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  1. 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

    • 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/

      997 votes
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        under review  ·  21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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 …

        5,570 votes
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          under review  ·  179 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

          Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

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            16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add native Markdown support

            Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

            Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

            To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

            871 votes
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              8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • C++ code map

              Add support for C++ code maps!

              44 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

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                  under review  ·  13 comments  ·  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

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                    15 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

                    It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

                    28 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your suggestion!

                      We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

                      We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

                      Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
                      Maria Ghiondea
                      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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                        27 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

                      • 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!

                        129 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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>)

                          2,655 votes
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                            34 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.

                            8,390 votes
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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…

                            • 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.

                              73 votes
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                              • 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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                                  22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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

                                  3,468 votes
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                                    19 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)

                                  • 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…

                                    960 votes
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                                      under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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.

                                        175 votes
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                                          under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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.

                                          126 votes
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