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  1. Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

    Intellisense should work automatically against C# and VB expressions but also allow hooks for other expression languages.

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      1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 'params' keyword for every list

      If you're a C# developer, I bet you've used something like this before:

      ***** SomeType DoSomething(params AnotherType[] array){...}

      It is a lot easier to use the 'params' modifier than to create a new array with all the paremeters of the same type you want to insert in a method, specially when it comes to small test projects.

      However, using this comes with a disadvantage: you MUST use the array type. No IList, List<T>, Dictionary<TKey, TValue>, etc.. I believe there is no such reason not to allow these list-like types to use the params keyword. Example:

      ***** SomeType DoSomething(params ListType list){...}

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        18 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

        • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

          Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

          While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

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            4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  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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              2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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…

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                2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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 →
                • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                  As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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                    12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Set the default for "Run when build error occurs" to "Do not launch"

                    The remarkably useless option to run the old version when a build error occurs is the first VS prompt a user sees when there is a build error for the first time after installation. It is annoying especially because it is totally useless but recently I started teaching programming to beginners and this option is a BIG issue. Most people are used to checking the "don't bother me anymore" checkbox and then clicking "yes" on dialogs. You can imagine the mess this causes for a beginner who doesn't even know why his changes (which do not compile) do not affect…

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                      3 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                        Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                        In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                        I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

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                          11 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • C++ compiler should warn about wrong member initialization order

                          Every few years this suggestion emerges and I think now is the time for next iteration.
                          In C++ the order of class/struct member initialization is determined by the order of member declaration and not by the order of their appearance in member initialization list. It is therefore extremely easy to to write a code that is very hard to find, e.g.:

                          struct S {
                          int a;
                          int b;

                          S( int i ) : b(i), a(b+1) {}
                          };

                          int main()
                          {
                          S s(42);
                          }

                          and we have garbage in s.a what might be not obvious for a novice programmer.
                          GCC issues…

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                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

                            In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

                            We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

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                              5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring back DirectX to C#!!!!

                                DirectX should be brought back to C#/VB.Net - it was such a good and powerful tool and since it has been scrapped I found it very difficult to develop any form of sound system software! DirectX or at least a better alternative!

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                                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add ID numbers to the Task Board tasks and work items (PBIs and Bugs)

                                  When looking at the Task Board tasks and master work items, it would be helpful to know the ID numbers of the items up front instead of having to open the tasks and master work items up.

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                                  • 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 →
                                    • Database Projects - Reinstate Data Compare and Add Support for Database Diagrams

                                      VS 2012 Ultimate RC does not seem to have any support for the Data Compare feature that was present in VS 2010 Ultimate and that saved me a ton of time (not to mention cash) when comparing the data between 2 databases and generating deployment scripts.

                                      With regard to database diagrams, these were also supported in VS 2010 but do not seem to be supported at all in VS 2012, diagrams are useful way to quickly see the structure of a database and yes I know I can use SSMS but as this is built on top of VS 2010…

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                                        4 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow delegates and generics to be used in attributes

                                        Alter section 17.1.3 of the C# language specification to allow for additional language features to be used in attributes. For example, being able to specify a delegate (anonymous or not) would allow one to look up a member-specific validation method using a static method:

                                        public static bool NameValidator(string name) {
                                        return !string.IsNullOrEmpty(name);
                                        }

                                        [StringValidation(NameValidator)]
                                        public string Name { get; set; }

                                        One better would be to allow anonymous delegates or lambda expressions:

                                        [StringValidation(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                        public string Name { get; set; }

                                        Better yet would be to allow for generics in attributes:

                                        [Validation<string>(str => !string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))]
                                        public string Name { get;…

                                        161 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Automatically handle thread dispatching when binding to ObservableCollection.

                                          If you use MVVM today you have to wrap your collection to handle dispatching, which makes it much more difficult to have pure view-models.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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