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  1. Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

    The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

    Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

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      6 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

      Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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        7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add web deployment projects to VS11

        I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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          15 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve multi language support

          There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

          There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

          336 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

            Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

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              4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Run unit tests in parallel

              As a developer I want to the Test Explorer to optionally run unit tests in parallel, regardless of the unit test framework so that my unit test runs finish faster on my multi-core machine.

              As a developer I want to mark specific tests as single threaded with an attribute so that those tests that specifically don't work in a multi-threaded environment will still work when I run tests in parallel.

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                13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable VS Community activation/registration offline

                It would be nice if there was a way to register/activate the Community Edition of VS offline, that one can use it (longer than 30 days) on virtual machines without internet access or PC that cannot access the Internet.
                There's a way to install it on machines like those discribed above using the "/layout"-Option of the setup on another PC to then install it on the offline PC afterwards, but then there isn't an option to register/activate that copy of VS.
                For example let us download a license file for the community edition in addition to signing into a Microsoft-Account…

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                  40 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

                  Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

                  The end result would allow this sort of code:

                  unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
                  {
                  T t = new T();
                  T* tPointer = &t;
                  T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
                  var tSize = sizeof(T);
                  byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
                  T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
                  }

                  Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

                  Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

                  329 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • XNA for WinRT

                    I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

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                      8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Show Exceptions in IntelliSense

                      Exceptions are not visible anymore in the Visual Studio 2015 IntelliSense list members dialog.

                      Please bring this back.

                      Visual Studio 2015:
                      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b(v=vs.140).aspx

                      Visual Studio 2013:
                      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b%28v=vs.120%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

                      323 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                        “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                        Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                        This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

                        321 votes
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                          32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Speedier F# compiling

                          Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                          320 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                            When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                            Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                            This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                            Syntaxt like:

                            private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                            315 votes
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                              52 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support c++11 concurrency header files in c++/cli

                                When using the /clr switch in VC++ 2012, it is not possible to include some of the new c++11 header files (i.e. <atomic> / <thread>) as compilation will break.

                                One typical application of c++/cli is to wrap a native class inside a (managed) ref class to expose its functionality to the .net world.

                                The restriction previously described prevents a ref calss to consume a native class with members like std::thread or std::atomic<T>.

                                A workarround (pimpl-idiom) is discussed in this topic:
                                (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vclanguage/thread/9771f61c-05b7-4e3e-96fb-ac9ea31ac3f4)

                                The former approach requires to change existing code, therefore support for the new c++11 header files in…

                                310 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Implement Deep Zoom / MultiScaleImage

                                  Would like this both for feature parity and to provide direct support for the creation of something like a native WPF Bing Maps control. Bridging in Silverlight apps or hosting a web page are not ideal solutions

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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make change files faster

                                    When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

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                                      1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • bring back Build Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

                                        Build Explorer had been removed in Visual Studio 2015 in favour of a browser based solution.
                                        Unfortunately not all function of Visual Stduio Build Explorer are available in TFS Web Access.
                                        Currently it is really frustrating when you need to look at code coverage in source files and not only at the percentage.
                                        the information is stored in TFS and you can still use it with Visual Studio 2010 - 2013 but needing to use two Visual Studio does not allow to switch completely to Visual Studio 2015.

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                                          19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                                          Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                                          This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                                          Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

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                                            15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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