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  1. First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

    WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Give an option to not try to save new files (not allocated on disk) on "Save All"

      I really like to work with my database from Visual Studio. And I have to write quires a lot. It is very handy to make it from Visual Studio when I have solution right in front of my eyes. And Visual Studio supports multiple windows which makes this even better in multi monitor cases.

      But in project I still need to change code files a lot. And so when I press "Save All" shortcut combination it requires me to save a query file (which i have been using to make queries), and file is not allocated on disk, so have…

      15 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow programmers to get special object's mangled name

        MSVC should allow programmers to get special object's mangled name,which may be very useful when loading a cpp-export dll dynamically.
        For example,
        namespace AA{
        extern const a = 1;
        }
        const char *p = get_mangled_name(AA:a);//?a@AA@3XX_XX

        18 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 38 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

            Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

            Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

            Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

            33 votes
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              2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add build status to pull requests

              I would like to see the status of builds related to commits in a pull requests.

              On the main page of a pull request we have Discussion, Files, Commits. I would like a Build page as well that lists any build runs on the source branch of the pull request.

              This will allow the reviewers to quickly see that all tests have passed and that the current build is green.

              53 votes
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              • Improve multi language support

                There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

                There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

                323 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Consider my detailed proposal for non-nullable references (and safe nullable references)

                  Here are the benefits very briefly:

                  1. Minimal syntax changes.
                  2. Null reference exceptions eliminated.
                  3. No changes to code compilation as such (only introduces compiler error checks).
                  4. Existing code will continue to compile unchanged.

                  See my full proposal at:
                  https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn/issues/227

                  7 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual Studio support Windows RT

                    Now that full edition of office could be installed and run on RT, why can't Visual Studio support RT too?We can play many Xbox games on RT, so there shouldn't be hardware limit. Hope Visual Studio support RT along with Windows 10.

                    4 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Port WPF to Mac OS 10

                      If the rest of .Net is going there, why not WPF?

                      39 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Team Web Access Charts to Group by Tags

                        Specifically with the Scrum process template, there is no place to do root cause analysis, so the natural candidate is to use Tags, this avoids having to customise the process template. The problem is that I cannot produce a work item query "chart" that will allow me to "Group by" the tag. While I appreciate that this might be a challenge with the nature of the pseudo managed field, it would be really useful.

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                        • Take memory usage snapshots at specific points

                          Mats Taraldsvik

                          Another useful feature (if not already present) would be to take snapshots at specific points in the program without actually stopping the execution of the program. (E.g. every time the program returns to the main menu I want a snapshot, and after exhausting all the menu items, I want to stop the program and look for snapshots with memory leaks)

                          Conditionally taking a snapshot automatically at a specific point in the program, for example if the memory usage has increased. (In my example over, this would only take a snapshot if there was a memory leak)

                          11 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • automatically track down memory leaks at the end of the application

                            Vertex

                            it would be nice to automatically track down memory leaks at the end of the application (like in the output window of my native MFC application). Someone can set a breakpoint manually at the "end of an application" and when hit, take a snapshot. But an automatic (with disable option) snapshot at the end of the application would be nice. The question arises, where is the correct end at which I want to have my snapshot. In a MFC/CRT application I would trigger the last snapshot at the time the MFC/CRT memory leak thing tracks the leaks down. I…

                            10 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve WPF Application Cold Start

                              Cold start can take up to 8 seconds of Empty app. This definitely needs improvement as it's really annoying that you are not able to create applications which must have a rapid start.

                              Splash screen is not an solution as user still needs to wait that amount of time.
                              Creating service which would load app into a memory every 30 minutes isn't a solution too.

                              13 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate tests for ASP.NET vNext projects

                                In VS2015 Preview, Smart Unit Tests does not support generating tests for ASP.NET vNext projects. Please extend this feature to enable generating tests for ASP.NET vNext projects.

                                8 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • add target directory to Bower dependencies

                                    Bower (and NuGet) always install JavaScript packages all to the same root /scrips/ and /css/ folders. This is not safe when installing a number of different JavaScript packages as file names of different packages may collide.

                                    Moreover, it's hard to find files in a wealth of different JavaScript files.

                                    So I suggest to be able to provide a "webroot" relative destination directory to each of the dependencies to be installed, e.g.:

                                    "dependencies":
                                    {
                                    "bootstrap": { version: "~3.0.0", targetRoot: "bootstrap"},
                                    "jquery": { version: "~1.10.2", targetRoot: "jQuery"},
                                    "jquery-validation": { version: "~1.11.1", targetRoot: "jQuery"},
                                    "jquery-validation-unobtrusive": { version: "~3.2.2", targetRoot: "jQuery"},
                                    "requirejs": { version:…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015 CTP have the same icon. I use the ICON to identify which Visual Studio to launch on my Windows 8.1

                                      The ICON for Visual Studio 2015 should be different from ICON for Visual Studio 2013. I have four Visual Studios installed on my system 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015. I can distinguish 2010, 2012 because the ICON is different. But 2013 and 2015 have the same ICON.

                                      5 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide Native TFS Build Server Support for Fake - F# Make Build

                                        I would like the ability to use F# Fake build scripts instead of using build templates, msbuild files, and powershell scripts to define my build process. It would be nice if the TFS build server to supported it out of the box.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • add custom tool support to shared projects

                                          Both VS 2013 U4 and VS 2015 Preview does not seem to support custom tools in shared projects. That makes it impossible to use shared projects with many useful single file generators, including those shipped with Visual Studio (RESX, T4 Templates, etc.).

                                          In our usecase we would like to use shared projects for shared data models. Normally these data models are specified in our schema DSL and we have MsBuild tasks that generate necessary source code. This approach is not applicable to shared projects because they are never built, however we could do the same with custom tool (single file…

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