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  1. Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

    “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

    Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

    This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

    382 votes
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      30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add .Net Framework v. 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010

      Since Visual Studio 2010 was originally built to support newer versions/future version of the .Net Framework, .Net 4.5 support should be added to Visual Studio 2010 since Visual Studio 2012 has significantly reduced the usability and productivity of the IDE by discoloring the UI as well as removing critical features such as "Creating Unit Test". Adding .Net 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010 would allow developers who do not wish to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 the ability to continue using their favorite IDE with the latest .Net technology.

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        13 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Split Visual Studio windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

        It would be nice if you could split Visual Studio windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

        So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

        381 votes
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          21 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello voters!

          While we don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I wanted to let you know that we recently started discussions about potentially supporting this scenario.

          I’ll provide an update once I have more concrete information to share.

          Thank you!
          Ruben Rios
          Program Manager
          Visual Studio IDE Team

        • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

          With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

          Please provide us with a replacement that:
          -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
          -Allows direct access to the VGA.
          -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
          -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
          -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

          376 votes
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            16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Android API Level 24

            Please add support for Android API Level 24

            375 votes
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              19 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

              Dear Microsoft,

              It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

              So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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                9 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

                I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

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                  15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Replace Action Recordings in MTM with Xamarin Test Recorder

                  Action Recordings (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286647(v=vs.110).aspx) are nearly useless and are very fragile. Instead Xamarin Test Recorder https://www.xamarin.com/test-cloud/recorder should be integrated into MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) and extended to work with WPF/Win Form/ Desktop applications that require automated testing.

                  367 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add git worktree support

                    Git added the ability have multiple working trees for a single repository.
                    https://git-scm.com/docs/git-worktree
                    When opening a solution from a linked working tree, Visual Studio does not detect as being part of the repository, which deactivate the git features in Visual Studio.

                    Visual Studio should be able support solutions which are in a linked working tree.

                    362 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                      Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                      The end result would allow this sort of code:

                      unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                      {
                      T t = new T();
                      T* tPointer = &t;
                      T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                      var tSize = sizeof(T);
                      byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                      T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                      }

                      Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                      Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                      359 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • "View White Space" should show line endings too

                        As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

                        Request:
                        * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
                        * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
                        * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
                        * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

                        And that's it for the request.

                        And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
                        * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

                        355 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support the ability to push Git Tags to remote

                          It's now possible to create Git tags in VS2015.
                          However, these are local tags, and can't be pushed to the remote server.
                          One has to use the git command line: git push --tags
                          Would it be possible to get this push command from within Visual Studio?

                          355 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                            When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                            Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                            This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                            Syntaxt like:

                            private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                            353 votes
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                              53 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hello everyone!

                                Thank you for taking the time to vote and comment on this ask. Unfortunately, the current ask is not specific enough for us to take an action.

                                In an effort to better understand your needs around this scenario, we’ll ask you to please visit the survey below and help us define the ask better.
                                https://www.research.net/r/TK6FKGW

                                In a few weeks, we’ll aggregate the results and provide an update.

                                Thank you!

                                Ruben Rios
                                Program Manager
                                Visual Studio IDE Team

                              • Allow generation of sequence diagrams from code

                                Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 had the "Generate Sequence Diagram" feature allowing to create such diagrams from code; this functionality seems to be removed from Visual Studio 2015 - and should be readded, if possible.

                                344 votes
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                                  17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Rename Visual Basic to B# and Support B# With Absolute Parity

                                  Dotnet 2015 made it clear: VB.NET developers need to switch to C# or be left behind. Very sad.

                                  VB syntax is friendlier, easier to read and code and maintain. Yet Microsoft is killing off this superior language bowing to pressure from myopic C# developers and Mono.

                                  342 votes
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                                    43 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add SFTP/SCP and FTP over SSL/TSL as a publish method for web projects

                                    SFTP/SCP is not available as a publish method for web projects. This means that you have to publish to a local directory and then copy the files to the remote server via an external SFTP/SCP tool if you server or hosting provider uses that protocol, which is cumbersome.

                                    It would be more convenient to have the option built-in, since a lot of system admins are moving to SFTP/SCP for security purposes.

                                    342 votes
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                                      16 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Let lambdas with a statement body be converted to an expression tree

                                      The C# compiler supports translating a lambda expression to an expression tree (System.Linq.Expressions).

                                      Today lambdas with no statement body (only a single statement) are supported just fine.

                                      Expression<Action> x = () => Console.WriteLine("Hello World");

                                      But lambdas with a statement body (braces), which is needed to have multiple statements, doesn't compile.

                                      Expression<Action> y = () => { Console.WriteLine("Hello"); Console.WriteLine("World"); };

                                      I believe there is a lot of awesome stuff not being possible due to this lack of support.

                                      It seems very unproblematic to implement, but if there are any hidden issues with this feature, it would be nice to know so…

                                      339 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                                        When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

                                        332 votes
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                                          14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow multiple variable names with single type specifier in functin call

                                          Current:
                                          Public Function DoSomething(x As Integer, y As Integer, w As Integer, h As Integer, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                          Propsed:
                                          Public Function DoSomething(x, y, w, h, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                          All variables x, y, w, h, Value would be of type Integer, like in Dim statement.

                                          327 votes
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