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  1. Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

    What?
    Installing Visual Studio takes too long

    Why?
    There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

    Proposal:
    Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

    I belive you already have the…

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      99 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We’re making good progress against this suggestion and have just shipped Visual Studio 2017 RC. The minimal installation installs in approximately one-tenth of the disk space that Visual Studio 2015 used to take, and only takes minutes to install in typical “in the wild” scenarios. While we’re not done with the journey of modularizing Visual Studio, we plan to mark this suggestion as “completed” when we ship Visual Studio 2017. We continue to appreciate your thoughtful comments on more specific requests in this space.

      To that end, I’d encourage those of you who are adding suggestions to the comments (e.g. make WinForms optional) to separate them into a new suggestion so that others can comment on that proposal specifically.

      Warm wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

    • Reduce overall build time and provide better feedback on the progress in the UI.

      Building currently completely blocks the UI, and no progress is shown. Just showing a responsive, non-blocking UI windows which shows progress and has a working cancel button would be a great addition.

      1,776 votes
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        40 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

        please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

        1,730 votes
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          110 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio Task Manager

          One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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            24 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We’re delighted to report that Visual Studio 2017 now includes support for detecting and managing poorly-performing extensions. From the Help menu you can choose “Manage Visual Studio Performance” to see extensions that load slowly or impact typing responsiveness. We also proactively detect extensions that are particularly poorly-performing, and prompt Visual Studio users to disable them.

            More information on our work is here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/11/10/extensibility-in-visual-studio-15-increasing-reliability-and-performance/

            Since we’re still at the RC stage, we’ve moved the status to “started”, but we plan to mark this suggestion as “completed” when we release Visual Studio. We covet further proposals around improving the performance or reliability of Visual Studio extensions for consideration in future updates – please create new suggestion entries for them so the community can discuss and vote on them individually even after this suggestion is closed.

            Thanks for your support, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

          • Greatly increase support for GPU programming in C#

            -Support GPU programming in C# -both general and graphical- on at least equal level with C++. On every Microsoft platform.
            -Design the future versions (or successor) of DirectX with C# in mind.

            1,693 votes
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              24 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve the XAML Designer performance

              It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

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                48 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

                Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

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                  16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow Extension Properties

                  I would like to be able to write extension Properties, not only extension methods.

                  1,445 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Update standalone FxCop to support .NET 4.5 and Portable Libraries

                    Please update the standalone version of FxCop to be on par with the latest edition of the Code Analysis in VS 2012 to support developers using the Professional Edition SKU. This implies support for .NET 4.5 and for Portable Libraries.

                    1,438 votes
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                      61 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make Solutions Load Faster

                      Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

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

                        (Update 10/18)
                        Hello again,

                        I’m Will Buik, a Technical Product Manager on Visual Studio’s IDE team and I am back with an update. We have added an experimental feature to Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 that improves the time it takes to load Solutions. The feature is disabled by default, but you can turn it on through Tools→Options, “Projects and Solutions”→General→“Lightweight Solution load.”

                        We would love to hear your feedback about how lightweight Solution load works for you. If you are interested in participating in a quick user study to give us some feedback about the feature please fill out this brief survey: https://aka.ms/w2kt3j. We will reach out to you soon.

                        If you are interested in learning more about lightweight Solution load, check out the VS Blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/11/shorter-solution-load-time-in-visual-studio-15/
                        You can download Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 here – https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/

                        Thanks everyone, we look forward to your feedback.
                        -Will

                      • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

                        Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

                        I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

                        In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

                        Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

                        Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

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                          34 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

                          It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

                          Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

                          Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

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                            42 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                            The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
                            https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                            Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

                            Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

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                              167 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Open source Visual Basic 6

                              Since further development does not seem feasible, would it be possible to release the sources in a .NET core style manner?

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                                143 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve WPF Editor performance

                                Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                                1,296 votes
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                                  under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

                                  Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

                                  This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

                                  Vote please :)

                                  1,294 votes
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                                    42 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    This is a great idea! We completely understand how auto-switching SCC providers would help increase your productivity. Although we plan to make this available to you in the near future, we are still in the planning process and may reach out for your feedback as we start to define how tackle this problem. We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Allison Buchholtz-Au: VS Program Manager ​​

                                  • Support for collectible assemblies

                                    Support for collectible assemblies, i.e. assemblies that can be unloaded from memory (without deleting appdomain).
                                    Example: Build a kind of REPL on top of your application so that user can script your application. This leads to high customization capabilities. The user script might be sent via files to the application running 24/7, hence you need emitted code to be collected.

                                    1,292 votes
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                                      18 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide integrated JavaScript debugging in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers

                                      Currently, integrated JavaScript debugging with Visual Studio is only possible with Internet Explorer. Even though you can do a bit of JavaScript debugging with external tools in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the experience for debugging is not nearly as good as the integrated JavaScript debugging experience available with Internet Explorer. However, JavaScript errors often cause the IE browser to crash, thus making it very difficult to provide a great JavaScript debugging experience with Visual Studio. Therefore, Microsoft should provide integrated Visual Studio debugging experiences with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as they are the most popular alternative browsers in…

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                                        27 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

                                        Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

                                        If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

                                        Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

                                        1,217 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Open links in an actual browser

                                          Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

                                          1,190 votes
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                                            22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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