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  1. 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>)

    3,010 votes
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      37 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow NuGet packages containing XAML controls to add entries to the toolbox

      It should be possible to add entries to the toolbox for XAML controls that are contained within a nuget package.

      39 votes
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        0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Automated add xml namespaces(xmlns)

        Automated add xml namespaces(xmlns) for importing different types, in xaml like in ReSharper.
        It will be great feature that allow to save many time for SL/WPF developers

        45 votes
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          0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add windows 10 hamburger menu and title templates by default

          This way, it makes it way easier to make our apps fit the default UWP design. (similar to how people could easily make hubs/pivot apps in WP8.1).

          45 votes
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            4 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better project reload

            If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

            445 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Visual Studio 2017 detects that a project file has changed on disk, it shows a message to user to choose between reloading entire solution or reload the project that was changed. If you see any issues with a particular source control system, please send a bug report using “Report a problem” tool in Visual Studio 2017.

              Thank you for your feedback!

            • Bring Back the Visual Studio Installation Customization Options

              We'd like to have all of the options back to customize Visual Studio. We'd probably like to have more granular installation customization, but at the very least, let us customize the installation.

              864 votes
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                65 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The color of the hard-blue statusbar is to hard

                  The color of the statusbar is to hard in relation to the rest of visual studio 2012.

                  3 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • code metrics unmanaged

                    Provide code metrics for native code

                    45 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide Microsoft Fakes with all Visual Studio editions

                      Include Microsoft Fakes with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Fakes mocking library since mocking/stubbing is a necessary part of every developer's Unit Testing toolbelt.

                      1,457 votes
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                        124 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix 260 character file name length limitation

                        The 260 character limit on file paths really gets in the way of having a deeply-nested project hierarchy. It's only there as backwards compatibility with the old school APIs, and has no place in any sort of modern development environment.

                        We should be able to work with file paths of whatever size we want.

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                          331 comments  ·  Project  ·  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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                            32 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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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                              33 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 file with single click in Solution Explorer

                              Currently a file in Solution Explorer has to be double clicked to open the file. I'd like Visual Studio to match Visual Studio Code in that a file is opened with a single click.

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

                                Thanks for logging this with us! You may have turned off the setting in Visual Studio 2012, 2013, or 2015 that allows files to be opened with a single click.

                                Go to Tools > Options > Environment > Tabs and Windows and then check that in the “Preview Tab” section that “Preview selected files in Solution Explorer” is selected.

                                If this isn’t working for you, please reply so we can get a bug logged and look into this.

                                Thanks!
                                Cathy Sullivan
                                Visual Studio IDE Team

                              • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

                                1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

                                2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

                                268 votes
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                                  16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi Supporters of this suggestion

                                  As noted by Göran W in the comments, we believe that the 3 issues noted in the suggestion post have been addressed in VS2015 Update 2 (or later)

                                  1. If you clear any existing sorts, by clicking through up/down/no-sort states until there are no chevrons/arrows indicating custom sorts on any columns, the default sort should now be approximately in a “generated” order that should give you what you need (customer on Connect bug at http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1206075/error-list-window-removal-of-default-order has verified this)

                                  2. The Error List (Build) is now cleared on each build / compile by default

                                  3. When double-clicking a line in the Error List, it jumps to the relevant source line but if you switch to the Output Window the corresponding error line is highlighted.

                                  If you are still seeing any of these issues on Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 or higher (I notice Anonymous’ posting to…

                                • 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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                                    14 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Starting with Visual Studio 2017, we have moved to an x.y.z semantic versioning model, as proposed in this feedback item. As noted below, it’s still hard to keep the marketing name in sync with the component versions, but these numbers will likely diverge over time. A full description of our versioning scheme can be found here: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/productinfo/vs2017-release-rhythm

                                    At the time of writing, the current released version is 15.2.1 (major version 15, minor version 2, servicing update 1). We’ll increment the minor version monotonically whenever we add new features; servicing updates only contain bug fixes.

                                    Thanks for the great feedback – hopefully you’ll see this as an improvement.

                                  • Run unit tests in parallel

                                    As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

                                    As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

                                    384 votes
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                                      21 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                                      Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                                      But how about an alternative?

                                      How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

                                      308 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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.

                                        9 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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

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