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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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      13 comments  ·  Games  ·  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…

      267 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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)

        265 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide the option to disable Git publish in visual studio status bar.

          After the latest update (2) there is a new Publish button in the bottom right of the IDE. Doesn't state what it does, and even though TFVC is used it still creates a GIT repository on right click. Please provide an option to disable that button and please don't make my source control choices for me.

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

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              9 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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 →
              • Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

                Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

                For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

                There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

                * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

                It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

                258 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  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,

                  257 votes
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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

                  • 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

                    256 votes
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                      11 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.

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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

                        255 votes
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                          11 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                          • 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.

                            248 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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

                              248 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Faster thread loading PDBs and fetching PDBs from the symbol server

                                Loading PDBs is incredibly slow especially when fetching from a remote symbol server. It should be possible to thread loading of the symbol files for all of the load time DLLs (i.e. those loaded before the first instruction executes). It would also be great when debugging minidumps (since all of the loaded DLLs are known ahead of time)

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                                  11 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to archive it. We think this is a great idea, but it is not a part of our current performance improvement plans. We are dedicated to improving the performance of Visual Studio and do hope to incorporate this suggestion into further future plans.
                                  Thanks,
                                  Kaycee Anderson
                                  Visual Studio Team

                                  See the following two blog posts for additional context on debugging performance and pdb loading
                                  Debugger performance tips and tricks: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio/
                                  Understanding symbol settings: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/01/05/understanding-symbol-files-and-visual-studios-symbol-settings/

                                • 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.

                                  247 votes
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                                    15 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 →
                                    • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

                                      Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

                                      If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

                                      I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

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                                        1 comment  ·  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.

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

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

                                          240 votes
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