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  1. Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

    Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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      48 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

      On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

      Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

      We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

    • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

      This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

      A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

      A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
      http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

      The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
      1) Windows 10
      2) Legacy Windows
      3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
      4) Droid …

      6,709 votes
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        under review  ·  292 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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++

        508 votes
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          21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

          Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

          http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

          1,461 votes
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            under review  ·  43 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • XAML Debugging

            Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

            2,354 votes
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              17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

              I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

              When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

              When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

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                under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Starting then running all unit tests in a solution can take a very long time.

                We have over 200 projects, 2900+ unit tests. It takes over a minute some times to get to the point where it can start listing all the unit tests in the test window, and start executing. We have latest gen Core I7, 8GB 64 bit windows, and it is still a pain. Maybe this area needs 're-imagining', as I can understand the complexities of managing this large number of projects/tests, but it is not working well for us.

                399 votes
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                  29 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support multiple rows of document tabs

                  It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

                  3,647 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion, and especially to those who responded to my previous questions over email.

                    Based on the many responses I received, it seems that simply allowing multiple rows in the tab strip so you can have more “sets” using the existing Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 pinning capabilities is the most desired feature by folks on this discussion item.

                    We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and this information has been very helpful.
                    If you have further comments, and haven’t already done so, please drop me an email at mwthomas at Microsoft dot com.

                    Regards
                    Mark Wilson-Thomas
                    Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

                  • 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 ;-).

                    482 votes
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                      26 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello voters!

                      While I don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I do want to let you know that we recently started looking into this and what will it take for us to provide better support for this scenario.

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

                      Thank you!

                      Ruben Rios
                      Program Manager
                      Visual Studio IDE Team

                    • Improve the XAML Designer performance

                      It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

                      1,755 votes
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                        53 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow viewing async tasks in ASP.NET applications

                        Currently, it doesn't seem possible to get a view of async tasks in the Tasks window when debugging an ASP.NET application. It seems that asynchronous (async/await) coding is being pushed by Microsoft and is becoming a generally accepted Good Thing for web applications in many languages, but debugging asynchronous applications with no visibility of outstanding or current tasks is very difficult.

                        The Tasks debugging window only seems to work in a very simple scenario: when running an application (such as a console app) under the debugger via F5. Attaching to an existing process or launching an ASP.NET application running under…

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to provide the ability to show outstanding tasks in the Tasks window after attaching to a running application as suggested. We will be providing an update soon.

                        • 1,229 votes
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                            53 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                            There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                            Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

                            137 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve WPF Editor performance

                              Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                              1,334 votes
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                                under review  ·  13 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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.

                                329 votes
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                                  19 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

                                • 183 votes
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                                    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Edit and Continue: Allow Edit and Continue x64 under local IIS

                                    Edit and Continue x64 is an outstanding addition to Visual Studio 2013. Unfortunately, I tend to use the full IIS server on my local machine for debugging, but the Edit and Continue option becomes disabled as soon as I change from "IIS Express" to "local IIS".

                                    The error message states that changes are not allowed "when the debugger has been attached to an already running process", which I assume is because the IIS Application Pool (running as w3wp) is already running when debugging is started..

                                    How can this be fixed?

                                    Ideally, this should be fixed by allowing the debugger to…

                                    154 votes
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                                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                                      Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                                      MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                                      For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                                      3,874 votes
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                                        32 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

                                        Will Buik,
                                        Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

                                      • 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.

                                        326 votes
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                                          under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Better NullPointerException Error message

                                          Let's say you have the line

                                          a.b().c().d().e().f().g();

                                          and you run it and get an
                                          System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                                          Where did this happen? what do you need to fix?

                                          A better error message would be

                                          The Call: null.e()
                                          Caused a Null Reference Exception

                                          this would make debug/life a lot easier.

                                          I would also suggest you use the full method signature so you might get

                                          The Call: null.e(string, List<string>)

                                          2,920 votes
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                                            37 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are actively evaluating whether we will be able to bring this suggestion into the product for .NET developers for the System.NullReferenceException in a future release.
                                            We have recently made an improvement, similar to this suggestion, for debugging C++ Access Violations in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.
                                            Read about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/29/improvement-to-debugging-c-access-violations-in-visual-studio-2015-update-1.aspx

                                            We encourage you to continue to comment on and vote for this UserVoice item to share any additional feedback that you have for this suggestion.

                                            Thanks,
                                            Kaycee Anderson
                                            Visual Studio Diagnostics

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