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  1. 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

    739 votes
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      19 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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,…

      735 votes
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        53 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

        703 votes
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          6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

          690 votes
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            under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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…

            677 votes
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              10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              665 votes
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                21 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,…

                664 votes
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                  22 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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)

                  663 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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…

                    649 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                      Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

                      646 votes
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                        18 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

                        633 votes
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                          under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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…

                          626 votes
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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.

                            593 votes
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                              under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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…

                              571 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • OOTB Rust programming langague support

                                The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

                                http://www.rust-lang.org/
                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

                                It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

                                It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

                                Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

                                Thanks.

                                552 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  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?

                                    532 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                                      Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                                      Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                                      PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                                      Example use case #2:

                                      I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

                                      528 votes
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                                        9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

                                        A simple property in C#:
                                        int MyProperty
                                        {
                                        get
                                        {
                                        return _myProperty;
                                        }
                                        set
                                        {
                                        _myProperty = value;
                                        }
                                        }
                                        private int _myProperty = 42;

                                        Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

                                        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                                        int MyProperty
                                        {
                                        get
                                        {
                                        return _myProperty;
                                        }
                                        set
                                        {
                                        _myProperty = value;
                                        }
                                        }
                                        /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
                                        private int _myProperty = 42;

                                        It's too bad that
                                        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                                        int MyProperty
                                        {
                                        int _myProperty = 42;
                                        get
                                        {
                                        return _myProperty;
                                        }
                                        set …

                                        523 votes
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                                          10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                                          521 votes
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                                            23 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,…

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