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  1. Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

    Make FileInfo.Length a method that could take a "format" parameter for the units ("B", "K", "M", etc),

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    • Include .NET 3.5 in the Windows server 2012 distribution

      The Windows 8 and Windows 2012 OS images don't come with .NET 3.5. it can be installed as a role, but only if you have internet access from your server. You can't install the standalone distribution of .NET 3.5 - you can only install it via Windows update.

      I know it's now been replaced by .NET 4 but many Microsoft products need ASP.NET 3.5 as a prerequisite. Not having it in the OS installation - but treating it as an operating system component that mist be installed via Windows Update makes it extremely difficult to setup a server that doesn't…

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      • Add an intermediate generic class between an enumeration and System.Enum

        I would like to have a new class "System.Enum<T>" added that inherits System.Enum (and that all enumerations are new compiled to be subclasses of System.Enum<T>, whereas T is the underlying type) and that this class provides a public readonly property or field "Value" with its value as T.

        I know that each enumeration contains a private "value__" field that also could be made public to reach this goal without the need of an intermediate class, but an intermediate generic class has also the advantage that it can be used as a hook for (strongly typed) extension methods.

        If that's not…

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        • Add System.IO.TextReader.ReadLines() returning IEnumerable[string]

          This would be a useful general-purpose function. In particular convenient use in LINQ, such as:
          var res = from line in textReader.ReadLine() ...etc...

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          • ScheduledToastNotification.Id length restriction is too small

            The ScheduledToastNotification.Id length restriction is 16 characters including the terminating NULL. So that means 15 characters. This makes trying to make a unique id for a notification difficult.

            Guid.ToString() is WAY too long
            DateTime.Now.Ticks.ToString() is 2 chars too long

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            • Not force the F12 key to set focus back to VS 2013 and leave it on IE

              Not force the F12 key to set focus back to VS 2013 and leave it on IE

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              • Create a subset of .NET runtime for installation by non-admin users

                There is a lot of application that doesn't require administrative access to run. However since not all users run as "Administrators" account, if the application is written in .NET but the corresponding version of .NET runtime is not installed, they would need to search for alternatives.

                Is there any chance Microsoft release a version of lightweight runtime that contains all the functions that don't require administrator access, and to be installed as "per user"? (Much like the case in creating subset .NET runtime for server "Core" editions)

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                • How about including show/hide control formatting symbols like paragraph marks to the available ApplicationCommands for the WPF RichTextBox

                  Many 3rd party WPF tool vendors have added the ability to show hidden formatting tags like the paragraph marks. I would like to see this as a standard feature for the base RichTextBox control in WPF.

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                  • Create a better CSS Editor

                    First off, there should be a separate category for Asp.Net in the above drop down, .NET is too general

                    I probably code CSS different then the rest of the universe, but I like to alphabetize each class in the CSS file, and it has been on my to do list to create a Visual Studio package with a tool bar from A - Z, so if I am looking for a class called '.userphoto', I could just click 'U' and navigate to where the 'U's start.

                    Another really nice feature would be in the CSS propert from the source page…

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                    • Some suggestions for .NET, Midori & Singularity

                      Hello,

                      Recently there was a Microsoft Job advertisement, regarding Midori. They stated, they want to introduce thread safety as a language concept like type safety.
                      I was thinking a lot along these lines recently and did some research of the scientific work of the ETH Zurich.
                      The ETH Zurich did a lot of OS & language research in the last 20 years.
                      Unfortunately, none of the advantages of a managed OS made it into a mainstream OS up to today.
                      I had an idea, but probably Microsoft had this idea too. Why not implmenet the SIP's of Singularity as a…

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                      • Add non-generic base class to TaskCompletionSource<T>

                        The TaskCompletionSource<T> class should have a non-generic base class that would implement the methods that are currently in TaskCompletionSource<T> and which don't operate on the result type.

                        Specifically these are: SetCanceled, SetException, TrySetCanceled, and TrySetException.

                        This would allow for canceling/failing a diverse collection of TaskCompletionSource objects without needing to know what the result type should have been.

