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  1. 944 votes
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      30 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…

      916 votes
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        under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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.

        872 votes
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          16 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/.

          846 votes
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            8 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.

            799 votes
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              16 comments  ·  Project  ·  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?

              790 votes
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                83 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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)!

                785 votes
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                  13 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • C# support static extension methods like f#

                  C# support static extension methods like f#

                  770 votes
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                    12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                    758 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                      723 votes
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                        12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                        • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

                          Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

                          715 votes
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                            25 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  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.

                            700 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                              698 votes
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                                18 comments  ·  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 →
                                • Improve WPF 3D

                                  In general, simply invest in improving the 3D framework. Specifically, add the ability (for users) to create and instantiate high level 3D elements in xaml (e.g. allow Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, etc. to be "native" WPF objects).

                                  682 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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

                                    654 votes
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                                      19 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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…

                                      646 votes
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                                        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Windows Phone 8 Development on non-SLAT processors

                                        I'm sure there are many developers out there with "older" systems that are completely capable of running Windows 8 64-bit and Visual Studio 2012 but are not able to develop and test Windows Phone 8 applications because of Microsoft's choice to make the Windows Phone 8 emulator a Hyper-V virtual machine. There should be a mechanism to run the emulator using either VMware Player or VirtualBox which will use SLAT if it's present but will continue to work if it isn't or update Hyper-V to do the same.

                                        I don't understand this choice as I am able to write applications…

                                        644 votes
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                                          33 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

                                          These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

                                          SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

                                          VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

                                          SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

                                          622 votes
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                                            9 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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