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  1. Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

    The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

    Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

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      6 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Run unit tests in parallel

      As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

      As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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        12 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

        Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

        The end result would allow this sort of code:

        unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
        {
        T t = new T();
        T* tPointer = &t;
        T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
        var tSize = sizeof(T);
        byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
        T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
        }

        Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

        Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

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          5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

          Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

          So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

          I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

          I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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            27 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Change Visual Studio Online account region

            My Visual Studio Online account was create in North Central US. I'd like an option to change the region, so that my data is stored closer to my users.

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            • Better code navigation in F#

              Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

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                3 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

              • Make it feasible to use Visual Studio as a programmers notepad replacement

                There are times when you just need to open a standalone code file written in something like C# for viewing or editing but don't want the burden of the whole IDE especially with it's slow load time. What I propose is make the Visual Studio Editor a separate invokable application on it's own or make it so that when Visual Studio is started up with a file path(s) feed in as run time arguments, then load the IDE in a minimal state tailored to working with a single file. Providing this functionality would allow some programmers who chose to manage…

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                  9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add support for ALPN to System.Net.Security.SslStream

                  The proposal is to add TLS ALPN support to the System.Net.Security.SslStream API. One of the key applications of this would be to negotiate SPDY or HTTP/2 connection with a server.

                  "Microsoft drove into the TLS working group a new standard called ALPN: [IETFDRAFT-ALPN] Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), "Transport Layer Security (TLS) Application Layer Protocol Negotiation Extension", draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00, April 2013, http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-applayerprotoneg-00 This standard uses a TLS extension during the handshake to communicate to the server/client what inner protocol will be spoken over the secure stream. For instance, this is how SPDY and HTTP/2.0 connections are negotiated between browsers and compatible…

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                    4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add IntelliSense support for the <inheritdoc /> tag in XML documentation comments

                    We currently use the <inheritdoc /> and <inheritdoc cref="" /> tags extensively in our code base in order to reduce the amount of duplicated documentation that needs to be written.

                    This works great for the most part, since we generate our docs using Sandcastle.

                    However, when we are actually developing code in the same c# project as the API which uses <inheritdoc>, Visual Studio does not recognize the tag, or resolve any references.

                    It would be great if Visual Studio Intellisense could actually do this.

                    288 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                        When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                        Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                        This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                        Syntaxt like:

                        private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

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                          50 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                          “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                          Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                          This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

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                            32 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Roll Behaviors and TriggerActions into the .NET framework proper

                            Remove the dependency on the custom Blend assembly and add Visual Studio support

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                              When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                              One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                              The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                              A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                              (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                              The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improved validation

                                Make validation accross entities easier. Something like Workflow rules engine, with dependencies between rules, dynamic loading of rules etc.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

                                  It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
                                  Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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                                    10 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We are very interested in extending Application Insights to as many platforms as possible. Xamarin support is for sure on our backlog. We are currently prioritizing and scheduling future improvements. As of today, we don’t have any ability to comment on when this support may arrive.

                                    Joshua Weber – AppInsights PM

                                  • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                                    When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                                    My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

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                                      5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                                      Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                                      This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                                      Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

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                                        13 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                                        TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                                        Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

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                                          Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                                          We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

                                        • Compliable strings

                                          If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
                                          System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
                                          System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
                                          System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
                                          System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

                                          In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

                                          Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

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                                            8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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