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  1. Enhance .NET and COM with New Generic Programming Features

    1. Enhance CLI/CLR metadata for both templates and generics, including variadic.

    2. Enhance CLI/CLR metadata for both the partial and full specialization of templates and generics.

    3. Enhance CLI/CLR metadata for enhanced expressiveness with regard to template and generic parameter constraints. For example, Expression<Func<Type, bool>>[] GetGenericParameterConstraints().

    4. Enhance type, method and extension method resolution and inference heuristics for compile-time, runtime and dynamic language scenarios.

    5. Facilitate static interfaces or static interface methods as well as their use in generic parameter constraints and generic method implementations, e.g. T parsed = T.Parse(...).

    6. Enhance the structure of builtin datatypes for generic programming.

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      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • don't compile every open document in the IDE

      Currently, if I open non-solution documents in the IDE (like related data files, or MS Reference Source opened by a break-on-exception) and hit the Build button, the IDE will throw up a ton of errors due to the compiler attempting to process them. It leads to alot of noise in the Errors window, but IMO, the IDE should only be building what is in the solution.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Insert task in between existing one

          As the project evolve, we need to insert tasks that was not planned initially under a user story

          So the request is to allow us to insert a task in between exiting one

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          • Allow Suppressing Update VC++ Compiler and Libraries Dialog in VS2012

            Because of Windows XP, we cannot upgrade all of our managed/unmanaged assemblies to .NET 4.5. I have completed all of the work so far to transition our team to VS2012 but one of the issues raised by a team member is the fact that opening a solution automatically displays the "Update VC++ Compiler and Libraries" dialog.

            We realize that clicking "Don't Update" will store a persisted value and you won't see that dialog again unless you either wipe out your sandbox or do a 'get latest' from TFS. Rather than hope nobody accidentally upgrades or possibly checks-in such changes, an…

            70 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Predictable refactoring of member names to increase performance

              When I'm refactoring member names in a class, it often takes quite a lot of time to scan the entire solution for references to this member (we have about 4,5k source files in 26 projects). It would be great if IDE could "predict" which members I'm going to refactor next (e.g. properties within the same class) and index them together with the current member being refactored so the next operation will be much faster.

              Example:

              public class PublishData
              {
              public string Name { get; set; }
              public string Text { get; set; }
              }

              When I refactor the "Name" to…

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add Visualizers which allow us to visualize list & dictionary data while debugging

                Like Datatable in .Net Framework allows us to view data in the datatable, it should allow to view list data like datatable.

                http://rapiddevbookcode.codeplex.com/releases/view/51056

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Do not highlight Find what when doing a Find/Replace

                  Currently, if I select some text and do a Find/Replace in File, the dialog highlights both Find What and Replace With. As a result, I tend to hit tab (assuming that Find What has the (hidden) caret) to type my replacement text. However, it turns out Replace With has the caret (there are no visual cues to indicate this). If Find What was not highlighted, it would be more apparent, and I would have an easier time training myself not to hit tab after CTRL-SHIFT-H.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include auto-complete for c++

                    Hi! I am, mainly a C++ programmer and have used Microsofts Visual Studio for quite some time for other projects in C# and like the editor alot. One of the things I noticed when using it for C++ programs was the absence of auto-complete, which speeds up the woking process.

                    If it is possible, it would be a much appreciated add.on which would improve it greatly as an editor!

                    Thank you!

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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Better thread debugging

                      I would like to be able to do better multithreaded debugging, by telling the debugger that I only care about debugging a single thread and to only step within the context of that thread and only allow for breakpoints to trigger for that thread. But I don't want to freeze any of the other threads. All threads should run normally. This way I don't get a breakpoint to trigger within a common piece of code used across many threads but I only care with regards to my specified thread. I also want to easily step in my thread without the…

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • allow custom background color for Try-Catch block. This would make it easy to spot code in/not-in a try-catch block.

                        In code editor, allow custom background color for Try-Catch block.

                        This would make it easy to spot code in/not-in a try-catch block.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Let users hover over hex color code (for css files) and see a square of that color pop up!

                          It's cumbersone to play with colors in css and know what color something is just by looking at hex color code.

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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Apply filters to the tasklist

                            Add an option to filter the Task list in a similar way as you have the Error list.

                            I have added a High priority token and a low priority token to Visual studio.

                            In one of my solutions the TODO list is currently 150+ items. I want to go through them Project by Project and file by file and fix them starting with the high priority ones.

                            Having this filter I could check that Everyting is fixed in a specific Project, file, class etc. Before moving on to the next one.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Browser selectability for "Start Debug Target" command

                              Add the ability to select the browser you want to use from the toolbar's "Start Debug Target" command. This feature is currently available only using the built-in command on the standard toolbar.

                              3 votes
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                              • Allow custom CSS formatting in Visual Studio 2012

                                At the moment there are only three options - "Compact", "Semi-expanded" and "expanded", though none of these meet our needs.

                                Please enable some kind of custom template for formatting CSS, or at the very least include more options (such a version of "Compact" without the space after the colon).

                                11 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve exception messages

                                  Many exceptions in .NET still do not contain any context information which makes it hard to understand when some exceptions happens.

                                  For instance, when a key is already added to a dictionary you throw with the message

                                  "An item with the same key has already been added."

                                  that message does indeed tell what's wrong. But it doesn't aid in bug fixing since we do not know in which context it happened. If you instead added information about the item which failed it would help tremendously.

                                  "An item with the key 'XXXX' has already been added."

                                  What I'm basically asking is…

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                                    5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please provide at least one uncompressed video format creation in Media Foundation

                                    Since DirectShow has not been available in Win8 Metro Apps, there's no lossless video encoder in Media Foundation. Also Avifil32.dll is for desktop apps only.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio 2012 UI decorations are too Spartan. Add more visual feedback.

                                      There is no way to find splitter bar locations (if they exist) and on windows pulled out from the IDE, the grab bars are outside the window frame. A clean look is nice in a living room, but when it hampers productivity it becomes a burden on the desktop.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Change the XAP downloading screen

                                        It would be helpfull if we hava a way to change the way that the "loading" screen is show. I'm talking about the initial screen, the one with the little blue ***** (sort of a progress bar) going back and forward in circle.
                                        Im working with a Lightswitch app, and the XAP downloading screen display on the VS IDE.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add ability to cycle through all open document left to right or right to left

                                          All app in the word with tabbed interface (browsers) can do this except visual studio.

                                          Window.NextDocumentWindow is useless because it using MRU ordering.

                                          Window.NextTab is still useless because it cycles only the visible tabs (why???)

                                          (This is not an idea instead a trivia, can't imagine why not implemented yet...)

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