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  1. Live Unit Testing

    Looks brilliant on Windows... can we have for Mac? :-)

    56 votes
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    • Query "@ mentions"

      This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351840/query.html
      We would really love to be able to create queries based on user's @mentions in the Discussion pane of tickets. Working on an enormous project and the email notifications are getting lost in the shuffle. Surprised this isn't already a possible query. Am I missing it somewhere?

      47 votes
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      • Support EditorConfig

        The new EditorConfig support in Visual Studio 2017 is amazing with lots of options beyond Spaces over Tabs. Please provide the same support for these EditorConfig files in Visual Studio for Mac!

        47 votes
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        • Add visual Basic

          Add visual Basic so we can have compatibility between Windows and Mac for a large number of existing VB projects

          46 votes
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          • Code formatting settings to match Windows counterpart

            This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351810/code-formatting-settings-to-match-windows-counterp.html
            The settings to format code are not as comprehensive as the Windows edition of Visual Studio. If code is edited in both IDEs, source control diffs go out of control because each IDE is trying to format the code differently.

            42 votes
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            • Publication support for .NET core projects

              Right now you can't publish .NET core projects straight from the IDE.
              This wouldn't be a very big problem except for the fact that the commandline tools do not support csproj yet on the mac.

              Apart from that fact I think it would be nice to have this to make the experience more complete.

              39 votes
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              • Add Server Explorer

                Add Server Explorer similar to what's in the Windows version of Visual Studio, including support for managing Azure app services and databases.

                37 votes
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                • Visual Studio Team Services Integration.

                  Integrate with Visual Studio Online Team Services.

                  37 votes
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                  • 35 votes
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                    • auto closing curly brace

                      When I type an opening curly brace, the IDE should add a closing curly brace on the next line just like Windows VS and XCode

                      32 votes
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                      • Cordova Apps with Visual studio for Mac

                        I have created an app with cordova tools in visual studio 2017 and would like to be able to follow a simular tutorial as this: https://t.co/ZHqgSBalEy that allows me to build the app for IOS using visual studio for mac instead of xcode.

                        30 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add CodeLens

                          Big fan of CodeLens on VS for Windows, would be nice to have it on Mac too

                          27 votes
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                          • Please get rid of the xamarin studio text editor in favor of the VS editor.

                            I find the xamarin editor to be painful to use. It's editor consistently does a poor job with indenting, and is slow with large files.

                            27 votes
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                            • Better Plugin support

                              Have support for the same type of plug-ins that the Windows version supports. Plugins for Visual Studio for Mac don't work and the repository of Xamarin Studio plugins is terribly small compared to Visual Studio for Windows

                              27 votes
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                              • 27 votes
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                                • Auto Formating Sass (.scss) and .css files.

                                  Please add the same auto formating as found in visual studio. Currently Can't currently format sass and css files

                                  26 votes
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                                  • C++/Win32

                                    Build and debug on Mac, with debugger targeting a Windows machine or VM would be useful to me. Haven't had this since CodeWarrior got killed. Syncing code from Mac to Windows to build on Windows is currently a pain point (running builds over a file share is way too slow).

                                    26 votes
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                                    • Multiple Selection with the Keyboard

                                      This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
                                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351843/multiple-selection-with-the-keyboard.html
                                      Adding a Line
                                      To add the line above or below to the selection, use:

                                      Windows/Linux: Ctrl+Alt+⬆ and Ctrl+Alt+⬇
                                      Mac: ⌃+⇧+⬆ and ⌃+⇧+⬇
                                      If you go too far, use Undo Selection to step backwards:

                                      Windows/Linux: Ctrl+U
                                      Mac: ⌘+U
                                      Splitting the Selection into Lines
                                      Select a block of lines, and then split it into many selections, one per line, using:

                                      Windows/Linux: Ctrl+Shift+L
                                      Mac: ⇧+⌘+L
                                      Quick Add Next
                                      To add the next occurrence of the current word to the selection, use Quick Add Next, which is…

                                      23 votes
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                                      • Allow #region and allow to collapse methods in visual studio for mac

                                        Allow #region and allow to collapse methods in visual studio for mac

                                        22 votes
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                                        • Allow me to cross-compile Universal & net standard projects targeted to Windows and run them in simulators

                                          I want to load any/most of the Universal and Chakra Sample on github, compile them on my Mac, and run them in a Mobile, Surface Pro, and/or Hololens simulator. Right now, this looks more like a renaming of Xamarin Studio than something that could be reasonably labelled as Visual Studio.

                                          22 votes
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