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  1. Making a NotImplementedAttribute that would give an warning when it's attached to a method, just like the Obsolete

    A simple question: Why there isn't any NotImplementedAttribute in .NET?

    You can always throw the exception, but I think it would be nice for this to work as the ObsoleteAttribute -> you get an warning for using that method.

    Ok, you have a method with this attribute, and when you implement it you have to remove the attribute by hand, but I think this is safer than using methods with throw new NotImplementedException() inside...and wait for them to get called.

    I remember reading that the Obsolete is hard coded into the compiler, but maybe there is some spare room for…

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    • Add native .NET support for hot swappable devices

      Provide a .NET library that exposes devices such as USB, Thunderbolt, eSATA, etc. This library should also provide events such as device arrival, request for removal, removal, etc.

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      • Visual Studio cannot start debugging because the debug target ... is missing..."

        right click solution -> Property -> Configuration Properties ->Configuration -> Enable project in Build

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        • exe.config file setting editor - allow users to change config settings at runtime

          Currently in the IDE we have a config editor which allows us to add and remove settings to the app.config file. This creates an exe.config file when the solution is built.

          However there is no way for the user to edit this file using a GUI to change the settings values. Currently they have to manually do this using notepad, which is not the best way.

          There should be a .NET feature that can be called upon to change the exe.config file and update the setting values easily from the compiled exe.

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          • Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

            Please include more information in the exception. If it's in the debug mode, we get the line number, but in release all we know is the name of the method, which often makes it real hard to find out WHAT was null. You know the type of the reference, please include that.

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            • clickonce should be able to harvest query string parameters also from browsers other than Internet Explorer

              Currently ClickOnce can harvest url parameters only for I.E this approache is passe . no developer can allow himself to deploy an app that it's functionality is limited only for I.E
              usage : http://localhost/publisher/WindowsFormsApplication1.application?username=joeuser
              this code works only for I.E
              private NameValueCollection GetQueryStringParameters()
              {
              NameValueCollection nameValueTable = new NameValueCollection();

              if (ApplicationDeployment.IsNetworkDeployed)
              {
              string queryString = ApplicationDeployment.CurrentDeployment.ActivationUri.Query;
              nameValueTable = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(queryString);
              }

              return (nameValueTable);
              }

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              • Support for hierarchyid?

                When does EF will support hierarchyid?

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                • Support Spatial Types in Portable Class Libraries

                  The EF guys finally implemented support for SQL Server spatial types. Unfortunately, EF maps spatial data to a type that belongs to the System.Data.Entity.Spatial namespace in the EntityFramework.dll binary. This is rather unfortunate since this prevents entity classes with spatial data from being included in portable class libraries.

                  I hope you guys can work with the EF team to create a new spatial type that's less coupled to EF so that it may be included in portable class libraries.

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                  • control the maximum idle time of a connection in the ado.net pool (mainly SqlClient)

                    in cloud scenarios, there are multiple worker roles all connecting to a shared database. each worker role has a connection pool which ado.net maintains internally.
                    now, if my sql db allows a maximum of 180 connections; one option is to configure the connection string for each worker role to allow 180/n connections. But, this approach doesn't gel well when I want to scale up or scale down - I don't want to have to keep touching the connection string.
                    As I scale out (due to CPU requirements of my service), more and more connections become idle in the per-worker-role connection…

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add new words to linq, first, take, skip

                      add new words to linq to do some like this

                      from i in entityset
                      skip 10
                      select first
                      or

                      from i in entityset
                      skip 100
                      select 10

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                      • Add an interface for Enums that exposes their based type to allow easier working in a generic manner

                        When you declare an enum like so:
                        enum MyEnum : BaseType
                        {
                        }
                        It should automatically implement an interface like IBaseEnum which might have an interface like so::

                        Interface IIntEnum
                        {
                        int ToBaseType()
                        }

                        And an implementation will be always marked as explicitly implemented so as to avoid showing up publicly and potentially being a breaking change.

                        The interface will always be implemented like so:

                        int IIntEnum.ToBaseType(){
                        return (int)this;
                        }
                        The cast mentioned is always valid. This will solve the performance issue on enums methods like HasFlags and the Convert API (which is painfully slow when given an enum as…

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                        • Fix debugging Silverlight bindings

                          You cannot put a breakpoint on SL5 bindings as of VS 11 Beta.

                          The Visual Studio vNext debugging forums sent me to the silverlight forums: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/Offtopic/thread/1fe67906-6d07-415a-a9ba-da07daf5765c

                          The silverlight forums sent me here: http://forums.silverlight.net/t/252812.aspx/1?Cannot+insert+a+breakpoint+VS+11+beta+Silverlight+5

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                            • Add an EmptyDataText template to the asp:Repeater

                              As with the GridView, the Repeater control would benefit from an EmptyDataText template that rendered exactly as defined, e.g.

                              <asp:Repeater ID="rpt_products" runat="server">
                              <EmptyDataTemplate>
                              <div class="nodata">No results found!</div>
                              </EmptyDataTemplate>

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                              • Provide options for limiting AppDomain resource consumption

                                When executing code in an AppDomain I would like to limit the CPU usage and amount of memory the AppDomain can comnume.

                                This would make loading plugins or user defined business rules much safer. In it's current form I cringe at the thought of a business user creating a bad rule and killing the system.

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                                • Add System.Text.Encoder.Convert Method (String, Int32, Int32, Byte[], Int32, Int32, Boolean, Int32, Int32, Boolean)

                                  System.Text.Encoder has two Convert methods which allow chunked encoding (UTF8 or other) into buffers. They are ideal for buffered I/O, where a long string gets encoded in chunks.

                                  The only issue is that there's no overload that simply accepts... a String. We are forced to call String.ToCharArray() - producing a copy, allocating useless heap memory...

                                  I'm aware of the unsafe overload that accepts a pointer, but that is frequently not an option. We need a fully safe and efficient way to do chunked encoding of a string.

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                                  • Need Framework English Language on Windows 8 Non-English

                                    I am using Windows 8 Turkish and it comes with build-in Framework 4.5 TR edition. There is no English language pack on microsoft web-site. And since it is a build-in component on windows 8, i can not re-install and change the language to English.

                                    As a developer, when i encounter a .net based error message, i need to search it on the web with the exact words of its English version. So, an English language pack or a manual install option is needed!

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                                    • improve the documentation of system.net.httplistenertimeoutmanager

                                      1 - for some of the settings, it is not clear what happens if the timeout gets violated.
                                      2- what is the guidance for changing these settings?
                                      3 - what happens if these are set too low or too high?

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                                      • 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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