LINQPad Feature Suggestions

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  1. OAuth

    Would like to see LINQPad able to access OAuth secured Odata services.

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    • Printing

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

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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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        • Add T4 to the list of languages

          Having an access to data or implementing your own data provider, will make LinqPad an awesome tool for AutoCode Generation and Testing.
          I wrote my own MsSqlMetaData (Just and EF provider for system views, it's on NuGet) provider and currently generating a lot of code, but writing c# programs to generate code is not as easy as using text templates.

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          • allow setting of a 'default connection' for linqpad to use on startup

            When I start up linqpad, it's always to use the same database (the database of the product I work on), but by default it lists "no connection". Rather than constantly making me set the connection, it would be nice to be able to flag one as the default connection (similar to a default printer).

            Another option would be to default the connection to whatever was last used (this would be as effective for me since I'm always using the same one).

            Yet another option would be that if there's only one connection defined in the Connections window, default to that…

            26 votes
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            • Add server environment coloring in query designer

              It would be awesome to be able to define along with every database connection some description, and custom color, which will then be shown in some corner in query designer.

              It is usefull to warn you when you are accessing development, test or production database (or any other depending on the message you provided with connection string).

              That way you can easily see, green means I'm good, red means extra carefull. Much safer than to accidentaly query the wrong database and alter the production data by accident.

              26 votes
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              • add support for python

                LINQPad is so gangster.

                Add support for (iron)python

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                • LinqPad integration into Excel

                  A really nice feature would be an integration of LinqPad into Excel, a bit like Tsunami. I presume that it shouldn't be too difficult to implement with ExcelDna.

                  What would be really nice is features like being able to run Linq query against excel ranges, and if possible (like in F#) having auto-complete with column names.

                  LinqPad to excel (making functions available as udf in excel) is also nice but I think less useful.

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                  • Need a standard toolbar

                    Need a standard toolbar to for quicker access to open, save, ...

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                    • Support synonyms

                      Automatically create entities based on synonyms just like it currently does for views and stored procedures.

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                      • Resharper Keyboard Shortcuts

                        I know not everyone uses Resharper, but a lot of people do. It'd be really nice to have an option to map keyboard shortcuts for any of the new refactoring or navigation features to the standard resharper keys.

                        I'd also like to see goto definition and goto declaration in the right click menu as I use these all the time (I believe VS2015 now has the equivalent of these anyway).

                        I'm so tied to this product that I even find myself trying to use the shortcut keys in Word :)

                        Thank You!

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                          • Support MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) based addins

                            The idea is to make it easy to develop reusbale plugins for LINQPad.

                            For example: LINQPad could scan a folder (say "plugins") and compile all the scripts therein. These scripts could then be added to a MEF catalog and therefore made available to all LINQPad scriptlets.

                            For example, if LINQPad were to support an interface ISettings which included a property called DataContext, it would be easy to add new DataContext providers

                            interface ISettings
                            {
                            DataContext dataContext;
                            }

                            Then when LINQPad (or a script) needed to access the DataContext it would merely use the its DataContext property, with all the heavy…

                            25 votes
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                            • Can I get more than 1000 characters in the parameters section of the SQL output pane?

                              I have been using LINQPad to deploy a few large strings directly into a database table, but I recently needed to get the full script of what was being generated so I could deploy in an environment without LINQPad. When I opened the SQL output pane, the declaration which held the variable containing my 9 KB string was limited to the first 1,000 characters. Is there somewhere I can configure LINQPad so it will not truncate the SQL output as shown below?

                              -- Region Parameters
                              DECLARE @p0 VarChar(1000) = 'CNV'
                              DECLARE @p1 NVarChar(1) = N'declare @interfaceId int = 70;

                              ...…

                              24 votes
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                              • allow F1 or Alt-F1 to bring up the table definition/schema

                                allow F1 or Alt-F1 to bring up the table definition/schema, like in SSMS-> alt F1 brings up tons of information about the highlighted table. it would be nice to have a mechanism for jumping straight to the table info via keyboard shortcut if the table name is highlighted.

                                24 votes
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                                • Online version of LINQPad

                                  Would you consider creating an online version of LINQPad? I'm learning LINQ and Rx and it would be nice to stay in the browser to try out the cool queries and examples I see online. .Net Fiddle does LINQ, but I'm sure it doesn't have the nice output options that LINQPad has.

                                  24 votes
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                                  • Support multiple tab panes (a.k.a. tab groups)

                                    ...like SQL Server Management Studio for example, so I can look at multiple code snippets and/or result sets side-by-side together, and so I can organize related stuff together when I'm using LINQPad for multiple projects at once.

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                                    • Add Node.js support

                                      It would be great if we could have Node.js as one of the selectable languages.

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                                      • Team Foundation support

                                        I've checked in my queries in TFS, it would be nice if LinqPad could checkout queries when i start editing them.

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                                        • .Net notebook/workbook

                                          R/Python/F# all have REPL environments that allow creation of live scripted Jupyter notebooks.

                                          LinqPad has the ability to become this for the .Net world.

                                          Some features that would allow this:

                                          - HTML/JavaScript graphs to run (eg D3)
                                          - Publishing as a jupyter notebook (to https://notebooks.azure.com)

                                          Xamarin has a concept of workbooks already

                                          https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/cross-platform/workbooks/install/

                                          TensorFlow demo example for this notebook here

                                          https://github.com/larcai/cognibooks/tree/master/tensorflow

                                          Leverage LinqPads scripting environment to be the .Net Data Science Notebook of the future!

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