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  1. 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>)

    2,817 votes
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      35 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

    • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

      Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

      A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

      871 votes
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        15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

        287 votes
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          under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 …

          6,207 votes
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            under review  ·  225 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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/

            1,240 votes
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              under review  ·  31 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              1,686 votes
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                53 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  96 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

                • Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

                  Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

                  For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

                  There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

                  * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

                  It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

                  258 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  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.

                    1,228 votes
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                      24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                      3,832 votes
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                        29 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

                      • Improve project F# model

                        Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

                        494 votes
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                          under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# 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

                          3,541 votes
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                            20 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion.

                            We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and would like to gain a better understanding of the problems you’re seeing which you would like to see solved.

                            Based on the various responses to this item, the following needs/desires are mentioned:

                            1. A need to be able to organize tabs in your own way when they are open, so that you can (for instance) have a set of “pinned” / “important files” that you’re regularly working on, and a set of others that you may only have opened transiently; an ability to easily move items between these groups.

                            2. A need to group strongly related files (like “code behind” files and their parent markup files for instance) together automatically in the tabs

                            3. A need to easily distinguish “file-sets” when many files are open (e.g. with color or other treatments)

                          • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

                            Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

                            I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

                            200 votes
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                              9 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 address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

                              Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

                              Kaycee Anderson
                              Program Manager, Visual Studio

                            • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                              The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                              However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

                              649 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Browser Link Support for Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP Headers

                                Currently Browser Link uses inline JavaScript which causes Content Security Policy (CSP) (See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/CSP/Introducing_Content_Security_Policy) violation errors. CSP requires external files to be used for JavaScript and CSS.

                                If the user is using CSP then browser link is disabled as inline scripts cannot be run. Please use external files, which will allow us to use CSP in conjunction with Browser Link.

                                This is the error that Chrome throws:

                                Refused to load the script 'http://localhost:40323/7ccba4ec32eb40b093fe065c6ca53fbf/browserLink'; because it violates the following Content Security Policy directive: "script-src 'self' ajax.googleapis.com ajax.aspnetcdn.com".

                                59 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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++

                                  467 votes
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                                    17 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi Supporters of Data Breakpoints for C#!

                                    I am currently looking into this suggestion to investigate what the possibilities for this could be. Stay subscribed or add support to this item if this is something you still want. I will contact you all soon to talk with you about the situations you get into where this feature would benefit you.

                                    Stay Posted,
                                    Kaycee Anderson

                                  • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

                                    Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

                                    593 votes
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                                      under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • MSSCCI Provider should run with VS2015 - without need to install VS2013 etc.

                                      actually we have to install Vs2013 and tools like TFS Powertools 2013 in addition to VS2015 to get MSSCCI Provider installed.
                                      I would like to see a Installation of VS2015 and TFS Powertools 2015 and an MSSCCI Provider 2015 and have the TFS stuff running.

                                      15 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  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!

                                        222 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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.

                                          373 votes
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                                            27 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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