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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 →
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          4 comments  ·  General  ·  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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                  The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                  Why bold, but not italics?

                  170 votes
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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/*/*" />

                    170 votes
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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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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                      • 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 →
                        • 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 →
                          • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

                            There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

                            168 votes
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                            • 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…

                              168 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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!

                                167 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                                  167 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add more garbage collector options including a low latency option and an option tuned for immutable data structures

                                    GC latency in .NET 4 is orders of magnitude worse than competitors like Staccato (2008). Performance when using immutable data structures is several times worse than alternatives like OCaml (1995).

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                                      5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                                      When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

                                      164 votes
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                                      • Add Report Controls to WPF toolkit

                                        One of the missing feature of WPF is that it it does not have report controls in the toolkit. Because most applications are data driven and in LOB apps report is indispensable.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Create New AI Language With Both Lisp and Prolog features.

                                          Please Add AI Features in C# , C++ , ... Languages or Create New AI Programming Language.

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                                            2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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