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  1. c# script for macros

    It would be amazing if it would be possible to replace the ageing VBA tools and language for macro development with something that would allow c# script. A lot of people operate on this periphery of program development are developing macros in office to help automate repetitive tasks. It would benefit them more, I believe, to utilise up-to-date tooling and use a more popular and better supported language like C#. This might also provide them with an in-road to software development.

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      1 comment  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Remove the need for .kproj and .kproject.user projects

      Currently VS requires project files in order to open. In the old MSBUILD oriented world this was necessary. With K however, all you need is a Project.json and you can build outside the IDE or in other editors like Sublime.

      Only when you go into VS do the files become required. A better experience would be to allow pointing to the Project.json / or a folder and it just loads up.

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        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve variable inspection in optimized .NET code

        When the application is running in release mode be able to evaluate expressions which now you aren't able to due to optimizations made by compiler

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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support superscript and subscript for identifiers

          I would like to see the ability to make parts of an identifier superscript or subscript, particularly for when writing a mathematical equation/formula it's helpful to be able to have the same variables as it uses.

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            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Just My Code and framework stepping solution based rather than global

            Customer External

            I'd like it if the Enable Just My Code and framework stepping were solution based rather than global. Because of the variety of projects i work on, I have to keep switching back and forth.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Performance enhancements for LightSwitch

              LightSwitch is great, but it's a dog when you have more than 50 tables. Breaking up the files was a start, but someone needs to dig in and figure out how to make this thing faster. And while you're at it, you need better synchronization between the database and the data model; it is too easy to break, and difficult to fix.

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                0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I'm a blind student interested in software testing. Would it be possible to make this application friendlier to use with screen readers?

                This is not an idea, yet more of an improvement. Since the application was designed without blind people in mind, there is very little we (blind students) can do to learn this application in a fast manner, making our training much harder than it is for a regular student. Thanks for the attention you will give to this note and I hope to see results in the near future.

                Sincerely,

                Tracie Andersen

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                • Add easy page design features like frontpage

                  like frontpage 2003, we could paste any formatted text and it would generate all the css and structure.
                  also please release these as patch for vs 2012 as I use it.

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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Pending Changes window should not include unmodified files

                    After a merge, every file has a pending change type of [merge], however the file contents have not been modified.
                    This noise hides the files which have been modified and fosters accidental merge errors.

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                    • Add a bottom type

                      It would be nice if C# had a bottom type.A true bottom type would make C# a far more pleasant and consistent language to work with, requiring fewer hacks.

                      void doesn't fit the bill; I can't declare void as the type of a parameter, nor as a type parameter.

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve webtest timings recording so it's possible to associate user info

                        Hi,

                        We looked for a way to record how long a page took when it returned a particular value. Being able to tag a timing (transaction or webtest) with user data would be amazing.

                        We looked at setting the reporting name in a few different places (postrequest, postpage etc) but they seemed to be ignored.

                        Some more details are here : https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/dff0db35-b2d2-4628-861e-e87f41876c52/web-performance-test-record-the-time-of-a-page-and-name-it-after-the-page-has-returned?forum=vstest

                        Thanks,

                        Rob

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • For WPF applications it would make life allot easier if you could modify tabitem highlight colours

                          Simple i dislike having to edit the code just to change the hichlight colours of tabitems

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • When an assembly cannot be written at compile time, tell which process owns the assembly

                            It is pretty frustrating that sometime a zombi process keeps a handle to an assembly under development, preventing the compilation process to complete since the assembly cannot be written. In such case instead of investigating with procexp.exe, I'd like VS tells me which process owns the handle, and even better, propose to kill the concerned process, and if so,resume the compilation process.

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                              0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • Toggle for "calls from" and "calls to" in Call Hierarchy

                                Provide a button selection for showing only "calls from" or "calls to" in Call Hierarchy. Showing both when only interested in one makes viewing and navigation difficult.

                                In my experience "calls from" is rarely necessary and I'm mostly ever only interested in "calls to".

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • File Scoped Namespaces

                                  Background

                                  .NET style guidelines recommend having at most one namespace per file. The current namespace syntax only allows block scope, resulting in every file typically having all of its contents (save using statements) wrapped in a namespace block. This leads to both vertical space being wasted (the curly braces used to delimit the block) and more importantly, horizontal space being wasted, with all of the important content indented by an extra tab (if style guidelines are being followed). The indentation from the namespace block conveys no useful information- it is just code bloat.

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                                  Allow a single namespace declaration per…

                                  17 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve Conditional Breakpoints performance

                                    External user:
                                    Breakpoint Condition in a long loop is super heavy. Also, stop debugging takes a long time if I use the Breakpoint Condition.

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                                    complaint about the Performance of conditional breakpoints, which is a well-known problem in managed code. The problem is breakpoints are inherently high overhead on a managed runtime you just don’t really notice when you’re hitting it once because “slow” is measured in tens of milliseconds per breakpoint hit, but when you have a conditional one you actually pay the performance cost of hitting the breakpoint then evaluating the expression every time that location is reached;…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • IDisposableEx.Disposed enhanced debugging

                                      To make it easier for developers to follow the release of system resources:

                                      1) add a new IDisposableEx interface to .NET Framework that extend IDisposable with the bool Disposed {get;} member.

                                      2) replace in .NET classes, all IDisposable implementations by IDisposableEx and implements bool Disposed { get; }

                                      3) In VS debugger windows gray/strikethrough/... (Local, Watch) disposed objects

                                      4) In VS debugger, add an "Search objects" window allowing to filter in heap objects by type and/or by "[X] Not disposed". The search button in this window will work like the GC and retrieve objects. In the case of IDisposableEx objects,…

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                                        3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • TFS: Add "Was Ever Under" Search Option for Iteration Path/Area Path

                                          When I am running queries, I frequently like to search against work items that were in particular Iteration Paths or Area Paths at any given point. There's a "Was Ever" option for Iteration ID and Area ID, but those fields aren't as intuitive to use. Having a "Was Ever" or "Was Ever Under" would be very helpful for a query like this.

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