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  1. Code Highlight and\Or List Member Access that belong to a particular Import\Using Namespace

    Code complexity, legacy or not, is a very common issue in todays development world.

    Adding IDE features/efficiencies will allow for better understanding of current code and its complexity level.

    The idea is to add a feature in the IDE that would allow a developer to highlight a namespace (e.g. System.Collections.ObjectModel) and the IDE will highlight and/or list box results the code that access members in that namespace.

    - The List Box Results could be used for reporting and code reviews
    - The Highlighting makes it easier to see which code access the ns.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support field-targeted attributes on auto-properties

      I would like to see C# support using field-targeted attributes on auto-properties where the compiler applies said attribute to the generated backing field. This functionality has precedent in that the compiler already behaves like this for such attributes applied towards events:

      // This works in all versions of C#
      [field: NonSerialized]
      public event EventHandler SomeEvent;

      // This will not compile
      [field: NonSerialized]
      public string SomeProperty { get; set; }

      // This seems unnecessary
      [NonSerialized]
      private string _someOtherProperty;
      public string SomeOtherProperty {
      get { return _someOtherProperty; }
      set { _someOtherProperty = value; }
      }

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide a way to turn off incremental search in Quick Find

        Please provide a way to turn off incremental search in Quick Find. It's often annoying when Quick Find moves the caret and loses my context/place when I'm typing a term that ends up not being found in the file. For example, if I want to find SystemParameters in a C# file, then Quick Find will always move the caret up to the using System; directive at the top, but it won't move the caret back where it originally was once it determines that SystemP isn't in the document.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Textarea in find and replace dialog box

          I have beening using Visual Studio 2010 and asp.net for 1.5 years.
          Before I had beening used Adobe Dreamviewer for our old asp files.
          And There was a property for find and replace in Dreamviewer.

          It was using textarea for find and replace box. Not input
          box. So we used it for changing a block of code just copying from
          the code and replacing it to the textarea section in the find and replace dialog box.

          We can use this propery using regular expression in Visual
          Studio. But it is very difficult. And some times we have to use symbol…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow sending whole outer scope to F# interactive

            Currently you can send the selection, or the highlighted line. Often you need to manually select the block that denotes full scope of a function you want to evaluate. Would save some time if there would be possibility to send the whole scope that the currently selected line belongs to.

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              1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable Intellisense to print clearer function information

              Working with the standard library in C++, intellisense has had a huge positive impact on my ability to work with and understand functions and classes from other libraries. However, the verbosity of highly templated code can become completely unreadable in intellisense.

              A clear and simple solution is giving users the ability to step up and down the number of levels of templates that intellisense will print.

              Lowering the verbosity of function information with some kind of step up and step down key during the function tooltip would be invaluable to programmers all over.

              An example of its function and usefulness…

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow Floating windows to be grouped

                Being able to drag windows onto a split screen separate from the source windows hosted on the main IDE has improved developer productivity. However, it becomes troublesome when you have more than one source window on the split screen since it does not cater for docking of the floating screens into another tabbed MDI structure. It would be nice to be able to have tabbed MDIs on both screens to make navigation easier.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make CTRL-F use standard Quick-Find window for RESX editor instead of Find-in-Files dialog

                  If you have a .resx (resource) file opened in the VS Resources Editor - which is the default when double-clicking on a .resx file - and you press CTRL-F, you get the Find-in-Files dialog. This is very annoying because you cannot simply search in the current document, which is what you want if you press CTRL-F.

                  Instead of this behavior, the standard Quick-Find window which appears in any other source editor should be shown when pressing CTRL-F.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable to CUSTOMIZE automatic brace completion : to keep it for braces, but not for /**/ comments.

                    The automatic brace completion for () and {} is great, it speeds up typing! However, the multiline comments /* */ are often used to silence a part of the code, thus the autoformating is very annoying in this case.

                    This is why customization of what is autoformatted and what is not would be a great (and necessary) add.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve c++ intellisense to be at least as good as VS2008 intellisense

                      I've filled a connect issue which sadly has been closed as Wont Fix. http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621106/intellisense-error-in-c-type-that-overloads-operator

                      It's not only sad that there is a known bug which wont be fixed, but also it's really annoying that this scenario used to work fine in VS2008.

