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  1. 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 →
    • Recover trx files for Unit Test

      I found in VS 11 Beta or VS 2012 RC, when I did some unit test, there is no trx file that stores test results any longer in the TestResults folder, so in this case, I have no way to check my previous test results, this is very inconvenience, especial when I want to save all my unit test results in somewhere, why did you remove this feature in the new version?

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      • 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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          31 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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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            10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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 →
            • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

              Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

              269 votes
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              • 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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                  26 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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 →
                  • 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.

                    • 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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                        8 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

                      • WPF Bing Map Control

                        WPF Bing Map Control like in Silverlight. Include multi-touch features.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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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                          • silverlight compile to html5 or Have XAML run in browser without plugin

                            have Silverlight compile to html5 or Have XAML run in browser without plugin.

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                              16 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.

                              258 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add PlaneProjection

                                For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Test Explorer is severely limited

                                  I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                                  1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                                  2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

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                                  • Let lambdas with a statement body be converted to an expression tree

                                    The C# compiler supports translating a lambda expression to an expression tree (System.Linq.Expressions).

                                    Today lambdas with no statement body (only a single statement) are supported just fine.

                                    Expression<Action> x = () => Console.WriteLine("Hello World");

                                    But lambdas with a statement body (braces), which is needed to have multiple statements, doesn't compile.

                                    Expression<Action> y = () => { Console.WriteLine("Hello"); Console.WriteLine("World"); };

                                    I believe there is a lot of awesome stuff not being possible due to this lack of support.

                                    It seems very unproblematic to implement, but if there are any hidden issues with this feature, it would be nice to know so…

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                                      4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve Event to Command Binding in WPF

                                      Invoking a command on an event requires the use of the Expression Blend interaction triggers. The syntax for this is pretty ugly.

                                      Make the WPF tooling smarter so that we can easily bind events to commands via binding.

                                      e.g:

                                      <Button MouseEnter="{Binding MouseEnterCommand}"></Button>

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                                        3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

                                        Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

                                        There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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                                          5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Customize the columns on the Task Board

                                          - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
                                          - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
                                          - allow setting of WIP limits per column

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