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  1. 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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    • 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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      • 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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        • Add dynamics support for AppSettings and ConnectionStrings in ConfigurationManager

          ConfigurationManager (and/or WebConfigurationManager) could have a really cool dynamics implementation, whereby they returned singleton instances when doing something like WebConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings.LocalSqlServer, which could return a type-specific instance of a SqlClient connection to my given connection string.

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          • Make SecUtility and other utility classes public rather than internal sealed

            I'm trying to build my own role provider for ASP.NET that supports nested hierarchies for roles - like Active Directory, but SQL-based (as an LDAP server is somewhat overkill for my needs, and yes I've seen the new stuff about Windows Azure AD services).

            Having reflected (using ILSpy) the deault SqlRoleProvider to keep my code almost identical, I find that most of the classes utilised in there, such as System.Web.Util.SecUtility for parameter checking, System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHolder for attaching a SQL connection to an HttpContext for application re-use, and System.Web.SR for string resources, are all marked as internal (and in some instances sealed),…

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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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              • dbgeography better support

                Support of DBGeography is limited to EF. I tryed to use SQLDatasource and some of classic ASP.NET Webform Data controls and it seems that asp.Parameter have no fitting type. Also direct casting in inserting Event doesnt work. As I have seen also on other places there is *no* Support for the datatype which have been introduced with SQL 2008. As example sql2linq.
                The point is, to prevent a complete new implementation only for reason to add one db field

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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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • 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 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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                            • 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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                                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.

                              • WebDeploy: Make use of zlib and use compression!!

                                One by one file copying is a dealbreaker. Please opt for zlib to compress the whole package, push the tarball, untar it on target and post the result back at once. We don't need one by one file transfer status.

                                At least provide an option for it, if people are dumb enough to realize what they don't need! It takes us MINUTES to publish the dam thing on our staging from other country.

                                zlib (http://zlib.net/) is used by the whole non-Microsoft world. Node and many other platforms and open software make use of it. It compiles fine on…

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                                • EnableMSDeployAppOffline - AppOfflineTemplate

                                  For WebDeploy you can specify <EnableMSDeployAppOffline> in the .pubxml file but this will generate a default app_offline.htm file that you cannot modify. Just provide an option for a template like <AppOfflineTemplate>

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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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                                    • 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).

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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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                                        • 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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