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  1. support arithmetic operations on Blend numeric textfields

    why not support arithmetic operations on numeric textfields, it can add a real plus-value to the tool and can improve the productivity of the designer/developer

    example:

    24*7

    480/3

    240*0.8

    24*2+200

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      3 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

      I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Completely rework the RichTextBox control (make it fast, extensible, capable of handling large text)

        - fast to initialize and load
        - stellar performance (this is the most important part)
        - able to handle large amounts of rich-text
        - provide an auto-size feature
        - better support for spell checking
        - either add support for image editing, bullet points and tables or make it extensible so we can implement it ourselves

        I imagine a lot can be taken from the VS2010 editor or AvalonEdit.

        223 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Premium

          In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
          Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

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            13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

            The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
            Why bold, but not italics?

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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • F# add Unit Test support

              Although FP style is Unit Test ready code there is no support in VS for Unit Test feature in F#.

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                8 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

                It would be nice if you could split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

                So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

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                  13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    25 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add many-to-many relation support

                    Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                    It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

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                      0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hans-Otto,

                      Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion. LightSwitch currently supports the consumption OData feeds that contain a many-to-many relationship. This suggestion is being left as ‘under review’ because the ability to create many-to-many relationships within LightSwitch is on our product backlog to be considered for a future release.

                      Thanks,
                      Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                    • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                      When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

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                        9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • include graphics debugger in VS2012 Express Edition

                        Because PIX is now officially replaced with the graphics debugger ( and even crashing with anything DX11 on Win8 ), but graphics debugger is not included in the Express Edition, it is now literally impossible to develop anything DX11 because of the lack of any means to debug.

                        Homebrew software, demoscene programmers, after-work tinkers were always a significant driving force for MS and DirectX, but now it is impossible for anyone to learn/play/experiment with DX at home. I suggest to include the graphics debugger just as PIX was included before in the DX SDK for free.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

                          //weak reference:
                          var value = weak(new Reference());

                          //weak event:
                          var source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

                          Or in VB.NET:
                          'reference:
                          Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

                          'event:
                          Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

                          I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

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                            4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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 →
                            • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                              Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

                              207 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Chris,

                                Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                                Thanks,
                                Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                              • Add official support for Blend Extensions

                                Currently there is almost no documentation how to extend Blend. I have seen some examples in the wild which seem to be the result of reverseengeneering rather than beeing officialy supported. Some of the suggestions posted here could be easyly programmed by the community.

                                [Blend team response]
                                In addition to voting for this idea, please leave a comment letting us know what extensions you would like to use in Blend.

                                205 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • WPF support in Lightswitch

                                  How about replacing Silverlight with WPF for the desktop client to get rid of the pixel rendering performance issues with Silverlight? Since LS now has HTML support for web clients, Silverlight could be replaced with a more powerful desktop client like WPF ( I would even take Winforms if it substantially increased performance ).

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                                    5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bring Silverlight Back-The best product that Microsoft ever built

                                    Microsoft we all know that you are in troubled waters after the surface debacle, Windows-8 also is a major flop. But still we are with you and we can hit back, just bring back one weapon from the junkyard, 'SILVERLIGHT', the best product Microsoft ever built. Work on Silverlight 6 and see how the tables turn. Please bring it back.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support MVVM in VS.NET Metro templates

                                      MVVM is widely recognized as the best pattern for xaml-based projects.
                                      Please change the vs.net templates so that they generate a basic skeleton of an MVVM project (adding subfolders for Views, Viewmodels, Behaviors, Converters)
                                      Add also basic classes like the DelegateCommand and other tools commonly used for MVVM implementation.

                                      This is a short description for:
                                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithcsharp/thread/30254e92-5133-45de-b3c9-f52a72515821

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                                        5 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add MIDI to WinRT to help musicians

                                        Musicians use MIDI. MIDI is not supported for Metro applications. MIDI should be part of WinRT and connect to USB devices and any other kind of MIDI device installed on the PC. One Microsoft employee who is also a musician has suggested a possible inferior solution:
                                        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithnativecode/thread/72f78574-02c3-4986-8d5f-623b31c89765?prof=required

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                                          9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path

                                          Add ability to set wildcard into the reference path.
                                          For example:
                                          When I want to add all files from the subdirectory /path/to/files I must add files separately:
                                          /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file1.js" />
                                          /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file2.js" />
                                          /// <reference path="../path/to/files/file3.js" />
                                          ...

                                          It will be more usefull if I have ability to setup references through wildcard:
                                          /// <reference path="../path/to/files/*.js" />
                                          or more widely:
                                          /// <reference path="../path/to/*/*" />

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                                            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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