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  1. 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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      3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • 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

        197 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make "Go To Definition" faster (C++)

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

          196 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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…

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              9 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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 →
              • 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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                • 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

                  189 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  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.

                    189 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

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                      • 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 →
                        • 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.

                          184 votes
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                          • 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.

                            183 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable TFS reporting with TFS Preview

                              It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with TFS Preview. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

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                              • Allow Burndown to use story points instead of hours

                                We typically don't use hours on our tasks. It would be nice to change the burndown in TFS to use story points on completed/non-completed PBIs instead.

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                                • 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.

                                  182 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

                                    180 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      179 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

                                      • 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 →
                                        • "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…

                                          175 votes
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