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  1. Allow .NET games on Xbox One

    Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

    Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

    As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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      243 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Open source Silverlight

      Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

      For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

      However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

      * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
      * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
      * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
      Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

      1,497 votes
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        36 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          24 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

          Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

          MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

          For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

          2,092 votes
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            12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Compliable strings

            If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
            System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
            System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

            In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

            Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

            145 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                13 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Visual Studio for Mac Os x

                Dear Madam and sir;

                We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Mac Os x.
                And language of programming such as:

                -C
                -C++
                -C#
                -VB
                -F#
                -HTML
                -MHTML

                Thanks,

                746 votes
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                  22 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

                  Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

                  60 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow to have custom delimiters in raw string literal

                    C++11 (and some others languages) allow you to define custom delimiters for litterals string. It allows you to copy and paste xml, html , ... easily in you code without have to double " .
                    For inst(taken from wikipedia on c++11)

                    R"(The String Data \ Stuff " )"
                    R"delimiter(The String Data \ Stuff " )delimiter"

                    61 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support Sql Server Compact in Visual Studio 2013

                      please bring back visual studio 2013 tools for sql server compact and improvement capebilities of tools and sql server compact. please add trigger and prosedual sql feature to sql server compact. over milion application data stored in sql server compact database and need continue supporting this tools

                      658 votes
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                        39 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Code review the changes for a task

                        We follow agile and we check in frequently. We create tasks that spans from a day to 3 days. Once the task is completed by the developer it is sent for review. So we have multiple changesets to review. It is very hard to have a good picture of the changes to a file since the changes are across multiple changesets. As of now, we are finding all the files that are affected by that task and go to "view history" of the file and pick the most recent version and the version before the task started to get a…

                        58 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create a MSDN Subscription - Lite version - cheaper and limited tools

                          Currently all MSDN subscriptions are expensive for individual developers and they provide all s/w that are not really required by individuals.

                          An individual developer, for hobby, can use express editions of SQL Server, does not need Enterprise editions of OS / Office and similar software that increase the cost of MSDN license.

                          The suggestion is to create a MSDN Lite subscription that individual developers can buy and will provide tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Azure

                          The licensing cost should change little bit-
                          * For individual developers, the rates should be lower.
                          * For enterprises, the price can be…

                          923 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Display sum of story points in a sprint - agile template

                            When planning sprints it would be very nice to see a total of the story points that have been added. The only way to do this right now is open a query in Excel and sum the column. Not very handy when planning a sprint using the web client.

                            76 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make shortcut for "Refresh Linked Browsers" changeable

                              Currently the default keyboard shortcut for the Browser Link feature in Visual Studio 2013 is binded on "Ctrl+Alt+Enter" and there is no option in the keyboard list to change it.

                              157 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make System.Net.Http referenced by default in new .NET 4.5 projects

                                Open Visual Studio 2013 and create a new console project or class library. By default, the project will reference System.Data, System.Data.DataSetExtensions, but not System.Net.Http.

                                This makes no sense.

                                How is it more likely that I will be working with DataSets than making HTTP requests? This is 2014, not 2004.

                                Please update the project templates to reflect the needs of programmers today.

                                44 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • filter product backlog on columns

                                  It would be nice if the product backlog could be filtered. Just like filtering in excel or the (asp .net) gridview of DevExpress.com.
                                  https://www.devexpress.com/Products/NET/Controls/ASP/Grid/

                                  Now you have one large list with backlog items. If you could filter a particular column, then you could get instant overviews and you don't have to make a query.

                                  70 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                                    VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                                    You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                                    Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                                    Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                                    Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                                    387 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support azure worker roles monitoring by Application Insights APM agent

                                      Currently worker roles monitoring by APM is not supported. Please vote if you are using worker roles and want this support

                                      134 votes
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                                        4 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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                                          7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          65 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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