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  1. Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

    It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

    436 votes
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      under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      435 votes
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        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Sql Server Compact 5

        Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

        433 votes
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          24 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 426 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

          • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

            The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

            Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

            415 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

              Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

              414 votes
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                27 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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 !

                413 votes
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                  32 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support server SSL certificate chain inspection in Portable Class Libraries

                  As requested in http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3158400-add-httpclient-support-in-portable-class-libraries there is now an HttpClient that can be used in Portable Class Libraries. The latest version of portable HttpClient today is 2.2.15 and it supports also SSL connections.

                  When a SSL connection is created, the HttpClient doesn't offer any way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

                  I've understood that this could be done in these frameworks:
                  - .NET FW 2.0 (or newer): using System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback API…

                  413 votes
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                    9 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++

                    412 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

                    • 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.

                      408 votes
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                        29 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

                        Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

                        401 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Optimize Math functions

                          Currently the JITer doesn't do a good job with a lot of the .Net Framework, and the Math functions in particular.

                          Example: Math.Abs

                          The emitted assembly is pretty much the same for all types. It should optimize to take advantage of x86 instructions that have been around for more than a decade.

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                          ret

                          400 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                            The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

                            397 votes
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                              22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                              Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                              This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                              Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                              393 votes
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                                17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show Exceptions in IntelliSense

                                Exceptions are not visible anymore in the Visual Studio 2015 IntelliSense list members dialog.

                                Please bring this back.

                                Visual Studio 2015:
                                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b(v=vs.140).aspx

                                Visual Studio 2013:
                                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b%28v=vs.120%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

                                392 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

                                  If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

                                  Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

                                  It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

                                  See the attachment

                                  390 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                                    Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

                                    386 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Run unit tests in parallel

                                      As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

                                      As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

                                      385 votes
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                                        18 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Hierachical Navigation Menu

                                        In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

                                        382 votes
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                                          21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                                          Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                                          In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                                          struct S {
                                          int a;
                                          int b;

                                          S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                                          };

                                          int main()
                                          {
                                          S s(42);
                                          }

                                          and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                                          GCC issues…

                                          382 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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