Jørn, Regarding your original message regarding feature requests for Admin Foundation and Developer Extension!
I don't have much idea of the domain of possible features, but here goes – based mostly on what I've seen in the two or other three IDE's which I've used, okay, for maybe ten or fifteen hours in the past ten years.
· I've been fairly satisfied with the DS 4.1.x treatment of the SQL queries – good highlighting, line numbering, error flags and descriptions on the mouseover of the red-x
· Not happy with the way DS (Eclipse) presents tabs and options – there has to be a less hidden-in-the-corner way of dealing with settings and tabs!
· Visual Explain likes:
o The functions available with the Visual Explain
o The movability of the graph
o The things you can see with mouseover-and-hover.
· Visual Explain, Not so happy with:
o Number of times you have to hit "enter" to work through setting one up – that seems like it could be easier
o Side tabs on the solution graph (showing the various components, explanations, and alternate views) are not easy to get to
o There's a lot of "you have to remember that this is there" about them (side tabs) – better visibility and more verbose descriptions would help here.
o I have a hard time understanding how the saved projects are structured and identified. If I knew what I don't know, I maybe could describe my frustration better.
· Autofills I'd Love To See:
o A close parenthesis after the developer types an open parenthesis
o same with comment [ ],
o Apostrophe ['],
o Quote ["]
o Structure fills - if someone types "CASE" then maybe autofill "WHEN" and "ELSE" and "END"
o Function fills – if the developer types [function]( then fill with descriptive word for each parameter, commas between parameters, [descriptive for optional parameter])
· Help available in a mouseover for reserved words
· Sidebars with things like lists of functions or syntax guides-and-prompts
· Open-a-new-window and search-the-library-path-for-value and multiple windows
· Stats Advisor with a pushbutton once you have a syntactically valid statement/query and a connected environment
· If the underlying framework (Visual Studio?) comes with a scripting language, enable it for developers' use
I'm sure I'm not done! But the well is dry at the moment.
Computer Systems Manager
New York, NY 10001