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  1. IsAnyNull Compiler Feature

    We often find ourself writing statements such as:

    If ( (a !=null) && (a.b !=Null) && (a.b.c !=null)
    {
    // Do something with c
    }

    It would be great if there was a compiler feature that would generate
    the individual check without having the developer duing the tedious work with a statement such as a.b.c.IsAnyNull()

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      13 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
      • Visualize the rights of a user/group on all different aspects of a Team Project

        You can set rights in TFS on a lot of different levels. On Team Project, Area/ Iteration/ Team Queries, Source Control/ Folders/ Files, Builds / Reports / SharePoint. Especially in TFS with different TFS groups that sometimes contain the same users/groups, it is hard to see why a user has a specific right or is not allowed to do something. At the moment it is hard to find this without checking everything manually.

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        • "View White Space" should show line endings too

          As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

          Request:
          * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
          * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
          * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
          * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

          And that's it for the request.

          And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
          * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

          204 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

            My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support Adding Workflow Activities to Toolbox Using Toolbox Controls Installer

              Third-party builders of workflow activities (like for TFS Build) would like to be able to add their workflow activities to the Workflow Designer Toolbox by either having end users install our activity package using a VSIX deployment (using the Visual Studio Gallery) or by an MSI Installer.

              This process would be similar to the way other third-party component vendors are able to add to the toolbox for WinForms, ASP.NET, Silverilght, WPF, etc. controls. We would like the same functionality for Workflow Activities.

              Original Forum Post with more details: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsx/thread/410242a8-42ac-42b6-8fcf-08088bd5b31a

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                1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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 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.

                  201 votes
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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

                  • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

                    as it works with Visual Studio already

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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Native support Sqlite in Visual Studio

                      After declined sql server compact and not support in visual studio 2013
                      please native support sqlite as default embedded, lite and in memory database for win,web,windows runtime and windows phone with very better user interface same ssdt for sql server. so can easy manipulation database and run sql query with plan.

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                        2 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  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.

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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

                        • Make "Go To Definition" faster (C++)

                          Clicking on that option often takes 5-10 seconds and it completely hangs the GUI.

                          197 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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 →
                            • 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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                                5 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

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                                  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • provide an (extensibility) API for the Microsoft Test Manager

                                  Currently we need to go quite some lengths in order to extend and customize the Microsoft Test Manager functionality (Planning, edition and running tests) because the functionality mtm(.exe) provides only overlaps to a certain extend to our usecases and right now it offers no public API which we can build upon.

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                                  • 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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                                      3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Centralized Build View & Management

                                      Create an interface to centrally view and manage builds for administrators. As an admin that manages builds across team projects, I find it tedious that I have to navigate to each Team Project’s Build Explorer to see current build activity. It makes it even worse that you force each Build Explorer to open in the same VS Window.

                                      Minimally, the interface would be the current Build Explorer without the Team Project filter, thus allowing admins to have a central view of build activity. Ideally, it would be a similar interface that allows for a centralized build activity view and also…

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                                      • Work with the R# team to make VS startup with R# inside faster

                                        R# is a super popular addin and dramatically slows down VS startup. This situation certainly impacts negatively the VS startup issue many are complaining about.

                                        Through he VSIP program R# guys and VS guys should meet and see how the R# bulk code (>40MB of dlls) load could be smartly deferred when the user is choosing a sln / loading a sln / starting work with a sln.

                                        190 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                                          Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                                          Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

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                                            10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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