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  1. Add support for desktop apps to Application Insights

    Currently Application Insights only supports Phone, Win Store, and Web/server applications. Please add support for WinForms/Console/WPF (desktop) applications as well.

    71 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Continue support for MBCS (Multi-Byte Character Sets) for MFC and C++

      After VS2013 the MBCS variants of the standard library and MFC are declared deprecated. Conversion to Unicode will cost our company litteraly thousands of productive hours (over 3 million source code lines to convert). So this deprecation is a bad idea. Please continue the support of these variants of C++ projects, and continue the support of MBCS in MFC!

      80 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Non-modal UI for Extensions and Updates download and install

        When downloading an extension (say VS Web Essentials), Visual Studio IDE is completely blocked. Why should I have to watch through the progress of the extension download progress bar? Please make this non-modal.

        25 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • One .NET Framework for One Microsoft

          Proposal is to create a “One Framework” project at Microsoft to encompass both technology development and a consistent message for customer engagement. A developer should be able to fire up Visual Studio and use C# and Xaml to target Windows Desktop, Windows Store Apps, and Xbox One along with a cloud deployed “click once” option to all these targets. There should be clear guidance that all of these will be both supported and enhanced for a long time to come. It would be a nice extra to have a fully supported by Microsoft targeting of C# to Android and IOS…

          1,623 votes
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            23 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add "?." operator to C#

            Add the "?." operator to C# and make it chainable like CoffeeScript so we don't have to write null reference checks for every nested property. An example would be:
            myObject?.Items?.[0]?.DoSomething()

            4,864 votes
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              197 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We are seriously considering this feature for C# and VB, and will be prototyping it in coming months. Syntax in C# would be

              e?.x // member access
              e?.M(…) // method invocation
              e?[…] // indexing

              Semantically this will be similar to

              (e == null) ? null : e.x

              etc., except that e will only be evaluated once of course.

              If the type of e.x (etc) is a non-nullable value type S, then the type of e?.x is S?. Otherwise the type of e?.x is the same as that of e.×. If we can’t tell whether the type is a non-nullable value type (because it is a type parameter without sufficient constraints) we’ll probably give a compile-time error.

              Thanks for all the great comments!

              Mads Torgersen
              C# Language PM

            • Sql Server Compact 5

              Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

              15 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

                Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

                It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

                Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
                http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

                Please bring it back!

                NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

                22 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                  Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                  35 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

                    As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                    This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                    One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                    Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

                    20 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve code analysis

                      Improve code analysis
                      - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
                      - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
                      - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
                      - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
                      - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                      - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
                      - Detect class used only by one other class…

                      685 votes
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                        11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Bring back our un-killable cockroach, is ours !

                        Our voices are united and we unanimously wish the return of Visual Basic 6.0 to the market !

                        45 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow MSBuild to clean and build solutions while open in visual studio

                          On every project we run we use PowerShell to drive build and deployments into our local environments.

                          We call MSBuild.exe from PowerShell but frequently get this error message: "CSC : error CS1606: Assembly signing failed; output may not be signed -- Error signing assembly -- The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

                          The only way to work around this issue is to close visual studio, run our build and deploy scripts and reopen visual studio after.

                          Note: this is not a case that we are running MSBuild and trying to build or debug…

                          27 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support Enterprise Library Logging for Application Insights Diagnostics Logging

                            Application Insights currently has adapter support for Log4Net, NLog, and TraceListener logging. Please support Enterprise Library Logging!

                            20 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Visual Studio should manage Version Numbers

                              There should be an internal facility to manage project / module / assembly version numbers with options for autoincrement, set to a day of the year, etc., and it should have independent options for major, minor, build and revision numbers.

                              37 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

                                While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

                                This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

                                It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

                                Thanks!

                                14 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • fire developers responsible for UI of VS2012

                                  I was speechless when I saw first time VS2012. Ugly black and white interface. Small, boring, unfamiliar icons. Unfortunately I have to work with this version. So, every morning I have to suppress my negative feelings towards VS20012 and work, work, work.....

                                  34 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Use more than one WPF-Touch applications simultaneously with touch.

                                    I have a Dell xps 2720 System. -->10 Finger Touch. Everything works fine as long I do not open the application more than one time! It seems the .net Framework is not able to share its touch system over more than one wpf Application.

                                    More information in this post.

                                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/1051614f-56f0-4641-a5fa-e99cc0156365/use-more-than-one-wpftouch-applications-simultaneously-with-touch?forum=wpf#ba13b5fc-3ecc-453c-9230-584de6cec968

                                    21 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Distinguish Applications by a user defined Environment

                                      Right now, Application Insights seems to only distinguish between the Debug and Release version of an application. At my company. we have several "downstream" environments DEV/MAIN/QA/POST that an application might run in before it is deployed to production. In the QA and POST environment, the application will run the Release version of the code.

                                      So, I would like to see a way where I can record the Environment an application is running in. Preferably it would be something in the web.config so the correct value can be set at deployment time.

                                      The dashboard would let me either look at results…

                                      37 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                                        As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

                                        15 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Prevent closing work items when child work items are open

                                          If Team Foundation Server is to follow the rules of ALM, this functionality must be implemented. Work items should not be allowed to close while existing child work items are in states that conflict with their parent. For example, a user story should not be moved to the 'closed' state if a child task is in an 'In Progress' state. Currently, TFS allows this, and does not provide a means to TFS administrators to prevent this behaviour.

                                          37 votes
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