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  1. 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 →
    • 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…

      259 votes
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        7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

        257 votes
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          9 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
          http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

          When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

          255 votes
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            14 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…

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              5 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.

              251 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Project  ·  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,

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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 C# expressions in Rehosted Designer

                  as it works with Visual Studio already

                  249 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  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

                    246 votes
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                      11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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.

                      246 votes
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                        15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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?

                        246 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

                          245 votes
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                            13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • JavaScript and VB6 programming - MSDN magazine article

                            The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
                            https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                            Platt suggests developing a new version of the VB6 programming language and IDE (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

                            Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5…

                            244 votes
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                              22 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  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…

                              242 votes
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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 →
                                • 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.

                                  238 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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.

                                    237 votes
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                                      13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Intellisense snappier

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

                                      237 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • support arithmetic operations on Blend numeric textfields

                                        why not support arithmetic operations on numeric textfields, it can add a real plus-value to the tool and can improve the productivity of the designer/developer

                                        example:

                                        24*7

                                        480/3

                                        240*0.8

                                        24*2+200

                                        235 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks for your feedback.

                                          While this is a good idea, and something we would love to eventually get to, we don’t have immediate plans to add this to Blend. However, we will keep tracking it because it will eventually rise up to the top of our backlog.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Unni

                                          Program Manager,
                                          Visual Studio

                                        • make header include refactoring possible

                                          Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

                                          Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

                                          234 votes
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