                      The problem arises with template types that overload the -> operator (such as smart pointers). To reproduce the issue create a c++ empty project. Add a cpp file, and paste the following code:

                      template <class T>
                      struct ptr
                      {
                      T* operator->(){ return 0; }
                      void otherMember() {}
                      };

                      template <class T>
                      struct node
                      {
                      T value;
                      };

                      template…

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow a project to target multiple frameworks (Full Framework, SilverLight, WP7)

                        The current status is that you must select at the creation of a project the framework used.

                        But while developing using MVVM you often end up with some project(s) containing the ViewModels and the Model that could be shared between platforms (With #if in the specific places that differ)

                        The current best solution is to duplicate the folder structure and populate all projects but one with links to the real source code files (Microsoft even provide a VS extension to do it automatically) but it's clearly more complex than it should be.

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                          4 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Property setter value modifier

                          add support for changing property input.

                          like this:

                          public string property { get{....}, private int set{....}}

                          This property takes int (value type is int). but returns string.

                          then we dont have to do some logic(ex: converting) outside property.

                          thanks

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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable IntelliTest to generate input test parameters from runtime or Intellitrace data.

                            It would save a ton of time if IntelliTest could automatically generate realistic test parameter values from runtime usage. I envision running the application in some 'IntelliTest' mode which could then inspect Intellitrace data, or some other data store, and then create tests based on the inputs received during the run.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • There may be a future that when ever user mouse over any bracket it should display the line number of closing bracket and vise versa.

                              There may be a future that when ever user mouse over any bracket (start / close) it should display the line number of closing / start bracket and vise versa.

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                                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a raw stack view to native debugging (a la OllyDbg)

                                VS has the Call Stack window which displays a nice view of the call stack, which is useful, but is of limited utility when you want to debug a corrupted stack or looking into different calling-conventions, I'm sure there are plenty of other scenarios where you would want to see the raw data of the stack.

                                You can use the Memory window with it set to the base address of a thread's stack, but this is just the raw bytes, it isn't annotated to identify return addresses and arguments/parameters (if they're values or pointers, etc).

                                Other debugging tools such as…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enhance the debugger to decompile and step into managed code without symbols

                                  The debugger should automatically decompile managed code for which there are no PDB's or sources. It should permit breakpoints, single-stepping, and Go-to-definition on these decompiled sources.

                                  The spectrum of managed code a developer needs to debug is large -- larger then Microsoft's product set. Yet the availability of symbols and sources is sporadic or non-existent, making the typical end-to-end debugging experience inconsistent and frustrating. When the current debugger cannot locate the PDB and sources, it falls back to the Disassembly view, which is of little or no value to a managed code developer.

                                  When sources and PDB's are available, they…

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                                  • Make Windows Phone 9 and Windows 9 metro mode support opengl

                                    Because Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 metro mode don't support opengl, it is very difficult to convert IOS or Android game to Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 platform!

                                    DirectX is a very urgly API for me, it is COM based API, it is difficult to use.
                                    In general, only C++ user use this API, I think it is not suitable choice to build graphics api on COM base.

                                    I think even opengl is a much better api for programmer.

                                    why not to redesign a modern, clean, C++11 style Graphics API based on directx11?
                                    or provide an opengl driver…

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                                    • Transaction Response Time graph

                                      "Transaction Response Time graph" generated using "Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate" is not able to show all 'transactions' in a graph for a load testing scenario. There should be property / feature through which we can set 'No of transactions' for generated graph
                                      Regards,
                                      Himanshu

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                                      • Stack Size - WebDev.WebServer40 Default or a option in

                                        Hi,

                                        Today, the default size for thread stack in WebDev.WebServer40 (old cassini) is 100000. And the default size in w3wp is 40000. In this situation, we have some cases of stackoverflow in production that we don't have in development. Can you change de default in WebDev.WebServer40 to be the same that we have in production ?

                                        Maybe, a new option in web.config to change this behavior

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                                        • binding configuration timeout in the right order

                                          In the automated app.config wcf binding configuration of a service, the timeout can be ordered as they happen.

                                          The order is now:
                                          closeTimeout, openTimeout, receiveTimeout, sendTimeout

                                          it could be:
                                          openTimeout, sendTimeout, receiveTimeout, closeTimeout

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