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  1. Support a .NET 4.0 Service Pack on Windows XP Supporting those .NET 4.0 Bugs Fixed in .NET 4.5

    This idea is in contrast to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2723735-make-net-4-5-work-on-any-os-that-supports-4-0 and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3116039-support-xp-for-4-5-until-the-end-of-xp-support-, which I do not support. It is parallel to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3095632-make-vs2012-not-hide-net-4-0-bugs-when-targeting-, but I think is the converse of it.

    Consider a developer who must support customers running Windows XP, and who also is unable or unwilling to debug their applications on a machine separate from their main development machine. Such a developer may feel that he cannot upgrade to Visual Studio 2012, since that installation would replace the .NET 4.0 assemblies on the developer machine, making it impossible for the developer to encounter the fixed .NET 4.0 bugs.

    Unfortunately, it…

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      40 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        31 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve code analysis

        Improve code analysis
        - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
        - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
        - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
        - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
        - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
        - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
        - Detect class used only by one other class…

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          13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

          Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

          Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

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            5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

            Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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…

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                under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

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                  18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                  As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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                    17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • C# support static extension methods like f#

                    C# support static extension methods like f#

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                      17 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visual Studio For Linux OS

                      Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

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                        35 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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/.

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                          9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

                          If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

                          Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

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                            17 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • option to disable quick action squiggles

                            In VS2015 you introduced the quick action light bulb. I think its a cool piece of tech, and I get why many people like it. However its a bit to intrusive for me, the light bulb was ok, but the green quick action squiggle errors are starting to become a bit annoying.

                            For example, when I create classes I prefer writing up the class first in the header file, writing the functions, variables etc I know I will be needing. The second I finish writing the constructor prototype the squiggles and the light bulb flare up, "Function definition not found,…

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                              69 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                              In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

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                                10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

                                Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

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                                  20 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                                  There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                                  It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                                  793 votes
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                                    12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hello again voters and reporters for this UserVoice item

                                    Visual Studio 2017 RTW, released yesterday, contains fixes to many of the worst issues we are aware of that caused typing delays. To get the benefit, if you haven’t already done so, please download it today from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/

                                    We’ve also included enhanced typing telemetry in the new release, so we can continue to focus on improving those issues that remain, and we’ll alert you via the Visual Studio Performance Center (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/10/faster-visual-studio-15-startup/ for details) when an extension is slowing your typing down.

                                    We’re not done: we intend to make further improvements to typing responsiveness in updates to Visual Studio 2017.

                                    Thank you

                                    Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
                                    Program Manager and Engineering Manager
                                    Visual Studio Editor Team

                                  • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                                    Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                                    Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

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                                      17 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                                      Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

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                                        19 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                                        The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                                        "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                                          11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          711 votes
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                                            78 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…

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