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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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                • Make Dump() method available to .Net Core runtime

                  I've been using LinqPad's Dump() method from C#.
                  and showing HTML result using following code.
                  <https://gist.github.com/altrive/0ce60da4dd58a2d31f4a560c9457bd6f>
                  It's useful when viewing variable content without debugger.

                  It' works on .NET runtime, but it does't works under .NET Core runtime.
                  (because of WinForms/WPF/etc. dependencies exists)

                  I know it's difficult to LinqPad itself works under .NET Core in near future.
                  But is there any chance LinqPad's Dump()/Diff() components available to .NET Core?

                  # Possible actions
                  1. Remove WinForms/LinqThirdParty DLL dependencies from LinqPad's Dump() call paths
                  -> I don't sure it's possible or not. but It seem to works if related dependencies are…

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                  • Add quick filter box

                    Add a quick filter box at the top of the My Queries and Samples list to easily filter by name - without having to go into "Go to...". Rename "Go to..." to "Advanced Filter"

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                    • Textbox input pane for c# / vb / f# program

                      My suggestion is to add an optional expandable text input pane where any string could be written. This pane would be visible when choosing C# Program (or VB / F# Program) in the language drop down. The program template would then feature a Main(string arg) where the input would be fed.

                      Many times I find myself pasting json, xml, csv, tsv data etc into the programming pane of linqpad. Afterwards I have to put the text into a string variable and replace quoute characters and other special chars to make it compile. Sometimes I instead write the text into a…

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                      • Drag-n-drop CSVs into an instant table

                        Drag-n-drop a CSV file to the LINQPad window to silently create an IQueryable object populated with its values and insert a code reference at the cursor point where the drop operation completes.

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                        • PowerQuery Language Support

                          PowerQuery is becoming very popular and would be very useful feature to have support inside LINQPad .

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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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                            • Allow changing font on IL tab

                              It is possible to overwrite styles for HTML results on Preferences/Results/Style sheet. Unfortunately those overrides aren't used when IL tab is rendered. Please fix it. Thanks.

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                              • Allow LinqPad Query to access internal members of referenced libraries

                                It would be great if LinqPad query can access internal members of referenced libraries without changing the referenced libraries to add `InternalsVisibleTo` attribute. Instead we could use the reverse attribute `IgnoresAccessChecksToAttribute` in the query to allow it to access internal members of any specified libraries. You can find detailed information on how this can be done here: https://github.com/aelij/IgnoresAccessChecksToGenerator and https://github.com/filipw/Strathweb.Samples.CSharp.NoVisibilityChecks

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                                  • Expose Program.IsAutomated via Util class

                                    Currently we resort to reflection on the LinqPad internal classes to extract some very useful properties. One of these features is IsAutomated property of the internal static Program class, which is similar to #if CMD but is more practical because you can pass it around. Besides it's impossible to determine if a script it running under lprun inside MyExtensions using the said #if CMD directive. Because it is a compilation directive.

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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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                                      • DumpIf

                                        Dump if predicate is true

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                                        • Cross-server and cross-domain queries

                                          It is time to move to the next level: cross-server or cross-domain queries, for a truly great orchestration experience.

                                          I have experimented with this and it's working nicely:

                                          dynamic odata = Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetType("LINQPad.User.DemoService, odata", true), new Uri("https://services.odata.org/V3/OData/OData.svc/"));
                                          ((object)odata.Persons).Dump();
                                          dynamic a = Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetType("LINQPad.User.TypedDataContext, a", true));
                                          ((object)a.Persons).Dump();
                                          dynamic db = Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetType("LINQPad.User.TypedDataContext, db", true));
                                          ((object)db.Products).Dump();

                                          I'm specifically referring to this line in the FAQ (https://www.linqpad.net/FAQ.aspx):
                                          "The databases that you query must reside on the same server."

                                          That's a major limitation.

                                          Possible solutions:
                                          1. Unique data context class names in the LINQPad.User namespace.
                                          2. `extern alias` functionality?
                                          3. Uniquely nest all…

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