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  1. Generic type arguments inferring

    Considering generic interface like:

    public interface IObjectFactory<TObject, TData>
    where TObject : IObjectInitializer<TData>
    where TData : class, IData
    ...

    And further invocation of interface methods:

    service.Create<LM<GeoData>, GeoData>();

    By using inferred types in generics, it would be possible to write

    public interface IObjectFactory<TObject> // Simplified - ", TData>" no longer necessary
    where TObject : IObjectInitializer<TData>
    where TData : class, IData
    ...

    And use invocation such as:

    service.Create<LM<GeoData>>();

    It would enable programmer to simplify a great deal of code redundancy in backend applications,
    and provide a cleaner, more readable look to code.

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      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Team Explorer -> csproj rollback -> swaps to Solution Explorer. Make it stay on Team Explorer?

      Prior to having my changes reviewed by someone before checking into TFS, I like to self-review the changes I have made, and rollback any non-changes. If there are non-changes to some csproj files, I'll roll them back.

      Each time a csproj file is rolled back, focus swaps from Team Explorer, to Solution Explorer. This gets frustrating if these windows are tabbed over each other.

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        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • msxml3.dll no longer workes with Compiled HTML Help Files

        I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but the moderator of the forum I originally posted it to directed me here.

        After installing Windows 10, my MSDN Library (from Visual Studio 6, October 2001) reports scripting errors on most pages. After debugging the error, the problem is that the MSXML.DOMDocument ActiveX control cannot retrieve an XML file (embedded in the Help Collection). The version of the msxml3.dll/msxml3r.dll files is MSXML 3.0, 8.110.10586.494 (sizes 1,902,592/3,072 bytes). The previous version of these dll files works fine - version MSXML 3.0 SP11, 8.110.7601.23373 (sizes 1,885,696/2,048 bytes). I…

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          1 comment  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow repositioning of intellisense popup

          When I am typing lines of code, the Intellisense block pops up to tell you the parameters of a function call I am making. But I find myself all too often needing to be able to read the line(s) of code directly above where i am typing, and it is directly under the intellisense block. Then I have to cancel the intellisense read the variable name I need, and go back and resume typing. Soemtimes the intellisens comes back ,sometimes it doesnt. But if I could just slightly reposition the intellisense popup itself, it would just make life so much…

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            2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide the "http://schemas.microsoft.com/SQLServer/reporting/reportdesigner" XSD

            SSRS objects are referencing this schema under the prefix "rd".

            It could be really useful for developers who need to generate VS or Report Builder friendly items.

            4 votes
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              0 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Hi, it would be great to add hotkey Ctrl+D, which adds a duplicate line or selection without erasing the contents of the clipboard.

              Hi, it would be great to add hotkey Ctrl+D, which adds a duplicate line or selection without erasing the contents of the clipboard.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support "interface" constraint in generics

                A new constraint for generics allowing to limit the type parameter to an interface type only:

                public class MyClass<T> : T, where T : interface
                {
                // ...
                }

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                  2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow users to add additional information to existing problems in 'Report a Problem'

                  I have useful information I can add to an existing issue found through the "Report a Problem" dialog but the only option I have is to click "Me Too".

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                    1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • search method in file like vscode

                    Method signature search in current file. Like vscode, resharper, visual assist, eclipse or any other IDE worth its salt. Come on guys.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Personal Git Repositories

                      There’s this notion of your own account in GitHub where you can have 1..N Git repositories, some of your own making and some that are forked from elsewhere that you may be looking at / contributing to with pull requests back to the main repository.

                      It would be nice if TFS / VSTS had a similar notion of a “personal” area in a TFS / VSTS instance where you could fork Git repositories into / make repositories of your own. (The only way we could figure out how to do this today was by making a Team Project with Git…

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                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enhancement to Spy++

                        I use Spy++ a lot especially when I make a customized widget.

                        However, I noticed that the tool is not updated for long time. (I've written Win32 code from 1990. )

                        So, here are some enhancement which will help people a lot.

                        1. Visual bookmark or separator on the message list.
                        When you move your mouse or type something on a widget which is captured or being monitored, Spy++ will show what messages are generated. There, you can have interest messages at specific location. So, if a user can set a visual mark, it would be helpful.

                        2. Search &…

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Expand preprocessor macros for compiler diagnostics

                          Debugging compiler errors in big macros is quite difficult currently, due to the compiler not highlighting the error in the preprocessed source, but the input.

