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  1. Workflow Status Designer/Visualizer on the Web

    The idea is to show the status of workflow graphically. Typically we can do it by re-hosting the designer in a Rich Client, but the web equivalent is rather painful. Need a new HTML5 implementation. I have been planning on starting an open source version for a LONG time now, need the right kick in the pants to get down in. In my lob app I am using a highly customized version that spits out ImageMaps (sooooo web 1.0)...

    Once the visualizer is up, extend it to do small designer functionalities. Something akin to Nintex's workflow designer for Sharepoint. Something…

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      7 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Optimize Math functions

      Currently the JITer doesn't do a good job with a lot of the .Net Framework, and the Math functions in particular.

      Example: Math.Abs

      The emitted assembly is pretty much the same for all types. It should optimize to take advantage of x86 instructions that have been around for more than a decade.

      cdq
      xor eax,edx
      sub eax,edx
      ret

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        7 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

        Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

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          19 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We expect to make significant progress on this front in the upcoming release. There are some components which must be installed to the system drive for various reasons – for example, Windows hotfixes and .NET Framework releases. But we think we will be able to do a better job of honoring the chosen location in the next release.

          To give some transparency into the design process, one interesting wrinkle to this problem is third-party components that we install. If you choose to install Visual Studio to (say) D:\VS, where should we install something like Git for Windows or the Android SDK (if you select those components)? Should we install them into a subdirectory of D:\VS, even though other apps may use them? And should we attempt to secure the directory? C:\Program Files is only writeable by admin users, which presents a security boundary to rogue apps. Tough choices…

          Thanks,…

        • Add ftp, sftp, and ssh file transfer capability to Visual Code.

          This would be helpful for working on web projects.

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            10 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support XAML2009 Throughout

            Generic types etc.

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              0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

              Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

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                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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                  22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Hierachical Navigation Menu

                  In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

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                    21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Only display real errors on "Error List" after compilation (option?)

                    If you open a large XAML project, it's not uncommon to have a lot of false errors displayed in "Error List" tab, (mainly about XAML files)

                    Is it possible to add a button to clear completely this list and display only real errors detected by the compiler (just a simple parsing of the compiler output) ?

                    It would help a lot of developers cause the only solution right now is to copy-paste the output in Notepad and search "error"...

                    See the attachment

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                      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

                      As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

                      (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

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                        9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                        Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                        Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                        Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                        repositories.js
                        -- attendee.repository.js
                        -- session.repository.js
                        -- speaker.repository.js
                        -- lookup.repository.js
                        -- abstract.repository.js

                        For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

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                          9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add .Net Framework v. 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010

                          Since Visual Studio 2010 was originally built to support newer versions/future version of the .Net Framework, .Net 4.5 support should be added to Visual Studio 2010 since Visual Studio 2012 has significantly reduced the usability and productivity of the IDE by discoloring the UI as well as removing critical features such as "Creating Unit Test". Adding .Net 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010 would allow developers who do not wish to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 the ability to continue using their favorite IDE with the latest .Net technology.

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                            13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show Exceptions in IntelliSense

                            Exceptions are not visible anymore in the Visual Studio 2015 IntelliSense list members dialog.

                            Please bring this back.

                            Visual Studio 2015:
                            https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b(v=vs.140).aspx

                            Visual Studio 2013:
                            https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hcw1s69b%28v=vs.120%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

                            373 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide us with a project type that officially supports the development of VGA-heavy applications from managed code

                              With the official announcement: “XNA Game Studio will not support Metro style apps” XNA has been marked as a legacy platform.

                              Please provide us with a replacement that:
                              -Fully satisfies .NET library design guidelines.
                              -Allows direct access to the VGA.
                              -Implements most strong points of XNA and learns from its mistakes.
                              -Has a feature set that is ON PAIR with DirectX 11.1 and stays UP TO DATE with future DirectX releases, at least ones that are accessible on WinRT.
                              -Enables developers to make applications capable of running on WinRT, Classic Desktop (at least on Windows 8), and at least on…

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                                16 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                                  Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                                  SomeClass value = null;
                                  if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                                  {
                                  dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                                  // do something with the item...
                                  }

                                  This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                                  It would be optimal to be able to do:

                                  SomeClass value = null;
                                  if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                                  {
                                  // do something with the item...
                                  }

                                  Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

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                                    11 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                                    Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

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                                      6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Dave,

                                      Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                      Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                      Thanks,
                                      Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                    • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                                      It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

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                                        8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add support for Git over ssh in Team Explorer

                                        Add support for ssh transport when syncing with Git repositories. libgit2 has ssh support now, so this should be fairly straightforward.

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                                        • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                                          Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

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