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  1. C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

    I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

    When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

    When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

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      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix it so that .NET apps can access HTTP thru authenticating proxy server by default

      If you run a .NET app that needs to talk to the web, and you're behind an authenticating proxy server, then that app will fail to talk to the web.

      Internet Explorer and Google Chrome work, Visual Studio and loads of other Microsoft apps will work. They can all talk to the web. But every .NET-based app or website I've ever seen will fail.

      The implications of this are profound. I've seen umpteen forum posts over the years where people are scratching their heads, wondering what's wrong. I've seen IT guys re-route their users thru special-case connections to the web,…

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        23 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

        VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

        You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

        Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

        Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

        Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

        706 votes
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          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments. I work on the ASP.NET tooling team and I wanted to let you all know that we are very interested in enabling this. Right now we are working on some support that will enable adding/removing auth to be much easier. After that work is done we are hoping to enable a way to add (and potentially remove + replace) the auth for an ASP.NET project.
          I don’t have permissions to change the status here, but I will ask that it gets updated to Under Investigation. I don’t want to mark it as started because we are still doing some infrastructure changes to enable it. I’m hoping we can start the actual work in a couple of months but I can’t say for sure until we get past the current set of feature work.

        • 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 →
          • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

            Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

            696 votes
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              started  ·  21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

                I was shocked to discover this by accident while evaluating 2017 to prepare for an upgrade from 2015. I am supporting several live Silverlight projects that are likely to have a lifespan of at least a few more years. This an upgrade blocker for me, and I was really looking forward to 2017.

                Perhaps support could be provided as an extension in a similar way to how support for vdproj (setup) projects was restored.

                688 votes
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                  24 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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 →
                  • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

                    Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

                    So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

                    I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

                    I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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                      39 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10

                      Microsoft support the VB6 programming language on Windows 10.
                      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708

                      This means that VB6 is supported until 2025. But Microsoft exclude the VB6 IDE from this support.

                      The VB6 IDE does install and run on Windows 10, so there is no reason it should not be supported.

                      Instructions for installing the VB6 programming IDE are here:
                      http://nuke.vbcorner.net/Articles/VB60/VisualStudio6Installer/tabid/93/language/en-US/Default.aspx
                      http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=23993

                      With Microsoft's' continued support of VB6 for at least another 10 years it should be fully supported by including the VB6 IDE.

                      633 votes
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                        42 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Please bring back the "Photoshop" import option in Blend 2015

                        If Photoshop importer is not supported in Blend 2015, it impedes our migration plan to Blend 2015 and we'll have to keep using Blend 2013.

                        We recognize that one of the advantages of WPF is that it can separate design from logic.
                        We place orders of screen designs to companies who specialize in design and we don't put the ability of using Blend as the basis of selection.
                        Designers deliver products in the form of Photoshop or Illustrator. Our current partner delivers with Photoshop format.

                        If we can't import Photoshop file directly, we have to create XAML with referencing the…

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                          12 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

                          Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

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                            9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

                            Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

                            605 votes
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                              33 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              We expect to make significant progress on this front in the upcoming release. There are some components which must be installed to the system drive for various reasons – for example, Windows hotfixes and .NET Framework releases. But we think we will be able to do a better job of honoring the chosen location in the next release.

                              To give some transparency into the design process, one interesting wrinkle to this problem is third-party components that we install. If you choose to install Visual Studio to (say) D:\VS, where should we install something like Git for Windows or the Android SDK (if you select those components)? Should we install them into a subdirectory of D:\VS, even though other apps may use them? And should we attempt to secure the directory? C:\Program Files is only writeable by admin users, which presents a security boundary to rogue apps. Tough choices…

                              Thanks,…

                            • 592 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Congratulations to Microsoft for extending VB6 programming support to Windows 10

                                This idea is a proposal of thanks to Microsoft for extending VB6 support to Windows 10.

                                Microsoft say "VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 10 for the lifetime of the OS. Visual Basic 6.0 runtime files continue to be 32-bit only and all components must be hosted in 32-bit application processes. Developers can think of the support story for Windows 10 being the same as it is for Windows 8.1."

                                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

                                This means that VB6 programming is supported until at least 2025.

                                THANK YOU, MICROSOFT !

                                583 votes
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                                  43 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                                  I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                                  https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                                  But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                                  My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                                  579 votes
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                                    13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • OOTB Rust programming langague support

                                    The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

                                    http://www.rust-lang.org/
                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

                                    It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

                                    It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

                                    Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

                                    Thanks.

                                    575 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE

                                      Microsoft currently make the VB6 programming language and IDE available to all MSDN subscribers for download from the subscriber downloads section. A generic subscriber key is also provided.

                                      Microsoft should now make this available for free download without requiring a paid MSDN subscription.

                                      This is already done with the Expression Web software, so it wouldn't be creating a new precedent.

                                      573 votes
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                                        35 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Professional

                                        In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
                                        Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

                                        569 votes
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                                          25 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            22 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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