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  1. ASP.NET Identity membership DB Tool to mangage users, roles needed

    A simple user interface tool is needed to create and manage Users and Roles with ASP.NET Identity. Please port the ASP.NET Web Site Administration Tool ( http://www.asp.net/web-forms/tutorials/deployment/deploying-web-site-projects/users-and-roles-on-the-production-website-cs ) to work with the new ASP.NET Identity membership DB

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    • Make enrypting the connection strings easier to do during deployment

      right now you have to run aspnet_regiis to encrypt the connection strings in a web.config. It would be nice to this could be built in as a part of the deploy process.

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      • Improve localization support in DataAnnotations

        Today it's impossible to fully localize the view models / validations without using hacks or clutter the view models with the ErrorResourceName etc.

        It would be a lot easier to handle localization if you created an extension point where one could register custom string providers.

        Something like:

        LocalizationStringProvider.Clear();
        LocalizationStringProvider.Add(new MySqlProvider());

        Full description: http://blog.gauffin.org/2013/01/better-support-for-localization-in-asp-net/

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        • Show me the parts of my .config files that I can delete

          As projects grow and transition from greenfield to brownfield projects .config files are getting more and more obsolete and dead stuff in them.

          Do help me and show me what I delete of this.

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          • Report Viewer Helper for MVC

            Please add a Report Viewer Control for MVC. Web Forms has one. Will not be able to completely move off of Web Forms until one is created.

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            • Add the ability to transform Web.Config without rebuilding

              Allow Web.Config transforms to be applied to a deployment package without a rebuild under a different configuration.
              QA packages can then be converted to production release packages without fear of introducing any subsequent changes.
              Add ins exist but would prefer to have built in support

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                3 comments  ·  General ASP.NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for the suggestion. If I understand you correctly you want to be able to create a single Web Deploy package and then use that to publish to multiple destinations, including executing the web.config transform?

                We are certainly looking at this scenario. I have created a prototype of what this support might look like. I’d love to get your thoughts on it. I’ve created a 5 minute video. You can take a look at http://sedodream.com/2012/03/14/PackageWebUpdatedAndVideoBelow.aspx.

              • Able to store session data both in inproc and out of process, similar to mixed mode session support.

                It will be great if we can store session data both in inproc and out of process by an application similar to mixed mode session support. So that only crutial session data will be persisted out of process and some non crutial or temp ( depending on situation ) can be stored in InProc.

                This support will be utilized by non web farm or web garden architecture.

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                • Dynamically add new bundles after Application_Start has occurred

                  It would be great to have a way to automatically flush the bundle cache and create new bundles when a new folder is created underneath the bundle path as described at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15328040/how-can-i-dynamically-add-bundles-after-application-start-has-occurred.

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                  • Add better support for ConfigurationManager's ability to modify web.config

                    WebConfigurationManager (and ConfigurationManager) throw exceptions when trying to load a web.config in anything less than High Trust environments. The sole reason for this being that the local web.config is merged all the way down from the machine-level web.configs, via any parent applications in IIS.

                    Better idea: put all inherited configs into a read-only dictionary at runtime (rather than putting the ConfigurationManager settings into a dictionary, which is what actually happens, therefore preventing writing back of a .config file to disk after modifying a setting). When the web.config is loaded at runtime, take the inherited settings dictionaries, apply them to the…

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                    • Dynamic bundles based on browser/client capabilities

                      More and more it's becoming a common practice to detect browser features and capabilities. There are even libraries and or tests used by many sites. Libraries such as Modernizr come with a slew of such tests.

                      It would be nice to issue the client a token/url for the scripts and css specific to that browser after doing feature detection.

                      This prevents ever subsequent page running the same test and doing the same conditional loading of scripts. Otherwise, another ugly alternative is to have a bunch of bundles for common browsers, but this seems more like doing browser sniffing rather than…

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                      • Make WebDeploy transactional

                        When deploying a site, the previous version should continue to run. If the deployment fails, the site should continue to run on the previous version. If it succeeds, the switch should happen after publication is complete.

