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  1. 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

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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.

      1,152 votes
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        19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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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          117 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

          It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

          1,124 votes
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            16 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support a .NET 4.0 Service Pack on Windows XP Supporting those .NET 4.0 Bugs Fixed in .NET 4.5

            This idea is in contrast to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2723735-make-net-4-5-work-on-any-os-that-supports-4-0 and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3116039-support-xp-for-4-5-until-the-end-of-xp-support-, which I do not support. It is parallel to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3095632-make-vs2012-not-hide-net-4-0-bugs-when-targeting-, but I think is the converse of it.

            Consider a developer who must support customers running Windows XP, and who also is unable or unwilling to debug their applications on a machine separate from their main development machine. Such a developer may feel that he cannot upgrade to Visual Studio 2012, since that installation would replace the .NET 4.0 assemblies on the developer machine, making it impossible for the developer to encounter the fixed .NET 4.0 bugs.

            Unfortunately, it…

            1,112 votes
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              40 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

              Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

              1,090 votes
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                48 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

                There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

                1,049 votes
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                  25 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

                • open source Windows Forms

                  Windows Forms is still the mostly used desktop technology for Windows Desktop Apps world wide, and WPF is only very slowly catching up. Still today, even the most new Desktop Applications projects become Windows Forms Apps, and on Windows CE industry devices, Windows Forms is often without alternative. Open Sourcing Windows Forms would allow the community to extend Windows Forms with functionality like true Mvvm support or seemless High Dpi scaling to find an easier, albeit long-term migration path to newer UI technologies, and it would increase business apps count for Windows 10, which derive from a new WinForms Developing…

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                    17 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

                    Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

                    1,020 votes
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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • make all msdn documentation available off-line

                      Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
                      Thank you

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                        43 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve code analysis

                        Improve code analysis
                        - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
                        - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
                        - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
                        - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
                        - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                        - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                        - Detect class used only by one other class…

                        1,005 votes
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                          13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 984 votes
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                            31 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                            Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                            The new project type could have the following features:

                            - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                            - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                            - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                            - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                            - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                            - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                            - Intellisense is…

                            937 votes
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                              under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add IntelliSense support for the <inheritdoc /> tag in XML documentation comments

                              We currently use the <inheritdoc /> and <inheritdoc cref="" /> tags extensively in our code base in order to reduce the amount of duplicated documentation that needs to be written.

                              This works great for the most part, since we generate our docs using Sandcastle.

                              However, when we are actually developing code in the same c# project as the API which uses <inheritdoc>, Visual Studio does not recognize the tag, or resolve any references.

                              It would be great if Visual Studio Intellisense could actually do this.

                              936 votes
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                                12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                                907 votes
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                                  17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add native Markdown support

                                  Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

                                  Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

                                  To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

                                  859 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

                                    Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                                    http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

                                    848 votes
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                                      under review  ·  15 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

                                      If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

                                      Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

                                      825 votes
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                                        16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • C# support static extension methods like f#

                                        C# support static extension methods like f#

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                                          12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Include SQL BI tools in the latest VS version

                                          SQL Server 2012 has followed its predecessors as the BI Tools released again with the previous version of VS instead of the latest one.

                                          Please, release the BI tools with the latest VS version and include it in SQL Server. Be the IDE really integrated again (or finally)!

                                          791 votes
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                                            14 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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