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  1. Compliable strings

    If you're writing a tracing and logging component you may well want to pass the current method name to your logging component. Rather than hard code it (then forget to change it when you change the method name) you can use reflection and the MethodBase class to retrieve the name:
    System.Reflection.MethodBase currentMethod = System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod();
    System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.Name);
    System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Name);
    System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(currentMethod.DeclaringType.Namespace);

    In C # 4.5 you can use attributes System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerMemberNameAttribute, System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerFilePathAttribute and System.Runtime.CompilerServices.CallerLineNumberAttribute for such purposes.

    Frequent use of reflection dramatically reduces performance. Using special attributes is a contentious issue. Because attributes inherently are declarative. They obviously do not provide full support for the…

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      9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
      • 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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          14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio Tools for Git Extension (Microsoft Git Provider) integration with Source Control Explorer window

          The major feature that is still missing from the Microsoft Git Provider is to integrate it with the Source Control Explorer window to provide a full featured Git repository UI that will rival third party tools in it's feature set.

          A great example of the ideal functionality is the Git Extensions main user interface. It allows changing repositories and branches, stashing changes, committing code and push/pull operations. It also provides a great visual diagram showing the commit history for the selected repository and where each branch (local and origin) is in relation to the head. It also allows you to…

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            5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            When the item was marked as completed, we have misunderstood the suggestion. Your suggestion is still valid, and on our backlogs. But we are not actively working on this.

            Opening the suggestion again for you to upvote this one. Sorry for the confusion.

            Ewald Hofman
            VSTS/TFS Program Manager

          • 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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              4 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                11 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

                The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

                Please now re-open this suggestion
                https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
                and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

                VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

                Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

                https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

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                  18 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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 Data Tools  ·  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 →
                    • Add support for link shared files in shared project

                      Please add function to link a file file in a shared project like is actually possible in normal projects.
                      This function is already supported with manual editing a .projitems file:

                      myFile.cs

                      256 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Project  ·  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

                        • 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 →
                          • 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 →
                              • 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 →
                                • 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 →
                                  • 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.

                                    247 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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 →
                                      • Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

                                        1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
                                        2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
                                        3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
                                        4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
                                        5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

                                        # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
                                        # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

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                                          29 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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/

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