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  1. Make XNA open source

    XNA is an incredible framework. It gave a lot to game developers. Don't bury it please. It's not too late. Open the sources!

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      10 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Coded UI test html log should record assertion

      Include assertion checks in the HTML log file created by QTAgent this is essential for testers as many times they are asked to show proof specially in medical companies(at list that what my personal experience says)

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        3 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • 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

          • Code coverage support for Windows Phone projects

            Please enable code coverage support for Windows Phone projects.

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              2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 →
              • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

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                  15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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 →
                  • Visual studio - GIT - propose to prune when fetching the repo

                    What I'd like to do is that Fetch should be able to do 'git fetch --prune'

                    I know that I can register a remote to always be pruned with 'git config remote.origin.prune true' but this is not what I want.

                    I'd like a checkbox on the right of Fetch button for example.

                    see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d283472d-a194-4f55-aee6-205094fb1766/visual-studio-git-always-prune-when-fetching-the-repo-?forum=tfsversioncontrol#87f6bf6b-0b58-46ee-9475-252e11910848

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                      5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

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                        15 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

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                          11 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 ).

                          241 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  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.

                              240 votes
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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 →
                                • 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 →
                                  • 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

                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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.

                                        236 votes
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                                          0 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.

                                          235 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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