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  1. "True" One click deply for trial

    For beginner, "one click publish" feature I want.
    No configuration! No contract to hosting service!
    User click "publish to trial" button, then publish the project into any hosting server on the internet ( Hosting server is Azure provided by Microsoft Officialy ), and "return" url of published!
    Yes, user publish with NO configuration, then got url!
    Of course, that site volatile 3 days (Why? Because it is "trial").
    This idea is from publishing feature of "Microsoft SmallBasic".

    3 votes
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    • Dont replace my code, while I write code.

      In the beta version 2 there is a suggestions popup, if I am writing code. WebMatrix should only replace my code when I tap on ENTER and not with finishing a row with a semicolon in PHP for example... So, I have to replace every time the replacement! That's horrible! Please fix it.

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      • Master Page with pure html pages.

        It would be awesome if it could simulate master page feature with pure html pages. Dreamweaver simulates this feature with .dwt archives.

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          1 comment  ·  Admin →

          Hello,

          PHP and ASP.NET have features that simulate the concept of template (or “Master”) pages. For example, here is a tutorial on a feature of ASP.NET that allows you to reuse sections of pages across different files, much like a template:

          http://www.asp.net/webmatrix/tutorials/3-creating-a-consistent-look

          Do you feel that you still need a feature to have master pages for plain HTML files, or would using ASP.NET/PHP be sufficient?

        • Ability to rename my sites

          In the first version i was able to rename my sites. Now in the beta version 2.0, I can't do it anymore.

          10 votes
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          • Don't display hidden files and folders

            If files and folders have the hidden attribute then don't display them in the Files view.

            12 votes
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            • Left hand sidebar ...

              Allow the left hand sidbar to be collapsible by clicking anywhere along the it's top bar (not just on the tiny small arrow, then allow it to be opened by clicking anywhere there is whitespace in collasped area.

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              • beta broke a few things

                after installing the version 2 beta, which removed 1.0, a few things got dropped in the editor.

                1. auto-complete for matching brackets
                2. vertical tab lines (which I like to help keep my code lined up nicely)

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                • Copy and paste storer.

                  Instead of just allowing to copy and paste one part of code from one file to another, why not have a copy and paste storer box. Once a part of code is copied it will be stored in the box in a numerical order. Then just click the code you want in the box and paste it where you want in any file. Maximum of 6 stores. Also have a delete icon for each stored item so users can delete when not needed anymore to keep tidy.

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                  • Allow stored procedures to be called as simple methods

                    The Stored procedure could then be called like this:

                    var users = Data.GetUsers(int Id)

                    This would make life super easy! :)

                    6 votes
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                    • 8 votes
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                      • Fix beta program crash when deleting (not backspace) a double quote while editing an open file.

                        The latest beta program crashes whenever I delete a double quote (with delete key not with back space) when editing and aspx file. As soon as I hit the delete key the program has stopped responding window pops up and I need to close. -Running Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1

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                        • I need compilation support and Sql editor in Webmatrix

                          I can Compile MVC project from Expression Blend. can i do same from Webmatrix nor. i need the project comiled if i press Run.

                          secondly :- sql editor suppport intellisense as well as SSMS

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                            1 comment  ·  Admin →

                            Hello,

                            Unfortunately, you cannot currently compile projects from WebMatrix. It is using more of a “web site” model as opposed to a “web application” model.

                            As for the SQL IntelliSense, could you describe what kinds of suggestions you were looking for?

                          • Remote View + Create, Rename & Delete Items

                            You should be able to create new files & rename/delete existing files using Remote View (FTP).

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                            • Refactoring: Update variable name

                              (ported from Connect)

                              In Visual Studio 2010 When selecting a variable by the cursor, all presence of this variable is highlighted in the file. And when the we try to change a variable or function name, Visual Studio prompts the user to update the name of all matching variable in the file.

                              is there any possibility to add these two functions??

                              --Ayman Abd El Halim

                              70 votes
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                                Under Review  ·  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Admin →
                              • Auto-Start feature with IIS Express

                                The Auto-Start feature does not work with IIS Express. This feature is essential for testing and developing applications relying on the feature of the "real" IIS 7.5.

                                A description of auto-start is here <http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2009/09/15/auto-start-asp-net-applications-vs-2010-and-net-4-0-series.aspx>.

                                17 votes
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                                • HTML Snippets

                                  To be able to add HTML snippets and download more snippets online.

                                  29 votes
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                                    Under Review  ·  1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Admin →
                                  • Offer an offline mode for WebPI

                                    Not all servers have a direct connection to the Internet. Should be able to select the target OS, select the components you went to end up with on your server and then have everything to achiieve that get download and bundled into something you can then take to your server (which has no connection to the internet) and install.

                                    LightSwitch documentation current specifies WebPI as the way to prepare your server with PreRequisites. But the server may not have web access.

                                    19 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Web PI  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to disable IIS Integration and just provide a localhost URL/port for testing sites

                                      So people would use the HTTP Server of their choice like Apache or nginx.

                                      128 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  IIS Express  ·  Admin →
                                        Under Review  ·  Simon TanSimon Tan responded

                                        This is an interesting idea; we’ll think about it for our next release!

                                      • A menu option/status bar button to convert between encodings a la Notepad++

                                        At least, between ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8, but every supported encoding by Windows is preferred

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                                        • Extension to support SQLite

                                          Native support or the possibility to expand the program functionality via plugins so third parties would develop a wrapper for those databases.

                                          82 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Databases  ·  Admin →
                                            Under Review  ·  Simon TanSimon Tan responded

                                            Actually, we currently do support MySQL databases in WebMatrix. In order for this to function, you need to either install an application that uses MySQL, like Wordpress, or use Web Platform Installer to install the MySQL connector manually.

                                            Once those pieces are in place, you can go to the Databases workspace and connect to a MySQL database just like any other.

                                            We’ll take this as a recommendation to add SQLite support; thanks!

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