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  1. 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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      5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow code clone detection to be run from command line and/or MSBuild

      The new code clone detection feature seems to be very tightly coupled to the project object model exposed by the IDE. This essentially makes it impossible to use within automated builds. Please consider changing the "innards" so that the tool can be used to break an automated build (including builds run outside the IDE) when duplicate code is found.

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        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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

        145 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

        • Provide a more robust Exceptions window in Visual Studio.

          It would be great to be able to save the Exceptions configuration in the Debug -> Exceptions window into various profiles. Once saved, allowing us to switch between profiles would be a tremendous help when debugging a variety of projects.

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            4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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 →
            • Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

              Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

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                12 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • SmtpClient should allow to specify the envelope sender to support a return path for VERP

                  Implement an optional envelope sender address used for the MAIL FROM command.

                  This is needed, because the address in the MAIL FROM command is used for bounce messages.
                  This will also result in an different return path header.

                  Read more on "Variable envelope return path" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_envelope_return_path

                  please see also this similar feature request: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2180497-smtpclient-should-allow-a-null-mail-from-in-the-sm

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

                          It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

                          Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

                          Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

                          139 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

                            The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
                            It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

                            -a
                            www.adamcogan.com

                            139 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Remove unused References

                              It would be great to have an option to remove all unused References from a project.
                              Similar to [Organize Usings] > [Remove and Sort].

                              138 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Resolve HAXM / Hyper-V conflict

                                Resolve the HAXM <--/--> Hyper-V conflict, so that Android development with the new Android Emulator feature can be done with an accelerated native VM instead of emulated which is slow.

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                                  2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                                  There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                                  Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

                                  137 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • MSTest API

                                    It would be very useful if MSTest could be made available through a programmatic API, and have programmatic access to the results.

                                    Whilst it's true that we can lunch MSTest.exe from a separate process, and then query the corresponding results file, in reality this is clunky, inelegant and annoying.

                                    The of other unit test frameworks (NUnit, xUnit) is already publicly available, so why can't we have this for MSTest.

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                                      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Microsoft should make MFC open source

                                      MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                                      With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                                      Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                                      Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                                      http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                                      “[…] Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide…

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                                        under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Task Runner Explorer : Bindings : Add debug and release options

                                        You have the option to run a gulp task either before or after build. It would be great if we had the option to run different tasks after a debug or release build. Typically for a release build there are a lot of additional gulp tasks that are run eg minification and bundling. I would like the bindings to say:

                                        After build
                                        After build - debug
                                        After build - release

                                        Thanks for listening!

                                        136 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add lambda support to C++/CLI

                                          Lambda is now supported in C++ 0x but not in C++/CLI. It means we are not able to use C++ lambda to define delegates in ref class. This makes using .Net libraries like Task<T> and System::Linq a very tedious work.

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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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