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  1. Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

    Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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

      Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

      On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

      Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

      We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

    • 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.

      693 votes
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        under review  ·  23 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  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…

        136 votes
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          under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow #region blocks to be indented much like they are in C#

          In C# you can indent a #region block so that the region flows with the layout of your code. Unless I am missing something, this is not the case in VB.

          Example (C#):
          public class MyClass
          {

          +[VARIABLES]

          +[PROPERTIES]

          +[METHODS]
          }

          Example (VB):
          Public Class MyClass

          +[VARIABLES]

          +[PROPERTIES]

          +[METHODS]

          EndClass

          145 votes
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            10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hey Greg,

            Thanks for the great suggestion. I agree that it would be nice to see these indented properly. I honestly couldn’t tell you the reason for this design choice but it applies to all preprocessing directives. Having said that, our team owns both the VB and C# code editor experiences and as we’re rebuilding them as part of Project “Roslyn” we’re trying to be on the look out for opportunities to make the experiences more consistent where it makes sense – this looks to me like one of those cases. The “Roslyn” based editing experience is not planned to be in the next release of Visual Studio but it’s certainly not to early to look at improving this. I’ll follow up with the right folks to see if I can make this happen :)

            Regards,

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

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              under review  ·  328 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

              3,929 votes
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                34 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

              • 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

                2,611 votes
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                  17 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML 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

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

                    Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion, and especially to those who responded to my previous questions over email.

                    Based on the many responses I received, it seems that simply allowing multiple rows in the tab strip so you can have more “sets” using the existing Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 pinning capabilities is the most desired feature by folks on this discussion item.

                    We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and this information has been very helpful.
                    If you have further comments, and haven’t already done so, please drop me an email at mwthomas at Microsoft dot com.

                    Regards
                    Mark Wilson-Thomas
                    Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

                  • 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/

                    1,672 votes
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                      under review  ·  58 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                      449 votes
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                        under review  ·  29 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          100 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

                        • 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++

                          545 votes
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                            21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                            193 votes
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                              under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hello everyone!

                                Thank you for taking the time to vote and comment on this ask. Unfortunately, the current ask is not specific enough for us to take an action.

                                In an effort to better understand your needs around this scenario, we’ll ask you to please visit the survey below and help us define the ask better.
                                https://www.research.net/r/TK6FKGW

                                In a few weeks, we’ll aggregate the results and provide an update.

                                Thank you!

                                Ruben Rios
                                Program Manager
                                Visual Studio IDE Team

                              • 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.

                                1,011 votes
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                                  19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    33 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi Supporters of this item,

                                    We are considering making this available as an option in a future release of Visual Studio.

                                    If this is made available, we expect the feature to need to be optional as there are many who prefer the current keybinding of Ctrl+W to stay as it is.

                                    Thanks
                                    Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                    Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                                  • 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…

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                                      8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

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                                        56 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  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)

                                        62 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  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

                                        • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                                          As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                                          (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

                                          686 votes
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                                            9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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