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  1. Improve mixed-mode debugging

    Often in C++ / C++/CLI debugging, the debugger is unable to show managed object property values in the Autos and Locals window. It does work in Quickwatch if you drill to the property.

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      2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support .NET Builds without requiring Visual Studio on the server

      To build certain PCL libraries and libraries for Windows 8 RT requires having Visual Studio on the server.

      Nick Berardi writes about a workaround that allows running a build server without VS, but it's really just a workaround for functionality that should be easy.

      Not to mention there's probably licensing considerations we're just ignoring by doing that.

      http://nickberardi.com/a-net-build-server-without-visual-studio/

      Please make it easy (and legal) to build .NET projects on a server without requiring a Visual Studio installation (or license) on that server.

      4,484 votes
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        29 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for your feedback, and your overwhelming support for this feature.

        To support the creation of more lightweight build servers, we now have made available Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools (https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/#build-tools-for-visual-studio-2017-rc). This release allows you to build native and managed MSBuild-based projects without requiring the Visual Studio IDE. By default (that is without selecting any workload options) the Build Tools provides support for managed projects. You can also optionally install the Visual C++ compilers and libraries, MFC, ATL, and C++/CLI support.

        While Visual Studio 2017 has not yet RTM’d, we’re marking this User Voice suggestion as “Completed”, and we will continue to update the Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools as we provide updates to Visual Studio 2017.

        If you have additional capabilities that you would like to see included with the Visual Studio Build Tools, please create a new User Voice entry so…

      • Open fast

        Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
        Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

        It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

        368 votes
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          13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello voters!

          With Visual Studio 2017, we have reduced the time it takes to both start Visual Studio and load solutions. In some cases, these changes improve performance dramatically, in others incrementally.

          We appreciate the responses and enthusiasm we’ve had on this thread, and wanted to share that we plan to continue to prioritize and improve Startup and Solution Load times in subsequent updates and releases. That said, knowing that we consider this a fundamental area and will continue to invest in it release after release, we want to allow people to allocate their votes in other places. Therefore, we’ll proceed to close this ask as “completed” and free up the votes to be placed elsewhere.

          Please visit the following blog post to learn more about the startup improvements in Visual Studio 2017: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/10/faster-visual-studio-15-startup/

          Thanks!
          Ruben Rios
          Program Manager
          Visual Studio IDE Team

        • Improve MFC

          Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

          1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

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            26 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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/

            1,620 votes
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              52 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi again supporters

              We have implemented support for the .editorconfig file in Visual Studio 2017 RC.

              Check out the RC at https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/visual-studio-2017-rc/

              See documentation of the editorconfig feature at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/create-portable-custom-editor-options . You can set codebase-specific values for common editor settings at any level in your codebase’s file hierarchy, from the root down, and override them at any level too.

              Please let us know how you get on – if you see any issues or have other feedback drop me a line at mwthomas at Microsoft dot com.

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

            • Allow Visual Studio to open folders without a project file

              Much like Sublime Text, Brackets, and now Visual Studio Code, it would be great if Visual Studio 2015 could open a folder for JavaScript projects without a pre-existing project.json file. This would assume no server-side compilation, no IIS Express, but allow all the IDE benefits like Bower intellisense, Task Runner support, Web Essentials, etc.

              I really prefer the experience in VS2015 over all other editors right now, but the requirement of a project file is a dealbreaker when my goal for my team is an unbiased project where they can use any editor. Other editors can have their extra bits…

              43 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • typescript code snippets

                Enable code snippets in TypeScript.

                232 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please enable TestCases in MSTest

                  Please enable TestCases in MSTest

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                    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow "Update All" in Extension Manager

                    When there are updates available for extensions, you install them in the Extension Manager, one by one. There should be an "Update All" button so I can review the EULAs all in one go, then walk away from my computer while all the updates are downloaded and installed.

                    22 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      In Visual Studio 2015, we’ve worked to remove some of this friction. We now have support for auto-updating extensions so you don’t have to manually update each one per the request. We’re going to keep improving this to include support for per-system extensions in coming updates.

                      Thanks for the great feature request,

                      Tim Sneath | Microsoft

                    • support tags in team explorer for git

                      Team Explorer (when using GIT) should be able to support TAGS: view in history, create new tags, push / pull existing tags

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

                        What?
                        Installing Visual Studio takes too long

                        Why?
                        There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

                        Proposal:
                        Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

                        I belive you already have the…

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

                          We’re delighted to say that Visual Studio 2017 is now released, including a completely revamped installer in response to this and other feedback. The smallest installation of Visual Studio is one-tenth the size of previous versions and takes on average just three minutes to install. Build-to-build upgrades take just a minute or two. You can select a workload of your choice – we won’t install things that you’re not going to use.

