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  1. Add ability to highlight text/row in output window which matches some text passed to Dump() method

    The Dump() method should expose a parameter that adds ability to highlight texts that matches the parameter. This would help us quickly find something when dealing with a deeply nested or a very long list of objects that are dumped.

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    • Add DatePicker control to LINQPad.Controls

      There is no DatePicker control available and there doesn't appear to be a HTML5 implementation of <input type="date"> which would automatically show a DatePicker on clicking in the field. I expect it could be done with JavaScript, but a control would be nice.

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      • Please don't install a new update when I open LinqPad

        I regularly run LinqPad on clients' PC's in order to troubleshoot a database problem, rather than installing SQL Management. I don't like having an automatic update downloaded in the background onto their machine especially knowing that I will never use it anyway.

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        • Add XML Documentation Helper

          Add a helper to the editor so that when /// is typed on the line before a property or method, the summary and param blocks are added similar to how it works in Visual Studio per this article:

          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/reference/generate-xml-documentation-comments?view=vs-2017

          OR

          Enable intellisense for /// < to template the common options:

          /// <summary
          /// <param
          /// <returns
          /// <see

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          • Better suport for Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V in rich Text formatting

            Coping and Pasting the Result data to another application normally don't show results has expected.

            Like pasting to notepad the columns heads is pasted one per line and the data is pasts was separated by space.

            I would expected that the past data and the headers should be pasted separated by tab.

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            • implement "collapse all" as right-click option on nodes in the connections/databases/queries views on the lefthand side of the main window.

              title says it all. I really really need this, as LINQPad becomes really really annoying to navigate after a while without this

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              • add "new folder" context menu option for my queries

                Yes, we can add a new folder via save dialog but it will save time

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                • LinqPad on .NET Core

                  It would be great for Linux and Macintosh developers to be able to use LINQPad :)

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                  • Add ability to target .NET Core

                    .NET Core is gaining adoption, and I find myself needing to experiment on .NET Core more and more, especially since .NET Core has it's own surface area. It be great to be able to do this in LINQPad.

                    I don't need LINQPad to run Mac/Linux, just the Windows version to be able to target .NET Core.

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                    • Support VSTS Package Management Service

                      We use VSTS PMS, but LinqPad NuGet Manager can't correct login.

                      https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/package/overview

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                      • Bug: lprun stuck forever when the query has already finished

                        The hang occurs when there is an unclosed external resource. The linqpad doesn't get stuck because it doesn't unload the application domain and therefore does not wait for the process to exit completely.

                        There should be some sort of a timeout for the registration of the query exited event and the finilizers to finish their job. If they don't finish in a timely manner you need to kill the process forcefully.

                        We were using https://github.com/sshnet/SSH.NET and didn't call .Exit() everywhere.

                        This produces the hang of sorts:

                        <Query Kind="Statements">
                        <Reference Relative="..\..\SSH\Renci.SshNet.dll">C:\Users\User\Desktop\SSH\Renci.SshNet.dll</Reference>
                        <Namespace>Renci.SshNet</Namespace>
                        </Query>

                        var sshClient = new SshClient("demo.wftpserver.com", 2222, "admin", "root"); …

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                        • Name resulting query dll from QueryName + unique DateTime

                          Name resulting query dll from QueryName + unique DateTime

                          Currently: query_gppfcs.dll

                          Suggested: AwesomeStuff_20180927_164537.dll

                          Where AwesomeStuff is the name of the user .linq query.

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                          • My Extensions are ignored when using Ctrl+, (Navigate to Query)

                            Add "My Extensions" to search results of the Navigate to Query dialog

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                            • Render FSharp.Option types as if they were Nullable<T>

                              It would be nice if FSharp Option types would render as (value | null), rather than, at the moment, as a nested table with (Some(value) | None)

                              This would be consistent with the rendering for Nullable<T>, which prefers readability over being totally strict around the type system.

                              I appreciate you don't want to add an endless list of special cases, but this would be really useful.

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                              • Distinguish NULL values from strings that might be spelled, "null" or "NULL"

                                It is currently impossible to distinguish between a NULL value and a string that happens to be spelled, "null" because LinqPAD displays "null" (lowercase) for both of them. SSMS displays NULL (uppercase) for NULL values, and to differentiate between NULL values and a string spelled, "NULL", SSMS highlights actual NULL values with a special background color (a soft yellow). LinqPAD should do the same thing, or something similar, to make it more obvious if the value is NULL or a string that just happens to be spelled "NULL".

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                                • LINQPad as a VSCode extension

                                  I mean, come on... this is a brilliant idea! The beauty and power of VSCode, plus the beauty and power of LINQPad?

                                  LINQPad could inherit the editor features of VSCode and output its results in a separate pane.

                                  BANANAS!

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                                  • DumpIf

                                    Dump if predicate is true

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                                    • BUG - Intellisense does not work within a nested object initiailizer

                                      When using and object initializer on a property within a parent object initializer, the intellisense show the global intellisense list.

                                      This code shows the issue:

                                      void Main()
                                      {
                                      new Foo
                                      { // Placing cursor after this brace and pressing space gives a drop-down list with "Qux", as expected
                                      Bar =
                                      { // Placing cursor after this brace and pressing space give th same list as Ctrl+Space in an empty query. Expected a list with "Baz".
                                      }
                                      }.Dump();
                                      }

                                      // Define other methods and classes here
                                      class Foo
                                      {
                                      public Foo()
                                      {
                                      Bar = new Bar();
                                      }

                                      public Bar Bar {…

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                                      • Don't prevent installing native packages in LINQPad

                                        Some package, like "Microsoft.ChakraCore", "Libuv", or "JavaScriptEngineSwitcher.ChakraCore.Native.win-x64", does not have .NET Assembly, instead, they provide a native assembly to PInvoke.

                                        However, this cannot be done in LINQPad, when installing these packages, an error message "There are no usable .NET assemblies in package 'XYZ'" was shown.

                                        Please do not prevent us to do that, at least popup a warning dialog saying something like "Looks like you're not installing the .NET Assembly, go on?", and gives us a option to proceed the PInvoke test.

                                        Related topic: http://forum.linqpad.net/discussion/1680/please-dont-prevent-installing-native-package-in-linqpad#latest

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                                        • Option to auto run script on change

                                          A technique I use to quickly test an idea is to have a dummy "test" method that calls a method I'm working on. Used in conjunction with NCrunch, and Console.WriteLine(), I can make changes to the method and immediately see the results without having to save/recompile/run (continuous testing).

                                          I think it would be great if LInqPad also allows for this kind of cycle. Being able to see the progress of a script without have to stop and run every time making a change can be a huge productivity booster - especially when incrementally building an algorithm.

                                          I think it would…

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