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  1. 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 →
    • 2,546 votes
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        92 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

      • 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>)

        2,360 votes
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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

        • 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.

          8,041 votes
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            489 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…

          • 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…

            417 votes
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              7 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

            • Show indent guides like Notepad++ does

              Indent guides help quickly finding out where a scoop starts and where it ends. I think an advanced IDE like Visual Studio must have this feature. I know that there is an extension for this, but why doesn't Visual Studio have a basic feature like this natively?

              3,054 votes
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                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hello to all who have supported this item

                Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product in a future release.

                In the meantime, as some commenters have noted, you can get this capability for some languages by trying the Productivity Power Tools’ Structure Visualizer feature (https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/34ebc6a2-2777-421d-8914-e29c1dfa7f5d ) – let us know if you like it!

                Thanks

                Mark Wilson-Thomas
                Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

              • Enable IntelliTest to generate tests for VB.NET projects

                Please extend IntelliTest to enable generating tests for VB.NET projects.

                346 votes
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                  under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  4,484 votes
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                    34 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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).

                    29 votes
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                        107 comments  ·  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/

                        673 votes
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                          under review  ·  10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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/

                          1,561 votes
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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

                          • 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 …

                            3,937 votes
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                              under review  ·  110 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for Unity Testing Tools

                              Modify the solution generator to put files found in Editor -> Tests folder hierarchies in a separate project. This way the Visual Studio test explorer should pick up the Unit tests created for Unity Testing Tools (provided the NUnit Test Adapter extension is installed)

                              53 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi!

                                Thanks for this suggestion!

                                I’m afraid supporting running Unity Testing Tools from the Test Explorer is not as easy as simply creating a Test projects for the Tests, as the code needs to run in the context of Unity.

                                We could however implement a custom test adapter to run the Unity NUnit tests remotely inside Unity. We will investigate the matter.

                                Jb Evain, Senior SDE Lead, Tools for Unity

                              • 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.

                                104 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back Test Impact Analysis

                                  Test Impact analysis was a very useful feature in VS 2010. This saved a developer a lot of time identifying & running just the impacted tests rather than all the tests in the solution for a change in code. Please bring back test impact analysis.

                                  120 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Stop installing a bunch of SQL server stuff

                                    I don't do any SQL development. I didn't even check anything web development related, so we can't blame this on ASP.NET --- I did C++ and Windows 10 SDK only. And yet I get this?

                                    25 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

                                      It has always bugged me that when installing Visual Studio there are 40+ items added to the Programs and Features list in Windows.

                                      While I understand that some are necessarily standalone programs (like all the different runtimes), there are many Visual Studio components added that are _only_ there for Visual Studio.

                                      Examples include Service Packs, “Macro Tools”, “Prequisites” and especially all the language pack related items.

                                      Looking at other products, like Office, you should be perfectly fine by combining everything into a single entry and configure all the compontents within a setup dialog.

                                      This also applies to other components (which…

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                                        4 comments  ·  Install  ·  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

                                        1,940 votes
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                                          15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

                                          524 votes
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                                            under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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