                          To the proposal, we support in-product acquisition of components on demand. You can just hit Ctrl+Q (quick launch), type the feature you want, and we’ll take you straight into an installation experience for that feature.

                          Thanks for the great feature request – we hope you like Visual Studio 2017! Download it from http://visualstudio.com.

                        • Allow the debugger to stop on user/handled and thrown exceptions in MY code but NOT in third party libraries

                          In the exceptions window I can set the debugger to stop when exceptions are thrown, even if they're inside a try/catch block, but I only usually care about doing this for my code. Various third party libraries throw exceptions internally for whatever reason and I generally don't care about those, as those libraries will generally allow the exception to bubble up if it's something I care about.

                          I'd love it if there was an option to select exceptions that are "thrown in my code" or something to that effect.

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

                            Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We have enabled a way for you to ignore breaking on exceptions thrown in specific modules, like Third Party Libraries.
                            Read More about it here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2016/03/31/break-on-exceptions-thrown-only-from-specific-modules-in-visual-studio-15-preview/
                            And the Exception Helper here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2016/03/31/using-the-new-exception-helper-in-visual-studio-15-preview/

                            Thanks,
                            Kaycee Anderson
                            Visual Studio Diagnostics

                          • Improve Usability of the Exception Dialog

                            In editions prior to Visual Studio 2010, exceptions were handled by breaking on the line that threw the exception and displaying the Exception Assistant, a dialog that was non-modal and non-distracting.

                            In more recent editions, this feature has been removed, returning to a large, obscuring modal dialog. Dismissing this dialog on every exception is painful, frustrating and a usability issue.

                            I would prefer the Exception Assistant was included in Express regardless, but given that it was removed for valid reasons (large number of dependencies, as mentioned on Microsoft Connect), I would suggest the following usability requirements as a *bare minimum*…

                            107 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • make all msdn documentation available off-line

                              Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
                              Thank you

                              1,099 votes
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                                68 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thank you for your feedback! As we move our documentation from MSDN to docs.microsoft.com, we started rolling out the ability to download entire documentation sets in the form of PDF files. In addition, we have also revamped our offline help generation service, that will provide more content available through Help Viewer, bundled with Visual Studio.

                                - Den Delimarsky
                                PM, docs.microsoft.com

                              • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                                So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

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                                  15 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

                                  Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
                                  Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

                                  189 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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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                                      27 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      This was a great suggestion.

                                      As per the updates below, we’re delighted to report that Visual Studio 2017 now includes support for detecting and managing poorly-performing extensions. From the Help menu you can choose “Manage Visual Studio Performance” to see extensions that load slowly or impact typing responsiveness. We also proactively detect extensions that are particularly poorly-performing, and prompt Visual Studio users to disable them.

                                      We covet further proposals around improving the performance or reliability of Visual Studio extensions for consideration in future updates – please create new suggestion entries for them so the community can discuss and vote on them individually even now this suggestion is closed.

                                      Thanks for your support,

                                      Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                    • Enable filtering out warnings without a Code in the error list, ex. "Referenced component could not be found".

                                      When working with a large solution it is not uncommon to have many projects unloaded to decrease build times during development. However, this leads to many warnings displayed in the Error List saying "The referenced component 'XXXX' could not be found", which makes it difficult to find the warnings and CA-warnings that we are actually of interest to me.

                                      There seems to be no way to filter out these warnings today, so I suggest you implement that.

                                      22 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi supporters of this item

                                        As was pointed out by a follower of this item, Visual Studio 2015 added column-wise flexible “Excel Style” filtering on many of its columns including the error code.

                                        Simply hover over the column header of the Error Code column in the error list, and you’ll see a filter icon appear. Clicking it produces a list of the kinds of item in that column, and you can easily select only those codes you wish to act on. In the case of items without an error code, you should be able to eliminate them just by deselecting blank from the list.

                                        I’m marking this item as “completed” on this basis.

                                        Hope this helps,

                                        Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                        Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                                      • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                                        Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

                                        646 votes
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                                          23 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide integrated JavaScript debugging in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers

                                          Currently, integrated JavaScript debugging with Visual Studio is only possible with Internet Explorer. Even though you can do a bit of JavaScript debugging with external tools in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the experience for debugging is not nearly as good as the integrated JavaScript debugging experience available with Internet Explorer. However, JavaScript errors often cause the IE browser to crash, thus making it very difficult to provide a great JavaScript debugging experience with Visual Studio. Therefore, Microsoft should provide integrated Visual Studio debugging experiences with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as they are the most popular alternative browsers in…

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