Andrew Connell

Whidbey wish list

The upcoming release of Whidbey will have many cool new features … I have a few things I’d really like to see and therefore, this is my wishlist. Don’t agree? Start your own wish list!

Code Formatting: So much has been made about the 80+ code formatting options. While I think it’s a great idea, and I realy like the idea how you can export your settings to multiple machines (users), I have another approach. Why not make the formatting rules more like personal code views. One developer could choose to force all code to indent using tabs, another could elect to use zero indentation, and another could choose to nest everything (so a table row tag never appeads on the same line as a table cell tag). Then, you can take these views and save the code file in a “native” mode (with zero formatting), OR you could save the file using one of the formatting views. I’d prefer to have all my code be spit out on one single steam, not tabs, white spaces, or line breaks… but when I look at it, I want line breaks, nested tags, lots of intendation, etc. That way, each developer can see their own “view” of the code, but the output would always be the same.

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.