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  1. Add manage package for yarn like the one for bower

    It seems that bower is slowly dying & npm is slow.

    It would be great if we could have the same ui we have for bower but for yarn

    9 votes
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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • a pause button

      IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF WE HAD HAVE A PAUSE BUTTON DURING THE VISUAL STUDIO INSTALLATION OR UPDATE). When you click update and wait about 5 hours it is very annoying.

      9 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • support setting a custom logger for msbuild from within visual studio without an extension

        One can implement a custom logger for msbuild (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171471.aspx) and supplying it in the /logger parameter.

        This works like a charm when using msbuild from outside of visual studio. Inside of visual studio there is not way to supply a logger to msbuild.

        It can be accomplished by writing a visual studio extension - but this adds an additional hurdle and sometimes is not an option.

        We also don't want to resort to workaround like: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28733875/can-a-msbuild-custom-logger-be-specified-within-a-project-file/28806181#28806181

        21 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio Design

          Visual Studio is No.1 developers IDE but need professional UI/UX and prototype designer to be complete. at now Visual Studio Blend not very useful and can move features to Visual Studio and removed.
          prototype tools such as Sketch, Lingo, adobe XD and InVision not support Windows 10 and UWP.
          So continue Expression Design as Visual Studio Design with new features:
          1. Cross platform for Windows, macOS and Linux
          2. Prototype template for UWP, android and iOS
          3. Support multiple pages
          4. Support Html5 animations
          5. Create UWP app from prototypes
          6. Export prototype to UWP, PowerPoint, PDF and etc.
          7.…

          79 votes
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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Default solution configuration should be release in VS2015 IDE when built with MSBuild.exe command line

            Hi,

            I am trying to build a sample c++ application using msbuild like below

            msbuild.exe /p:Configuration="Release" SampleSolution.sln

            But after build successful when i open the solution through VS2015 IDE, the solution configuration is in Debug.

            I would like the solution configuration should be Release in VS2015 IDE when i build the solution file as release configuration using msbuild.exe

            In given link http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15707340/where-is-the-currently-selected-solution-configuration-option-stored-in-vs-201

            Mentioned as solution configuration information will store in .suo file.

            But i couldn't find any .suo file like that while building with msbuild.exe as well as bulding with VS2015 IDE.

            Thanks,
            Bharathraj.

            3 votes
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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Stop doing heavy work in the Visual Studio UI thread.

              If you are working on enormous projects, searching and command autocomplete will run without a way to interrupt them, locking up the entire editor until they finish. For example using >of in a project with thousands of files causes a search to run for every key stroke in the UI thread, which can take many seconds to minutes to complete.

              Doing things async is UI 101...

              34 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Remove Strong Naming from the Visual Studio Extensibility templates

                Strong naming is a barrier to entry for many new authors of Visual Extensions and provides very marginal value. It requires all the referenced DLLs to be strongly named and the last thing a new extension author wants to be doing is messing around with ildasm.exe.

                Developing Visual Studio extensions is hard and the more you can remove these "I have no idea what I'm doing" moments, the better. Signing is an option that (unfortunately) needs to exist but the vast majority of extensions don't need it and it doesn't make sense as a default.

                12 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Update image watch for 2017

                  The Image Watch plugin is an invaluable tool for developing image processing functions. Please make this component work for VS2017.

                  7 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • set `%VS150COMNTOOLS%`

                    Why don't you just set `%VS150COMNTOOLS%` (for the multiple instance use-case you could set is to a `;` delimited list, like `%Path%`) so we could just find `VsDevCmd.bat`, you could even drop `vswhere` in there, and all would be solved happily.

                    ENV access is something all platforms have (COM isn't), and like I said before the installer is an Electron app, so I think it's you responsibility to assist us in getting Electron to easily compile on VS2017

                    6 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Install  ·  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 …

                      6,700 votes
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                        under review  ·  291 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Hide lightweight solution suggestion banner when disabled in Options

                        When the 'Lightweight solution load for all solutions' is disabled in the Projects and Solutions options, do not show the 'Load *** faster next time by trying out lightweight Solution load..." banner when opening a solution with the Lightweight Load property set to Default.

                        It is bad user interface practice to suggest a feature to the user that has been explicitly disabled in the application.

                        4 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VS2017: Limiting the download speed

                          Limiting the download speed would be very helpfull in small offices with limited internet speed.

                          9 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show the total work remaining on the parent Backlog Items and on the Features like you do in Sprints.

                            In VSO, in a sprint the Remaining Work displays the total for all of the tasks assigned to a parent bug or backlog item. In the main backlog this does not show the total, but the tasks do show their remaining work on them.

                            13 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow loading NuGet assemblies from CSX

                              This is "must have" feature, if CSX should be really usable one day.

                              We should be able to install nuget package and reference it from CSX without specifying relative or absolute path to the assembly.

                              What's the problem:

                              First of all, when we update nuget package to newer version, the path changes, which leads to runtime exceptions

                              Second, it may not be trivial to determine, where the nuget packages are stored, since it may vary between environments (build server, dev machine, etc..)

                              12 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VS17 Icon

                                  The icon for VS2017 is not that great & I prefer the cleaner & transparent icon found in the installer.

                                  So for now I have set the shortcut icon in my taskbar to use the icon from the installer path found at

                                  %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

                                  Consider shipping with more icons in the devenv.exe to include this so I know for certain that the installer wont get moved or removed in a future update and I go back to the less desirable icon

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve the DataSet visualizer, which is currently lacking basic features

                                    The DataSet visualizer is lacking several basic features that one usually expects in a table GUI.

                                    - Sorting columns.
                                    - "Copy" functionality in a right-click context menu (currently you have to Ctrl+C).
                                    - Copying the column headers (very frustrating!)
                                    - Filtering columns
                                    - Performance is spotty, with visual bugs and blinking happening from time to time.

                                    Other features that aren't vital, but would be helpful:

                                    - Reordering the columns with click-and-drag functionality
                                    - Color-coding cells based on their contents

                                    7 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

                                      In Visual Studio 2015, tooling for .NET Core was available as a package, installed separately from the whole IDE.

                                      However, Visual Studio 2017 RC has the option of installing the ".NET Core and Docker" workload. For developers that do not work with ASP.NET Core, this workload adds extra space to disk. So, I propose making a "Cross-platform development with .NET Core" workload, or something like that, but without web application development stuff.

                                      Thanks.

                                      27 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        This is really good feedback. We’ve been reviewing what we do here. Right now, our plan is to merge the .NET Core features into the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads when the .NET Core tooling is no longer “preview-quality”. We would prefer not to silo it into a separate workload if possible, because we want it to be available to developers using the existing workloads. Interested to know what kinds of development you’re doing with .NET Core – are you running from the console?

                                        At the same time, we also recognize that we need to keep trimming the size of the web tooling – that remains a work in progress.

                                        One option for you is to install the .NET Core component specifically as an “individual component”, rather than as part of a workload. There’s a separate tab during installation to pick and choose…

                                      • Show code structure in the margin

                                        This feature exists in the Productivity Power Pack 2015 but not in VS 2017.

                                        13 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enforce format document before checking it in by policy

                                          Some people are just don't use the Format Document command. What can I do? There are Visual Studio extensions which have the ability to enable "Format document on save", but what if team members don't install it? There should be a check in policy which doesn't allow checking in files if the files are not formatted.

                                          6 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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