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  1. Speedier F# compiling

    Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

    318 votes
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      archived  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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…

      316 votes
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        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

        315 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

          314 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better code navigation in F#

            Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

            311 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add shortcut to quickly open / close CodeLens function

              In Visual Studio 2013 Preview,
              CodeLens function is very powerful, but when we want to close or open it ... set step is too much. ( see Q&A : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn269218(v=vs.120).aspx )

              Add a shortcut, when we need it just "click (shortcut)" and show it, when we close is same.

              308 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

                301 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make go-to-definition and find-references work between F# and C# projects

                  In a solution containing a mixture of C# and F# projects, go-to-definition does not work when your starting point is, say, C# and the target function/value/type definition is in F#. (And vice versa.) The same is true for find-all-references.

                  This is a major inconvenience when working on this kind of mixed codebase. It would be great if it could work in both directions but even go-to-definition would be a great start.

                  300 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Stop Autoformatting my code

                    Visual Studio has always had options to stop the editor from autoformatting our code. They are found in Options > Text Editor > C# > Formatting > Defaults.

                    In Visual Studio 2015, you decided to add a bunch of new actions that cause Autoformatting to happen. And you didn't add the option to turn it off to this screen.
                    Some of the cases where it now happens:
                    - When I press colon
                    - When I press {
                    - Some cases with the using block.

                    It would be even better to just have a NEVER autoformat my code option - And…

                    298 votes
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                      0 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.

                      297 votes
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                        14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

                        Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

                        It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

                        Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
                        http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

                        Please bring it back!

                        NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

                        296 votes
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                          10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                          294 votes
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                            39 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                            Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                            But how about an alternative?

                            How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

                            292 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                              The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                              Why bold, but not italics?

                              284 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                                As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

                                282 votes
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                                  17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                                  I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                                  https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                                  But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                                  My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                                  277 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                    create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                    validates
                                    screens
                                    fields
                                    relationship
                                    and others

                                    276 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

                                      Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

                                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

                                      274 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        273 votes
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                                          13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                                          There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

                                          272 votes
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                                            15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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