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  1. Support Android API Level 24

    Please add support for Android API Level 24

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      25 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve shared projects with global view

      Shared projects are very useful, not only for universal apps development but also to share code between different apps/platforms, for example : Xamarin projects, code sharing between windows 8.1 and windows 10 projects or between to similar apps (6tag and 6sec for example), etc...

      But we can perhaps improve it, with a new way to show all files from a project, including files from shared project. See my illustration

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        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

        A simple property in C#:
        int MyProperty
        {
        get
        {
        return _myProperty;
        }
        set
        {
        _myProperty = value;
        }
        }
        private int _myProperty = 42;

        Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
        int MyProperty
        {
        get
        {
        return _myProperty;
        }
        set
        {
        _myProperty = value;
        }
        }
        /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
        private int _myProperty = 42;

        It's too bad that
        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
        int MyProperty
        {
        int _myProperty = 42;
        get
        {
        return _myProperty;
        }
        set …

        531 votes
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          11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

          Dear Microsoft,

          It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

          So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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            10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow multiple Git repositories to be active at once

            This description has been modified by the admin.

            This request is to have VS allow more than one Git repository be active at once. By allowing multiple repositories to be active at once, one can work with a solution that spans multiple repositories and also view histories and files of a submodule and parent repo at the same time.

            518 votes
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              9 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

              Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

              1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
              2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

              508 votes
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                24 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve project F# model

                Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

                506 votes
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                  under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GPGPU programming

                  It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
                  especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

                  505 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                    Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                    public class Foo
                    {
                    public void DoBar()
                    {
                    new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                    }

                    private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                    {
                    // Get Baz from qux here...
                    }
                    }

                    This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                    The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

                    503 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

                      Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

                      500 votes
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                        51 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                        Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                        This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                        Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                        498 votes
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                          40 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello,

                          We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

                          As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

                          Allison Buchholtz-Au
                          Program Manager – VS IDE

                        • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

                          add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
                          <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro&quot; > link </a>

                          492 votes
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                            under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

                            In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

                            Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

                            As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

                            See also:

                            http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

                            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

                            486 votes
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                              20 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for link shared files in shared project

                              Please add function to link a file file in a shared project like is actually possible in normal projects.
                              This function is already supported with manual editing a .projitems file:

                              myFile.cs

                              486 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                                Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                                Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                                484 votes
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                                  16 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • XML comments schema customization in C#

                                  Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                                  Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

                                  484 votes
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                                    20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Sql Server Compact 5

                                    Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                                    458 votes
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                                      24 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable IntelliTest to generate tests for VB.NET projects

                                      Please extend IntelliTest to enable generating tests for VB.NET projects.

                                      457 votes
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                                        under review  ·  29 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

                                        The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

                                        Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

                                        455 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

                                          It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

                                          452 votes
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                                            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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