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  1. Add official support for Blend Extensions

    Currently there is almost no documentation how to extend Blend. I have seen some examples in the wild which seem to be the result of reverseengeneering rather than beeing officialy supported. Some of the suggestions posted here could be easyly programmed by the community.

    [Blend team response]
    In addition to voting for this idea, please leave a comment letting us know what extensions you would like to use in Blend.

    258 votes
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      10 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • WinForms Designer DPI Lock

      Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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        9 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

        Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

        If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

        I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

        254 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

          253 votes
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            8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

            251 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • .Net Native compliler for Desktop

              Provide the .Net Native compiler not only for Windows Store applications.

              251 votes
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                13 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Line Spacing

                Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

                250 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                  249 votes
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                    15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution

                    Add a Start Without Debugging option for individual projects within a solution. This should be located under the Debug context menu item under the project node within Solution Explorer and optionally all debug/run functionality should also be included under the main application's Project menu for easier keyboard access and for consistency.

                    247 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Scroll horizontally using Shift + Mouse Wheel

                      Many applications (e.g. Visio) and editors (e.g. EditPlus) have Shift+MouseWheelScroll wired up to a horizontal scroll action.

                      This seems like a useful convention to adopt in Visual Studio for the text editor (and others)

                      245 votes
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                        16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

                        245 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix ligatures

                          Visual Studio 2015 supports ligatures which is wonderful and help readability of code. However, for some reason, anything with a hyphen does not register properly (at all really).

                          Can this be fixed?

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

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

                            241 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 236 votes
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                                52 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

                                In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

                                Others were not included in the port.

                                This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

                                1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
                                2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

                                232 votes
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                                  55 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Cloud-based iOS emulator instead of remoted iOS simulator for Windows

                                  Windows developers need a free cloud-based iOS emulator instead of current simulator that needs a Macbook.

                                  231 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add in support for Enum and Delegate constraints

                                    Currently C# disallows constraints for
                                    System.Enum,
                                    System.ValueType,
                                    System.Delegate,
                                    System.Array,
                                    System.Object

                                    However, the CLR has support for classes constrained to All 5 types.
                                    It could be very useful to have this constrain.
                                    To constraint a method to enum we can just use:
                                    where T:struct,Enum
                                    Allowing us to specify only to be called on enum instances and not those boxed as Enum.

                                    Delegate is less strict unfortunately, as there is no way to specify that a T must be an inheritor of a class. A simple solution would be to add an interface to Delegate like `IDelegate` so that we can easily…

                                    229 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Code Coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps)

                                      Please enable code coverage support for Windows Store Applications (Windows 8 Apps).

                                      228 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • (Editor) Disable adding a new line after C# [Attributes] when auto-formatting

                                        This thread pretty much says it all >> http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/9e5dd395-afd7-46d7-845d-5345a3268961/dont-let-the-editor-insert-a-new-line-after-a-c-attribute?forum=visualstudiogeneral <<

                                        What I want is:

                                        Auto format ->

                                        [MyAttribute1] [MyAttribute2] Stuff MyStuff;
                                        [MyAttribute1] OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

                                        But what I get is:

                                        Auto format ->

                                        [MyAttribute1]
                                        [MyAttribute2]
                                        Stuff MyStuff;

                                        [MyAttribute1]
                                        OtherStuff MyOtherStuff;

                                        which is quite annoying.

                                        There is no option anywhere to disable adding a new line - This should be a very basic built-in option.

                                        Thanks.

                                        224 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support XAML+Native Code for desktop applications

                                          Metro app developers got the gift of the ability to combine XAML with native code. Desktop developers (well, at least me) have wanted this for years and probably didn't ask because we figured there was no chance. Now developers of these little toy apps get this ability! This is a travesty. Desktop application developers need a modern framework (MFC is older than the internet, WPF is dead), and it should be native code (.NET is too slow). So please port the ability to use XAML and native code together over to the Win32 development platform.

                                          222 votes
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                                            11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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