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  1. 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.

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      31 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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…

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        40 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          22 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  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…

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            13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 1,051 votes
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              31 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 994 votes
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                  42 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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…

                  968 votes
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                    under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

                    Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

                    Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

                    Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

                    * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
                    * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
                    * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

                    If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

                    957 votes
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                      13 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Good news – we are adopting a plan that is very close to what is proposed in this suggestion. We will adopt a semantic versioning scheme for Visual Studio starting with Visual Studio 2017, using the major / minor numbers, based on the standard enumerated at http://semver.org.

                      The RTM release will be numbered 15.0, with feature updates numbered sequentially 15.1, 15.2 etc. We use a five digit number to represent the specific build number of a particular component, and that will remain the best way to identify a specific single build of the product. So in Help / About, you’ll see something like 15.1 (build 26230.0). 

                      We hope this will simplify things somewhat, and we’ll continue to further align with the semantic versioning model as we invest in our build systems.

                      Thanks so much for your feedback – we appreciate it!

                      Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                    • 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.

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                        17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • C# support static extension methods like f#

                        C# support static extension methods like f#

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                          16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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/.

                          885 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

                            Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

                            A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

                            862 votes
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                              15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                              852 votes
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                                17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • assembler

                                Make inline asm in x64-bit projects.

                                804 votes
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                                  20 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                                  Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                                  Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

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                                    5 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)!

                                    794 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                                      There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                                      It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                                      781 votes
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                                        12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hello voters and reporters of issues on this UserVoice item

                                        We are already working on a number of typing and editor related performance items in upcoming releases of Visual Studio. We’ve looked at feedback from this item, our product telemetry and other sources, but we’d like to make sure we’ve captured the most important areas where you are seeing problems.

                                        We will shortly be publishing a survey to gather more details, but would also love to hear from you directly. Please feel free to send mail to mwthomas at Microsoft dot com and we’ll be in touch.

                                        Thank you

                                        Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
                                        Program Manager Engineering Manager

                                        Visual Studio Editor Team

                                      • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

                                        Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

                                        780 votes
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                                          19 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                                          Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                                          Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

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