Posts Tagged ‘Suggestions’

Suggestion: Allow local nested methods inside any code block

It would be nice if one could define methods inside other methods so that they are only accessible in the context of the parent method. In Pascal one could define them at the start of the parent method, before any other commands, but after local variables block, so they could also access the variables of their parent proc.

A trick to implement them could be to make them anononymous methods and assign them to respective local delegates inside the parent method. That way one could also do arbitrary level of such nesting.

Ideally they would also accept an optional inline keyword so that the compiler can inline them (useful for short methods) inside the parent method body (that is the only one allowed to call them anyway [they’re not visible from outside classes or other codeblock in the same class]).

For example, when I refactor code to split a big method to call into other smaller methods, I want them sometimes only to be callable from that original method, and not be accidentally called from elsewhere in my code, including elsewhere in the same class.

Note that in Object Pascal/Delphi such nested methods/procedures/functions could access variables defined at the parent method/procedure/function, since you define them always at the top before the local code.

Implementing the inner methods like you do with anonymous methods allows to grab such local context I believe, so you could allow such inner methods to be defined anywhere inside code blocks to allow access to the variables defined above them in the current code block.

Example syntax suggested:

public void SomeMethod(int i)




    int y = 2;

    void increment(int x) { i = i+x+y; }



  doSomething( i );




In this screenshot from my enhanced version of Hotspotizer (currently adding speech recognition to that Kinect-based full-body-gestures automation app), I’d like InitSpeechRecognition to only be callable from inside LoadSpeechRecognitionPlugin. I use two methods there to split a bigger method, but I don’t want the 2nd one to be accidentally called from elsewhere in my code.

If you like this suggestion, please vote for it at:


  • Visual Studio Team commented:

You can do this today:

public void SomeMethod(int i)
if (i > 10)
int y = 2;
Action<int> increment = x => { i += x + y; };

It’s not the syntax you suggested, but it does do the same thing.

Bertrand Le Roy – .NET – Program Manager


  • And this is my reply:

Thanks for the pointer Bertrand, having worked with Object Pascal / Delphi for many years too I like its cleaner syntax on this one

Suggestion: Define scoped variable at C# switch conditional statement

Trying to reuse the conditional value of a switch statment in C# at the fallback “default” code block of it, and looking up if that was supported in C#, I found a related discussion at:

I added a comment there and also elaborated it a bit more at a suggestion (PLEASE VOTE IT UP IF YOU AGREE) to Microsoft’s Visual Studio team for the C# language:

Wouldn’t it be nicer if you could do the following so that fooResult is only visible in the scope of the switch block and then be able to use it at the "default" (fallback case) subblock of the switch code block?

switch (var fooResult = MyFoo()) //SUGGESTION FOR FUTURE C# SYNTAX
  case 0: 

The alternative of evaluating a 2nd time the value inside the "default" is not optimal and the other alternative of defining a local variable outside of the switch block is also not optimal for garbage collection, code optimization, is prone to code errors by accidentally using that value later on after the switch block instead of using some other variable (mistyping the name) etc. It is better practice to allow one to limit the scope of such variables to only where they’re used

a workaround for protecting the local variable from accidental use later on in a long method is to do

  var fooResult = MyFoo();
  switch (fooResult)
    case 0:


that is add an extra {…} outside the var and the switch statements, but it doesn’t look pretty

Suggestion: property and event setting block attached to C# type instance

Instead of having to write in C#

      speechRecognizer = CreateSpeechRecognizer();
      if (speechRecognizer != null)
        speechRecognizer.SomeProperty = someValue;
        speechRecognizer.SomeOtherProperty = someOtherValue;
        speechRecognizer.SpeechRecognized += SpeechRecognized;
        speechRecognizer.SpeechHypothesized += SpeechHypothesized;
        speechRecognizer.SpeechRecognitionRejected += SpeechRecognitionRejected;

I’d prefer to write:

      speechRecognizer = CreateSpeechRecognizer() {
        SomeProperty = someValue,
        SomeOtherProperty = someOtherValue,
        SpeechRecognized += SpeechRecognized,
        SpeechHypothesized += SpeechHypothesized,
        SpeechRecognitionRejected += SpeechRecognitionRejected

that is after any Type I’d like to be able to add {…} block with assignments to its properties, like I can do when I create a new type.

Do note that I also would like this syntax and the existing new Type(…) {…} syntax (which is a subset of this one) to support assignment and removal of event handlers, not just setting of properties, as shown in the example above

If you like this suggestion, vote it up at:

Suggestion: implement ignore keyword or allow missing catch block in C#

This is a suggestion I’ve just sent in via Visual Studio’s “Send a frown” feature (rewritten here a bit differently from memory, since that feedback channel doesn’t allow you to access your previous feedback as the Microsoft Connect or the Uservoice site does) :

Instead of having to write


catch (SomeExceptions)
//NOP (ignored)

I’d like to be able to write


ignore (SomeExceptions);

and similarly if a finally block is used, allow:

try { … }


finally { … };

That is, I suggest adding an “ignore” keyword, introduced to C# in order to ignore specific exceptions.

