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  1. 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…

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      9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

      As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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        16 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add PlaneProjection

        For ease of use and silverlight compatibility

        263 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Ensure that you do not release a future version of Visual Studio without BIDS (SSRS, SSIS) support.

          Please ensure that you do not release any future versions of Visul Studio that do not have full support for (BIDS) SSRS, SSIS. This has resulted in a significant delay in rolling out VS2010 here, and in fact now that I heard BIDS will not be supported in Windows XP, we may skip VS2010, so now our team is missing out on so many great features.

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            9 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

            The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
            Why bold, but not italics?

            257 votes
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              5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Stop Autoformatting my code

              Visual Studio has always had options to stop the editor from autoformatting our code. They are found in Options > Text Editor > C# > Formatting > Defaults.

              In Visual Studio 2015, you decided to add a bunch of new actions that cause Autoformatting to happen. And you didn't add the option to turn it off to this screen.
              Some of the cases where it now happens:
              - When I press colon
              - When I press {
              - Some cases with the using block.

              It would be even better to just have a NEVER autoformat my code option - And…

              255 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Bring back the Visual Studio Achievements extension.

                Greetings,

                For Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 is the achievements extension released. For those who are not familiar with it, I added the links to them below.

                Sadly is this extensions nowhere to be found for Visual Studio 2013. It's not a killing extensions but it sure adds a lot of fun between developers in a company or for students on Facebook. I personally think that it is improving the working environment.

                It would be nice to have this extensions continued or open sourced so the community can work on it.

                Extension for 2010: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/ed9e23e2-ff50-43e3-9aa6-c91f27bd6a6d
                Extension for 2012: …

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                  2 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

                  1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

                  2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

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                    14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

                    create .net runtime for other os. linux, mac osx,

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

                      Thanks a lot for the feedback. Not only is this happening, it’s also happening in the open! You can follow as we’re making progress on GitHub. You can even participate and help us bringing .NET to Mac OSX and Linux!

                      See these posts for more details:

                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/12/04/introducing-net-core.aspx

                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/11/12/net-core-is-open-source.aspx

                      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2015/02/03/coreclr-is-now-open-source.aspx

                      Thanks,
                      Immo Landwerth
                      Program Manager
                      .NET Team

                    • Coded UI test html log should record assertion

                      Include assertion checks in the HTML log file created by QTAgent this is essential for testers as many times they are asked to show proof specially in medical companies(at list that what my personal experience says)

                      251 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add support for ISupportInitialize on object initializers

                        Quite often, it's necessary to validate an object state when it's initialized. With constructor arguments, this is easy to do as it can be done at the end or begining of ctor code. With object initializers, it's nearly impossible, as there's no way to know programatically when the object initialization is finished.

                        There's a built-in mechamis for this that is being used in WinForms and WPF: the ISupportInitialize interface. The initialization code generated by both toolkits checks to determine if the object implements the interface. If it does, it will call BeginInit() before invoking all property setters, and EndInit() at…

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                          5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

                          as it works with Visual Studio already

                          250 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Structure All Nullable Values

                            .NET Framework already has Nullable<T> but it could also have ToNullable<T> as a struct.

                            If you wanted to keep reference-types null and turn value-types to null you could make this:

                            class someGenericClass<T>
                            {
                            T? value; /* = Nullable<T> value; but this gives error
                            because T may already be null */

                            T$ value; /* = ToNullable<T> value; this doesn't give error,
                            what you wnat is keep what's null null,
                            and turn non-null into null */
                            }

                            The only problem is that this does not exist!
                            If you don't understand anything about this, contact jmcf125@gmail.com.

                            247 votes
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                              15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Build List, Dictionary and Tuple into the language

                              List and Dictionary are used extensively when developing in C# and although Tuple is relatively new it's a very useful class.

                              Other languages such as Python and Ruby make these constructs part of the language implementation which makes it incredibly easy to use them and reduces the amount of typing required.

                              I would imagine the syntax could look something like this:

                              var myList = {1,2,3,4}; // List
                              var myDict = {(1,"A"),(2,"B"),(3,"C")}; // Dictionary
                              var myTuple = (1,2,3,4) // Tuple

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                                11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                validates
                                screens
                                fields
                                relationship
                                and others

                                245 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow multiple variable names with single type specifier in functin call

                                  Current:
                                  Public Function DoSomething(x As Integer, y As Integer, w As Integer, h As Integer, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                  Propsed:
                                  Public Function DoSomething(x, y, w, h, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                  All variables x, y, w, h, Value would be of type Integer, like in Dim statement.

                                  243 votes
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                                    under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

                                    It would be nice if you could split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

                                    So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

                                    243 votes
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                                      13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop treating workarounds as a legitimate alternative to standards compliance

                                      Particularly in the world of C++, where the delta between what the compiler accepts and what the standard says is quite large, it is common for people to report bugs against the compiler.

                                      Often, however, these are met with refusals to fix the compiler, and claims that there are workarounds.

                                      I would love you to change this policy.

                                      Yes, sometimes there is a zero cost workaround to a particular flaw. But that's not a reason to not fix the bug. I write code that I wish to compile in g++, VC++, and sometimes even clang++. Being forced to avoid standard…

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                                        6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Do not eliminate the CLASSIC view of MSDN

                                        Microsoft is apparently about to eliminate the classic view of MSDN in favor of the poor low-contrast, pale, washed out 'lightweight' view. When you visit MSDN now you will see the following if you are viewing the CLASSIC view:

                                        "This view of the MSDN and TechNet Libraries will be replaced soon with the Lightweight view. Try it now by clicking the Lightweight link above."

                                        This is more of the same from Microsoft in reducing the developer experience to a shred of what it once was, and makes using MSDN as unpleasant as the grey theme of VS2012.

                                        240 votes
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                                          20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make XNA open source

                                          XNA is an incredible framework. It gave a lot to game developers. Don't bury it please. It's not too late. Open the sources!

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                                            10 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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