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  1. 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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      5 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

    • Make namespace configurable for folder

      The namespace for new files created are automatically determined by the folder structure.
      This often creates a problem if you wish to make a logical group of files (by placing them in a folder) that is not supposed to be a new namespace.
      Creating the folder and moving the files is not a problem, but the trouble starts as soon as someone uses 'add class' on the folder.
      Now the new file does not sit in the same namespace as the other files in the folder.

      One example would be to use a folder to store partials of a big…

      142 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Visual Studios website UX and advertising more inclusive

        The other day I received one of those generic emails about Visual Studio, and I noticed that out of the 11 clip art people only 2 were girls. And both were in the background or off to the side(see pic). So I decided to check out the VS website and noticed the trend continued. Men outnumbered women on every part of the website with 2 or more people with the sole exception of continous intergration (ps props to who ever designed that page). In fact, most of the time they doubled to quadrupled the number of women. And although there…

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • LINQ Debugging - condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack"

          Improve debugging support for Ix and Rx queries in the IDE. Specifically, a condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack" would be great. It would also be great if we could hook into the "query stack" features from our own LINQ-based APIs.

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            5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects

            enable developers to create Subfolder-Structures within BIDS SSRS Projects. Currently with VS2008 BIDS it is not possible to organize reports with folders in Visual studio. If you have SSRS projects with many reports, and you want to deploy reports to different subfolders on ssrs server this would be really helpful!

            139 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow #region blocks to be indented much like they are in C#

              In C# you can indent a #region block so that the region flows with the layout of your code. Unless I am missing something, this is not the case in VB.

              Example (C#):
              public class MyClass
              {

              +[VARIABLES]

              +[PROPERTIES]

              +[METHODS]
              }

              Example (VB):
              Public Class MyClass

              +[VARIABLES]

              +[PROPERTIES]

              +[METHODS]

              EndClass

              139 votes
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                10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hey Greg,

                Thanks for the great suggestion. I agree that it would be nice to see these indented properly. I honestly couldn’t tell you the reason for this design choice but it applies to all preprocessing directives. Having said that, our team owns both the VB and C# code editor experiences and as we’re rebuilding them as part of Project “Roslyn” we’re trying to be on the look out for opportunities to make the experiences more consistent where it makes sense – this looks to me like one of those cases. The “Roslyn” based editing experience is not planned to be in the next release of Visual Studio but it’s certainly not to early to look at improving this. I’ll follow up with the right folks to see if I can make this happen :)

                Regards,

                -Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic & C# Languages Team

              • New projects treat compiler warnings as errors by default

                All new project templates will set the "treat warnings as errors" flag to true by default.

                138 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • New syntax to map interface members to the base class

                  Explicit interface implementation in VB makes the code much better readable and maintainable than C# code with its implicit (i.e. hidden/secret) interface implementation.
                  It is one of the main advantages of VB over C#.

                  However there is one drawback: If a class implements an interface, all interface members have to be implemented directly in that class.
                  There is no way in VB to map an interface member to a member of the implementing classe's base class.

                  In C# this works implicitly without any extra code. In VB, of course, we want to maintain an explicit way to achieve it.
                  A…

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                    3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix the Font & Colors dialog

                    please fix this dialog. it hasn't changed for years, it desparately needs some attention.

                    consider this use case:
                    - i'm editing some code and part of it is red. i want to change it to blue.
                    - i open the fonts & colors dialog
                    - i scroll through the HUGE, completely disorganized 'display items' list
                    - i have to guess which of those items applies to the red text I want to change. sometimes it's obvious, most of the time it's not...
                    - usually, i have to select each item in that list, one-by-one, looking for one that's the right…

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                      13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Expose a Workflow Service through REST/JSON endpoints

                      It'd be great if we could call Workflow Services directly from an AJAX application through REST/JSON endpoints. The current inability to define a contract first when defining a Workflow Services prevents us annotating the contract with the [WebGet] attribute which would be the obvious way to enable both a SOAP and REST endpoint on the same service.

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                        9 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • enable line numbers by default

                        Please enable Line Numbers by default. The first thing everyone does is to go to the settings and enable that. Why is it off by default?

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                          8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Multitenant Projects

                          Hability to serve multiple databases with the same deployed instance

                          135 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Number interface for int,short, double, float, etc...

                            Here's the doc's for Linq.Sum : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb345537.aspx

                            It would be nice if there could be just 1 method

                            Sum(IEnumerable<Number>)

                            For this to happen there would need to be a Number Interface that is common to the number structs (int, short, double, etc)

                            I would suggest it includes add, subtract, multiply, divide and asInt, as Double etc....

                            I believe this would reduce a lot of duplicate code, plus would allow for expandability with new objects

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                              6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Java support to Visual Studio

                              With Microsoft's recent giant leaps forward into supporting Open Source technologies and platforms, I believe time is ripe for Microsoft to add support to Visual Studio for building Java applications.

                              History is history - time to move forward: Java is a reality and is very widely used to build server-side technologies in particular.

                              While IntelliJ is pretty good and Eclipse does it's job, NOTHING comes close to the enormous power and flexibility of Visual Studio and its practically unbeatable editor, window layout mechanisms, debugger, code introspection tooling, etc.

                              I believe that in adding Java support, Microsoft could expose Visual Studio…

                              134 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Use UTF-8 by default for C++ source files

                                .cpp and .h files should be saved in a modern encoding such as UTF-8 by default (and the compiler would have to be updated to handle UTF-8 input as well). The use of the windows-1252 codepage really feels like something out of the 1980's. The rest of the world uses Unicode. Heck, as far as I know, most other VS project types use it. Can we *please* get the same in Visual C++?

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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    11 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Automatically fix fixable errors

                                    Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

                                    It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

                                    134 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      133 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Circular shift / Rotate JIT support

                                        Many cryptographic hash and encryption functions take advantage of circular shift:

                                        (val << shift) | (val >> (32 - shift))

                                        Modern C and C++ compilers recognize this expression, and compile it accordingly to X86's ROTR/ROTL instruction. I believe the .NET runtime should be able to recognize the IL sequence that the above expression would generate:

                                        ldloc val
                                        ldloc shift
                                        shl
                                        ldloc val
                                        ldc.i4 32
                                        ldloc shift
                                        sub
                                        shr.un
                                        or

                                        And optimize that sequence into a single X86 ROTR/ROTL sequence.

                                        I'm pretty sure it doesn't do that now, according to my experiments.

                                        The best thing to do is to introduce some…

                                        133 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow bulk update target .NET framework version for all projects in a solution

                                          The solution (.sln) properties allows bulk update of Configuration and Platform properties. It should also allow updating the TargetFramework property.

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                                            4 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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