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  1. 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 →
    • 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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        8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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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        • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

          The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

          What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

          The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

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            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

            as it works with Visual Studio already

            195 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Build List, Dictionary and Tuple into the language

              List and Dictionary are used extensively when developing in C# and although Tuple is relatively new it's a very useful class.

              Other languages such as Python and Ruby make these constructs part of the language implementation which makes it incredibly easy to use them and reduces the amount of typing required.

              I would imagine the syntax could look something like this:

              var myList = {1,2,3,4}; // List
              var myDict = {(1,"A"),(2,"B"),(3,"C")}; // Dictionary
              var myTuple = (1,2,3,4) // Tuple

              192 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                192 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  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

                  190 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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…

                    188 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add git blame support

                        Hi,

                        One thing that I found really useful with a previous SVN extension I was using for VS was the ability to right click a file and blame. As well as opening the blame, it scrolled to the line I right clicked on.

                        Is that something that you could add to the Visual Studio Tools for Git extension? It's normally when I'm in VS that I want to blame a file because I've noticed something in the code that either isn't right or I want to understand why it was done. It's a bit annoying to have to go to…

                        187 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • group pending changes instead of having a flat list of files

                          The pending changes view only offers one flat list of changed files. If you work on more than one topic in parallel it is quite cumbersome to check-in only the files from your workspace that cover that topic. Shelving does not really help here. Having the possibility to assign changes to certain groups would help a lot.

                          185 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support calculated fields in TFS

                            The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

                            For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

                            184 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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

                              183 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Attach child process to debugger automatically

                                Visual Studio debugger should support automatically debugging created child processes

                                183 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a report that shows the age of pending changes

                                  This would show which files are currently checked out and how long they have been checked out. Would improve transparency within teams to see how long developers are going without checking in code.

                                  183 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

                                    Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

                                    http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

                                    180 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

                                      179 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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

                                        179 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

                                          Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
                                          Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

                                          178 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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