Alternatively, could allow a missing catch block, so that the catch (…) clause would be able to be followed directly by a “;” to end the try/catch statement, or by a “finally” clause and its code (sub)block.


catch (SomeExceptions);

and when finally block is used:

try {…}


finally { … }

I’ve also uploaded this for voting up here:

Suggestion: Allow new in C# without giving Type

This is a suggestion I’ve just sent in via Visual Studio’s “Send a frown” feature:

Instead of writing statements like:

List<CultureInfo> result = new List<CultureInfo>();

in C# I’d prefer to be able to write

List<CultureInfo> result = new ();

inside the () one would be able to pass contructor parameters and also they should be able to use

SomeClass v = new (someParam) { someProperty = …, otherProperty = … };

syntax, that is be able to initialize properties of the class

What I mean is that I want to omit the type name after the new, since it is deduced from the type I have given to the new var.


Type v = new (…){…};

is more general from the alternative of doing

  var v = new Type(…){…};

since you would be also able to even do

  someCollectionType.Add(new (…){…});

to add a new member to a typed collection

and also would be able to do

SomeMethod(new (…){…})

where the Type would be deduced from the param of the method (obviously if it is not overloaded with more versions with just 1 param)


In fact, now that I think of it again, the concept of anonymous types in C# could be merged with the suggested one, making the (…) optional if no constructor parameters are to be used (in anonymous types you only give the {…} part with the properties’ initialization).

The compiler would then resort to making a new anonymous type only if it can’t deduce a type from the usage context.

Of course if the (…) part (constructor parameters) are given, it would never try to make an anonymous type if it can’t find a matching type to instantiate with the respective constructor signature to call.

Have uploaded this for voting up at:

Structuring (physical) source and (virtual) solution folders for portability

Copying here those comments of mine at a discussion on the GraphX project:

describing the source code (physical) folder structure and the Visual Studio solution (virtual) folder structure I’ve been using at ClipFlair and other multi-platform projects.


looking at the folders/projects/libraries/namespaces naming, I think it would be more appropriate to add the platform at the end of the name, say GraphX.somePart.PCL, GraphX.somePart.UWA (=Universal Windows Application model [aka Win10]) etc. Not sure how easy it will be though for contributors to merge pending changes via GitHub if you do such drastic changes (I’m still struggling with Git myself, prefer Mercurial)

Speaking of moving the platform to the end of the name (e.g. GraphX.Controls.WPF, GraphX.Controls.SL5 etc.), to do it on the folder names (apart from doing at the source code for packages, target assemblies etc.), I think one has to use some Version Control command to "move" (Git should have something like that) the files to the new folder, else other contributors may have issue merging their changes.

Despite the trouble to do it, I think it is better for the long run. Also, all GraphX.SomePart.* subfolders could then be grouped in a GraphX.SomePart folder as subfolders where a Source or Common subfolder would also exists that has all the common code those platform-specific versions of GraphX.SomePart share (via linked files to ..\Common\SomeFile, ..\Common\SomeFolder\SomeFile and ..\Common\SomeOtherFolder\SomeFile etc.)

This is the scheme I’ve been using (and I’m very satisfied with) at and other projects (e.g. at the AmnesiaOfWho game [] that has separate versions for SL5, WP7 and WP8 and WPF version on the works, plus WRT (WinRT) and UWA [Universal Windows App] too coming in the near future, with all code and most XAML shared via linked files and UserControl[s])

I meant I’d expect GraphX.Common folder with GraphX.Common.PCL in it and GraphX.Common.WP7 etc. versions for example also in that folder since PCL is usually set at WP8 level. This is just an example.

What I’m saying is that the platform name is the last part of the specialization chain, so logically GraphX comes first then say comes Controls then comes WPF, SL5, WP8 etc. in the folder name.

Also would have 3 parent folders Controls, Common and Logic. The last two would just contain the respective .PCL subfolder for now, but I can contribute subfolders for specific platforms too, esp for those the common PCL profile doesn’t cover. Source would be at Controls\Source, Common\Source, Logic\Source and respective platform specific projects (even the pcl projects) would use linked files


GraphX (contains GraphX.sln)

—-\GraphX.Controls.SL5 (contains GraphX.Controls.SL5.csproj)
—-\GraphX.Controls.WPF (contains GraphX.Controls.WPF.csproj)
—- … (more platform specific versions)

—- … (platform specific versions, esp. those not covered by the settings chosen at the PCL)

—- … (platform specific versions, esp. those not covered by the settings chosen at the PCL)

The same structure would also be used at examples to cover the potential of porting some of them to more platforms:


Of course common code at each folder is at the Source subfolder of that folder, shared using linked files (e.g. at \Examples\SomeExample\Source) and platform specific code is inside the respective projects (e.g. at \Examples\SomeExample\SomeExample.WPF)

Similarly the GraphX.sln would contain solution folders "Controls", "Common" and "Examples", though it could also contain separate solution (virtual) folders per platform that have each one of them "Controls", "Common" and "Examples" in them. That is the solution’s folder structure is organized per-platform in such a case. This is mostly useful if you want to focus on a specific platform each time when developing. However since the solution folders are virtual, one could even go as far as having two solutions, one with the same structure as the filesystem folders I suggest and one with a per-platform/target structure.

