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  1. Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

    Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

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      22 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

      This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

      A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

      From the following conversation I had with…

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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

        The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
        It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

        -a
        www.adamcogan.com

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          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

            1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
            2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
            3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
            4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
            5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

            # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
            # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

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              34 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

              the idea is: enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

              the rationale behind this is (why I feel this need): I am preparing an introductory programming material and I expect a reader to press F5 *at least* one time for each example... and it is rather stupid that each exercise in such a material MUST end with otherwise completely unnecessary and illogical "Console.ReadlineLine()" statement... teaching beginners to write programs that way just harms their programming minds in their infancy and does not belong…

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                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Reinstate VB5cce (VB5 Control Creation Edition) free download and support

                As subject. Until 6 days ago, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/165524 had a useful description and endorsement of VB5cce which used to be available for free. Myself and my clients use VB5cce. The article was since unceremoniously deleted (no mention of why, simply a broken link).

                Please Reinstate it and confirm it is free. Thank you.

                It is known we can download it from elsewhere, but my users treated this article as an endorsement that it was free to use and supplied by Microsoft. It worked perfectly on Windows 10 64b etc, so I can't see why MS chose to delete all reference to…

                45 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community

                  Is there an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community? like in visual studio code? like this https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/integrated-terminal

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "View Diff" Button on "Conflicting File Modification Detected" Prompt

                    Per this status: https://twitter.com/VisualStudio/status/829495552161280001

                    I believe that the Visual Studio editor should change the behavior of this prompt. There is no information provided to make a reasonable decision in this context.

                    The interface should be updated to include a button to view the current diff, or perhaps even in-line a view that shows what the differences are.

                    35 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

                      Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

                      Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

                      Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

                      * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
                      * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
                      * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

                      If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

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                        13 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Good news – we are adopting a plan that is very close to what is proposed in this suggestion. We will adopt a semantic versioning scheme for Visual Studio starting with Visual Studio 2017, using the major / minor numbers, based on the standard enumerated at http://semver.org.

                        The RTM release will be numbered 15.0, with feature updates numbered sequentially 15.1, 15.2 etc. We use a five digit number to represent the specific build number of a particular component, and that will remain the best way to identify a specific single build of the product. So in Help / About, you’ll see something like 15.1 (build 26230.0). 

                        We hope this will simplify things somewhat, and we’ll continue to further align with the semantic versioning model as we invest in our build systems.

                        Thanks so much for your feedback – we appreciate it!

                        Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

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                          42 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support After Effect like path animation in Visual Studio Blend

                          I wish I could use Blend to build path morphing animations like in AE.

                          29 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Generic OrderedDictionary

                            Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

                            114 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Visual Studio For Linux OS

                              Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VB6 programming: Waking a sleeping giant - MSDN magazine article https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                                The February 2016 edition of the Microsoft MSDN magazine has an article by David Platt "Don't Get Me Started - VB6: Waking a Sleeping Giant"
                                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt632280

                                Platt suggests developing a new version of VB6 (which he names VB*) that compiles to Javascript and HTML5.

                                Platt says "The VB* programming model would conceptually resemble the ASP.NET Web Forms model, in which controls render their content as HTML. But that rendering requires ASP.NET on the server side, and VB* needs to avoid depending on any particular server. Therefore, VB* will compile down to independent pages of HTML5 elements and JavaScript code, just…

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                                  187 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Test Tools in VS 2016 - CodedUI - Merge UIMap Actions Into One Method

                                  Due to the instability of the CodedUI Test Builder, and the unpredictability of playback I have many separate methods in a single UIMap file. I would like to merge the actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method. Within the UIMap there already is a function that will split a UI Action into separate methods, and I want to do the opposite and merge separate actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Instead of asking me to install missing Windows SDK version, also offer me upgrade project to an installed SDK

                                    If I open a UWP project that references 10240 SDK, but I don't have that installed, i'm presented with two options: Install the SDK, or skip/don't load project.
                                    I'd propose you add a 3rd option: Since this generally happens because you don't install older SDKs any longer but only newer, making projects essentially out of date, offer me the option to pick a new (greater) SDK Version among the ones I have installed. Currently you manually have to know to go into the project file to hand-edit this.

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add "using static" inside method body.

                                      C# 6 has a new future that you can use static members of class or enumeration members without providing the class or enumeration name explicitly.

                                      using static System.Reflection.BindingFlags;
                                      ...
                                      var m = type.GetMethod("A", Instance|Public);

                                      But the the "using static" is global inside a file. My suggestion is to limit it inside the method body:

                                      public MethodInfo GetMethod()
                                      {
                                      using static System.Reflection.BindingFlags;
                                      return type.GetMethod("A", Instance|Public);
                                      }

                                      This could simplifies a method without having you to use a static class/enum on the while file.

                                      49 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support Bridge.net

                                        Along with Xamarin and Cordova tools that indeed help multi-platform development, maybe you should also promote Bridge.NET's C#-to-JavaScript/TypeScript.

                                        This way a developer can write business logic AND user interface façade services using C#, and then develop NATIVE user interfaces using any of these technologies: WPF/XAML, UWP, Windows Forms, ASP .NET WebForms/MVC/WebAPI, Xamarin, Unity (!) - directly, and using the generated JavaScript and TypeScript definitions as well with: HTML5 (Angular/other DOM frameworks), UWP JS, Cordova tools, and NodeJS (server side)!

                                        46 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio Design

                                          Visual Studio is No.1 developers IDE but need professional UI/UX and prototype designer to be complete. at now Visual Studio Blend not very useful and can move features to Visual Studio and removed.
                                          prototype tools such as Sketch, Lingo, adobe XD and InVision not support Windows 10 and UWP.
                                          So continue Expression Design as Visual Studio Design with new features:
                                          1. Cross platform for Windows, macOS and Linux
                                          2. Prototype template for UWP, android and iOS
                                          3. Support multiple pages
                                          4. Support Html5 animations
                                          5. Create UWP app from prototypes
                                          6. Export prototype to UWP, PowerPoint, PDF and etc.
                                          7.…

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