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  1. Improve MFC

    Like many developers we maintain and develop an extremely large enterprise MFC application. All in all about 1.5 million lines. Asides from the addition of ribbons and a few extra controls we have had very little improvements in how we can work with MFC or native Win32 apps (in fact, the speed has gone down and classwizard seems to have gone from bad to worse to gone). Can you consider:

    1. Improving the Dialog editor so that we can lay out dialogs with guides and the extra alignment options that are standard with C# - automatically spacing items correctly and…

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      21 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • make it possible to move a Team Project between Team Project Collections

      Currently you need to move an existing Team Project to a new Team Project Collection. I would like a feature to move Team Project between Team Project Collections without using TFS Integration Toolkit or other 3rd party tools.

      2,404 votes
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      • Add non-nullable reference types in C#

        Non-nullability checks have to be manually encoded hundreds of times in any large real-world project, and they are not compile-time-enforced. There are code contracts in .Net 4.0, but their usage is still very verbose, and only partly compile-time-enforced.

        What I wish is a pendant to the null-lifting operator ?, for instance, !, so that one could write:
        void MyMethod(string! s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

        Or, the way ReSharper does it:
        void MyMethod([NotNull] string s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

        2,173 votes
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          58 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • One .NET Framework for One Microsoft

          Proposal is to create a “One Framework” project at Microsoft to encompass both technology development and a consistent message for customer engagement. A developer should be able to fire up Visual Studio and use C# and Xaml to target Windows Desktop, Windows Store Apps, and Xbox One along with a cloud deployed “click once” option to all these targets. There should be clear guidance that all of these will be both supported and enhanced for a long time to come. It would be a nice extra to have a fully supported by Microsoft targeting of C# to Android and IOS…

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            27 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Expand Generic Constraints for constructors

            Currently when declaring a generic constraint on a Type parameter
            ie.
            public void DoSomething<T>() where T : new() { /* do something */ }

            You can't specify that T has a constructor with specific parameters:
            ie.
            public void DoSomething<T>() where T : new(string, int) { /* do something */ }

            1,862 votes
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              20 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                66 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

                A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

                1,826 votes
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                • Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

                  Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

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                    This is a great idea! Although we plan to make this available to you in the near future, we are still in the planning process. We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Program Manager TFS

                  • Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Online

                    As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

                    I am sure we are not the only ones.

                    1,788 votes
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                    • Better NullPointerException Error message

                      Let's say you have the line

                      a.b().c().d().e().f().g();

                      and you run it and get an
                      System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                      Where did this happen? what do you need to fix?

                      A better error message would be

                      The Call: null.e()
                      Caused a Null Reference Exception

                      this would make debug/life a lot easier.

                      I would also suggest you use the full method signature so you might get

                      The Call: null.e(string, List<string>)

                      1,769 votes
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                        26 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Decrease the Memory Footprint

                        Since Visual Studio is a tool which can be used in so many scenarios (desktop development, web development, game development, etc) and supports so many languages (managed, native, scripting) it seems it is often loading tools and editors which are not needed for the current scenario.

                        It would be nice to have very fine grain control over what components are loaded at any given time to decrease the memory footprint and increase the performance.

                        For example, if I just want to edit a C# file in a class library it seems the memory footprint could be much smaller than when…

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                          9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Visual Studio startup and shutdown faster

                          Application startup without any solution/project should be instantaneous (less than 1 second)
                          Application shutdown should not exceed 100ms for each open project and should show a progress bar.

                          1,718 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Changed the title to clarify that this is Visual Studio startup/shutdown.

                          • Merge Wpf and Silverlight to be one framework (that would be called silverlight??)

                            Merge both frameworks to use the same assemblies and controls and make a .net silverlight profile that would be a subset of .net client profile and used by partially trusted xaps.

                            1,698 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

                              Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

                              1,689 votes
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                                90 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

                                To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

                                1,654 votes
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                                • XAML Debugging

                                  Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

                                  1,622 votes
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                                    15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

                                    please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

                                    1,553 votes
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                                      94 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Integrate Office365 and Visual Studio Online

                                      Please integrate Visual Studio Online and Office 365 better, considering that an organization that is interested in Visual Studio Online will be likely to be using Office 365.

                                      Integration should include:
                                      - Authentication - users should be able to use their Office365 accounts and not only LiveID.

                                      - SharePoint site integration - from Visual Studio Online let me configure a site that I can host file sharing from, including the ability to use Office 365 as a SharePoint source. Administrative functionality should be included provided the user has the ability to administer Office365.

                                      - SharePoint site integration, storyboarding - same…

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                                      • INotifyPropertyChanged

                                        Provide a way for INotifyPropertyChanged to be implemented for you automatically on class.

                                        Provide a way for INPC to be done on auto properties (that you mark in some way)....so that you don't have to unroll the auto property into a field, and raise yourself.

                                        1,436 votes
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                                          17 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

                                          Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

                                          1,426 votes
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                                            16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry inn Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                            While it is at an early stage, it contains useful refactoring functionality including some rename refactoring, as well as other functionality, and is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                                            This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                                            Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

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