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  1. support XSLT

    It would be very nice if there was the single snippet IDE for LINQ, SQL and XSLT. Architag XRay XML Editor is good for XSLT, but just not as good (ergonomic) as LINQPad is for LINQ.

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    • Hot exit functionality for open (and unsaved) editor tabs

      Add an option to restore the open editor tabs (session) on restart of the application again. Especially the unsaved editor tabs. This is a really handy feature of e.g. Sublime 2 and helps to avoid unnecessary file bloat for not so important scratches worked on in LINQPad.

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      • Parse-only/Build-only mode without Executing

        SQL Server Management Studio has a Parse (Ctrl-F5) feature under the Query menu vs. Execute (F5); and Visual Studio has a Build Solution vs. Start Debugging (F5). Both of these options allow you to check for syntax or compile errors without executing the query or running the program. I was surprised not to find this feature in LINQPad also. This would be a very useful feature to me. I hope we could see it in an upcoming release. Thanks, I love LINQPad!

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        • Source Control Integration

          It would be great if LP could support source control integration using the SCC-compatible source control interface (Ex. Beyond Compare 3).

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          • Immediate window in LinqPad

            When using Rx, I wish I was able to call OnNext on subjects as needed once the query has being compiled and is running.

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            • Debug into external libraries

              Single-step through the source code of libraries that a LINQPad query references. This would require the .pdb files and source code to be available on the local machine.

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              • Ability to set Headers for WCF Data Services to test things like API keys, etc

                Would be nice to be able to use LINQPad to test WCF Data Services with the ability to set HTTP Request Header variables as part of the connection settings. That way we could simulate passing a value like an API Key in the Header.

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                • Let me close without asking if I want to save

                  I use LinqPad almost entirely for one-off, throwaway queries -- for example, I'll use one of our utility classes to do a quick calculation. When I close LinqPad, the "do you want to save?" prompt is a pointless annoyance.

                  It would be much nicer if LINQPad followed the model of how Web browsers save and restore tabs.

                  Never prompt me to save; just autosave my documents to a temp location and then exit.

                  Next time I open, give me an unobtrusive way to see my old queries and reopen them if I wish; but if I'd rather just start a…

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                  • Provide a means to change the target framework (e.g., the .NET Micro Framework, etc.)

                    I don't know if this is feasible, but it would make LINQPad orders of magnitude more useful to those of us working in multiple target platforms.

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                    • Make explicit whether LINQPad is running as 64- or 32-bit.

                      I get the dreaded 'An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format... ' error, which usually means that I'm trying to load an assembly compiled for 64-bit in a 32-bit environment. However, there's no explicit way to see this in LINQPad. It could be shown in the 'About' window.

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                      • add support for python

                        LINQPad is so gangster.

                        Add support for (iron)python

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                        • Sharing code across LINQPad queries

                          At present, the only way to share code across LINQPad queries is to put them in "My Extensions" but this causes the code to be available to ALL queries, and it would be good if this could be specified on a more granular basis, where the code is shared with only a subset of queries.

                          For example, in my queries folder, if I'm working on ACME API, I'll have a folder called "ACME API" with separate files for whatever I'm working with - eg. get-user.linq, add-product.linq.

                          It would be good if I could create a file called common.linq (or something…

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                          • Show the default namespaces and assembly references in the query properties

                            By default, LinqPad imports several namespaces (System, System.Linq...) and references several assemblies (System, System.Core...). This is fine in most cases, but sometimes I'd like to be able to remove some namespaces or references, and currently there's no way to do that. These default namespaces and assemblies should appear in the query properties so that they can be removed (it could be an option for users who don't want that)

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                            • User-defined mapping of keyboard shortcuts

                              Visual Studio has this. It would be lovely to have the same key combinations achieve the same effect across different programs. Hardwired shortcuts are a bit provincial, and problematic for aging neurons.

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                              • Printing

                                It would be great to be able to print source (and output) from linqpad.

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                                • Versioning Support

                                  Provide a way to version script files either internally or via a version control system such as git or tfs.

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                                  • Add database management features, like create/drop tables, columns

                                    In order to drop SQL Management Studio completely, more sql management features are needed.

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                                    • Allow fixed-width font for the results pane

                                      Some multi-line strings are easier to read in a fixed width font; these are hard to read in LINQPad today.

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                                      • Replace full namespace references with aliases

                                        In the additional namespace imports I put "using Outlook = Microsoft....Outlook".

                                        When I'm in a call that wants something of that namespace, replace the full entry with just the alias Outlook.

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                                        • c++

                                          Add c++ as one of the available languages. Perhaps this lies outside of the intended scope of LINQPad, but a lot of people use it as a snippet compiler, I know I do..

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