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  1. Add git worktree support

    Git added the ability have multiple working trees for a single repository.
    https://git-scm.com/docs/git-worktree
    When opening a solution from a linked working tree, Visual Studio does not detect as being part of the repository, which deactivate the git features in Visual Studio.

    Visual Studio should be able support solutions which are in a linked working tree.

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      3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      202 votes
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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.

        201 votes
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          2 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  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…

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            9 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

          • 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.

            198 votes
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              14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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

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                0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  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.

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                  11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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

                  192 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 →
                    • Make VB run on Xamarin

                      Now that Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, and if Xamarin becomes a standard feature of Visual Studio, it would be great if you could allow Xamarin to be used in VB along with C#!

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                        10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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.

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                          3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  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.…

                          188 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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 →
                            • 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!

                              186 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                                185 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

                                • 'params' keyword for every list

                                  If you're a C# developer, I bet you've used something like this before:

                                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params AnotherType[] array){...}

                                  It is a lot easier to use the 'params' modifier than to create a new array with all the paremeters of the same type you want to insert in a method, specially when it comes to small test projects.

                                  However, using this comes with a disadvantage: you MUST use the array type. No IList, List<T>, Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, etc.. I believe there is no such reason not to allow these list-like types to use the params keyword. Example:

                                  ***** SomeType DoSomething(params ListType list){...}

                                  185 votes
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                                    19 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • JavaScript Unit Testing

                                    Please provide a TestRunner for javascript Unit Testing Frameworks like QUnit. It should be possible to run them automated in the background. Also different browser javascript engines could be targeted (like IE oder Google V8).

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                                      7 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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.

                                      185 votes
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                                        under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

                                        VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

                                        With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

                                        185 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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