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  1. 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.

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      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • WPF support in Lightswitch

      How about replacing Silverlight with WPF for the desktop client to get rid of the pixel rendering performance issues with Silverlight? Since LS now has HTML support for web clients, Silverlight could be replaced with a more powerful desktop client like WPF ( I would even take Winforms if it substantially increased performance ).

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        5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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.

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          13 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.

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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.

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              9 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow me to link Visual C++ filters to specific directories

              Please give me a way to associate a directory for a given filter (ie folder) in VC++. The directory would be used as the default when I click on a filter and run the Add New wizard. This would help greatly on larger projects with elaborate directory structures.

              Here is an example of how the current setup is maddening. Imagine I am working on something that has a directory structure like this

              \Foo
              \build
              \msvc << VC++ files here
              \brandX << build/make files for your competition
              \include
              \Algorithms
              sort.h
              \Collections
              vector.h
              \src
              \Algorithms
              sort.cpp
              \Collections
              vector.cpp

              I can create Filters…

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                8 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

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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

                • 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 →
                  • Show <returns> and <value> contents of XML Documentation of target member in the IntelliSense tooltip

                    C# IntalliSense does not show contents of <returns> and <value> element of target members' XML Documentation. But these often contain important information, and its length is usually enough short to show in the tooltip, so the IDE should include these content in the IntelliSense tooltip.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bring Silverlight Back-The best product that Microsoft ever built

                      Microsoft we all know that you are in troubled waters after the surface debacle, Windows-8 also is a major flop. But still we are with you and we can hit back, just bring back one weapon from the junkyard, 'SILVERLIGHT', the best product Microsoft ever built. Work on Silverlight 6 and see how the tables turn. Please bring it back.

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Intellisense snappier

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

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                          3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • WeakReference and WeakEvent operators

                          //weak reference:
                          var value = weak(new Reference());

                          //weak event:
                          var source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          source.PropertyChanged += weak(source_PropertyChanged)

                          Or in VB.NET:
                          'reference:
                          Dim source = Weak(GetReference)

                          'event:
                          Dim source = GetLongRunningObject();
                          AddWeakHandler source.PropertyChanged, AddressOf source_PropertyChanged

                          I would surely prefer a symbol operator rather than a verbose one, but I would prefer seeing it in the language

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                            4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation 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.

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                                7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring RelativePanel to WPF vNext

                                On MWC 2015 Microsoft unveiled new WinRT control RelativePanel that allows simple relative placing of controls next to each other using attached property rules.
                                It would be really useful to have the same RelativePanel available in classic WPF as well.

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                                  8 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add SFTP/SCP as a publish method for web projects

                                  SFTP/SCP is not available as a publish method for web projects. This means that you have to publish to a local directory and then copy the files to the remote server via an external SFTP/SCP tool if you server or hosting provider uses that protocol, which is cumbersome.

                                  It would be more convenient to have the option built-in, since a lot of system admins are moving to SFTP/SCP for security purposes.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide intellisense in rehosted designer scenario

                                    Intellisense should work automatically against C# and VB expressions but also allow hooks for other expression languages.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

                                      I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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                                        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support refactoring in razor views

                                        Basic refactoring operations doesn't work in razor views.

                                        IMHO, the most useful cases are :
                                        - The "Find all references" menu should search in razor files too
                                        - The "Rename" refactoring should work in razor files

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                                        • Rename Visual Basic to B# and Support B# With Absolute Parity

                                          Dotnet 2015 made it clear: VB.NET developers need to switch to C# or be left behind. Very sad.

                                          VB syntax is friendlier, easier to read and code and maintain. Yet Microsoft is killing off this superior language bowing to pressure from myopic C# developers and Mono.

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                                            37 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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