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  1. allow kinect for windows apps to play in Xbox 1

    Building kinext for windows apps take time , anc imagine if you have to spend another time to build another version for xbox 1. Let .net apps build for kinect work in xbox 1 and xbox 360

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability for inline multiple variables assignment

      It 'll be nice to write something like

      a = b = c = 6

      instead of

      a = 6
      b = 6
      c = 6

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Tool to Flag/Remove Unused and Unreferenced Assemblies from Project

        Visual Studio 2013 templates install a large number of assemblies along with their references. This is fine except that many end up unused.

        Side-by-side assemblies are a fine idea, but we'll need a way to clean up the clutter and save resources.

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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

          The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
          However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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            4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Learn from Smalltalk, the most productive and easy-to-learn programming environment

            The dynamic language runtime should be extended to support block closures and other truly dynamic language features.

            All of the really useful advances in C# and Java, over C++, come from features Smalltalk has had for years. Examples include garbage collection, mature class library with re-useable generic code (e.g Collections, Dictionaries...). It comes down to "the right tool for the job." C++ has it's place, like Assembly has its place.

            Steve Jobs first saw the mouse and windows on a screen at Xerox Palo Alto and got the idea for the Lisa (which became the Mac). That was Smalltalk he…

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support JavaScript on .NET

              Official support for JavaScript on .NET. Jurassic is a first step but not enough. Once you can have a true JavaScript on .NET with full Visual Studio support, that opens the door to having Smalltalk on .NET. Take a look at http://amber-lang.net/learn.html

              That would be a truly joyful and productive way to program within Visual Studio

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add TryParse() method for MailAddress object

                Currently the only way to know if an email address is valid is to either create a complex regular expression, or try to add an email address to the MailAddress object, and catch any thrown exceptions.

                I wrote an extension method against the string object to validate if the string is a valid email address.

                public static class MailAddressExtensions
                {
                public static bool IsValidEmail(this string input)
                {
                try
                {
                if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(input))
                return false;
                new MailAddress(input);
                return true;
                }
                catch (FormatException)
                {
                return false;
                }
                }
                }

                Another option would be to implement a method to allow extension methods on an…

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Microsoft.Build.Evaluation.Solution to handle reading and writing of solution files

                  The Microsoft.Build.Evaluation.Project namespace has some great tools for reading and writing project files. Unfortunately, there is no such equivalent for reading or writing Solution files. Please add this =)

                  Also, these ideas are good: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2035831-xml-format-of-solutions-files-sln-

                  Cheers
                  John

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow mdbg to read and write native pdb files

                    mdbg [aka Microsoft.Samples.Debugging.CorSymbolStore] does not handle parsing of pdbs for native binaries. This makes analysing native pdbs in managed code much more difficult than it should be.

                    Please extend mdbg to handle native pdbs.
                    Cheers
                    John

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Validation and default values for automatic properties

                      Validation for automatic properties can be done so:
                      public class A {
                      public string Property1 { get; set; default "Some string"; validate !string.IsNullOrEmpty(value); }
                      }
                      public int Grade { get; set; default 0; validate value > 0 && value <=5;}
                      }

                      Note that value in validate statement is the NEW value, not current.

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add all shortcuts provided in Visualstudio IDE in a single place Help

                        Add all available shortcuts which Visualstudio IDE supports in single place called Help.

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                          0 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a sharepoint operator: $

                          Makes what I want.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show IntelliSense for resource strings in quotes.

                            Example: similar to "my resource string".

                            This just makes it more readable.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • Implement onion-skinning in the IDE

                                Onion skinning is conceptual layers for things like logging and other cross-cutting concerns that allows you to "fade them out" so you can read only the business logic and thus see the wood without the trees.

                                The actual source code does not change - it just allows us to choose how much to see.

                                Many developers already do this with #Region but it would be easier for the IDE to do it for us?

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                                  • source control selection by project (not IDE or solution)

                                    Today source control selection is bounded to all IDE, once its configurated as a general option.
                                    This configuration should be done on each project AND having that general config as a default.
                                    I cant open 2 projects with different source controls without having to change it all the time to the one i want.
                                    If i work with Github, SVN and TFS every project i open i'll have to change source control again to handle my project and this is annoying.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable F5 = Debug (Ctrl+F5=Run) for test projects (like VS2010 did)

                                      In VS2010, if the startup project was a test project, pressing F5 would automatically run all (and only!) the tests in that DLL. This was dropped when the test manager (?) was royally screwed up in 2012, and apparently hasn't been re-added in 2013.

                                      Also, can you make the test manager faster? We've got 5000 unit tests, and it takes several minutes just to "find" them all! I'm not talking about running the tests - just finding all 5000 of them.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Give the editor a regular expression builder

                                        It should be possibly to assemble a regular expression with drag and plug. The result would of course be guaranteed correct. The would be a palette of standard constructs, some (character set, literal) would need an extra argument, for some (repeat, alternate) the argument(s) would recursively be REs, which could be ones you had previously saved. RE heaven!

                                        It should be possibly to save it under a name (as someone else suggested), and it would be splendid to be able to export it in the most important RE syntaxes, including UNIX/GNU (with options for what needs quoting), MSVS 2010, MSVS…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable stack walking in the debugger

                                          I so often want to move one frame up or down the stack, which goes Alt-D-W-C-arrow-enter. I should like to be able to do it with one key combination, so I can just go up or down by repeatedly pressing a single key (while holding others). It would suffice to have up or down defined as commands, then Tools.Customise would finish the job.

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