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  1. Named Token String Formatting

    Currently when using `String.Format` to insert text in a string placeholders are defined by index; e.g.

    string s = String.Format("{0} is the name of my pet {1}","Brian","Dog");

    Instead it would be nice to have a mechanism to allow these placeholders to be named, such as:

    string s = String.Format("{name} is the name of my pet {animal}",{"name","Brian"},{"animal","Dog"});

    It seems to be a popular question on forums, suggesting there's demand:
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/159017/named-string-formatting-in-c-sharp

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      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Peek definition new function

      I love the peek definition (alt+F12) feature in Visual Studio 2013, and it's great for editing functions.

      I'd love to see the same concept with generating method stubs. Basically I'd like to write a function, and use method calls that don't exist, and then one by one peek definition on them to fill in the function.

      I believe long functions get created because filling out the definition for micro functions requires jumping around in code, but having a peek definition means you could create, edit and view it inline, while still having the benefits of smaller functions.

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        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Have a windows os that is more than one computer. Think Nasa.

        I noticed there are no hardware or device ideas selections... too bad. Anyway I suggest your OS has a video only segment which can not be brought down by a crash, and perhaps and audio segment that can not be brought down by the video segment or the users computer segment. So image a computer that can record itself ... ie the users segment and even record a crash or a hardware failure and your ui segment just spits a lot of data onto the screen and you video segment just sops up all that useful information. Hopefully your video…

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          0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Source open or open source System.Net.Http.dll

          I am probably like others thrilled about the awesome updated http://referencesource.microsoft.com/ site, which gives us great insights about a lot of .NET internals.

          After browsing for a while I noticed that System.Net.Http.dll is also listed but all you can see are the method signatures and the XMLDoc, which is kinda disappointing.

          Therefore I want to suggest if it's possible to source open or even open source the System.Net.Http.dll

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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Auto detect extension methods in libraries that are available and show them in intellisense.

            It is my personal opinion that ReSharper has one very useful feature, and I think it would be an exceptional feature for Visual Studio.

            When using the ReSharper intellisense, it's capable of identifying extension methods, and presenting them, even if there is no `using` statement currently setup. This means that I'm able to see extension methods I just wrote without having to include the namespace.

            This is exceptionally useful when building an extension method that is then used across multiple classes during a refactor.

            Finally, that feature is polished off by automatically adding the `using` when I choose the item…

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

              It would be great if I use a custom tool with "use output window" after it the focus came back with the text editor.

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                0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Include native support for SCP in .NET

                Include native support for SCP protocol in the .NET Framework.

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Include native support for SFTP in .NET

                  Add out of the box SFTP support in .NET Framework.

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                  • Include native support for SSH 2.0 in .NET

                    Include native out of the box functionality for SSH 2.0 in .NET Framework. This should allow creating sessions with SSH 2.0 based servers and allow for sending of commands and receiving responses.

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Adding a TFS ability to connect TFS project with SharePoint 2013 Host Name Site Collections

                      I use SharePoint 2013 host named site collections instead of Path based site collections and I need to create TFS connection to HNSC sites.
                      According to several TFS and SharePoint Support engineer, this is currently not possible.
                      Can you add this functional ability to TFS?

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                      • please add navigate annotation command

                        we already have exist annotation like "files://***/***/xx.xx" or "http://***/***/xx.html"; etc. but in the editor of visual studio ,we not have more importent annotation command,that can be navigate to a file or class or property or event or method ,we dont have it! that's very useful very significant,let's we envisioning ...

                        there a note command is:"tocsfile://mynamespace/myxxfile.cs" or
                        "toclass://mynamespace/myclassA" or "tometh://mynamespace/myclassX/SomeMethodName(int,int)" or
                        "toprop://mynamespace/myclassX/SomePropertyName" ... and event etc.. so do.

                        we can from one cs file in editor of sln to other one by this annotation command like:
                        //tomethod://projectname/namespaceX/TestClass/TestMethodX()
                        public void SomeMethod(){
                        // some content...
                        }
                        etc..

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                          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve Visual Studio Object Browser Support for F#

                          The Visual Studio Object Browser is an invaluable source of information to learn the API of third-party libraries or frameworks.
                          However, when such libraries are written in F#, much of the relevant information is either missing or only indirectly recognizable (in CLI-compiled form).

                          In descending order of precedence, the following issues tend to impede productivity in larger projects:

                          - Type aliases cannot be found. Therefore, short of try and error, there is no way of figuring out what namespace has to be opened to access an alias. It gets even more involved when the alias resolves to yet another alias…

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visual Studio multi project templates always create a new solution

                            I have created a multi-project template. When I add it to an existing solution, all the projects got added to the existing solution. Need a configuration option in the project group template that allows to always create a new solution. Please note: If I try to add a VSPackage template (under Extensibility), it always create a new solution.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support the accessibility for MFC feature pack controls for Coded UI Test

                              We have moved to the feature pack controls [CMFCToolBar, CMFCMenuBar] and CMFCRibbonBar, this migration caused a big failure in the Coded UI Test it fail.

                              I thought that these classes didn't implement the acc_get... methods, but these methods was implemented and it works with the narrator it reads the buttons, menus texts but the coded ui test can't find them it identify them and their names, ids...

                              In the CMFCToolBar or CMFCMenuBar, I works fine for the main buttons but if that button contains a child CMFCPopupMenu it will not find a button in it, When the CMFCToolBarMenuButton is asked…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VS2010的Microsoft测试管理器中的设置能改变吗?

                                VS2010的Microsoft测试管理器中的设置能改变吗?
                                例如:下图中的“注释” 填写的文字部分在每个Bug中能默认显示为红色吗?还有其它字体、字号都能修改设置吗?

                                正是描述这个问题:
                                http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/zh-CN/26adf1ea-1ab7-45f0-a8c5-cbc9759dd0f9/vs2010microsoft?forum=vstszhchs

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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a tile to the windows 8.1 start menu for Visual Studio 12.0

                                  I just installed Visual Studio Ultimate and there does not seem to be a way to launch it - the tile in the start menu is missing or got lost.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Hardware Accelerated Graphics for C# and Visual Basic.Net

                                    There is currently a gap for hardware accelerated graphics support in both C# and Visual Basic.Net. With no more support for XNA(full support was never even given in Visual Basic.Net) and the latest version of DirectX not supported in C# and Visual Basic.Net we are left with outdated or unmanaged solutions that provide hardware accelerated graphics operations.

                                    How are developers expected to create advanced games in C# or Visual Basic.Net without proper support? This is unacceptable and should be addressed immediately.

                                    I propose that, since Microsoft has taken a stance to no longer support XNA, to allow programmers to develop…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Just Source control. NO work items, etc...

                                      Just Source Control.

                                      No work item tracking.

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                                      • Support OpenFileDialog() in Surface mode for Pixelsense

                                        I am developing my application for Pixelsense. In Surface test mode, I can open files using OpenFileDialog. However, when I change to Surface Mode to open files, I can't see the OpenFileDialog window appearing. So I think OpenFileDialog() should be supported in Surface mode of Pixelsense so that users can import/export files to the application.

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • event view to contain what pages the user has visited

                                          When debugging an exception, the exception details show the page the exception occurred on, but to debug it further it would be very useful to know about all the pages a user has visited in their session.

                                          Because sometimes it's a certain order of pages and/or button clicks that cause the exception to occur.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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