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  1. Add web deployment projects to VS11

    I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

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      14 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better ToString() Default Methods

      This falls into 2 categories.

      1) fix the existing objects, for example
      Console.WriteLine(new int[]{1,2,3});
      currently will produce: System.Int32[]
      it would be better if it was
      [1,2,3]

      2) for new objects
      Right now anonymous objects have a great ToString()
      Console.WriteLine(new {name="Fred", age=4});
      will produce
      { name = Fred, age = 4 }
      I would argue this should be the same by default for a Person Class
      Console.WriteLine(new Person{name="Fred", age=4});
      however, currently this will produce:
      Namespace.Person

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        6 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

        - The Visual Studio Team

      • Please add IEEE754:2008 decimal data types.

        The Decimal standard type has 2 problems: It is HUGH (16 bytes) and it is SLOW. Now, often one does not need the size - then 16 bytes instead of 4 is a big price .And slow - well, as Decimal data types will get hardware support slowly.... the .NET type is basically outdated.

        For compatibility leave it there and add Decimal32, Decimal64 and Decimal128, according to the IEEE specs.

        I deal with a ton of smaller financial data. Floatings (float, double) - unusable. And spending 16 bytes for small numbers (that are stored as smallmoney in SQL server) gets…

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          8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Integrate ilMerge into .NET exe projects

          Microsoft has a tool called ilMerge (http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mbarnett/ilmerge.aspx). This can merge several assemblies into only one exe file.
          A referenced assembly in a DevStudio project should have the additional property "Linking" with the possible values "Dynamic", which has the same behaviour as currently, and "Static" which uses the ilMerge technology to integrate the referenced assembly into the resulting exe file.
          With this possibility it is really easy to develop simple (trivial) tools which depent on standard libraries that can easily be deployd.

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            10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

            - The Visual Studio Team

          • WCF 5 for .NET Core

            WCF is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. It support multiple transport protocols (HTTP, TCP, UDP, and custom transports) and allows switching between them (ASP.NET Web API for http/https/websockets only). Supports building services with WS-* standards like Reliable Messaging, Transactions, Message Security.

            In Enterprise Apps WCF remains very popular.

            Please impliment new WCF version for new .NET Core and continue support old WCF (4.6) like ASP.NET 4.6 supports for Full .NET and ASP.NET 5 only for .NET Core.

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              closed  ·  5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support covariant return types

              Allow covariant return types in the CLR for overrides and interface implementations. I frequently think of designs where this would be useful, and the workarounds can be pretty clumsy: http://loyc-etc.blogspot.com/2008/09/simulating-covariant-return-types-in-c.html

              This suggestion is also listed on MS connect; I'm not sure why MS has two web sites for suggestions. http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/90909/need-covariant-return-types-in-c-all-net-langage

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                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                - The Visual Studio Team

              • Integrated .Net Obfuscation for Mobile & Modern (Windows Phone & Windows Store) Apps & Games

                *** Visual Studio 2012 absolutely needs to have an integrated .Net obfuscation feature that works on Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps & games. ***

                The Dotfuscator tool that's integrated into Visual Studio 2012 cannot be used to obfuscate Windows Store or Windows Phone Store apps, making it fairly useless to "modern app" developers who are targeting Windows 8, Windows RT, and/or Windows Phone 8.

                On April 30, 2013, PreEmptive (the vendor of Dotfuscator) expired the license of the free (and separately downloadable) "Dotfuscator for Windows Phone 7" tool. PreEmptive now charges $500/year or $150/quarter to use another version…

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                  4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                  - The Visual Studio Team

                • Make loading satellite assemblies signed with no key or a different key optional

                  At present the CLR only loads satellite assemblies if they are signed with the same key as the fallback assembly to which they refer. This means that the only people that can add new cultures to an existing assembly are the original authors. This includes the .NET Framework itself, ASP.NET MVC, Silverlight and every signed assembly released by Microsoft (or indeed anyone else).

                  The .NET Framework 4 is currently available in 23 languages (plus English). ASP.NET MVC 3 is currently available in 9 languages. If the language you want isn't on this list then there is nothing you can do…

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                    1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                    - The Visual Studio Team

                  • Mirror the .NET framework source code on Github

                    It would really be helpful if the .NET framework source code was available for online browsing and referencing. Hosting the source code on GitHub would enable this as well as the ability to link to files and even specific lines of code. However the current code drop would need to be better organized before it is mirrored online. Organizing by folder/namespace would make it really easy to navigate.

