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  1. Include System.Configuration reference by default in VS.Net projects

    Provide the System.Configuration assembly reference by default in Visual Studio projects. This avoids the manual effort of having to include the assembly reference in each and every Visual Studio project that requires the use of a configuration file.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Build a good T4 editor

      The current editing experience in T4 is terrible. Please make T4 templates easier to build. It would be great if we could provide an annotated template file and then have the editor stub out a starting point.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Implement Python-like Array Slice Capability

        Languages like Python make it very easy to access elements in an array using slice notation.

        For example, consider this array:

        int[] myArray = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8};
        Console.WriteLine(myArray[2]); //outputs "3"

        Accessing individual elements is straightforward with the indexer notation. However, to access multiple elements within the array is more complicated. To access the indexes 2 and 3 as a shallow copy of the array, I would have to:

        myArray.Skip(2).Take(2);

        In a language like Python, I can simply state:

        myArray[2:4] //which starts at index 2, and goes until index 4 but doesn't include it.

        The Python-like…

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring MediaElement to parity with the other XAML implementations

          Wpf media element only supports one audio track, cannot be fed an abstract source stream, cannot play smooth streaming, and cannot play dash content.

          We need parity with Silverlight and WinRT. It is not currently possible to render H264 smooth/dash content on the desktop, only in IE!

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            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remote debugging should work through firewalls without having to forward ports.

            When debugging across the internet, having to manually configure the remote firewall to forward specific ports to a specific PC is not always possible. Especially when the remote site is a customer owned site. It would be fantastic if the remote debugger had the option to connect through firewalls without having to forward ports, similar to how Skype, Team Viewer, etc.. can. I realize this might require an external server, so it should be an option but still default to the current peer-to-peer behavior.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow the use of mathematical symbols in identifiers

              When writing algorithms, I try to stay as close to the mathematical definition of an equation as possible.

              This mostly requires discipline on my part to define, and use, types and operator overloading, not succumb to premature optimization etc. etc.

              I realized the other day that C# code is stored in UTF-8, which has a lot of mathematical symbols.

              I would like to be able to write:

              var sₖ = new Matrix();

              var sₖᵀ = Matrix.Transpose(sₖ);

              var c₁= sₖᵀ * sₖ;

              Interestingly enough, C# already allows you to use non-ascii letters (like European accented characters) in identifiers. This is of…

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                1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide the Oslo M language tools in the professional version and above (and below if feeling generous).

                The Oslo M language tools look like a good dsl maker and would be a good addition. C++ proj template would be nice, too.

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                • Add the option to collapse try-catch blocks

                  Sometimes, adding many try-catch blocks to the code makes it harder to follow the main idea of the application. I believe that adding some ellipsis notation (similar to the notation used when a function is collapsed) to the try-catch block could help make the code more readable.
                  I just think that it would be great if I could read my code with no exception handling at all. If I wanted to read the exception handling code, I could always expand the specific section of code.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • One WebBrowser Control (WinForm WebBrower, WPF WebBrowser, WinRT WebView)

                    Using WebBrowser control, developer write different code for 3 each platfrom.

                    Customer use Windows 7/Vista, thus we need to write code for WinForm, WPF.
                    We have Universal Windows app code, however converting UWA WebView to WPF/WinForm WebBrowser is hard .

                    For example, WebView.NagivateToLocalStreamUri method is very usefull, howerver WPF WebBrowser donot have this method.

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Checking if code is executing on the client or server

                      In some cases I want to handle the Property_Changed event on the client only. The reason for this is that, for example, to allow the system to set one value based on another but still allow the user to override. This thread http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/lightswitch/thread/34d7de80-fddb-460b-a156-5f6a2fafb2eb/ explains the details.

                      In short, I'd like to be able to write something like "if (RunningOnClient)" so I can assure my code will only run on the client or server as I see fit.

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                        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Can Write Which File Opening When "Opening The File..." Window Appeared

                        Applying code changes Displaying and HANGING Window
                        With "Opening the file...":
                        To Solve Problem, Can Write on title of "Opening the file..." WHICH FILE IS OPENING...

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Unseal System.Web.HttpCookie

                          It is sealed. Adding behavior to it is a pain, as we need to create a wrapper, and then test, etc.

                          Why is it even sealed? Please can you unseal it in the next release?

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • PowerShell editor and ISE console control

                            Syntax highlighting and full intelligence for all PowerShell file types. Handle PowerShell modules like Visual Studio projects. Include a PowerShell ISE like console control, fulling integrate it into the VS and expose as VS APIs as a PowerShell objects or cmdlets. The VS PowerShell RunSpace should support profiles just like the ISE. Add deep PowerShell debugging down to the base .NET objects.

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                            • Preserves custom switches in config.xml

                              Any changes to Cordova config.xml will lost if opened config.xml with Visual Studio.

                              The editor should preserve all settings unknown to it. Otherwise, build hooks, platform specific settings, and plugin settings will be gone.

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                                0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow WPF to apply bindings in a non UI thread. Good for reporting templates using FlowDocuments.

                                FlowDocuments are wonderful to be used as Reporting Templates through its DataContext property and bindings in its inner elements, but it is important to rely the application of this bindings on background threads when generating documents massively. Right now, the UI is blocked

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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add option to disable data breakpoint message

                                  There currently is no option to disable the message that is shown when a data breakpoint is hit: "The following breakpoint was hit."
                                  That makes it basically impossible to use data breakpoints in an addin that needs to run debugging tasks automatically.

                                  My addin needs to be informed about the context change (and that the breakpoint was hit) without the user needing to hit a button. Please implement an option that will make the debugger call the usual events without showing the message box.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • IDE titles should be unique

                                    I often work on different versions/branches of our solution. I might be working on our current mainline version of our software and also be involved with a patch on an already shipped version.

                                    Sometimes I want to open two different versions of a solution in two different IDE’s to compare them. Once open, because the solution names are the same and this is used as the title bar of the IDE, I constantly get confused as to which version of the solution I’m looking at.

                                    Would it be possible to somehow make the IDE title editable, or be intelligent so…

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                                    • Move the Work Item to the previous New column instead of the first on the Kanban board

                                      The scenario is that you have created a new column on the Kanban board that is mapped to the New state. You have also created several different swimlanes, which this column is included in. This column might be quite important when planning and following up work.
                                      If a user activates a work item and then decides to inactivate it again, by setting it to New in the Work Item form (in Visual Studio or Web Access) or remove it from In Progress in My Work, the item is moved out of the swimlane it was originally planned in. After that…

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • EnableGPUAcceleration property on Silverlight 5 test pages

                                        Visual Studio can dynamically generate an HTML test page when debugging Silverlight applications. The new 3D acceleration in Silverlight 5 requires a new EnableGPUAcceleration property in this HTML page. Visual Studio still doesn't add this property making it unusable. I have to create two pages (one for Debug and other for Release) and not forget to change page when changing configuration...
                                        Visual Studio supports this option when on Out-Of-Browser...

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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Expand All for complete view of workflow

                                          Maybe I am missing something, but the XAML designer doesn't seem to have an option to show all workflow steps at the top level. Once you drop in a Sequence or a Parallel activity you have to double click to navigate in to the activity and see it's details. An Expand All function that shows all subitems expanded will be great. Somewhat similar to the pre-XAML designer was quite the opposite of today's designer in the sense it would show everything which you make it huge and clunky quickly. I like the new designer, just the option of seeing all…

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