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  1. Add SQL Server 2012 Native Client Support for System.Data.SqlClient

    Currently to ensure you are accessing the SQL Server 2012 Native Client you need to use the OdbcConnection provider. The problem with this is a number of systems are built around using the ADO.NET providers themselves. This leaves us vulnerable to missing out on features like subject alternative name support for SSL encrypted SQL Server connections. Either keep pace with the SQL Server Native Client when it comes to SqlClient or provide a clear set of examples on how to use it.

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    • Code Security to prevent decompilation

      to encrypt code (e.g., dll) that can be distributed and still no one should be able to read the code

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      • Support for NTFS Transactions

        Provide classes for using NTFS in transactional way, with support for TransactionScope.

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        • Create an agent framework that supports distributed processing

          Borrowing from the experience of Erlang and the research on Axum, I think that a great addition to the .NET framework would be a framework to execute computations in a distributed fashion based on agents.
          Right now achieving this in .NET requires significant effort, starting from the message-passing all the way up to the load balancing. This seems to me like the kind of project that Microsoft should find beneficial for it both empowers the community and helps from a strategic standpoint (think of such systems on Azure, maybe even with autoscaling and an API to control that...).

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          • dataannotations wpf

            Add support to WPF for validation using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations attributes like in Silverlight

            Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web Forms, and Entity Framework all support validation using the attributes in the System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace. So, one would expect that it would also be supported in WPF (4.5). However, this appears not to be the case. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd901590%28VS.95%29.aspx explains how it works in Silverlight. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb613588%28v=VS.110%29.aspx#INotifyDataErrorInfo explains that there is support for yet another type of validation in WPF in the upcoming version 4.5. However, there is no mention of support for using DataAnnotations attributes. I think this is a huge mistake leaving this out of…

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            • Merge WCF Data and RIA Services and Web API

              I went to a user group event where I learned that WCF Data Services and WCF RIA Services are similar but overlap. Originally, I thought WCF Data Services was going to utilize EF and together servce as the Data Access Layer. I thought RIA Services was going to serve as the Business Tier that would sit on top of the WCF Data Services. Then I thought we would simply bind MVC, Silverlight controls to RIA Services.

              It seems such a shame that RIA Services is made for Silverlight and that it takes a lot of work to work with MVC,…

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              • 100% interchangeable C# & VB.Net code.

                Write in ether language and/or feature that compiler will convert either language "target language." Why not? .NET (C# or VB) code compiles down to the same MSIL code. For example, in the IDE, do something like this.

                Class myClass

                <VB>
                Private Function AddMe(byval i1 as integer, byval i2 as integer) as integer
                return i1+i2
                End Function
                </VB.NET>

                <C#>
                void btnAddMe_Click(Object sender,EventArgs e)
                {
                // When the button is clicked,
                // display result of added numbers in messagebox
                Messagebox.Show(AddMe(2,2).toString())
                }
                </C#>

                End Class

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                • Create a zero-pause garbage collector

                  Create a zero-pause garbage collector that sacrifices throughput in order to reduce/remove stop-the-world pauses.

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                  • ScheduledToastNotification should inherit from ToastNotification so that the Activated, Dismissed and Failed events can be used

                    ScheduledToastNotification should inherit from ToastNotification so that the Activated, Dismissed and Failed events can be used on scheduled toast notifications.

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                    • binding configuration timeout in the right order

                      In the automated app.config wcf binding configuration of a service, the timeout can be ordered as they happen.

                      The order is now:
                      closeTimeout, openTimeout, receiveTimeout, sendTimeout

                      it could be:
                      openTimeout, sendTimeout, receiveTimeout, closeTimeout

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                      • Add factory method to NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs

                        The class NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs has 11 constructors, dealing with add, remove, replace, move, and reset actions, and single or multiple changed items.

                        I think we can create 5 static facotry methods, for example,
                        NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs.CreateAdd(IList)
                        NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs.CreateAdd(object)
                        NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs.CreateAdd(IList,int index)
                        etc.

                        NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs.CreateRemove(IList)
                        ...

                        I think with these facotry method, we can create our desipred instance quickly.

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                        • Build a update tool for Domain Services

                          RIA services are a great addition to the Silverlight stack. However when one makes model changes to say for example an Entity Framework model (such as addition of a table), there is no way to update the domain service that uses that model without regenerating.

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                          • Increase speed of DeflateStream

                            Compress mode of System.IO.Compression.DeflateStream is quite slow.

                            Please improve performance.

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                            • support java console test at coded ui test

                              In our project we have used java console applicaiton and have maked automotion.

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                              • Provide an interface IParsable<T>

                                Provide an interface like

                                public interface IParsable<T>
                                {
                                T Parse(String)
                                Boolean TryParse(String, out T result)
                                }

                                so it is possible to write more generic parser logic.

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                                • Orleans Framework

                                  Orleans Framework is been introduce in Channel9 close to 3 years ago.
                                  http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Going+Deep/Project-Orleans-A-Cloud-Computing-Framework

                                  What is the news of Easier Actor Model Framework from Microsoft.
                                  Halo 4 is using Orleans Framework, Hope to listen this good news.

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                                  • Bring the crypto namespace into the portable classes.

                                    The portable classes support WCF but today's modern apps need protocol encryption and advanced message authentication over WCF channels. The lack of crypto makes this challenging and requires targeted platform compiles.

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                                    • Generic extension method type restriction should be evaluated by the compiler

                                      Hi there,

                                      Mike Feng suggest me that I should post my discussion here.
                                      I made some examples to prove my point: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/clr/thread/c9ad51c1-0c5a-4eb6-a530-89eaa628c07f/

                                      I attach examples so you can test it. In my opinion if the complier watch the generic type restriction it could work like normal non-generic extension method.

                                      Best Regards,
                                      Péter

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                                      • Allow image map in asp.net to assign colors or images to hot spots

                                        Asp.net image map does not contain the functionality to assign colors to the hotspots created by the user. This feature will be very use full when dynamically assigning the hotspots.

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                                        • Entity Framework Code First, then Other Next.

                                          Entity Framework Code First is nice to start off with when you got an idea you want to try. But once you get to a certain number of classes, you may want to flip a switch in Visual Studio and start working from database or model and have the classes be generated from there. It would be great to be able to switch back and forth quickly.

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