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  1. 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/.

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      8 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.

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        12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

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          16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • C# support static extension methods like f#

          C# support static extension methods like f#

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            12 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)!

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              14 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

              The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
              https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

              Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

              Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

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                128 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

                Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

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                  under review  ·  13 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

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                    12 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.

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                      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 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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                          65 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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 →
                          • 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…

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                              25 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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).

                                  685 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable VS Community activation/registration offline

                                    It would be nice if there was a way to register/activate the Community Edition of VS offline, that one can use it (longer than 30 days) on virtual machines without internet access or PC that cannot access the Internet.
                                    There's a way to install it on machines like those discribed above using the "/layout"-Option of the setup on another PC to then install it on the offline PC afterwards, but then there isn't an option to register/activate that copy of VS.
                                    For example let us download a license file for the community edition in addition to signing into a Microsoft-Account…

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                                      75 comments  ·  Install  ·  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 →
                                      • 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…

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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.

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