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  1. 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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    • 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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        under review  ·  5 comments  ·  General ASP.NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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        • Bring WebPages into the One ASP.NET family

          The marketing literature includes ASP.NET Web Pages (WebMatrix) as part of the family but it is pretty obvious that it is missing from the tooling. We have made a significant code investment in Web Pages since we started with WebMatrix a few years ago and we love the rapid development this facilitates.

          We no longer use the WebMatrix tool and simply use VS 2013 and NuGet packages. We still use WebMatrix.Data and the Conery's Massive ORM for data access.

          Now we are entering a new dev phase where we want to begin using MVC and WebAPI and are confused about…

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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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            • Nice way to define properties with StateContainer Attribute

              StateContainer(ViewState)]

              string FirstName
              {
              get;
              set;
              }

              [StateContainer(Session)]
              List<string> myList
              {
              get;set;
              }

              [StateContainer(Cache)]
              List<string> myList2
              {
              get;set;
              }

              Just a random thought: I think it would be nice, with the help of an attribute, to be able to define where a given property would be stored.

              I guess it also be applied at the class level, if you want all of your properties to inherti the same StateContainer Attribute.

              A change probably best fit for an upcoming Framework release.

              Just a thought.

              22 votes
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                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  General ASP.NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 7 votes
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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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                  • Open Source the Web Platform Installer (or create an empty extensible shell)

                    It would be great to (re)use the WebPI as an install configuration tool. Yes, it supports custom feeds, but how about if it were available empty and unbranded (or brandable)?

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                    • Real time change in UI or javascript code

                      I would really like to have real time update on UI and javascript etc etc like this guy is doing in the presentation

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUv66718DII

                      That would be awesome. Page Inspector is a cool idea but still it is a fancy way of browsing. Still need to press ctrl + shift + Enter (same behavior for browsers).

                      54 votes
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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.

                        • Add "Collapse to Definition" feature to ASP.NET source view

                          I would like "Collapse to Definition" feature added to ASP.NET source view in the next release of Visual Studio (Preferably, Visual Studio 11).

                          Thanks for granting this request and making it available in the release of Visual Studio 11.

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                          • Add ability to encrypt connections strings (and other web.config sections) upon deployment of a web application to a web server (using publi

                            I hate the fact that after publishing an asp.net web app, I need to remote into the server and encrypt connection strings and perhaps other sections of my web.config. It would be great if I could automatically kick off a post-deployment script which would do this for me.

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                            • 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.

                              12 votes
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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…

                                20 votes
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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.

                                • Provide a more helpful message for viewstate exceptions

                                  If you've ever received the following message, you know it takes FOREVER to track down the source:

                                  Failed to load viewstate. The control tree into which viewstate is being loaded must match the control tree that was used to save viewstate during the previous request. For example, when adding controls dynamically, the controls added during a post-back must match the type and position of the controls added during the initial request.

                                  I would like to propose that the exception message include the UniqueID of the control that failed to restore ViewState so the problem spot in the control tree can…

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                                  • Minify scripts served by the ScriptManager

                                    Bundling is a cool idea, but it doesn't always play nicely with the ScriptManager when used in a webforms scenario. I would like to propose the ability to set a flag on the ScriptManager that would allow it to minify the combined scripts its serving.

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                                    • Highlight shadow style(s) in css

                                      When editing a style in a css file it would be nice to know if it is overriding another style with same name/id. Check the stylesheets in the solution for the given class/id. Lets say .headeritem exists in a file and now I define it in anoter style in the same solution. Then I would like to know it.

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                                      • Make it easier to configure Web Publish Profiles

                                        I'd like to see a GUI for some MSBuild/Web Publish Target settings like: folder permissions (ACLs), blocking a folder from being overridden (e.g. upload folder containing user files), easy site backup before publish (to a zip file probably), etc.

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

                                          Hi Dirk, I think this is a great idea. If you don’t already know the publish profiles are now stored as a part of your project under Properties\PublishProfiles. For this I was thinking that it would be good to have an editor for all the advanced properties if you double click the file.

                                          The only thing that I’m not sure of is how many people would be interested in using this functionality. If we can get a good amount of votes on this item then I can use that to justify the work.

                                        • 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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