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I can use the designer to create string resources, and it will automatically remove all the invalid characters from the resource value when it initializes the resource name. However, I can edit the resource name to be invalid and the designer will still display the string resource correctly.
This then causes build errors.
Resource displays correctly on button: http://screencast.com/t/0kdY1EUcZu
Build errors: https://gist.github.com/2658446
While anyone using string resources should know the limitations, the validity could be checked earlier as an added feature. Filing as enhancement.
Affects VS and MD
Filed against MD 3.0 RC4 (Final AnDevCon RC) and MFA 4.2.0 RC5 (Final AnDevCon RC)
@Jeremie, any update?