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                        • Remove SignalR's dependency on jQuery

                          jQuery is great and all, but with a growing acceptance of two way binding from KnockoutJs, AngularJs, etc, sometimes it is just an overhead to add jQuery in order to use SignalR. Moreover, this brings a lot of problems when using ExtJs or other pure javascript UI libraries.

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                          • Better error handling

                            When trying to handle errors in ASP.NET, you have to jump through a series of unintuitive and often poorly documented hoops to catch an exception and handle it in a sensible way. The non-senisble and default way to handle exceptions would be to redirect to a static HTML file that responds with an HTTP 200 Status Code, which is so wrong it's crazy that it's even available as an option, nonetheless set as the default.

                            It's also extremely confusing that IIS and ASP.NET each tries to handle errors on their own way, with their own corresponding, diverging and confusing configuration…

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                            • A better Web Deploy authoring experience

                              Make the Web Deploy authoring and packaging experience more powerful. Add editing support into VS to add custom deployment steps and control all the providers that WD supports.
                              There is a lot of power in Web Deploy that most developers don't use since they rely in the default build steps and don't want to go through the hassle of authoring the Web Deploy packages manually.

                              Ideally I want to right-click my project, choose "Add custom Web Deploy step" and do things like setup IIS bindings, create a registry key, register a certificate, set file permissions etc.

                              Then when I build…

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                                3 comments  ·  General ASP.NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for the idea. I agree that this would be pretty cool.

                                I’m not sure if you are aware but in VS2012 when you create a publish profile we save the file as .pubxml under Properties\PublishProfiles.

                                I was thinking that we could have a .pubxml editor/designer. So the idea would be that if you wanted to fine tune your publish/package process you could edit the .pubxml file in that way.

                                My only hesitation is that I’m not sure how many people would be interested in this. If we get a good amount of votes on this item we can do a deeper investigation on this.

                              • Enabling button for directly opening the search engine[Google/Bing] against each error encountered while debugging.

                                Whenever we are getting some error[the error types can be classified ] while debugging,VS should provision with a single button named as "Google it" or "Bing it" against the error..so that user can directly click the button and see the results against that error in search engine instead of going to the search engine and type/paste the error and press enter.It will save developer time and improve productivity.

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                                • Enable scheduled tasks

                                  It would be great to have a way to do scheduled tasks/jobs. If I want some job to run regularly I know I can always create a separate console that can be called by Windows Task Scheduler. However it would be much neater in term of deployment for this feature to be available within the asp.net project, without having to change the system configuration. The asp.net project would be self-contained and when deployed, IIS would run the background task based on some settings defined in web.config.

                                  Azure added WebJobs, which is effectively doing that. So this doesn't look like an…

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                                  • Bundles should be able to return binary output (for image sprites etc.)

                                    It would be really cool if the BundleResponse class was able to return binary content instead of just text content. This way it would be possible to create image bundles (sprites).

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                                    • Add expire and cache-control to the cdn files

                                      Right now the files served from your CDN at least jquery.validate are served without an Expires or Cache-Control max-age

                                      What this means is that every request has to recheck the files and get a 304 which delays page rendering.

                                      For now it looks like I will have to use jquery.validate from elsewhere I just wanted to use a CDN to increase the chance of the file being cached but with no chance of it really being cached (and saving a round trip) there is not much point in using the microsoft CDN right now.

                                      I actually have a video that…

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                                      • Multilingual website facilities

                                        Building multilingual websites on asp.net is cumbersome, many things have to be handled by user, e.g. left to right, right to left text issues, saving double/float values with comma or dot, saving datetime values using yyyy-mm-dd or yyyy-dd-mm.
                                        I would like somekind of website template that would take care of all these issues.

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                                        • Make MVC and WebForms friendly with OWIN

                                          Use OWINContext instead of HttpContext, modify controllers and other infrastructure classes work with OWIN and make ASP.NET OWIN friendly. Write MVC routing, bundling, filtering and area registeration middlewares.

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