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  1. Open fast

    Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
    Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

    It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

    362 votes
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      12 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,…

      358 votes
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        17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

        356 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 !

          352 votes
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            28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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.

            350 votes
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              32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 350 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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…

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                  5 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.

                  349 votes
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                    under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                    Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                    346 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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…

                      346 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Professional

                        In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
                        Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

                        344 votes
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                          16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve multi language support

                          There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

                          There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

                          342 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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.)

                            338 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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++

                              332 votes
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                                17 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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,…

                                330 votes
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                                  52 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  325 votes
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                                    24 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • XNA for WinRT

                                      I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

                                      320 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Speedier F# compiling

                                        Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                                        320 votes
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                                          archived  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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 →
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