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  1. Non-modal UI for Extensions and Updates download and install

    When downloading an extension (say VS Web Essentials), Visual Studio IDE is completely blocked. Why should I have to watch through the progress of the extension download progress bar? Please make this non-modal.

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      1 comment  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • One .NET Framework for One Microsoft

      Proposal is to create a “One Framework” project at Microsoft to encompass both technology development and a consistent message for customer engagement. A developer should be able to fire up Visual Studio and use C# and Xaml to target Windows Desktop, Windows Store Apps, and Xbox One along with a cloud deployed “click once” option to all these targets. There should be clear guidance that all of these will be both supported and enhanced for a long time to come. It would be a nice extra to have a fully supported by Microsoft targeting of C# to Android and IOS…

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        23 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add "?." operator to C#

        Add the "?." operator to C# and make it chainable like CoffeeScript so we don't have to write null reference checks for every nested property. An example would be:
        myObject?.Items?.[0]?.DoSomething()

        4,813 votes
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          196 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We are seriously considering this feature for C# and VB, and will be prototyping it in coming months. Syntax in C# would be

          e?.x // member access
          e?.M(…) // method invocation
          e?[…] // indexing

          Semantically this will be similar to

          (e == null) ? null : e.x

          etc., except that e will only be evaluated once of course.

          If the type of e.x (etc) is a non-nullable value type S, then the type of e?.x is S?. Otherwise the type of e?.x is the same as that of e.×. If we can’t tell whether the type is a non-nullable value type (because it is a type parameter without sufficient constraints) we’ll probably give a compile-time error.

          Thanks for all the great comments!

          Mads Torgersen
          C# Language PM

        • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

          Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

          It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

          Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
          http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

          Please bring it back!

          NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

          22 votes
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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bring back our un-killable cockroach, is ours !

            Our voices are united and we unanimously wish the return of Visual Basic 6.0 to the market !

            45 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve code analysis

              Improve code analysis
              - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
              - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
              - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
              - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
              - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
              - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
              - Detect class used only by one other class…

              679 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                34 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Enterprise Library Logging for Application Insights Diagnostics Logging

                  Application Insights currently has adapter support for Log4Net, NLog, and TraceListener logging. Please support Enterprise Library Logging!

                  20 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual Studio should manage Version Numbers

                    There should be an internal facility to manage project / module / assembly version numbers with options for autoincrement, set to a day of the year, etc., and it should have independent options for major, minor, build and revision numbers.

                    37 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow MSBuild to clean and build solutions while open in visual studio

                      On every project we run we use PowerShell to drive build and deployments into our local environments.

                      We call MSBuild.exe from PowerShell but frequently get this error message: "CSC : error CS1606: Assembly signing failed; output may not be signed -- Error signing assembly -- The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

                      The only way to work around this issue is to close visual studio, run our build and deploy scripts and reopen visual studio after.

                      Note: this is not a case that we are running MSBuild and trying to build or debug…

                      26 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • fire developers responsible for UI of VS2012

                        I was speechless when I saw first time VS2012. Ugly black and white interface. Small, boring, unfamiliar icons. Unfortunately I have to work with this version. So, every morning I have to suppress my negative feelings towards VS20012 and work, work, work.....

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                          4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                          As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

                          15 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

                            If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

                            37 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

                              While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

                              This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

                              It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

                              Thanks!

                              13 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Please provide NT Service monitoring

                                Please provide NT Service monitoring

                                42 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

                                  in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

                                  Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

                                  2,778 votes
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                                    11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use more than one WPF-Touch applications simultaneously with touch.

                                    I have a Dell xps 2720 System. -->10 Finger Touch. Everything works fine as long I do not open the application more than one time! It seems the .net Framework is not able to share its touch system over more than one wpf Application.

                                    More information in this post.

                                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/1051614f-56f0-4641-a5fa-e99cc0156365/use-more-than-one-wpftouch-applications-simultaneously-with-touch?forum=wpf#ba13b5fc-3ecc-453c-9230-584de6cec968

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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Test Explorer is severely limited

                                      I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                                      1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                                      2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

                                      64 votes
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                                      • Distinguish Applications by a user defined Environment

                                        Right now, Application Insights seems to only distinguish between the Debug and Release version of an application. At my company. we have several "downstream" environments DEV/MAIN/QA/POST that an application might run in before it is deployed to production. In the QA and POST environment, the application will run the Release version of the code.

                                        So, I would like to see a way where I can record the Environment an application is running in. Preferably it would be something in the web.config so the correct value can be set at deployment time.

                                        The dashboard would let me either look at results…

                                        31 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Why Visual studio 2013 doesn't have easy way to run multiple selected webtest/coded web test?

                                          I work in a company which has 100 of client sites and I have coded web tests for all those sites as well as I have couple of coded UI test and load test to verify those sites login and up and running or not by using visual studio 2010 ultimate, I can easily run all those tests or partial number of tests easily from the Test view or from the Test list editor of VS 2010. Every month during our IT maintenance I run all those web and coded UI tests.

                                          Now I have installed Visual Studio 2013 ultimate,…

                                          52 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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