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  1. Provide non-default value initializatoin for arrays in C#

    Can we please have the ability to assign a non-default(0) value to array elements in C#. When I look at the cost of array construction, I see varied results, sometimes it is comparable to the cost of a loop, 400,000 - 1,200,000 ticks for a 1024x1024 float array[,]. Other-times it seems to drop right down to about 2000 ticks. I can only explain this by the runtime either having knowledge about whether chunks of memory have already been set to zero, or else initialization is using memcpy or some such mechanism under the hood to set zero. I would guess…

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C in debugger visualizers

      When I try using the HTML visualizer while probing a variable, I cannot use common keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C. I have to manually select the text, then right click and select copy. I take these shortcuts for granted since they are available everywhere else I can select text in VS. Not being able to use them is a big pain, as I end up trying to use them without thinking about it and only catch myself when what I'm pasting is incorrect.

      The CTRL-C shortcut does however work as expected when using the Text Visualizer.

      Same complaint about the…

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        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add an Exception Message Box into the framework

          SQL Server 2005 and later provide an ExceptionMessageBox (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms166340.aspx) class which is useful for displaying detailed exception information. It would be nice if there was a similar dialog included in the .NET Framework or if the SQL Server dialog could be pulled into the base framework.

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            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Kanban board: More customizations and usability features

            Kanban board should provide additional capabilities so that we can effectively move existing "physical" Kanban using team or from competitive products to TFS. Some important customization capabilities:
            Which field to display on the card
            Ability to choose number of card width for a specific state/column
            Ability to have horizontal swimlane with different states (for different class of services for example)
            Ability to access the PBI related tasks as a sub-board

            And also usability features:
            - functionalities for large display for team board: auto refresh, auto scroll, etc.
            - change the priority/positionning of the card directly on the board
            - Ability…

            138 votes
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            • Enable rendering of XAML not present in visual tree into image for WinRT 8.1

              With WinRT 8.1 new functionality has been added to render XAML as an image but the XAML has to be added to the visual tree. It would be nice to be able to render XAML that is not on the visual tree and perhaps in a background task.

              36 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Reverse Database Engineering

                Bring back Reverse Database Engineering capabilities to the Visio product. This feature was available in Visio 2010 but then removed from Visio 2013. Visio was an excellent method to share database diagrams with other individuals in the organization that did not have access to Visual Studio.

                At the least, Microsoft should provide an add-in for Visio for reverse database engineering capabilities that installs with the installation of Visual Studio in a manner similar to the PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in installation that is coupled with Visual Studio 2012/2013.

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                  0 comments  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Property Initializer

                  In addition to get{} / set {} it would be handy to have an init {} block on Properties

                  e.g. The new [CallerMemberName] allows us to call the following without hard coding the proprety names:

                  protected bool SetProperty<T>(ref T storage, T value, [CallerMemberName] String propertyName = null)
                  protected bool ValidateField([CallerMemberName]string propertyName = null) ....
                  etc.

                  where ValidateField runs any validations that have been defined for a given field:
                  eg. protected Dictionary<string, Action<string>> Validations = new Dictionary<string, Action<string>>();

                  The only hassle is that the Validations need to be defined seperate to the Property and so require the property name to be…

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Microsoft Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0 will be updated for later VS. Version?

                    The Add in of Visual Studio 2008, named Microsoft Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0 will be updated for later VS. Version? We really like the function of " AUTO Visual Programming Flow Chart Generated".

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                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Can you please expose an API so that VSOnline can be useful and we can export alerts into SCOM/TFS/incident management?

                      You do not have API exposed. Gomez and Keynote, which are competitors for appInsight, have an api that can hook into SCOM. If you want to make VSOnline useful, please allow your customers to send the data to other sources.

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                        0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow loading of a solution to be cancelled

                        If you open the wrong solution, you have to wait for the solution to fully load before being able to load the correct one. It would be really useful to be able to cancel the loading of the solution.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add option to rename file when using refactoring to rename class

                          If you rename a file in solution explorer, a question pops up to use refactoring to rename the class name. It looks like an omission that the opposite action is not available in the dialog box for renaming a class. Just as the question only pops up if the filename is equal to the classname, the option to rename the file should only be selected when the file containing the class has the same name.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Send Alert on Checkout to new machine

                            Send Alert on Checkout to new machine.
                            It will be helpful for admin to track which user has accessed code base from which machine as this helps us secure the code base.

                            This feature will enable us to find out if the code is accessed outside company network.

                            6 votes
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                            • Update Visual Studio Installer Bundle to Support Visual Studio 2012

                              Please give consideration to updating the Visual Studio Installer Bundle to support Visual Studio 2012. Thanks!

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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Smart static fields initialization

                                Would be nice that static fields that depend to another static fields to be initialized smart, not in order they are declared. The result for this is:

                                Segoe UI
                                Microsoft Sans Serif

                                class Program
                                {
                                static void Main(string[] args)
                                {
                                Console.WriteLine(GoodFontInformation.StartupMenuText1.Name);
                                Console.WriteLine(BadFontInformation.StartupMenuText.Name);
                                Console.ReadKey();
                                }
                                }
                                public class GoodFontInformation
                                {
                                public static Font StartupMenuText1 = new Font("Segoe UI", 30F, FontStyle.Regular);
                                }
                                public class BadFontInformation
                                {
                                public static Font StartupMenuText = new Font(standardFont, 30F, FontStyle.Regular);
                                private static string standardFont = "Segoe UI";
                                }

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide a warning for python implicit string concatenation

                                  Provide a warning for python implicit string concatenation when there is no whitespace between the two strings (some discussion here - https://lwn.net/Articles/551426/) because it is almost always a bug and there are alternative solutions (triple quoted strings) to get around it.

                                  My specific reason is that coming from SQL, I'm in the habit of escaping a single quote using a pair of single quotes e.g. 'That''s mine'. However in python that is parsed as two strings and concatenated to 'Thats mine'. The programmer almost certainly did not intend the result produced. And whilst you can't fix Python, you could…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - Python  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Cache last test run so Test Runner can retrieve test results after a reboot or when VS crashes.

                                    I realize this may seem dumb from a unit testing standpoint, but I have test runs that can take upwards of four hours to complete... I usually run these overnight and it's frustrating to come into work and not have any test results because of a VS crash.

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                                      3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Coded UI - Allow user to disable automatic screenshot feature and give them greater control over where these files are stored.

                                      I would love to be able to disable and\or have more fine-grained management over when\where screenshots are taken and stored during a given Coded UI Test run.

                                      A number of users have encountered an issue where our Common7\IDE folders are spammed with a huge number of RPF .png files after every test run. From what I gather, the files are supposed to go to a temp folder by default, but no one seems to have an answer as to why this is happening or a solution or workaround. I'm currently deleting 30 gigs of data daily.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Visual Lightswitch is a great tool !!! When will there be a good and easy reporting tool available. All the third party companies stopped.

                                        Visual Lightswitch is a great tool !!! When will there be a good and easy reporting tool available? All the third party companies stopped developping there tools for Lightswitch, and now I can't find any tool that will work properly for desktop client as well as html clients

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                                          1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Don't use split view when doing a code review on a new file

                                          When I am doing a code review on a file that is new it makes no sense to show me the split view and compare the new file to nothing.

                                          I end up having to read the file highlighted in green.

                                          Am I missing something?

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