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  1. to rewrite VS and Windows SDK header files appropriately so they don't produce humongous amount of warnings during compilation with /Wall

    Whoever is responsible for writing, modifying VS and Windows SDK header files should make appropriate corrections in the code they contain so the header files adhere to good coding practices and therefore compile smoothly. The number of warnings these header files produce during compilation is extremely alarming and it explicitly forces user-code to be clumsy-written. When would we, the users, finally be able to write warning-free code as good coding-practices suggest in about every C++ programming course book on the market? What we have now just doesn't make any sense. Please correct this hideousness and embarrassment ASAP. Thanks.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Use generics for DependencyProperties, Converters, and many other XAML-related objects

      It annoys me a lot whether I have to cast values and check for null references all the time, and also makes the code less readable.

      Using DependencyProperty<T> and Converter<T1, T2> would make XAML-friendly class constructions more efficient in performance, and comfortable to use in IntelliSense functions: For example, we should only be able to convert strings to ulongs by a class which implements Converter<string, ulong>.

      For DependencyProperties, the GetValue() and SetValue() functions should also only accept arguments which the property specifies. Making DependencyProperties generic would also make the registered 'typeof(T)' argument useless.

      9 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create Task.Empty to avoid Task.FromResult<object>(null);

        Task.FromResult<object>(null); allows developers to satisfy a Task return type without performing an async operation. Task.Empty should exist like EventArgs.Empty and String.Empty to accomplish the same thing for Task. eg: Task.FromResult<object>(null);
        // Jerry

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add win32 resource (rc) editor to express edition of Visual Studio

          That would be great, because users still can develop atl / mfc applications using express editions (not officially), also there is WTL, which requires these.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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.

            44 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Editor Style integration with Metadata

              Sample idea:

              "I want to tell VS that EF scalar and navigation properties in a linq query must be colored orange in my code."

              General Idea:

              Suppose you have a Data Layer generated by your own T4 templates for Entity Framework, and you add some properties to those Entity classes through partials. Then you make many linq queries.
              How many time you peek to the definition of some property in order to know if it is a custom property or an actual EF mapped property?

              It could be nice that we can match attributes (e.g. [NavigationProperty]) with some visual style…

              8 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make it possible to clone the test plan but keeping the original test case area path

                When we are working with teams each team has its own area path. Also if we use the area path to organize the test cases by the software functionality we need to keep the original area path when cloning the test plan. Now we need to specify an default area path when we are cloning the test plan, and all cloned test cases are updated with this area path, overriding the ones we assign previously., making the cloning feature useless in this situation.

                18 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Export Application Insights Events

                  A way to export events and other data in application insights for easier distribution to other affected teams.

                  15 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • So many years,So many Versions of VS,But Why Visual Studio supports C + + still sucks

                    Why so many years, Visual Studio supports C + + sucks???
                    what do the vs team(C++ part) so many years?
                    eat the ****?

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add more options in VS search dialog

                      options like
                      * "search in strings only" / "not in strings"
                      * "search in comments only" / "not in comments

                      21 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Save project files before TFS get latest

                        When you rename a file or something, Visual studio will checkout the vbproj (or csproj) file and write the changes in-memory, not on disk. You need to do a ctrl-shift-s to save files in the background.

                        This is OK I guess, but if you do a get latest while in this state and this project file has changed, VS will prompt you with useless options:

                        - Save as... in another file than do everything manually (annoyingly long to do)
                        - Overwrite: lose incoming changes (not good)
                        - Ignore: lose local changes (not good)

                        It should at least provide you with…

                        2 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Debug on process launch

                          Setup Visual Studio to automatically attach (and break at entry point) to any externally launched processes by process name. Similarly, setup Visual Studio to automatically attach (and break at entry point) to any processes spawned by the program currently being debugged (recursively).

                          10 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • make it possible to build the setup project (InstallShield Limited) on TFS online, so we can do continuous integration

                            We are using the TFS online, and we are doing continuous integration. But the problem is that the setup project (InstallShield Limited) cannot be built on the TFS online. So we must publish new version manually, that's not good practice for continuous integration.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • support a tooltip to describe the area path

                              I suggest you support a tooltip to describe the area path. When you have multiple area paths, for other team members it is not clear what they all for. So a tooltip when mouse over could be nice.

                              1 vote
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                                2 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                                Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                                This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

                                12 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix Test Explorer output (monospace font and output not via link)

                                  Arguably a great thing with VS2012/2013 was a new faster test executer. However, the new Test Explorer is in almost all ways a lot worse than the old version. One thing particular is that this UI completely disregard normal code fonts and uses a non-monospace font which causes output formatting to not follow normal trace output in the output window. Since every single developer in the world most likely at one point has depended on monospace font to get formatting right in traces this inconsistency is extremely annoying.

                                  Not only the for the fact that to actually get to trace…

                                  12 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow more than 20 backlog items to show in the "New" column of the Kanban board

                                    If there are more than 20 items in the new column of the Kanban board, the oldest items just don't show up. I would like to be able to see all the items in the Kanban board so our team doesn't just forget about older items.

                                    6 votes
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                                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support for variadic generic arguments in C#

                                      I think it would be nice to have variadic generic arguments on c#

                                      something like this:

                                      class Entity
                                      {
                                      void Add<T, in TArgs ...>(TArgs args)
                                      where T : Item
                                      where T : new(Entity parent, TArgs args)
                                      {
                                      items.Add(new T(this, args));
                                      }
                                      }

                                      This is a lot safer than getting T constructors via reflection and receiving params object[] as arguments.

                                      Maybe this could also be used to declare interfaces

                                      interface ITest<in TArgs ...>
                                      {
                                      void DoSomething(TArgs args);
                                      }

                                      delegate TResult Func<in TArgs ..., out TResult>(TArgs);

                                      public static void SafeTest<T, in TArgs ...>(this T t, TArgs args)
                                      where T : ISample<in TArgs> …

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Diagnostics logs should show the vstest.console command line

                                        there are times we need to run the vstest.console manually so we can duplicate an issue on a Developer's machine ... but we cannot see the vstest.console command line in the diagnostics logs

                                        8 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Dynamic Modularization Framework

                                          In the DevOps trend, Microsoft needs to bring a reference open modularization framework.

                                          Some years ago COM based developement has been a step into that direction with language independence.

                                          Since that time OSGi specification has been recognized and it is already strongly supported in the Java world meanwhile being
                                          centralized and target only single programming language.

                                          We need a framework to support distribution execution and programming language independence. Modern solutions which may be written in different programming languages need to be able to call each other transparently so that it can be applied in many different platforms and langagues.

                                          This…

                                          6 votes
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