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  1. Disable automatic layout for DGML graphs and improve the editor

    I use DGML graphs not only for Code Maps, but also for code prototyping and automatic layout creates complete mess. Why can't I set nodes up the way I want them to be? When I add new node to the group it changes layout without any question.
    Here is what it looks like:

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Put Visual Basic 6.0 in the tools section of Windows

      We have Notepad, Paint, Calculator, CMD. Visual Basic 6.0 is perfect as a tool in this arsenal.

      93 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add API for invoking VC++ compiler

        It would be great to have an API for the C++ compiler. To create better tools that implement support for the VC++ toolchain, it would grant a great performance benefit for invoking the compiler programatically.

        - No seperate process creation.
        - Include dependency parsing without /showincludes option.
        - Compiling sources dynamically without writing them to the disk.
        - Other benefits.

        I suppose it would not take too much effort to provide such an API, as the compilation is already separated to different dlls (c1.dll, c1xx.dll, c2.dll).

        I hope to see this feature in the future.

        (Also if you can add…

        747 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • VB6 the most perfect programming environment ever created

          Joel Spolsky, founder and CEO of Stack Overflow has described the VB6 programming language as "the most perfect programming environment ever created."

          Microsoft's Visual Basic 6 won the dubious honor of "Most Dreaded," with a resounding 89.9% of developers currently using the language saying that they have no interest in continuing to do so. This was something of a personal affront to Spolsky, who describes VB6 to Business Insider as "the most perfect programming environment ever created."

          http://www.businessinsider.com/stack-overflow-developer-study-2018-results-2018-3

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            4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow building, running, and debugging a .NET application in a long path

            Filed on behalf of our customers from here:

            https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/2156195-fix-260-character-file-name-length-limitation

            The Windows and .NET platform have changed their IO APIs to allow handling paths that are longer than MAX_PATH. At the same time, this doesn't immediately make all scenarios work, specifically:

            - The CLR loader needs to support loading PE files (both native and managed) from paths longer than MAX_PATH
            - Windows still doesn't support handling long paths from all CLI commands
            - Many products have excessive path validation and block longer paths even though lower layers now support it
            - Visual Studio doesn't use the latest version of .NET that…

            122 votes
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              2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • .NetCore Code Metrics

              Make the Code Metrics feature and command line power tool work against projects/binaries that target .NetCore.

              149 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Do not create UTF16 source code files, it is not compatible with git!!

                Do not never ever have the IDE create UTF16 source code files, it is not compatible with GIT!

                It took me hours to figure out what happend and why my source code files got totally corrupted at some point!

                This seems to have started to happen with VS 15.4 for newly created C++ projects.

                Git is unable to deal with UTF16 as text.

                It will treat UTF16 files as binary.

                And git's auto-crlf-correction will corrupt the files if I tell it to treat .cpp as text via .gitattributes.

                MS Team decided that this is not a bug, but a feature:

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                  8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please support Angular CLI sourcemaps generated in Microsoft.DotNet.Web.Spa.ProjectTemplates::2.0.0-rc2-final

                  I love the new ASP.NET web template with support for Angular CLI. The only issue with this I've encountered is the lack of support for integrated debugging in VS 2017. Apparently the IDE does not support the sourcemaps generated by angular-cli. (reference closed issue: https://github.com/aspnet/JavaScriptServices/issues/1474 ). Debugging works in Chrome, suggesting that the sourcemaps are valid; but not in the IDE.

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                    7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • C# falls to #8 most popular language in 2018 Stack Overflow survey

                    C# has fallen from #4 in the 2017 survey to #8 in the 2018 Stack Overflow survey

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                      10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VB6 programming language #12 in February 2018 Tiobe index

                      Microsoft's VB6 programming language is the 12th most popular programming language in February 2018.
                      The latest version of classic VB was launched in 1998 and still rates highly in the Tiobe index of over 200 programming languages.

                      https://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index

                      Microsoft's flagship language C# has fallen to #5 in the Tiobe index

                      108 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Will Microsoft bring back the VB6 programming language in 2018?

