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  1. Take memory usage snapshots at specific points

    Mats Taraldsvik

    Another useful feature (if not already present) would be to take snapshots at specific points in the program without actually stopping the execution of the program. (E.g. every time the program returns to the main menu I want a snapshot, and after exhausting all the menu items, I want to stop the program and look for snapshots with memory leaks)

    Conditionally taking a snapshot automatically at a specific point in the program, for example if the memory usage has increased. (In my example over, this would only take a snapshot if there was a memory leak)

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      0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop supporting node.js/task runner

      I don't understand why Microsoft is embracing nodejs for development tooling when the node team is clearly hostile towards supporting the windows environment. The insanity in their attitude is self evident.
      https://github.com/joyent/node/issues/6960#issuecomment-46704998

      Aside from the path length issues on Windows, a "reasonable" gulp build pipeline uses 800+ MB of space on my drive for a single project not including the npm cache (see package.json below). Now multiply that across a few projects. Lots of module dependencies are duplicated and the files in those modules are small leading to lots of incomplete drive blocks. Then there's the fact that the duplicate…

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        2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Pixel Ruler when building WindowsForms

        I think it would be a convenient option to view a ruler when designing forms. Of course it wouldn't be a standard inch ruler but a pixel ruler since control properties like location and size are done in pixels. It's not necessary, but it could add convenience for people looking to know the size and location of controls already placed on a form without having to look at the properties of a control.

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          2 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate tests for VB.NET projects

            In VS2015 Preview, Smart Unit Tests does not support generating tests for VB.NET projects. Please extend this feature to enable generating tests for VB.NET projects.

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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use AI to detect repetitive user patterns and provide combination and permutation support

              When active an AI or AI like process will monitor user input whether typed or pasted and will determine if there are repeatable, low hanging fruit probability that the user may wish to continue with their repetitive process. If so it will offer an expansion to deliver a quick prototype and then perhaps a accepted submission. It may offer lastly more complicated patterns as a final or last resort that it determines the user may have a possibility at driving.

              Low hanging fruit examples might be copy from a list and moving to another list, numbering, ordering, changing hierarchies, indenting,…

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                1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Devevelope a updated version of the dropped Expression Web 4 that does responsive web design.

                Bring back Expression Web4+, fully capable of HTML 5 and CSS3 with Responsive web design with Expression Blend and Deep Zoom Composer.

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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make using threads natural in C#

                  Threading needs to simplified further and made a natural part of the language. Instead of having to create a Task or Thread objects to run code on a new thread, could it not be simplified to something like:
                  MyMethod(args) on new thread;
                  or
                  MyMethod(args) on new thread new_thread_object;
                  or
                  MyMethod(args) on thread existing_thread_object;

                  Using the first option, you lose the thread object, but this could be handy running a process on a form to keep the form responsive.
                  Using the last option, we could use that to run a method on a form to update controls without have to jump…

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Export Markdown to PDF

                    Creating our documentation using markdown is a great feature and allows everyone to be more productive and collaborative, but, sometimes we need to send or store this documentation in other formats, like Word or PDF. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to export the de markdown to a persistent format?

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • NMake batch mode support for CMake

                      It would be great if MS could contribute to CMake, so it would support multi-core builds using the NMake back-end.

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                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow VS online to communicate with MS Project Server 2013

                        I tried registering our VisualStudio.com team site with MS Project Server 2013 and received an error that it is not allowed. It seems like the web services are in place to integrate TFS online with Project Server on premise, but it is blocked.

                        It would be a huge win to be able to integrate the two.

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                          0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Update WPF to use Direct2D for rendering instead of Direct3D 9

                          WPF currently uses Direct3D 9 for rendering. This is because WPF was designed when it had to run on XP. Today, all platforms that WPF runs on have Direct2D support. Direct2D has vastly superior rendering performance compared to WPF's current Direct3d-based rendering.
                          It would thus make excellent sense to migrate to using Direct2D for rendering. As rendering is pretty abstract in WPF, this could probably be done with little to no impact on compatibility, but with HUGE performance benefits. Watch some of the comparisons between Direct2D and WPF.

                          36 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a solution of solutions for very large codebases

                            I have recently worked on projects which are comprised of up to 15 different Visual Studio solutions which can lead to having 15 instances of VS open at the same time! This gets extremely confusing. However, as each solution is a black box to the others the structure makes sense, but once built they combine to form one deployable application platform.

                            A solution to this could be a "super solution" or "ecosystem" which would be a solution for the solutions. The root of Solution Explorer would be the "Ecosystem" with child solutions. Unlike projects the child solutions should *not* be…

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow filtering on Change Type (or restore "Change" column)

                              One thing that seems to have been missed from the improvements to the "Pending Changes" window in VS 2013 (identical in VS 2015 CTP 6) is the "Change" column that used to exist in VS 2010.

                              This made it possible to sort changes by type, although it didn't work well when there were multiple change types to the same file as sorting was broken.

                              Alternatively could we please have a way of filtering by change type? This could appear below the current filter-by-search. See attached, I even did a mock-up for you!

                              (Also see: http://stackoverflow.com/q/28626298/6651 which is pretty essentially the…

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                              • Enable Smart Unit Tests to break dependencies by automatically generating mocks

                                In VS2015 Preview, Smart Unit Tests warns about external dependencies (for e.g. calls into the filesystem, network, etc.) present in the code-under-test. The expectation is that the developer then manually write a mock for such dependencies.
                                I would like Smart Unit Tests to detect such dependencies and automatically generate mocks.

                                26 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Remove warning about trustworthiness when opening a solution

                                  Everytime I open a project used on other computer, it shows me some useless notification like "Don't open the project if you downloaded it".
                                  Why do I have to do 2 more clicks every time I open a project? For what reason did you put this notification over there? I'm not an idiot and I know what should I open and what should I not.

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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Possibility to show selected tags on the commited/done tasks board

                                    It would be awesome if we could show tags on the commited tasks, so I don't have to open each task to see which tag it had. For example we divide our releases into categories and sometimes these tasks are mixed. SO this would save us a lot of time not haveing to openeach task to see which quartal it belongs to.

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                                    • Add lambda support to C++/CLI

                                      Lambda is now supported in C++ 0x but not in C++/CLI. It means we are not able to use C++ lambda to define delegates in ref class. This makes using .Net libraries like Task<T> and System::Linq a very tedious work.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Expose entire WinRT API for personal apps

                                        As a developer I should have access to the entire WinRT API if I am building an app for my own personal device.

                                        This means access to call-history, text messages, and everything that is exposed to OEMs who have this control over our personal devices but as developers we don't.

                                        Group Contacts app under Bizmonger is a perfect example of a replacement for the default phone app that I wrote for my own personal use. Yet, I do not have access to many APIs even though I was originally building the app for myself.

                                        Perhaps, more developers would build for…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015 CTP have the same icon. I use the ICON to identify which Visual Studio to launch on my Windows 8.1

                                          The ICON for Visual Studio 2015 should be different from ICON for Visual Studio 2013. I have four Visual Studios installed on my system 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015. I can distinguish 2010, 2012 because the ICON is different. But 2013 and 2015 have the same ICON.

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                                            2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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