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  1. 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…

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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…

      87 votes
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        1 comment  ·  .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.

        78 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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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            6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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

            132 votes
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              6 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…

              87 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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.

                341 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Should we restyle the crash chat to make it look more like the roulette/tradeup chat?

                  We were thinking about making the chat uniform among all game modes.

                  What is your take on that?

                  18 votes
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                    58 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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:

                    31 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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

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                        3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Document /d2cgsummary and other internal compilation metrics flags

                        There was a blog post by Aras Pranckevičius about an undocumented compiler flag /d2cgsummary. It would appear that the backend has the ability to report certain metrics that could possibly help diagnose unusual compilation times.

                        Slow compile times are a pain to figure out. Properly documenting these flags (and adding more!) could help us stay sane and happy.

                        202 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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?

                          61 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

                            201 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Microsoft say "It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." Why ?

                              Microsoft say of the VB6 programming language "In summary, VB6 was awesome. We agree. We don’t expect or demand anyone to throw away their code or rewrite from any of our technologies unless it makes business sense for them to do so. We have to innovate to enable our customers to innovate. It is not a viable option to create a next version of VB6. We stand by our decision to make VB.NET and the .NET Framework. We think they are awesome too. It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." - Paul Yuknewicz, Group Program…

                              378 votes
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                                14 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Do not change the IIS hosting certificates when upgrading visual studio.

                                  Do not change the IIS hosting certificates when upgrading visual studio. Every time visual studio is upgraded, the iis ssl certificates for sites pointed to visual studio solutions revert back to the IIS Express Development Certificate. If a local site is configured to use a different certificate for hosting, it should not be changed.

                                  42 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • One tab for (*.cs and *.designer.cs) , (*.xaml and *.xaml.cs) and etc..

                                    Working in visual studio with a single tab for designer and code behind file would help developers increase their productivity. I hope the visual studio dev team would add this feature.

                                    Thank you! God Bless!

                                    26 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve the solution explorer menu

                                      There was an idea similar to this, that was implemented back in 2013. I strongly feel this needs another go.

                                      The context menu contains so much information with no weighting (everything seems equally important). There are few things in there like icons for the eye to catch, so I basically have to scan the entire menu every time, despite being a daily VS user since version 2003.

                                      I've attached a screenshot of how it looks today, as well as a suggestion of how it could be improved, focusing on the mostly used items that I as a user is more…

                                      33 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Build UWP with only VB6 syntax

                                        The underlying technology is XAML and vb.net, but what is exposed to the developer is only pure VB6 syntax.
                                        So there is this magic interpreter that translates every line/block of pure VB6 code to the corresponding verbose vb.net code that can be unhidden and edited if required. Use a less frightening property manager and a more responsive layout editor.
                                        Wow suddenly the millions of VB6 developers are coding for UWP and the windows store is flooded with apps of all sorts! Productivity has never been this high! So "where do you what to go today?"

                                        187 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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