I've blogged before about wishes I had for the IDE I use on a daily basis: Visual Studio.NET (currently v2003). Since that blog I've made a new list of new wishes not mentioned in the previous wish-list. I've also included wishes for .NET and the .NET API. The list is very long so I decided to post it as a story. You can find the story by clicking here. Below is the list of items I discuss.
- Generation of a makefile (C#, VB.NET)
- The ability to define post-build steps which call plug-ins.
- Cache the Help Index list between coding sessions.
- Visual Studio.NET should contain a lot more wizards and helpers for real applications.
- Expose a better object model for macros.
- A callers / callees graph would be nice.
- Appdomain instance reference viewer.
- Give Tooltip intellisense a better brain.
- Coding helpers should be smarter.
- Replace the winforms datagrid.
- Replace the winforms treeview.
- ListView: sorting means sort it, not fake it.
- Make all classes unsealed.
- Make more classes serializable.
- More classes should have abstract methods and virtual methods.
- Implement more base classes.
- Pay more attention when designing namespaces.
- Add an API to work with XML the OO way.
- If serialization to disk succeeds, deserialization should succeed too.
- Make event handlers / delegate definitions maskable with [Nonserialized].
- An easy way to get a reference of an object in the current appdomain.
- Where are the monikers?
- Make assembly code unloadable from an appdomain.