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  1. Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

    Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

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      6 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

      In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

      Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

      As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

      See also:

      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

      254 votes
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        10 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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 →
        • 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 →
          • make .net real platform independent. add linux support, mac osx, etc.

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

            248 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

            • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

              Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

              It is currently only supported in C/C++

              Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

              247 votes
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                14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • ISO C++ wrappers for WinRT

                Now that WinRT has been unveiled, a lot of people have criticized the C++/CLI-like quasi-C++ that is the recommended way to interface with the API. And honestly, it looks reasonably nice. If we're willing to give up all hopes of using another compiler than VC11, and don't mind non-standard code in our C++ application, it seem a nice way to interface with WinRT.

                But how about an alternative?

                How about offering a "best effort" library-only ISO C++ wrapper to make WinRT usage as simple as possible without relying on library extensions? It doesn't have to be as clean and pretty…

                246 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • xUnit should be the default test framework for VS templates

                  xUnit is a more powerful and extensible test framework. .NET Core, and ASP.NET 5 use it as their default. xUnit also supports all current platforms .NET does, including Xamarin.

                  The default test framework for the Unit Test projects in VS should change to xUnit.

                  244 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                    242 votes
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                      15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "View White Space" should show line endings too

                      As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

                      Request:
                      * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
                      * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
                      * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
                      * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

                      And that's it for the request.

                      And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
                      * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

                      242 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                        241 votes
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                          20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Incorporate the ribbon and ditch the toolbars!

                          Is there any other app that has an incredible amount of commands that would benefit more from a results-driven UI? I think incorporating the ribbon is a no brainer!

                          240 votes
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                            39 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make Intellisense snappier

                            Intellisense for VB, C#, C++ should be faster.

                            240 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add GlowEffect and Multipass Shaders.

                              Hard to fake inner Glow effect right now. Multipass Shaders would allow to implement those effects yourself.

                              233 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

                                as it works with Visual Studio already

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                                  2 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support elastic tab stops

                                  Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

                                  http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

                                  P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

                                  230 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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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                                      9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

                                      Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

                                      It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

                                      Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
                                      http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

                                      Please bring it back!

                                      NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

                                      227 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a ResourceManager abstraction mechanism

                                        The existing System.Resources.ResourceManager is based on .resx files built into a fallback assembly with multiple satellite assemblies. This model works fine for some situations but it is inappropriate for others. It is relatively easy to create custom resource managers but it is not simple to get an application to use the custom resource manager instead of the ResourceManager.

                                        What is needed is an abstraction from the 'default' ResourceManager - a mechanism by which I can tell my application to use *my* resource manager instead of System.Resources.ResourceManager.

                                        The solution should not be tied to a specific user interface technology. For example…

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                                          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                                          226 votes
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