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  1. 7 votes
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    • Declarative drag and drop framework

      The framework which enables declarative implementation of drag and drop feature on XAML. It allows to make control moving in container, import ing external resources, putting data to clipboard, and so on.

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      • Visualization of DataTemplates

        DataTemplates should be visualized in the designer, so the dev can select individual fields in a DataTemplate.
        (Like in Expression Blend)

        6 votes
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        • Less for xaml

          We need CSS for styling xaml and an abstraction on top of xaml to make it a more productiv language. Less and sass is far supior for styling than xaml.

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          • Text Editor Control

            A text editor of complexity between the WPF RichTextBox and the TextBox controls, that allows character-by-character addressing and control. Ideally it would be similar to the IDE's text input control.

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            • Fully localised date picker

              A fully localised date picker supporting dates from all .Net supported and Windows supported calendars e.g. Hebrew calendar. The WPF toolkit has a localised Gregorian calendar but not the actual different calendar types.

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              • Extend implicit styles to work for all x:Class roots, like Windows

                As per this discussion:
                http://stackoverflow.com/questions/431940/how-to-set-default-wpf-window-style-in-app-xaml

                If you supply a TargetType, all instances of that type will have the style applied. However derived types will not... it seems. <Style TargetType="{x:Type Window}"> will not work for all your custom derivations/windows. <Style TargetType="{x:Type local:MyWindow}"> will apply to only MyWindow.

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                • Make nRoute of codeplex a integral part of VS2010 (like MEF)

                  Because this framework supports routing between Views in WPF, Silverlight and WP7, is flexible and extensible supports common patterns like MVC or MVVM and will probably end the current djungle of different solutions which only solve things partly.

                  6 votes
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                  • Allow option to disable pre-multiplied alpha. Users can do it themselves in pixel shaders if needed.

                    Allow bitmaps being used as pixel shader inputs to not get pre-multiplied by alpha. The user can handle alpha how they want in the pixel shader - that is the whole point of using pixel shaders.

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                    • Create some 3D controls

                      Make use of the 3d capabilites in WPF with some 3D controls. Put them in the WPF Toolkit if you dont want them in the Main .Net trunk for now. It's fluff, but some fluff is nice now and then. Transitions, front/back controls, etc.

                      6 votes
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                      • Introduce strongly typed bindings

                        When you create a {Binding}, the "Path" property is a string. This means no intellisense, no compile time check. A great enhancement would be to write a lambda expression in the XAML, just like in ASP.NET MVC Views. We would have compile time errors instead of run time errors, and support for refactoring.

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                        • Direct X and Media Foundation Support

                          Support for Web Cam, DVD, Blu Ray, TV Tuner, Radio, All the great stuff we loved in direct show and all future features we will love in media foundation. Bring it to the .net WPF world a little easier!

                          6 votes
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                          • TextBlock enhancement

                            Need a string property "Search" which when set will highlight the characters in the Search property

                            6 votes
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                            • Improve Context inheritance

                              Please improve context inheritance for things like ContextMenu, CollectionContainer etc.

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                              • Make internal use of BindingGroup in DataGrid optional

                                Validation is already complex in WPF and the obligatory use of BindingGroup in DataGrid makes validation inconsistent if not buggy. See the numerous complaints on "datagrid validation" on Microsoft Connect. BindingGroup is an unfortunate UI-centric transaction mechanism. AFAIK SL can do even do without it.
                                I'd rather have a transaction mechanism based on a temporary, custom build clone object like in dialog windows. Contrary to the BindingGroup this would work neatly with a 'fully interactive' viewmodel and MVVM.

                                6 votes
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                                • Converter of .fbx files

                                  Converter for .fbx file to have a possibility to convert .fbx files to XAML code (for ex. ModelVisual3D).

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Apply TemplatePartAttribute to fields to automatically assign them when template is applied

                                    Very often I override OnApplyTemplate just to grab parts from the template using the GetTemplatePart method and store them in fields. Seems like it could be more declarative by decorating the field with a TemplatePartAttribute and have the FrameworkElement make those assignments without overriding OnApplyTemplate. Since TemplatePartAttribute is already used for informational purposes, it would probably need to be another attribute entirely.

                                    public class MyControl : Control {

                                    [TemplatePartField]
                                    private Border PART_Border;
                                    [TemplatePartField]
                                    private Button PART_Button;

                                    // this override would be unnecessary
                                    protected override void OnApplyTemplate() {
                                    base.OnApplyTemplate();

                                    PART_Border = GetTemplateChild("PART_Border") as Border;
                                    PART_Button = GetTemplateChild("PART_Button") as Button;
                                    }
                                    }

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Better performance for data templates

                                      Would be great if data templates or visual tree compression or enhancements can be made when applying the data template.

                                      It would be good if when a data template is applied runtime optimisations can be made or compile time ones, so that visual tree is compressed and improved, to save on memory, rather than having to discourage developers to keep data templates simple.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • WPF NotifyIcon??

                                        Although WPF is supposed to replace Win-Forms, or at least be a good alternative of win-forms for desktop applications, it's missing some very essential components

                                        And I am talking about the NotifyIcon of course

                                        Here is another few controls:
                                        PropertyGrid
                                        NumericUpDown
                                        MaskedTextBox
                                        There are lot more I don't remember.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Support for defining the design-time value of any property

                                          Currently one has specialized attributes like d:DesignWidth to define a width in the designer, while having no effect at all at runtime. It would be useful to be able to prefix any existing property to have a specific design-time value.
                                          E.g. I know my user control will be over a dark parent and its text is white. To ease designing the control, I may want to do:
                                          <UserControl d:Background="DarkBlue">
                                          Other example, let's say I have a custom markup extension to lookup some label names... but of course at design time they are empty... Let's fix this poor design experience:
                                          <TextBlock…

                                          6 votes
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