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  1. 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.

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      16 comments  ·  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.

      308 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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…

        308 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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…

          308 votes
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            10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • make header include refactoring possible

            Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

            Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

            306 votes
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              under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

              306 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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?

                306 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

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                    5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please replace the flat, mostly monochrome icons in VS 2015

                    Visual Studio already looks a lot better than Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. I like that at least some icons got colored again and that the menu no longer is all ppercase.
                    However, I'm still not a fan of flat design. The colored icons still look quite strange. And most of the monochrome icons are really ugly.
                    So please bring back the icons of Visual Studio 2010. Or provide multiple icon packs and let the user choose. Not everybody likes flat design!

                    299 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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,…

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                          16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

                          The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

                          Please keep the server updated.

                          291 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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

                            291 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                              Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

                              288 votes
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                                12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show <returns> and <value> contents of XML Documentation of target member in the IntelliSense tooltip

                                C# IntalliSense does not show contents of <returns> and <value> element of target members' XML Documentation. But these often contain important information, and its length is usually enough short to show in the tooltip, so the IDE should include these content in the IntelliSense tooltip.

                                286 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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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                                    8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make XNA open source

                                    XNA is an incredible framework. It gave a lot to game developers. Don't bury it please. It's not too late. Open the sources!

                                    284 votes
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                                      13 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio Tools for Git Extension (Microsoft Git Provider) integration with Source Control Explorer window

                                      The major feature that is still missing from the Microsoft Git Provider is to integrate it with the Source Control Explorer window to provide a full featured Git repository UI that will rival third party tools in it's feature set.

                                      A great example of the ideal functionality is the Git Extensions main user interface. It allows changing repositories and branches, stashing changes, committing code and push/pull operations. It also provides a great visual diagram showing the commit history for the selected repository and where each branch (local and origin) is in relation to the head. It also allows you to…

                                      281 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        When the item was marked as completed, we have misunderstood the suggestion. Your suggestion is still valid, and on our backlogs. But we are not actively working on this.

                                        Opening the suggestion again for you to upvote this one. Sorry for the confusion.

                                        Ewald Hofman
                                        VSTS/TFS Program Manager

                                      • Make VB run on Xamarin

                                        Now that Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, and if Xamarin becomes a standard feature of Visual Studio, it would be great if you could allow Xamarin to be used in VB along with C#!

                                        277 votes
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                                          18 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make the VS Test Explorer Open source

                                          This entry tracks the interest in seeing the VS Test Explorer open sourced.

                                          274 votes
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                                            9 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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