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  1. 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.

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      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

      766 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

      • Make a new Visual Basic 6.0

        The world needs VB6. That is a real need. VB.NET is dead because it is never had the performance for computer games. The enforced paradigms lead to virtual function table look-ups, fragmented memory and poor cache locality from over using heap memory. The game loop has a strict deadline that will be broken randomly when the framework decides to go around your scheduler and garbage collect everything at the worst possible time. There are ways to disable some of these but it is easier to just use a language built for performance to begin with, namely Visual Basic 6.0.

        The…

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          68 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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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            17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

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              18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

              Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

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                19 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.

                694 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  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  ·  7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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…

                    656 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for the great suggestion. You’re right – the versioning has proven a little challenging in this release. A few of us are meeting next week to see what is viable for the upcoming next release of Visual Studio and I’ll update the suggestion accordingly. No promises – there are lots of subtle knock-on effects to changes like this, but we are very sympathetic to the problem.

                      Warm wishes,

                      Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                    • Switch to Clang

                      Why?

                      Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
                      Because it is more C++11 compliant.
                      Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
                      Because it will require less of your maintenance.
                      Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
                      Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
                      Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
                      Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
                      Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

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                        20 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,…

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                          21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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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                            34 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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 →
                            • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                              The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                              However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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                                6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • option to disable quick action squiggles

                                In VS2015 you introduced the quick action light bulb. I think its a cool piece of tech, and I get why many people like it. However its a bit to intrusive for me, the light bulb was ok, but the green quick action squiggle errors are starting to become a bit annoying.

                                For example, when I create classes I prefer writing up the class first in the header file, writing the functions, variables etc I know I will be needing. The second I finish writing the constructor prototype the squiggles and the light bulb flare up, "Function definition not found,…

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                                  41 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  565 votes
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                                    under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      23 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                                      The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                                      "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                                        8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve shared projects with global view

                                        Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

                                        But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

                                        539 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Use proper mouse wheel routing

                                          In the year 2011, maybe it's finally time to handle WM_MOUSEWHEEL by the window under the cursor, rather than using the backward way of handling them in the window with focus?

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