                        Now that Microsoft finally admit that VB.Net has never been successful, will they:

                        1) Support the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10
                        2) Allow a free download of VB6
                        3) Update VB6 allow 64bit compilation

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                          10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Annouce Visual Basic 1.0 Pheonix (Visual Basic Classic)

                          VB.net was never about "improving" VB. It was about giving in to the Object-Oriented nerds. They had C++ and were getting C#, but that was not enough. They wanted control over EVERYTHING. Perhaps, as is the case with many people who live their lives hiding behind a computer monitor, they don't have control over ANYTHING in real life.

                          That was opinion, this is fact:

                          VB.net has been a disaster. Visual Basic has gone from being the most popular programming language in the world, to not even being in the top ten.

                          Microsoft, is that how you define "success?" Would you…

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                            7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow setting text editor font size in pixels or allow half-point font size (e.g. 10.5pt)

                            The default Consolas font is too small at 10pt and too big at 11pt. With an option to set size in pixels would give users more flexibility in setting the desired font size. Or at least allow xx.5pt (10.5 pt) font size.

                            45 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Name the future version of Visual Basic 6.0 as "Visual Basic 6.0 phoenix"

                              According to google and facebook statistics, Visual Basic 6.0 has one of the largest communities. Many young people enter the VB6 community in a natural way (without being forced by trends supported by different companies). Visual Basic 6 is a smart mind attractor since the majority of the critical mass is made from people between 18-35 years old. (https://vb6awards.blogspot.com/2017/10/visual-basic-60-is-attractor-for-young.html)

                              All programmers wish to keep the syntax and legacy and the programming language name. It feels in the air that MS will be forced to bring back a new version of VB6. Here I propose a name circulated in…

                              294 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • add "Settings Sets" that allow easy switching between and syncing of VS IDE settings

                                There is a need to easily switch between VS IDE Settings in scenarios that regularly occur:

                                - Different work environments (ie. office, home, on the road) where the full setup (screens, keyboard, mouse, etc.) could be completely different
                                - Different scenarios (dev work, presentation, other..)
                                - Different project/work types (frontend/client, backend/server, complex algorithms, UI Heavy)

                                Currently there's no way to easily manage sets of settings, which forces devs to either compromise on settings that are "okay" everywhere or constantly reconfigure settings.

                                Settings for scenarios like presenting can't be united with a regular work setup. This forces presenters to redo the…

                                39 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Debugger should support generic authentication with SourceLink

                                  VS Debugger now supports Authenticated Source Link for VSTS and GitHub starting in 15.7 (https://goo.gl/iNAvgW). That is a great start. My team has our .NET source code in GitHub Enterprise. This issue is for support is to support other private source code repositories in a generic (or extensible) way. I know other need GitLab support and I'm sure there are a bunch more.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • VB6 programming language #13 in April 2018 Tiobe index

                                    Microsoft's VB6 programming language is the 13th most popular programming language in April 2018.
                                    The latest version of classic VB was launched in 1998 and still rates highly in the Tiobe index of over 200 programming languages.

                                    https://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index

                                    Microsoft's flagship language C# has fallen to #5 in the Tiobe index

                                    37 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Include the VB6 programming language in Windows 10

                                      Add the VB6 programming language and IDE to Windows 10.

                                      This will be very useful for supporting all the VB6 applications still in use.

                                      And as Windows 10 starts to be used on ARM tablets it will be useful for developing new tablet apps.

                                      363 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Highlight Methods And Properties

                                        I don't understand why should I use Visual Studio editor instead of notepad.exe text editor in 2018. My C# code powered with Reactive Extensions looks the SAME in notepad.exe as it does in Visual Studio.

                                        We live in 2018 year now, but Visual Studio doesn't seem to. It's unable to highlight methods, properties and variables in it's code editor window. All professional tools are able to do this, just take a look at Visual Studio Code, Rider, IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm, PhpStorm and many others.

                                        We really like Visual Studio IDE, it's extremely powerfull and convenient, so it makes our…

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • What happened to the old, beautiful, and simple visual basic?

                                          10 years ago, visual basic was a beautiful language, where everything is straight forward. You can add forms, buttons, text boxes, etc. and add code to them. Nowadays, it is a complicated mess of too many things coined as visual studio. Is there a place where I can download the old visual basic and it would work on windows 10?

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