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  1. Allow custom format strings for boolean values

    I would like to be able to specify how string.Format displays the True and False values of Boolean variables.

    For example I would like the following C# snippet to output "Boiler: On" rather than "Boiler: True":

    bool boilerIsOn = true;
    Console.WriteLine("Boiler: {0:On:Off}", boilerIsOn );

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    • 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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                • 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 Voice Recognition feature into .NET Framework to recognize/identify different persons’ voice

                      At present, there is no Voice Recognition feature in both System.Speech.Recognition namespace (System.Speech.dll) and Speech SDK 5.1 to recognize/identify different persons’ voice.

                      The “Voice Recognition” is a different technology from “Speech Recognition” with radically different objectives.

                      What is speech recognition?
                      Speech recognition is the process of capturing spoken words using a microphone or telephone and converting them into a digitally stored set of words.

                      What is voice recognition?
                      While speech recognition is the process of converting speech to digital data, voice recognition is aimed toward identifying the person who is speaking.

                      Many customers consult such requirements in MSDN Forum and…

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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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                          • 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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