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  1. 2,612 votes
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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 WPF Editor performance

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

      1,293 votes
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        under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Visual Studio Task Manager

        One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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          24 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We’re investigating this. Not so sure about a Task Manager feature itself, but we recognize the need to provide better telemetry to extension authors, to harden Visual Studio itself against errant extensions, and to make it easier for users to troubleshoot problematic extensions.

          See the idea for more detail…

        • 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 …

          4,649 votes
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            under review  ·  125 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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

            3,395 votes
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              13 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)

            • 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.

              292 votes
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                under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

                653 votes
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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

                • 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/

                  823 votes
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                    under review  ·  15 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.

                    1,500 votes
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                      47 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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.

                      1,152 votes
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                        19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

                        Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

                        565 votes
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                          under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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>)

                          2,516 votes
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                            32 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

                          • 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

                            397 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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…

                              356 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Using Like operator in the Select Case statement

                                Select Case sProductName
                                ....Case Is Like "* tea *", Is Like "* coffee *"

                                ....Case Like "* beer *", Like "* wine *" ' the Is keyword could be optional


                                End Select

                                42 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hey Robert,

                                  Great suggestion. As you’ve noted in all of your suggestions there’s a lot more potential with the Select Case statement that we don’t yet support. Reference equality comparisons (Is/IsNot) and the Like operator are great examples as is type-checking. We’re actively thinking about improving the Select Case statement for these scenarios.

                                  Your suggestion is actually the most likely syntax we would use if we were to implement this feature and it seems more like a bug that it doesn’t just work. That said is the Like operator still useful to you compared to say RegEx – which is more powerful?

                                  -Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic & C# Languages Team

                                • 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.

                                  118 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

                                    Spec Explorer is a masterpiece for testing requirements:
                                    It is closest to the best general known way of defining requirements ( thanks to abstract state machines) in a language you master using a very rich object-object oriented architecture!
                                    Please make it work with Visual Studio 2015.

                                    157 votes
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                                      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      220 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add facility to update codemap manually and/or automatically following code changes and rebuilds.

                                        I use codemap quite heavily while I am refactoring legacy code. I frequently find myself wishing there was a way to keep a codemap that I've created up to date with the actual codebase as I progress. I know that there are valid reasons why one might want to be able to create codemaps as "snapshots" in time of a codebase. But I think it would also be valuable and convenient to be able to have the option to "resync" an existing codemap with the current state of the codebase as well.

                                        25 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  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.

                                          355 votes
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                                            under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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