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  1. XNA 5

    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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      220 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

      Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

      Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

      As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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        246 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Silverlight 6

        Please do work on Silverlight next version. I feel Silverlight is great tool which has best in cross development web experience. Although you guys are spending time on HTML5 and other stuffs, but I feel it takes years to bring HTML 5 is not flexible enough like Silverlight.

        One more thing, as a Silverlight developer it was only my chance to replace flash from my projects, but as you guys stopped working on it; I feel that I wasted my time in learning Silverlight.

        Do start working on Silverlight, Only this will get you back in increasing footprints in website…

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          460 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Debug Lambda expressions

          Allow Quick Watch and other Debug functions to work with Lambda expressions.

          "Expression cannot contain lambda expressions" makes this powerful language feature second-class within the IDE.

          Especially for data intensive applications being able to write Lambda expressions in the Quick Watch, Watch, Immediate Windows and debug evaluation is a must have.

          8,117 votes
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            under review  ·  52 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bring back Classic Visual Basic, an improved version of VB6

            The silent majority of VB6 users did not ask for changes that came with .NET

            We request Microsoft brings back classic Visual Basic as COM development is back with Windows 8.

            David Platt wrote an excellent article about why classic VB still thrives:
            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/jj133828.aspx

            5,921 votes
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              799 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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()

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                198 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

              • rename project in TFS

                Rename existing project in TFS

                4,742 votes
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                  137 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support C++11 features

                  Support C++11 features

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                    95 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Update 1/2/2014:
                    Support for C++11 began in Visual Studio 2010, which included auto and lambda functions. In Visual Studio 2012, we implemented more of the standard—for example, range-based for loops, standard threads, and futures. Visual Studio 2013 provides even more—variadic templates, delegating constructors, non-static data member initializers, uniform initialization, ‘using’ aliases, and other features.

                    For more information, see the C++ Conformance Roadmap on Soma’s blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/28/cpp-conformance-roadmap.aspx) , and learn about the Future of C++ from Herb Sutter (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/2-306).

                    Finally, this table summarizes conformance by feature, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh567368.aspx.

                    Thanks,
                    Visual C++ Team (ebattali@Microsoft.com)

                  • Bring back Macros

                    I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

                    If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

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                      467 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

                      Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

                    • 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.

                      2,818 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back!

                        Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option to automatically create unit test skeletons for methods and namespaces as it was in VS 2010!

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                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. Though the ALM Rangers have released a workaround for this issue, we will change this item’s status to “Under Review” while we continue to evaluate the feasibility of including this into the product in a future release.

                        • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                          Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                          MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                          For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

                          2,668 votes
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                            15 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • T4 editing

                            T4 is no longer just a tool used internally by VS, but is being increasingly used by developers for code generation. It would be great to have syntax highlighting, intellisense etc. out of the box.

                            I appreciate this is probably more of a Visual Studio feature request than an ASP.NET one, but as T4 is used a lot within ASP.NET projects, particularly MVC ones, I figure it's worth a mention.

                            2,446 votes
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                              26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                              Visual studio used to have a kick *** interface. However, everything about the 2012 interface looks.. amateurish.

                              -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                              -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face.

                              -The upper cased menus are screaming at me (try posting on a forum in all caps... see what the response is).

                              In a nutshell, whoever designed the interface needs to go back to the grade school I'm sure they dropped out of and finish their education. Maybe get a job at a fast food place running a cash register... Because they…

                              2,351 votes
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                                151 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve MFC

                                Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

                                1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

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                                  14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Edit & Continue: Allow the modification of lambda's and anonymous methods

                                  This has been split from https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/admin/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2035769-make-edit-and-continue-work-more-globally.

                                  Edit and Continue has always been a staple of Visual Studio development; it's one of the most important features that make it better than other IDEs. In 2002, Visual Studio .Net came out, and didn't have Edit and Continue, which made it very hard to use. In 2003, the new version had Edit and Continue and I was jubilant.

                                  Enable edit and continue for lambda changes; that might mean that you even have to allow edit and continue to add new methods, but that should be possible using light-weight code generation.

                                  (Filed on…

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                                    4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make Debugging faster

                                    It takes too long to begin debugging an application. It also takes too much time stepping through code in debug mode.

                                    1,720 votes
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                                      26 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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 →
                                      • Decrease the Memory Footprint

                                        Since Visual Studio is a tool which can be used in so many scenarios (desktop development, web development, game development, etc) and supports so many languages (managed, native, scripting) it seems it is often loading tools and editors which are not needed for the current scenario.

                                        It would be nice to have very fine grain control over what components are loaded at any given time to decrease the memory footprint and increase the performance.

                                        For example, if I just want to edit a C# file in a class library it seems the memory footprint could be much smaller than when…

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                                          9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Open source Silverlight

                                          Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

                                          For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

                                          However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

                                          * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
                                          * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
                                          * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
                                          Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

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