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  1. Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

    Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

    Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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      496 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


      Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

      We…

    • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

      Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

      The new project type could have the following features:

      - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
      - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
      - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
      - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
      - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
      - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
      - Intellisense is…

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        under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

        Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

        Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

        Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

        * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
        * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
        * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

        If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

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

          Thanks for the great suggestion. You’re right – the versioning has proven a little challenging in this release. A few of us are meeting next week to see what is viable for the upcoming next release of Visual Studio and I’ll update the suggestion accordingly. No promises – there are lots of subtle knock-on effects to changes like this, but we are very sympathetic to the problem.

          Warm wishes,

          Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

        • Enable IntelliTest to show code coverage

          Enable IntelliTest to show me the lines of code that it has been able to cover (in addition to the current block coverage count that is displayed).

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          • Enable IntelliTest leverage Code Contracts

            Enable IntelliTest to leverage .NET Code Contracts to specify the requirements on inputs, and the guarantees on the return values.

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            • 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.

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                under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  94 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

                  Thanks for the feedback!

                  Tim Sneath | Visual Studio 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.

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                    43 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 …

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                      under review  ·  117 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow the package cache to be moved to shared location with team members

                      VS Setup has very heavy footprint on the hard drive. Especially because of the package cache that keep setup locally.

                      In virtualized environment, when several developers are using several VM with dev tools, this leads to a huge amount of disk space waste.

                      It would be nice in the cache location could be selected, and put on a network share, reachable by all team members.

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

                        Thanks for the feedback: we agree that this is an opportunity to reduce the installation footprint for VS. We are considering some options here, including turning the package cache off by default in the next release of Visual Studio and/or allowing you to set the install location.

                        Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                      • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

                        in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

                        Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

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                          34 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Microsoft should make MFC open source

                          MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                          With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                          Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                          Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                          http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                          “[…] Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide…

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                            under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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/

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                              under review  ·  13 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

                              Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

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                                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open links in an actual browser

                                Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

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                                  19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable Local History

                                  Other IDEs have local history tracking. It's really useful for when something is almost right, but not ready to commit. Then a couple changes are made to try and finish it up. Turns out those changes make it worse. Depending on how big those changes were and how many files you touched it can be a nightmare. Local history makes it easy to rewind. This is especially useful for css/javascript where a small change can have a large impact.

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                                    8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    As we investigate this proposed model, we have a general question for you.

                                    1. We support Undo stacks in the tool.
                                    2. There is an extension “auto-history” that provides a level of automatic roll-back, based on heuristics/events to perform snapshots
                                    3. Local repo support.

                                    If we think of the above as a continuum from simple undo to a more explicit commit, we would like to hear feedback on how you’d prefer a model for local history support on this spectrum. E.g. is the preferred model to allow automatic snapshotting to a local repo?

                                  • 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>)

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                                      30 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

                                    • 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.

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                                        25 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

                                      • Collapse to definitions on XAML with CTRL+M+O like happen on C# code.

                                        To collapse nodes in XAML we have to do CTRL+M+M or use the mouse to collapsed eash node.
                                        Will be nice to have a shortcut like in the C# editor that collapse all the nodes.

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                                          1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support .editorconfig

                                          It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                                          "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                                          You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

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                                            46 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks to all those who have commented and voted on this item.

                                            We are considering making this sort of capability available to you in a future release of Visual Studio, but we are still in the planning process.

                                            We will check back when we have any updates to this request.

                                            Thanks for your input,

                                            Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                            Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

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