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  1. Add option to disable "*" on every line of multi-line C# comments

    In the C# text editor, I wish there was an option to disable the behavior where it automatically inserts an asterisk (at the beginning of the new line) every time you press the Enter key inside a /* multi-line comment */

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      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • fix some issues in System.Numerics.BigInteger

      Great work on System.Numerics.BigInteger. It is quite nice, and smartly designed, and will ultimately be appreciated by many people. Thanks for creating it. However it is still missing a few significant things.

      It lacks an efficient constructor. I wish you could add a constructor like this:

      BigInteger(uint[] data, int length, bool isNegative);

      Currently it only has a BigInteger(byte[]) constructor, however it is a problematic constructor:

      (1) It has messy/tricky (mistake-prone) handling of signed numbers (explained in the documentation but nevertheless tricky). It would be better to simply use a separate boolean parameter to indicate sign: Simple, reliable, efficient, no tricky…

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        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Remove Visual Basic from Visual Studio 2013

        I love VS.NET but I never write code in Visual Basic. I always write code in C#.

        VS.NET 2013 does not allow anyone to un-install visual basic from vs.net

        older versions of vs.net did used to allow people to be able to pick the languages. but vs.net always installs the visual basic.

        please allow me to remove visual basic from vs.net

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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • fix issues with checking for NULL

          In C#, it is very easy to make the mistake of failing to realize that "a == null" invokes an operator == overload function defined in the class of "a". In other words, surprisingly, "a == null" is NOT always the same as System.Object.ReferenceEquals(a,null).

          Please consider adding the following simple, convenient, unambiguous functions to System.Object:

          public static bool IsNull(object obj) { return obj == null; }
          public static bool IsNotNull(object obj) { return obj != null; }

          Then you can use them like this:

          MyClass a = new MyClass();
          ...
          if (object.IsNull(a)) { ... }

          The proposed object.IsNull(a) always returns…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • improve Null Coalescing operator ("??")

            The idea of the C# Null Coalescing operator ("??") is great but the current implementation is defective and needs to be fixed, in my opinion. For starters, I will explain problems using "??" in conjunction with "foreach".

            If you jump ahead and say the answer is System.Linq.Enumerable.Empty<T>() then my reply is: I know it exists but it is problematic, as I will explain.

            Firstly, to refresh our memory, note that "foreach" throws NullReferenceException if the collection is null (as opposed to empty non-null). This exception can be avoided in the case of iterating thru the chars of a string as…

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Please provide NT Service monitoring

              Please provide NT Service monitoring

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                5 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • add BitScanForward and BitScanReverse functions to .NET Framework, like in C++.

                The .NET Framework seems to be missing functions to give us safe access to the BitScanForward and BitScanReverse x86 instructions, for 32-bit and 64-bit integers.

                Following you can see the C/C++ functions documented but there is no C# or .NET equivalent.
                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wfd9z0bb(v=vs.100).aspx
                http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fbxyd7zd(v=vs.100).aspx

                If you are bothered by the fact that BitScanForward returns 2 values (boolean and index), or if you wish to make the name less ambiguous than "BitScanForward", then you could make a slight modification as follows and name it "CountTrailingZeroBits".

                int CountTrailingZeroBits64(UInt64 inValue)
                {
                int i;
                return _BitScanForward64(&i, inValue) ? i : 64;
                }

                And similarly for…

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                  Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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                    6 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Rename Visual Basic to V#

                    I believe it is time that the acronym BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) be disassociated from VB.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Include fully featured grid control in LightSwitch HTML client

                      LightSwitch HTML client grid that includes built in column filter, sort, group, or edit features. Not having this feature is a major barrier to using LightSwitch HTML for LOB applications.

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                        0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add folders for Visual F# Projects

                        Realted to this post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5918534/why-cant-i-add-a-subfolder-in-a-f-project

                        When using type providers, you ofen need to keep a static file to declare the type. Having a folder where I keep all of these files (versus scattered in my project's main folder) would be very helpful

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Group solutions by branch in Team Explorer - Home

                          When you have multiple solutions in each branch, the list of available solutions for a TFS team project grows pretty quickly. It even says, "There were more solutions found, open them from [here]", which leads to the Source Control Explorer. It would be useful to group the solutions by branch, tree-view style, so that you could pick the right branch first, and then the right solution, because now you often find the right solution first (it's in black instead of gray), but then it's one from the wrong branch.

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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • add heirarchy navigation combos when open .js and .config files

                            When opening java script file or configuration file, it will be helpful if there are the top two dropdown menus that we get when opening c# or vb.net classes files

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                            • Mark C++ compilation errors in the source code editor

                              In VS2013 only Intellisense errors are marked in the source code editor (scrollbar markers, squigglies). It would be nice if the errors from the last build would be similarly marked as well.

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                              • Source control explorer should have a filetype column

                                To assist in finding particular files in source control, the source control explorer should have more configurable columns and extra columns.
                                FileType
                                Number of versions of the file ever
                                Number of versions of the file in this branch
                                CreationDate,
                                LastModifiedBy
                                LastModifiedChangesNumber
                                etc.

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                                • navigate backwards should apply to source control explorer windows

                                  when I'm in source control explorer and I navigate to a folder, clicking the back button on the toolbar only navigates in previous source code locations. It does not navigate the source control.

                                  Expectation is that SCE is pretty similar to windows explorer and should therefore act similarly.

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                                  • allow a description field to be entered against a manual build

                                    Often when doing build modification work I tweak a small change and then need to look at the results. It would be useful to be able to give some sort of reason that a build is being manually run (e.g. "trying again, this time with the FooBar external service started").

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                                    • source control changes to build process parameter changes

                                      Currently the Team Build process settings page is pretty much a CRUD screen. The problem with this is that it's very difficult to track why builds have failed over time, what's changed, who changed the settings, etc.

                                      It would be nice to see these changes appear in some sort of source controlled fashiion (perhaps as an <ugh>XML</ugh> file).

                                      It would be nice to be able to describe why these changes were being made / link them to work items etc.

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                                      • Creating Queries - Token for Team

                                        There ought to be a token, like @Team, to limit the domain of workitems in a query to only those that fall within the area path (or its substitute) associated with it. I want to write one query to share with all my Teams. @Project limits to team project which is too big. @Team would be just right. TFS already knows what those Team criteria are because it uses that limit when showing backlogs. And there is a Team concept because I can create a Team Query. This would avoid a TON of duplication of work. We have 15 teams.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • RunCommandLine.ps1 needs to execute programs with elevated rights on Server 2012

                                          RunCommandLine.ps1 needs to execute programs with elevated rights on Server 2012

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                                            0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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