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  1. XML comments schema customization in C#

    Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

    Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

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      19 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Sql Server Compact 5

      Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

      395 votes
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        21 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Optimize Math functions

        Currently the JITer doesn't do a good job with a lot of the .Net Framework, and the Math functions in particular.

        Example: Math.Abs

        The emitted assembly is pretty much the same for all types. It should optimize to take advantage of x86 instructions that have been around for more than a decade.

        cdq
        xor eax,edx
        sub eax,edx
        ret

        386 votes
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          7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

          Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

          382 votes
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            1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support XAML2009 Throughout

            Generic types etc.

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              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support server SSL certificate chain inspection in Portable Class Libraries

              As requested in http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3158400-add-httpclient-support-in-portable-class-libraries there is now an HttpClient that can be used in Portable Class Libraries. The latest version of portable HttpClient today is 2.2.15 and it supports also SSL connections.

              When a SSL connection is created, the HttpClient doesn't offer any way to inspect the x.509 certificate chain returned by the remote server. I want to implement certificate pinning for additional security in my app and therefore I need an API to read the values of individual x.509 certificates.

              I've understood that this could be done in these frameworks:
              - .NET FW 2.0 (or newer): using System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback API…

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                8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

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                  24 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Open-source System.Xaml

                  An open-source version of System.Xaml would provide the .NET community with an expressive, extensible, tool-friendly, and fairly mature framework for the creation of sophisticated object graphs.

                  While XML and JSON are both options for simple graphs, they lack the additional flexibility and power of features like markup extensions and attached properties, which greatly enhance the capabilities of the framework.

                  XAML has proven its broad applicability both inside Microsoft (Windows Workflow Foundation in addition to System.Windows/Windows.UI.Xaml) and outside it (Xamarin.Forms). I personally would have liked to be able to use it in .NET Core and Xamarin for a non-UI project. It…

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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                    Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                    Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                    Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                    repositories.js
                    -- attendee.repository.js
                    -- session.repository.js
                    -- speaker.repository.js
                    -- lookup.repository.js
                    -- abstract.repository.js

                    For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

                    371 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                      The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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                        19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add .Net Framework v. 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010

                        Since Visual Studio 2010 was originally built to support newer versions/future version of the .Net Framework, .Net 4.5 support should be added to Visual Studio 2010 since Visual Studio 2012 has significantly reduced the usability and productivity of the IDE by discoloring the UI as well as removing critical features such as "Creating Unit Test". Adding .Net 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010 would allow developers who do not wish to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 the ability to continue using their favorite IDE with the latest .Net technology.

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                          13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Hierachical Navigation Menu

                          In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

                          368 votes
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                            21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

                            With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

                            Please provide us with a replacement that:
                            -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
                            -Allows direct access to the VGA.
                            -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
                            -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
                            -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

                            366 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

                              If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

                              Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

                              It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

                              See the attachment

                              366 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                                Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                                364 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Dave,

                                  Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                  Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                  Thanks,
                                  Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                                  It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

                                  360 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                                    Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                                    SomeClass value = null;
                                    if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                                    {
                                    dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                                    // do something with the item...
                                    }

                                    This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                                    It would be optimal to be able to do:

                                    SomeClass value = null;
                                    if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                                    {
                                    // do something with the item...
                                    }

                                    Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

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                                      11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

                                      It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
                                      Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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                                        13 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        We are very interested in extending Application Insights to as many platforms as possible. Xamarin support is for sure on our backlog. We are currently prioritizing and scheduling future improvements. As of today, we don’t have any ability to comment on when this support may arrive.

                                        Joshua Weber – AppInsights PM

                                      • 350 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Open fast

                                          Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
                                          Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

                                          It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

                                          347 votes
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                                            11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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