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  1. GPGPU programming

    It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
    especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

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      4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bring PowerShell support to the editor

      In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

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        19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

        Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

        Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

        397 votes
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          28 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Buy Xamarin and incorporate Cross-Platform build tools

          Buy Xamarin and make building cross platform apps on iOS, Android, Windows, etc super easy. Integrating is great, but you still have to buy the expensive licenses! This will make VS the ultimate cross platform IDE.

          393 votes
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            7 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better project reload

            If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

            385 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support .editorconfig

              It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

              "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

              You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

              374 votes
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                5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back incremental C# compilation

                When coding Java in Eclipse, the compiler incrementally compiles the project in the background every time a file is saved. This way, when the user clicks run, the launch is instantaneous, rather than the long build process that comes with C#. This makes it easier to develop and test small changes, which in turn makes it easier to find and fix bugs.

                The C# compiler originally had this functionality, but it was removed when .NET 2.0 arrived as it could sometimes cause problems. However, given that it been proved possible in an equivalent language by the Eclipse team, coupled with…

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                  9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Switch to Clang

                  Why?

                  Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
                  Because it is more C++11 compliant.
                  Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
                  Because it will require less of your maintenance.
                  Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
                  Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
                  Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
                  Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
                  Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

                  372 votes
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                    14 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

                    It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

                    I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

                    369 votes
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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.

                      - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

                    • 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…

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                        16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Do not introduce the curse of #regions to HTML

                        In VS2013.4RC you have announced #region support for HTML: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/10/16/announcing-new-web-features-in-visual-studio-2013-update-4-rc.aspx

                        I understand that removing #regions from C#, as previously suggested and declined, would be unreasonable at this late stage (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2678342--region-directive-considered-harmful-was-get-rid).

                        Let's not introduce this curse to new languages though.

                        Regions are a way for mediocre teams to hide ****** code behind a roll-up. They are not a productivity extension. They do not help lift the breadth developers forward.

                        https://twitter.com/tathamoddie/status/522887198941515778
                        https://twitter.com/shiftkey/status/522885829442957312
                        https://twitter.com/jrusbatch/status/522886424421363713
                        https://twitter.com/scottgal/status/522887947075342336

                        362 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

                          Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                          http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

                          360 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use a build controller over more than one Team Project Collections

                            Make it possible to have one (or more) build controllers that can be used by one or more team project collections. This makes it possible to have one build mainframe, and a lot of team project collections (e.g. per customer a collection).

                            360 votes
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                            • 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

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

                                Generic types etc.

                                355 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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

                                  352 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET

                                    Provide native support for XPath 2.0 or XSLT 2.0 in .NET framework, and of course extend it to SharePoint and other related technologies

                                    351 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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…

                                      349 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

                                        It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

                                        [RowTest]
                                        [Row(10, 10, 100)]
                                        Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

                                        349 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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.

                                          347 votes
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                                            13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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