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                        • Add methods to SortedSet<T> and HashSet<T> to return the an item

                          The SortedSet<T> and HashSet<T> classes have no way to return specific items. However, their implementations of the Contains method demonstrate that this is possible. It's quite straightforward (but not ideal) to do this with reflection. Please add Find methods to return the item in the set with a matching GetHashCode().

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                          • Visual Cortana

                            Technology is growing like anything. I wish to have a great feature in coming versions of visual studio. Idea is to transform user created algorithm to .Net code. Just like the control drag and drop. The system needs to be so intelligent in transforming the user idea.

                            A feature like the Cortana in windows 8.1. When user asks for something cortana brings the desired results.

                            Secondly I would like to have a touch version of visual studio. So that this version can be used in Windows hybrid desktop/laptop models.

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                            • Overridable CreateElement method(like System.Xml.XmlDocument) on System.Linq.Xml.XDocument

                              When we try to create a domain-specific XML document object model using Linq to XML technology, it will be useful for developpers if following overridable method were prepared on XDocument.

                              public override XElement CreateElement(string prefix, string localName, string namespaceURI)

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                              • Add a standard way to handle failures / retry logic

                                e.g. something like this: https://gist.github.com/buu700/7633622

                                (Not necessarily this class specifically, but the linked class handles both specifying a list of functions to fall back on until one succeeds, and retrying one function up to N times with optional cleanup steps in between)

                                string[] strings = TryHelper.TryUntilSuccessful
                                (
                                () => Cache.GetStrings(),
                                e => TryHelper.TryUntilSuccessful<string[], WebException>
                                (
                                () => WebService.RequestStrings(),
                                maxAttempts: 3,
                                cleanup: exception =>
                                {
                                Log( exception );
                                Thread.Sleep( TimeSpan.FromSeconds(30) );
                                }
                                ),
                                e => new string[] {}
                                );

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                                • InternalsVisibleTo should not require PublicKey to be specified if both assemblies have same public key

                                  InternalsVisibleTo is often used to make internals visible to a unit testing assembly. If an assembly is signed, the full public key must be specified, which is a bit of a pain.
                                  It would be nice if it were possible to specify only the target assembly name, in which case it must be signed with the same key as that used by the source assembly.

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                                  • to provide a razor editor that can be used on OSX machines

                                    Dear Microsoft:

                                    Thank you very much for all the effort you have been puttin into providing the development community with great tools. I have been using Visual Studio and team foundation service and I love it. It has changed the way I do things. There is still something missing. I work with a group of Open Source entusiasts. Most of them have mac computers. As a matter of fact, I still have not worked with any interface designer that does not own a Mac. I keep trying to make them move to .Net. Azure and TF service are great incentives…

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                                    • Add a BindingSource Method that Triggers a Database Update

                                      BindingSource should provided a method for UI code to trigger a database update using changes that have been made in user controls that are bound to a DataSet via the BindingSource. In order to maintain layer separation with the current data binding methods, developers must custom code a message between the UIL and DAL that prompts the DAL to invoke TableAdapter.Update (or violate separation and invoke TableAdapter.Update directly in the UIL...ugh). It seems to me the BindingSource should provide that mechanism itself, thereby making data binding more compatible with the objective of logical layer separation.

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                                      • Support sandboxing! Allow memory usage limits for scripts.

                                        The CLR allows us to run scripts with high security (so that they don't have full access to the PC) and high performance at the same time. However, in a server context one may want to run a thousand scripts written by different people at the same time. Therefore, no single untrusted script should be allowed to use a large amount of memory. .NET should provide configurable memory allocation limits on a thread/fiber. CPU time quotas are needed too, although (unlike memory quotas) perhaps it's possible to enforce CPU time limits without support from the CLR itself.

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                                        • Add #Region system to CSS/js Classes like we have in Code Classes and also add links at the bottom for quick access.

                                          It would be nice to have the #Region system like we have in our code classes, in css and js classes and also provide links at the bottom for quick access. Similar to what we have for aspx pages. (Design - Split - Source) But clicking the link at the bottom would take us directly to that region. (Like an anchor)

                                          This would make it much easier and quicker to find what you're looking for. (Please see attached image.)

                                          Thanks.

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