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                      2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                      - The Visual Studio Team

                    • Extend T4 code generator to create multiple files from one model with one template.

                      Custom code generation becomes more and more important. For example network messages can be described using .xls file (each message field is one Excel cell).

                      At the moment T4 cannot be used to gen multiple files from one model with one template.

                      In case of networking multiple files must be generated: a class file per message, a switch method for dispatching messages, a parser, an asynch handler of messages and timeouts, ...

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                        4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                        - The Visual Studio Team

                      • Add ToQueue<T> and ToHashSet<T> extension methods on IEnumerable<T>

                        IEnumerable<T> has the ToList<T> extension method, and it would be very useful to have equivalent ToQueue<T> and ToHashSet<T> methods. Although Queue<T> and HashSet<T> have constructors that take an IEnumerable<T>, they cannot be used when T is an anonymous type. For example this is an error:

                        var q = new Queue(Enumerable.Range(1, 3).Select(i => new { Prop = 7 }));

                        But the equivalent using ToQueue works fine. It is fairly easy to define your own extension methods along the lines of:

                        public static HashSet<T> ToHashSet<T>(this IEnumerable<T> collection)
                        {
                        return new HashSet<T>(collection);
                        }

                        But the use case is very common, so they seem…

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                          2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                          - The Visual Studio Team

                        • Support System.IO APIs for SkyDrive's Smart Files

                          Filed on behalf of our customers.

                          As described in this blog post [1], SkyDrive has a notion of smart files [2] which aren't directly accessible using the regular System.IO APIs, such as File.Open. We provided sample code [3] that shows how one can write code that handle smart files correctly.

                          But to quote our customer:

                          It would be helpful for Microsoft to provide a full blown solution to this which maps all key methods in System.IO such as File.Copy, File.Move etc. to their WinRT API equivalents. This issue is starting to crop up on support forums as it has caught…

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                          • Support ICollectionView in Portable Class Library target

                            Apart from supporting the ICollectionView there needs to be some way of creating a collection view in code for MVVM scenarios.

                            I guess the approach wich requires the least amount of work from you is to make the PagedCollectionView availible in .NET 4.5 and Metro (if it is not already availible) applications.

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                              1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                            • Add support for the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension to SslStream

                              Add support for the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) Extension to allow more flexible secure virtual hosting and virtual-machine infrastructure based on SSL/TLS protocols.

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                                5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                              • Allow ExcludeFromCodeCoverageAttribute to be used on assembly level

                                It is great that code coverage analysis can be easily run from test explorer window in VS 2012. But I suppose that it is often not appropriate to analyze code in test assembly itself. I think that it well be appropriate to exclude test assemblies from code coverage totally by using ExcludeFromCodeCoverageAttribute on assembly level in those assemblies so they will not produce 'garbage' code coverage results.

                                Now it is not possible since ExcludeFromCodeCoverageAttribute cannot be used at assembly level. There are several possible targets for this attribute however, allowing for some flexibility. I think, it will be convenient to…

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                                  7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                • 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.

                                  55 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                  • Support Portable Class Libraries in VS 2013 for all platforms (including SL4 and WP7)

                                    Visual Studio 2013 dropped tooling support for WP7 and SL4. That is fine, as for older projects, we can still use VS 2013.

                                    A side-effect of that is that portable class libraries also no longer support WP7 or SL4. When you open PCLs that target those frameworks, they're upgraded to at least WP8 and SL5.

                                    The problem is that in many projects, we need to still support libraries that target a wide range of devices. It's also likely that there's really no "uplevel" platform functionality needed by those libraries and there's no reason not to support the widest range.

                                    PCL's…

                                    54 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                    • GeoCoordinate class included in Portable Class Library

                                      Seems like a natural fit. The title really says it all.

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                                        5 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                      • Update WPF to V5 by 2014

                                        Can we get an update as what work is getting done on the next release of WPF from 4.5 which was released last August.

                                        Want to know if I should maintain my xaml skillset or get rid of it for HTML5 and etc....

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                                          2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
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                                        • Add LocalDB to Clickonce automatic publishing Prerequisite

                                          We need an easy way to publish an app with LocalDB. Clickonce does not currently support this as an easy prerequisite the same way it does SQL Server Express, or Compact. Developers will likely use LocalDB as a solution more if it was easier to publish. Not everyone is going to be wiling to spend 2- 5 hours researching how to hard code a bootstrap to publish LocalDB when ClickOnce does it with a check box. I think developers like myself will remain resistant to using this until Microsoft makes it easier to publish.

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                                            3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                                            - The Visual Studio Team

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