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  1. Add info about thread being forground or background in the Threads window

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    I'd like to know whether a thread is a forground or background thread.

    Yesterday, I had an issue in another application that wouldn't terminate on its own in the debugger. I thought that there must be a non-background thread running somewhere, but all threads had "worker thread" in the threads window. That was very misleading, because one of them in fact didn't have IsBackground set to true. And that was the problem. I could only find out by setting a breakpoint in that thread and query Thread.CurrentThread.IsBackground in the immediate window.

    Since the background status of a thread…

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Android Emulator available standalone and not bundled with Visual Studio

      external user:
      I wish the @VisualStudio Android Emulator was available standalone and not bundled with VS2015 preview...

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        0 comments  ·  VS Android Emulator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Highlight for/foreach loop that pertains to the break/continue statement the cursor is on

        It'd be great when you put your text cursor over a break/continue statement for it to highlight the loop that it'll apply to.

        Akin to matching curly braces, this would be useful to aid in understanding program flow when statements can be nested and buried in a few different structures.

        Thanks!

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          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Feature-testing recommendations for C++

          I suggest the establishment of macros that indicate the features already implemented.

          Feature-testing recommendations for C++
          http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2013/n3745

          Example:

          The GCC 4.9.2 already have these macros in "gcc-4.9.2\libstdc++-v3\include\bits\unique_ptr.h":

          #if __cplusplus > 201103L

          #define __cpp_lib_make_unique 201304

          template<typename _Tp>
          struct _MakeUniq
          { typedef unique_ptr<_Tp> __single_object; };

          template<typename _Tp>
          struct _MakeUniq<_Tp[]>
          { typedef unique_ptr<_Tp[]> __array; };

          template<typename _Tp, size_t _Bound>
          struct _MakeUniq<_Tp[_Bound]>
          { struct __invalid_type { }; };

          /// std::make_unique for single objects
          template<typename _Tp, typename... _Args>
          inline typename _MakeUniq<_Tp>::__single_object
          make_unique(_Args&&... __args)
          { return unique_ptr<_Tp>(new _Tp(std::forward<_Args>(__args)...)); }

          /// std::make_unique for arrays of unknown bound
          template<typename _Tp>
          inline typename _MakeUniq<_Tp>::__array
          make_unique(size_t __num)
          { return unique_ptr<_Tp>(new…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Smart Unit Tests to generate tests for Database Projects

            Please add support for database projects (SSDT) for smart unit tests. Creating tests in Database Unit Test projects is tedious enough. Having smart unit tests analyze the database code and generate unit tests would be an incredible boost and productivity and code quality.

            4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • XAML for iOS, Android & Windows Phone

              XAML for Windows Phone / Windows Store is greate, but Android and iOS are more popular. They have very cumbersome graphic API. With Xamarin.Forms it is possible to create XAML apps with native controls for every platform. It is unfortunately not possible to change templates for many of the controls like in WP Xaml, because the are copiled to native controls, which do not have any template.
              I think, that Microsoft could implement a unified XAML for the three platforms and render the controls themselves. A native App has the possibility to use a hardware accelerator to render the controls…

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                • Add WPF support for binding to async/task based properties

                  Allow XAML binding to a property like this

                  Public Task<ObservableCollection<Person>>
                  {
                  get
                  {
                  await LoadData();
                  }
                  }

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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support unrequested feedback in TFS/VSO (without feedback client)

                    It would be extremely valuable, if users could provide direct feedback for any workitem (PBI, Bug, Feature, Impediment) in form of a linked item.
                    This way we could get feedback for things we don't explicitly ask for.

                    3 votes
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                    • Squash commits in Git using Visual Studio

                      It would be nice, if we can combine (squash) multiple commits directly from Visual Studio.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide the "open-source mode" and "git apprentice mode" in the visual studio

                        Although I used Matlab and fortran for many years, I started to write windows program around the past half year. It was by chance that I started to use visual studio to code because I have quit my original job for about 2 years so that I have time to think of about what I can do. At least I could try to make some programs to solve my problems.
                        Originally I tried to use linux but I was frustrated by too many packages that I needed to install before I can compile a code and too many parameters were…

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                        • I need a driver for my wheel mouse that I can change the direction that the wheel scrolls as on touch devices

                          I need a driver for my wheel mouse that I can change the direction that the wheel scrolls as on touch devices

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                            0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Attach VS to remote FSI

                            With cross-platform CLR moving full steam ahead it would be great to see some features to assist with developing against other platforms from VS. One area that would help at a lot, particularly when working on code interacting with the system, is if VS could attach to a remote FSI instance. This running FSI could have it's STDIN/OUT attached to a network socket as an example. Optionally, a local command/script could be specified that would ensure the remote FSI instance is started/restarted/stopped as required.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Abstract Syntax Tree Source Files via Roslyn

                              Now that Roslyn is available (or will be available), it is time for Visual Studio to start thinking in files that represent Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs), or .ast files. .ast files are the actual source files that are checked into source control. When an .ast file is loaded into Visual Studio, the developer's "formatting preference configuration" is applied to the .ast file to display the file to the preference of the developer.

                              Formatting preference configurations would include things like:
                              - Spaces or Tabs for tabbing
                              - Braces on same line as method declaration or below
                              - Spaces around symbols
                              -…

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                                7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Floating tab as normal window

                                Make behavior of floating tab like a normal window to be separately minimized from main VS window.

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                                • C++ Cordova plugin without Java or Objective-C

                                  Since Cordova.exec serialize the method name and its parameters, it would be awesome to be able to avoid calling a Java JNI (or Objective-C) wrapper to pass these parameters to some C++ code.
                                  I wrote an Android NativeActivity in C++ but Cordova always requires the java class instead of using directly the C++ NativeActivity.

                                  I believe the same could be done for iOS, that is avoiding the ObjectiveC wrapper and invoke directly C++ code.

                                  This would really ease the portability of business logic which would have poor performance using javascript.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Explain what is "default image"

                                    The verification of Windows App Store failed with one of this message: "Image file snalllogo.png is a default image"

                                    I think it is good to explain what is "default image".

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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Show indicator whether last build is fresh or not

                                      Image you are coming back to your computer after some time. You need a fresh build of the application but you don't remember whether you made any changes after the last build. You have to start a build just to be sure. That can be a waste of time if building takes >30sec.

                                      Visual Studio should show a small indicator icon in the status bar. Green for "Build is current - no need to rebuild", gray for "build might be out of date - rebuild if you need a current build".

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Fifth Step

                                        Fifth Step
                                        Summary:
                                        In this article suggests that we see itself of programming in a view of object oriented
                                        Background:
                                        Each program is formed from a small component named bloke. A bloke can continue an Instruction or many Instructions
                                        Article:
                                        Each bloke of program has a binary input and when get one then runs. Input get one when previous bloke is implemented or run without error.
                                        Each bloke has two output Port. First port when get one that Instructions in bloke is implemented or run without error. Second port when get one that Instructions in bloke is implemented or run…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from usual comments

                                          Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from normal comments. Instead of green, make it blue or red etc so it stands out more and can be distinguished quickly while scrolling.

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