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Mads asks you what you want for Visual Studio 2022

Microsoft’s Mads Kristensen – Visual Studio developer and author of amazing extensions – asks his 30,000+ Twitter followers what features they would like for Visual Studio 2022.

It’s unclear if the request will result in built-in IDE functionality from the development team, or more likely, if the extension expert will create new functionality to be delivered by additions to its dozens of popular tools in Visual Studio Marketplace, where its top item has been downloaded by over 1.2 million developers.

On April 18, he simply asked“If you could add one new Visual Studio 2022 feature, what would it be?”

Whether you can ...
[Click on image for larger view.] Whether you can … (source: Twitter).

A few hours later, he already had many suggestions, including:

  • How about a NuGet “My Favorites” section, where I can see the items I put often – maybe a smart list where it automatically contains the ones I use most often, but also allows me to pin my own favorites.
  • A new UX for fonts and colors.
    A new UX for fonts and colors
    [Click on image for larger view.] A new UX for fonts and colors (source: Twitter).
  • I would like a Visual Studio debugger that could properly set breakpoints on non-exported native symbols, which I could only get working with windbgx after wasting hours trying to get it to work in Visual Studio.
  • Let me manage TFS or from visual studio. When I’m working on a feature/bug, I can commit and push to TFS from the studio, but I have to leave to create the PR, monitor its progress, etc. Let me do this from VS please
  • Code completion and syntax highlighting for COM IDL, 25 years old and still not available.
  • making edit-and-continue usable for Windows C++ applications. 100% of the time the recompilation either hangs, takes a very long time (longer than it would take to stop, rebuild and relaunch), or it thinks long and then says “can’t do EnC”.
  • Audio cues in the editor. So people can choose to hear a sound when they come to a line with a breakpoint, error, or something similar. If only I knew someone with the power to add functionality…
  • Being able to choose the drive on which VS installs. VS installs a lot of stuff on your OS drive, and you’ll quickly run out of space if your drive is small and you have multiple VS installations.
  • A way to search for the shortcut key to see what commands it is bound to rather than just being able to search for the commands.
  • rename namespaces on multiple files at once, as opposed to each file individually.
  • A memory profiler for cross-platform development. The Xamarin profiler was really useful but unfortunately only available in enterprise and long dead.
  • Bring back LinqToSql. And I’m serious. I know there were issues, but it was so easy to work with fast business apps.
  • Basic syntax highlighting for T4.
  • I started learning Rust recently. Would love to have full support in VS instead of having to use rust analyzer in VS Code.
  • Built-in CodeFlow for pull request code reviews
  • I think performance should be a top priority. This has improved in the latest version, but still… I’m using a laptop with 40 GB of RAM and a pretty good Intel processor and always crashes/freezes when I do simple things, the solution has a lot of projects but still… 😟
  • Some built-in extensions. (many of them are in the Tweaks or Power Tool collections) Why? Because then I can be sure that it will not be abandoned in the near future.

  • More DevOps patterns. It’s still pretty easy to publish to Azure PaaS with VS, but trying to figure out how to write yaml is like trying to learn another obscure platform/language. CI/CD is vital, especially when developing with VSCode. VS dropped MSI support, so give us yaml.

Responses are still posted as this is written, so visit the tweet link above to weigh in with your own suggestions or upvote others. So far, a quick review shows that the first two items on the list, asking for a NuGet “My Favorites” section and for UX fonts/colors, are the best vote getters, with 29 and 26 upvotes, respectively, at the moment. of writing this article. .

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.



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