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  1. 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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      7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • bring back Build Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

        Build Explorer had been removed in Visual Studio 2015 in favour of a browser based solution.
        Unfortunately not all function of Visual Stduio Build Explorer are available in TFS Web Access.
        Currently it is really frustrating when you need to look at code coverage in source files and not only at the percentage.
        the information is stored in TFS and you can still use it with Visual Studio 2010 - 2013 but needing to use two Visual Studio does not allow to switch completely to Visual Studio 2015.

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          22 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back incremental C# compilation

          When coding Java in Eclipse, the compiler incrementally compiles the project in the background every time a file is saved. This way, when the user clicks run, the launch is instantaneous, rather than the long build process that comes with C#. This makes it easier to develop and test small changes, which in turn makes it easier to find and fix bugs.

          The C# compiler originally had this functionality, but it was removed when .NET 2.0 arrived as it could sometimes cause problems. However, given that it been proved possible in an equivalent language by the Eclipse team, coupled with…

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            10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve project F# model

            Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

            494 votes
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              under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • GPGPU programming

              It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
              especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

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                5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                public class Foo
                {
                public void DoBar()
                {
                new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                }

                private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                {
                // Get Baz from qux here...
                }
                }

                This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

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                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

                  Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

                  1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
                  2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

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                    24 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10

                    Microsoft support the VB6 programming language on Windows 10.
                    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708

                    This means that VB6 is supported until 2025. But Microsoft exclude the VB6 IDE from this support.

                    The VB6 IDE does install and run on Windows 10, so there is no reason it should not be supported.

                    Instructions for installing the VB6 programming IDE are here:
                    http://nuke.vbcorner.net/Articles/VB60/VisualStudio6Installer/tabid/93/language/en-US/Default.aspx
                    http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=23993

                    With Microsoft's' continued support of VB6 for at least another 10 years it should be fully supported by including the VB6 IDE.

                    486 votes
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                      33 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                      Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                      Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                      478 votes
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                        16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

                        add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
                        <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro&quot; > link </a>

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                          under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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.

                          474 votes
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                            23 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                            So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

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                              started  ·  14 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 466 votes
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                                20 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++

                                464 votes
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                                  17 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi Supporters of Data Breakpoints for C#!

                                  I am currently looking into this suggestion to investigate what the possibilities for this could be. Stay subscribed or add support to this item if this is something you still want. I will contact you all soon to talk with you about the situations you get into where this feature would benefit you.

                                  Stay Posted,
                                  Kaycee Anderson

                                • XML comments schema customization in C#

                                  Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                                  Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

                                  464 votes
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                                    20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 457 votes
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                                      8 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for the suggestion! We have included your suggestion in our next 6-month plan.

                                      We are still in the planning process and may reach out for your feedback. We are currently planning on having a separate gesture for pull and pull —rebase.

                                      We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Thanks!

                                      Kayla Ngan
                                      Program Manager

                                    • Congratulations to Microsoft for extending VB6 programming support to Windows 10

                                      This idea is a proposal of thanks to Microsoft for extending VB6 support to Windows 10.

                                      Microsoft say "VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 10 for the lifetime of the OS. Visual Basic 6.0 runtime files continue to be 32-bit only and all components must be hosted in 32-bit application processes. Developers can think of the support story for Windows 10 being the same as it is for Windows 8.1."

                                      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

                                      This means that VB6 programming is supported until at least 2025.

                                      THANK YOU, MICROSOFT !

                                      453 votes
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                                        34 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Better project reload

                                        If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

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                                          10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          442 votes
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                                            32 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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