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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

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

      433 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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 and Data Tools  ·  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.

          423 votes
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            27 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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…

            420 votes
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              9 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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,…

              410 votes
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                17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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).

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                  23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                  In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

                  408 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

                    cdq
                    xor eax,edx
                    sub eax,edx
                    ret

                    407 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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

                      404 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                        When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                        One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                        The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                        A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                        (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                        The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

                        402 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
                          • 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…

                            400 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable IntelliTest to generate tests for VB.NET projects

                              Please extend IntelliTest to enable generating tests for VB.NET projects.

                              395 votes
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                                under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
                                http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

                                When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

                                391 votes
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                                  19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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).

                                    389 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual studio - GIT - propose to prune when fetching the repo

                                      What I'd like to do is that Fetch should be able to do 'git fetch --prune'

                                      I know that I can register a remote to always be pruned with 'git config remote.origin.prune true' but this is not what I want.

                                      I'd like a checkbox on the right of Fetch button for example.

                                      see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d283472d-a194-4f55-aee6-205094fb1766/visual-studio-git-always-prune-when-fetching-the-repo-?forum=tfsversioncontrol#87f6bf6b-0b58-46ee-9475-252e11910848

                                      389 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                                        Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                                        Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                                        Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                                        repositories.js
                                        -- attendee.repository.js
                                        -- session.repository.js
                                        -- speaker.repository.js
                                        -- lookup.repository.js
                                        -- abstract.repository.js

                                        For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

                                        384 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                                          It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

                                          381 votes
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