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  1. Allow Builds to be organized in a Folder structure

    We are organizing all Teams in a single Project for reporting reasons. While it has always been painful to have a flat list of Builds it's creating madness to have all Builds in a project in a single list.

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    • Update WPF to use Direct2D for rendering instead of Direct3D 9

      WPF currently uses Direct3D 9 for rendering. This is because WPF was designed when it had to run on XP. Today, all platforms that WPF runs on have Direct2D support. Direct2D has vastly superior rendering performance compared to WPF's current Direct3d-based rendering.
      It would thus make excellent sense to migrate to using Direct2D for rendering. As rendering is pretty abstract in WPF, this could probably be done with little to no impact on compatibility, but with HUGE performance benefits. Watch some of the comparisons between Direct2D and WPF.

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        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • ??= operator

        I often want to give a default value for a null variable and then use it later in the code. In the good old days we had to do this:

        string s;

        // Some code

        if (s == null) s = "My Default"

        Now we can do this:

        s = s ?? "MyDefault";

        How about we have a combination of assignment and the null coalescing operator that would be equivalent to the above. Like this:

        s ??= "My Default";

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Increase/decrease values

          I'd like to see shortcuts for increasing and decreasing values. I've been using this in other editores where i'd see a value like var x = 7 and when my caret is on the 7 i can push a shortcut (like ctrl+alt+arrow-up) to increase the number. And of course it should recognise pixel values or when i want to change from true to false.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Take memory usage snapshots at specific points

            Mats Taraldsvik

            Another useful feature (if not already present) would be to take snapshots at specific points in the program without actually stopping the execution of the program. (E.g. every time the program returns to the main menu I want a snapshot, and after exhausting all the menu items, I want to stop the program and look for snapshots with memory leaks)

            Conditionally taking a snapshot automatically at a specific point in the program, for example if the memory usage has increased. (In my example over, this would only take a snapshot if there was a memory leak)

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              0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Reconsider position on c99/11

              This has been declined before. However, I feel that Microsoft should look at this again to be more in parity with other operating systems.
              A lot of C code is still in use in many places for numerical code. These libraries also tend to be unix only making windows a second class citizen.

              Consider that gcc and clang, available on Linux and OSX, both provide a competitive c++ compiler as well as a c compiler. This puts windows developers for numeric tools at a disadvantage if they want to stick to using VS. ICC is available at an expense but…

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Stop supporting node.js/task runner

                I don't understand why Microsoft is embracing nodejs for development tooling when the node team is clearly hostile towards supporting the windows environment. The insanity in their attitude is self evident.
                https://github.com/joyent/node/issues/6960#issuecomment-46704998

                Aside from the path length issues on Windows, a "reasonable" gulp build pipeline uses 800+ MB of space on my drive for a single project not including the npm cache (see package.json below). Now multiply that across a few projects. Lots of module dependencies are duplicated and the files in those modules are small leading to lots of incomplete drive blocks. Then there's the fact that the duplicate…

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                  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Pixel Ruler when building WindowsForms

                  I think it would be a convenient option to view a ruler when designing forms. Of course it wouldn't be a standard inch ruler but a pixel ruler since control properties like location and size are done in pixels. It's not necessary, but it could add convenience for people looking to know the size and location of controls already placed on a form without having to look at the properties of a control.

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                    2 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add lambda support to C++/CLI

                    Lambda is now supported in C++ 0x but not in C++/CLI. It means we are not able to use C++ lambda to define delegates in ref class. This makes using .Net libraries like Task<T> and System::Linq a very tedious work.

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Use AI to detect repetitive user patterns and provide combination and permutation support

                      When active an AI or AI like process will monitor user input whether typed or pasted and will determine if there are repeatable, low hanging fruit probability that the user may wish to continue with their repetitive process. If so it will offer an expansion to deliver a quick prototype and then perhaps a accepted submission. It may offer lastly more complicated patterns as a final or last resort that it determines the user may have a possibility at driving.

                      Low hanging fruit examples might be copy from a list and moving to another list, numbering, ordering, changing hierarchies, indenting,…

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Devevelope a updated version of the dropped Expression Web 4 that does responsive web design.

                        Bring back Expression Web4+, fully capable of HTML 5 and CSS3 with Responsive web design with Expression Blend and Deep Zoom Composer.

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make using threads natural in C#

                          Threading needs to simplified further and made a natural part of the language. Instead of having to create a Task or Thread objects to run code on a new thread, could it not be simplified to something like:
                          MyMethod(args) on new thread;
                          or
                          MyMethod(args) on new thread new_thread_object;
                          or
                          MyMethod(args) on thread existing_thread_object;

                          Using the first option, you lose the thread object, but this could be handy running a process on a form to keep the form responsive.
                          Using the last option, we could use that to run a method on a form to update controls without have to jump…

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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Export Markdown to PDF

                            Creating our documentation using markdown is a great feature and allows everyone to be more productive and collaborative, but, sometimes we need to send or store this documentation in other formats, like Word or PDF. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to export the de markdown to a persistent format?

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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make child-parent linking in TFS/VSO more intuitive

                              When linking a WI with another, what I usually do to validate that I have selected the right link direction before pressing OK is, I quickly pronounce the link as a sentence in my head, e.g.
                              - CR ... "Affects" ... Requirement
                              - Requirement ... [is] "Affected by" ... Bug
                              With child/parent relationships, it would be really helpful to rename the links from "Child" and "Parent" to "Has child" and "Has parent", respectively. This would help people avoid the original wrong assumption that the links could be interpreted as "Is child" and "Is parent" - as based on this assumption…

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                              • Visual Studio Online - Completed pull requests should diff to where it was merged instead of to head

                                When you view the completed pull requests you get a diff to the head of the branch you did the merge to. It would make more sense if the diff showed your code relative to the place where it was actually merged. Then you could see what changes was part of that pull request instead of just getting "No changes between these branches."

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                                  0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • add c++ framework for coded UI testing

                                  I have just installed VS premium and have noticed that its not possible

                                  to create a coded UI test for c++ development.

                                  Can this feature be added?

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Disable list of Solutions in a TFS Workspace

                                    Visual Studio 2013 seems to have added a new "Solutions" panel under Team Explorer Home. This seems to list whatever solution files it can find in the workspace.

                                    This is very unhelpful for users that have more than about 10 solutions in their workspace as it's quicker to find the solution file on disk or in Source Control Explorer. Perhaps it is also a performance drain as I've noticed Team Explorer options are noticeably slower than they used to be under VS2012.

                                    Please either turn this off for users with more than 10 solution files or provide an option to…

                                    3 votes
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                                    • NMake batch mode support for CMake

                                      It would be great if MS could contribute to CMake, so it would support multi-core builds using the NMake back-end.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow VS online to communicate with MS Project Server 2013

                                        I tried registering our VisualStudio.com team site with MS Project Server 2013 and received an error that it is not allowed. It seems like the web services are in place to integrate TFS online with Project Server on premise, but it is blocked.

                                        It would be a huge win to be able to integrate the two.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Let variables have their associated "labels", with any useful info in them

                                          Label's possible useful contents:
                                          > A more formal descriptor of the variable (like 'anNums_o_sName'),
                                          > Lengthy, informal description of the variable,
                                          > ...

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                                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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