I follow the per-platform virtual solution folders style at ClipFlair.sln in, while the real folders are structured as I describe above (where each module has its own physical subfolders for the various platforms). In fact some module subfolders there (say Client\ZUI\ColorChooser) contain their own extra solution file when I want to be able to focus just on a certain module. That solution just includes the respective ColorChooser.WPF, ColorChooser.SL5 etc. subprojects from respective subfolders). Such solutions also contain virtual WPF, Silverlight etc. subfolders that has as children apart from the respective platform-specific project (say ColorChooser.WPF) any other platform-specific projects needed (e.g. ….\Helpers\Utils\Utils.WPF\Utils.WPF.csproj etc.) by that module to compile.

Speaking of Xamarin, adding support for that too could follow the same pattern as described above (PCL where possible and platform-specific versions for .XamarinIOS, .XamarinAndroid etc. where needed)

Suggestion: Case adaptive text replacement in Visual Studio editor

Have again suggested this long before to Visual Studio team, but since Visual Studio 2013 has a “Send a Frown” feature, I’ve sent it again with some suggestions on how it could be implemented.

I need some clever replace in cases like that one shown in the screenshot below, where I have the implementation of a Sounds property and want to clone that and rename it to Music (this is useful when repeating a coding pattern, but more importantly can use this when refactoring code and need to rename something).

When doing replace on the selection, replacing "sounds" to "music", I want the word/target phrase to detect the casing of the source word/phrase and keep the same casing style, that is:
– IsSoundsOn should become IsMusicOn
– soundsOn should become musicOn

As you can understand now I have to do 3 replacement operations, having selected the option "Case sensitive":
– Sounds to Music
– sounds to music

I’d rather have an option "Case adaptive" or something like that (marketing people might call this "Smart replace").




Implementation-wise, every time it detects the source text (case insensitive search), it would check if it is found in one of the following casings:
– first letter non-capital
– first letter capital
– all letters small
– all letters capitals

and when replacing with the target text it would apply the same casing state to it (affecting just the first letter of the target or all letters depending on which of the above casing states were detected for the source string at each position it was found in the source text)

Suggestion: Making Intellisense in Visual Studio more Intelligent

Just sent this to the Visual Studio team via the “send a frown” button:

pressing CTRL+SPACE after "buttonDropDown." (see screenshot) seems to give me suggestions of members of buttonDropDown that aren’t a fit to the Rectangle object that I’m trying to assign to

I suppose you do so since I could eventually drill down into more properties of those objects

you could think of it as a tree though and from the current object’s (buttonDropDown) members give me as suggestions only those that satisfy condition X, where condition X would be defined recursively as "is a Rectangle or has members that satisfy X". Could maybe have some max depth in that case down to which you check and have an option at the end of the popup to show all members to pick from

another idea (easier to implement) is to show on top of the popup the members that are Rectangle and then the rest of the members separated visually, however I think the former suggestion is possible to implement and more powerful, plus could be combined with this later suggestion



Pinned tabs and Split-Screen

Since widescreen format in monitors gets more and more common, how about a twist to the classic tabbed windows UI?

Imagine being able to pin a tab and have it move to a side-view area in the same window. That are would keep the pinned tabs separated from the rest using a splitter / split-view UI. The pinned pages area could also be configurable by user to be at left or right or even at top or bottom of the window. It could maybe even be dragable to dock to the wished for side of the window or to make the pinned pages area float as a separate window (that one can even move to another display if they have multiple monitors attached) if we wish to have maximum flexibility.

That way for example in a web browser that uses tabbed navigation, when you would click on a link that would open in a new tab (as requested by the respective anchor tag in the HTML page, or as configured in browser settings for all links that don’t specify a target, or as overridden by the user using SHIFT+click or right click and “Open in a new tab” action), if the page you were at was pinned, the new tab would open at the non-pinned tabs area on the side and you would keep having both the page you were reading visible and the new page visible at the same time to check it out.

Such a design would be very handy when you want to checkout a news stream like that in Twitter, Facebook etc. without opening and closing or navigation between tabs all the time.

So how about some browser maker or plugin author to go for it? Feel free to give just the due credit for the idea if nobody else has come up with this before.

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Suggestion: triple-click to select row in InputBox/TextBox and paragraph in RichTextBox

In upcoming Internet Explorer version (IE9), one can triple click text in a webpage to select a whole paragraph (vs double-clicking that already existed to select a whole word) of text. A really useful feature I believe (if coupled with an accelerator to send selected content to social networks it would be even nicer)

I’d suggested this feature is added to Windows native UI controls too (and hope this would eventually be implemented in Java and .NET WinForms and WPF controls too). It would be very useful to have in single-line InputBox / TextField (instead of having to press CTRL+A) but especially in multi-line ones like the classic TextBox (where it would select current text row) or the RichTextBox (RTF-enabled) one (where it would select current paragraph as in IE9).

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