                          Both GCC and clang print useful diagnostics:

                          foo.c: In function 'foo':
                          foo.c:6:10: error: 'r' undeclared (first use in this function)
                          return r; \
                          ^
                          foo.c:9:1: note: in expansion of macro 'LONG_MACRO'
                          LONG_MACRO(int)

                          MSVC, in comparison, only highlights the actual macro as an error:

                          foo.c(9): error C2065: 'r': undeclared identifier

                          The minimal example, plus the output of GCC and MSVC are attached.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • ProcessStartInfo should offer an ArgumentsArray property

                            The fact that ProcessStartInfo.Arguments is a string is a major design mistake; it should have been an array. By making it a string, anyone who wants to pass arbitrary filenames to another process has to go through an error-prone process of quoting those filenames to make sure they don't contain spaces, or quote characters, or other characters that could be misinterpreted. There are many, MANY ways to get this wrong, and a quick Google search on the Internet will find lots of advice (and sample code) on how to quote your arguments -- and most of it is WRONG, and…

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                              1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow StakeHolders to create PBIs under a feature

                              Currently when a StakeHolder is adding a new PBI in the backlog, it is not associated with any feature regardless of the selected feature un the tree. Also, since StakeHolders cannot move PBIs under a feature by drag/droping them, it becomes very tedious for them to associate PBIs to a feature (they have to eidt links manually). This is generating a lot of friction in the adoption of TFS tools. It would be nice if they could make the association easily.

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                                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Manual Testing : Supervisor control for Passing Test

                                If a Test is manual a tester should either not be allowed to mark a test run as "Passed" unless all test steps are passed or they must be forced to enter a reason.

                                We have a large body of test evidence outside of TFS and currently supervisor checks the test runs

                                In trying to adopt TFS we want negate need to go into each test run and check testers have completed the tests properly .

                                At the moment it is too easy to mark a test as passed when no test steps are execute, some test steps have been…

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • To improve on MTM control recognition while using Exploratory testing. Identification of control using Text property instead of Name propert

                                  To improve on MTM control recognition while using Exploratory testing. Identification of control using Text property instead of Name property. Please see my question raised on MSDN forum :-

                                  https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/872de569-c6ee-4c55-af56-4ab4f03bd4cf/exploratory-testing-test-case-steps-do-not-show-user-friendly-names-of-the-controls-visited?forum=vsmantest#872de569-c6ee-4c55-af56-4ab4f03bd4cf

                                  Description :-
                                  My team is using the Exploratory testing feature of MTM but we came across an issue. When I click the button "Create Test Case "on the Exploratory Testing Test Runner the test case template opens up and the user actions are populated as the test steps as expected but some Control names are not user friendly.

                                  Eg - When i click a menu option from a menu bar…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                    create the same lightswitch Tools for ASP.NET MVC

                                    validates
                                    screens
                                    fields
                                    relationship
                                    and others

                                    260 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Standalone WCF Test Client Installer for use on Clients or Servers

                                      Standalone WCF Test Client Installer to be installed on client machines or IIS Host Servers

                                      These are the scenarios we've needed it for in our £60 million turnover e-commerce platform...

                                      - So we can deploy to servers without the heavy baggage of Visual Studio.
                                      - To isolate issues occurring on live servers which cannot be replicated on test environments.
                                      - To view the raw output of data being received from external service endpoints.
                                      - It means we do not need to turn on heavy WCF logging on limited space servers.
                                      - To determine whether firewall rules are blocking communication to…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide better error message for deleted operators

                                        I wrote a class with a const member (should have been static const), when trying to use the assignment operator visual studio gave the following error:
                                        "'MyClass::operator =(const MyClass &)': attempting to reference a deleted function
                                        note: compiler has generated 'MyClass::operator =' here"
                                        with no further information as to why the assignment operator was deleted. clang offers the following error message which helps to immediately pinpoint the problem:
                                        "error: object of type 'MyClass' cannot be assigned because its copy assignment operator is implicitly deleted
                                        note: copy assignment operator of 'MyClass' is implicitly deleted because field 'MY_CONSTANT' is of const-qualified type…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio Blend support for Xamarin Forms

                                          Adding support for Blend for Xamarin Forms App will be great. It'll help to add animations in a cross-platform way.

                                          39 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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