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  1. Currently, LINQPad v5 and v7 both use the "Web Pages and Excel 2003 XML Spreadsheets" file type (format) when exporting data to Excel from the LINQPad Results pane. Under non-regulated conditions, it is possible to open Excel's Trust Center and authorize the "Web Pages and Excel 2003 XML Spreadsheets" file type (Trust Center -> File Block Settings). However... many companies must abide by security posturing in today's environment. As such, security policy auditors such as Tenable have identified that this file type format should be BLOCKED from opening in Excel (https://www.tenable.com/audits/items/CIS_Microsoft_Office_Excel_2016_v1.0.1.audit:29268ad4a1c7bb369b13db79d95af0ef). Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you look at…

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  2. Sometimes scripts can contain information that you do not want to be saved to disk. You write the script with a placeholder for that information and then when you come to use it later you overwrite the placeholder, run the script and close it without saving... except it turns out that LINQPad 7's auto-recovery is saving copies of the sensitive information to disk every 10 seconds. If you're running from an SSD then its wear-levelling mechanism makes it tricky to remove that information from the SSD, simply overwriting and then deleting the file is not enough.

    I know that LINQPad…

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  3. Please add support for HierarchyId, I was expecting this to be available in LINQpad 8, as it was included in the latest version of EF Core.

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  4. It would allow users to include interactive scripts in a dropdown menu, similar to the interactive regex utility. Clicking on a script would run it in the background, and the result area would automatically maximize, displaying interactive controls.

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  5. By default, LINQPad seems can only shown *.linq, *.json, *.csv and *.txt files in a folder. I'd like to show more file types especially some other text file types such as *.md.

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  6. Despite using LinqPad nearly every day, I can never seem to remember that the X at the top right of results tab means hide and does NOT mean "close results and free up memory". And yes I know the tooltip says 'Hide Results' and not 'Close Results' , but this never seems to stick in my memory.

    Can't think of a single time when I have used the Ctrl-R Show Results option.

    Would be possible, either to have another button to close, or an option to configure what the X button does?

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  7. While running through a script I can already see the yellow arrow jump from line to line at execution. It would be awesome to see how much time elapsed for each line after a run.

    If this has too much of a performance impact it could be made toggleable. A similar feature that's already present in Visual Studio: Show the elapsed time between two breakpoints being hit.

    Currently the only way to get this information (as far as I'm aware) is to add Stopwatches all over the code (C# Statements).

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  8. it actually increments number of sql windows.
    context menu - close all does work but when i click on x to close single window - it increments the number
    linqpad version: 8.2.4

    Host runtime version: 8.0.3
    Default query runtime version: 8.0.3
    Default query reference assembly version: 8.0.3
    Roslyn Version: 4.8.0-7.23558.1
    FSharp.Compiler.Service version: 43.8.101.0
    NuGet client version: 6.7.1.1
    Windows DevDrive Status: Unavailable
    Results rendering engine: Edge Chromium Engine 123.0.2420.65 (WebView2)

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  9. i have a lot of scripts... it would be nice to make the file history tab longer.... maybe 30?

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  10. When I start LINQPad, I see a warning about assembly load times, suggesting that virus scanners are usually to blame.
    This is a great feature that reveals otherwise hidden performance pitfalls. I would suggest that the message continue with one or two sentences about possible resolutions.
    For example, virus scanners often allow a directory to be excluded from real-time scanning. Which directories might be added to improve assembly load times?
    The software might also suggest searching online for higher-performance virus scanners, without recommending any in particular.

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  11. I’m aware that there is a suggestions to create an EXE, but in leu of that feature. Can we get the ability to pass a command line argument to Linqpad.exe have it run and only show the results window. If any of the nuget packages or linked files are not found, throw an error message.

    I'm assuming this would not be a hard lift since there is a second window option already, which is essentially what I’m asking for minus toolbar. I think this could also open the door to someone to package everything into an Exe, maybe a manifest…

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  12. I would like to have my "display colums in alphabetical order back" in the right button quick menu. Now it is only possible for the whole connection, which is frankly a pain... Is this an unintended regression, or are other limitations at play ?

    Anyway, keep up the great work,
    cheers Bart

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  13. It would be great if the following extension methods could be built-in to LINQPad. Currently I have them in my personal extensions, but it prevents me from sharing LINQPad scripts with colleagues without adding them directly into the scripts before sending them.

    Thanks for the amazing product!!

    public static async Task<T> DumpAsync<T>(this Task<T> task) => (await task).Dump();
    public static async Task<T> DumpAsync<T>(this Task<T> task, string description) => (await task).Dump(description);
    public static async Task<T> DumpAsync<T>(this Task<T> task, int depth) => (await task).Dump(depth);
    public static async Task<T> DumpAsync<T>(this Task<T> task, string description, int depth) => (await task).Dump(description, depth);
    
    public static async Task<T>
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  14. When I open a script file on a different machine (synchronizing the LINQPad Query folder using OneDrive), and the other machine does not have the same database servers and connections available, I need to push a lot of error dialog screens away (I use Npgsql tot connect tot PostgreSQL databases). It would be wonderful if an elegant way of letting know the connection could not be established was created, like colorizing the connection toolbar button. I guess this issue relates to 'Disable automatic server connection', however on the primary development machine I do want the connection to populate.

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  15. Some organizations have Carbon Black to monitor and block unauthorized code execution. I had previously whitelisted the intermediate directories for LinqPad, but the newest version uses different directories so everything needed to be whitelisted again. The people who configure these monitors aren't always the brightest or most responsive to requests, so it would be best to keep the paths consistent, so they don't need to be reconfigured for each future version.

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  16. when printing to the output shell / console the font is not mono spaced, please change with a mono spaced or offer to select a font

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  17. I defined a class that contains a Uri as a property (see below)

    When I Dump() a list of objects of this class, the Uri is clickable and the browser directly runs the internet browser and directs it to the desired site. When I Dump() an individual object, the link is shown as a string and not clickable. I would like to have it vclickable as well.
    Sample property definition code:

    public Uri? ProjectItemLink
    {
        get
        {
            Uri? result = null;
    
            if (_project != null)
            {
                result = new Uri( _project.Server + "/" + _project.Command + "/" + Key );
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  19. It would be great if the Ctrl+E SSMS shortcut would be enabled as an alternative to F5. It's easier to reach and makes sense (E for Execute).

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  20. Provide more information about thrown exceptions (dump message, stack trace, etc).

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