    ....{
                    ........Console.WriteLine(">=5 AND <=10");
                    ....}
                    }
                    http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2591758-second-syntax-of-the-switch-statement

                    4.
                    Slicing:
                    var list = new List() { 1, 3, 3, 7, 8, 9 };
                    var slice = list[0..3];
                    // suggested by Chris M.
                    // http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2213037-c-slices-support

                    194 votes
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                      14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make it easier to update an existing shelveset

                      When you want to update the files in an existing shelveset, it is cumbersome to click unshelve, open the details of the existing shelveset and copy the title, and then return to the Shelve dialog and paste the title in.

                      One suggestion is to allow the user to choose from an existing list of shelvesets, when attempting to create a new shelveset.
                      Alternatively, VS could remember that the current pending changes already exist in a shelveset (either because the user has created the shevlset, or retrieved it) and prompt them to update or create new when attempting shelve them.

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                        10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow switching TypeScript configured version from Project Properties IDE

                        Currently the only way to switch between TypeScript compiler versions is to manually edit the .csproj or .vbproj setting for the following element:

                        <TypeScriptToolsVersion>1.0</TypeScriptToolsVersion>

                        While this isn't impossible it is cumbersome to have to manually modify the project's configuration. I propose it would be better to have this version be reflected via a dropdown or similar selection in the 'TypeScript Build' tab within the project properties. Since TypeScript allows side-by-side installation of the SDKs it would be appropriate to be able to switch between them.

                        This allows flexibility to target more easily older or newer versions of TypeScript when required.…

                        193 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add context menu item in solution explorer to open Source Control Explorer showing selected file

                          When you right-click in VS 2010 Solution Explorer it would be great to have a shortcut there that opens up Source Control Explorer immediately showing the selected file.

                          Currently a user is required to open Source Control Explorer and manually expand (and know) all the folders in the path to get to the desired location.

                          191 votes
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                            10 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

                          • 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.

                            191 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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.

                              191 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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)

                                190 votes
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                                  14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Visual Studio For Linux OS

                                  Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

                                  190 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                                    Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

                                    189 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Bring back DirectX to C#!!!!

                                      DirectX should be brought back to C#/VB.Net - it was such a good and powerful tool and since it has been scrapped I found it very difficult to develop any form of sound system software! DirectX or at least a better alternative!

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                                        10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

                                        Spec Explorer is a masterpiece for testing requirements:
                                        It is closest to the best general known way of defining requirements ( thanks to abstract state machines) in a language you master using a very rich object-object oriented architecture!
                                        Please make it work with Visual Studio 2015.

                                        189 votes
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                                          under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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.

                                          187 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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