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  1. Allow free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE

    Microsoft currently make the VB6 programming language and IDE available to all MSDN subscribers for download from the subscriber downloads section. A generic subscriber key is also provided.

    Microsoft should now make this available for free download without requiring a paid MSDN subscription.

    This is already done with the Expression Web software, so it wouldn't be creating a new precedent.

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      36 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

      Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

      740 votes
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        started  ·  21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

        I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

        When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

        When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

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          under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Fix it so that .NET apps can access HTTP thru authenticating proxy server by default

          If you run a .NET app that needs to talk to the web, and you're behind an authenticating proxy server, then that app will fail to talk to the web.

          Internet Explorer and Google Chrome work, Visual Studio and loads of other Microsoft apps will work. They can all talk to the web. But every .NET-based app or website I've ever seen will fail.

          The implications of this are profound. I've seen umpteen forum posts over the years where people are scratching their heads, wondering what's wrong. I've seen IT guys re-route their users thru special-case connections to the web,…

          716 votes
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            23 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

            VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

            You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

            Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

            Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

            Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

            710 votes
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              7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments. I work on the ASP.NET tooling team and I wanted to let you all know that we are very interested in enabling this. Right now we are working on some support that will enable adding/removing auth to be much easier. After that work is done we are hoping to enable a way to add (and potentially remove + replace) the auth for an ASP.NET project.
              I don’t have permissions to change the status here, but I will ask that it gets updated to Under Investigation. I don’t want to mark it as started because we are still doing some infrastructure changes to enable it. I’m hoping we can start the actual work in a couple of months but I can’t say for sure until we get past the current set of feature work.

            • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

              Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

              702 votes
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                under review  ·  23 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

                697 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

                  Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

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                    10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                    I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                    https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                    But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                    My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                    662 votes
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                      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Test Explorer is severely limited

                      I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                      1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                      2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

                      660 votes
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                        started  ·  74 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

                        Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

                        So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

                        I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

                        I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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                          39 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

                          Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

                          647 votes
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                            37 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We expect to make significant progress on this front in the upcoming release. There are some components which must be installed to the system drive for various reasons – for example, Windows hotfixes and .NET Framework releases. But we think we will be able to do a better job of honoring the chosen location in the next release.

                            To give some transparency into the design process, one interesting wrinkle to this problem is third-party components that we install. If you choose to install Visual Studio to (say) D:\VS, where should we install something like Git for Windows or the Android SDK (if you select those components)? Should we install them into a subdirectory of D:\VS, even though other apps may use them? And should we attempt to secure the directory? C:\Program Files is only writeable by admin users, which presents a security boundary to rogue apps. Tough choices…

                            Thanks,…

                          • Please bring back the "Photoshop" import option in Blend 2015

                            If Photoshop importer is not supported in Blend 2015, it impedes our migration plan to Blend 2015 and we'll have to keep using Blend 2013.

                            We recognize that one of the advantages of WPF is that it can separate design from logic.
                            We place orders of screen designs to companies who specialize in design and we don't put the ability of using Blend as the basis of selection.
                            Designers deliver products in the form of Photoshop or Illustrator. Our current partner delivers with Photoshop format.

                            If we can't import Photoshop file directly, we have to create XAML with referencing the…

                            634 votes
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                              12 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

                                1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
                                2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
                                3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
                                4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
                                5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

                                # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
                                # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

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                                  39 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Professional

                                  In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
                                  Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

                                  593 votes
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                                    26 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

                                    The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

                                    Please now re-open this suggestion
                                    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
                                    and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

                                    VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

                                    Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

                                    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

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                                      30 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        24 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

                                        Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

                                        It is currently only supported in C/C++

                                        Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

                                        584 votes
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                                          22 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                                          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
                                          http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

                                          When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

                                          579 votes
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                                            27 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hello voters!

                                            While I don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I do want to let you know that we recently started looking into this and what will it take for us to provide better support for this scenario.

                                            I’ll provide another update once I have more concrete information to share.

                                            Thank you!

                                            Ruben Rios
                                            Program Manager
                                            Visual Studio IDE Team

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