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  1. Open source Visual Basic 6

    Since further development does not seem feasible, would it be possible to release the sources in a .NET core style manner?

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      233 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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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        235 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10

        Microsoft support the VB6 programming language on Windows 10.
        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708

        This means that VB6 is supported until 2025. But Microsoft exclude the VB6 IDE from this support.

        The VB6 IDE does install and run on Windows 10, so there is no reason it should not be supported.

        Instructions for installing the VB6 programming IDE are here:
        http://nuke.vbcorner.net/Articles/VB60/VisualStudio6Installer/tabid/93/language/en-US/Default.aspx
        http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=23993

        With Microsoft's' continued support of VB6 for at least another 10 years it should be fully supported by including the VB6 IDE.

        1,177 votes
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          70 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Congratulations to Microsoft for extending VB6 programming support to Windows 10

          This idea is a proposal of thanks to Microsoft for extending VB6 support to Windows 10.

          Microsoft say "VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 10 for the lifetime of the OS. Visual Basic 6.0 runtime files continue to be 32-bit only and all components must be hosted in 32-bit application processes. Developers can think of the support story for Windows 10 being the same as it is for Windows 8.1."

          https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

          This means that VB6 programming is supported until at least 2025.

          THANK YOU, MICROSOFT !

          1,101 votes
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            59 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE

            Microsoft currently make the VB6 programming language and IDE available to all MSDN subscribers for download from the subscriber downloads section. A generic subscriber key is also provided.

            Microsoft should now make this available for free download without requiring a paid MSDN subscription.

            This is already done with the Expression Web software, so it wouldn't be creating a new precedent.

            1,052 votes
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              43 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

              1,045 votes
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                57 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

                The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

                Please now re-open this suggestion
                https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
                and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

                VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

                Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

                https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

                930 votes
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                  39 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    61 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual Basic 6.0 (Classic) upgrade to 7.0 should be able to compile standalone Win32, Win64 EXE and Android APK

                    1. First of all Visual Basic Classic should be brought back! (i.e: Visual Basic 7.0)
                    2. Visual Basic Classic version should compile to standalone Win32, Win64 executables and Android applications (the APIs which are available and common to both).

                    By compiling to Android APK I mean the language of coding should be BASIC which is JAVA in Android Studio.

                    There are many programs/frameworks on the internet which use Basic Language to compile Android applications.

                    Even Delphi (Pascal) creates Android applications.

                    If Microsoft makes this new Visual Basic Classic, there will be a steep rise in Visual Basic Classic programmers. Any…

                    770 votes
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                      14 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

                      Dear Microsoft,

                      It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

                      So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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                        15 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

                        Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

                        So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

                        I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

                        I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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                          41 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make VB6 open source

                          Given that Microsoft will eventually remove support for VB6 make it open source so that it can be updated and improved by the VB6 community.

                          530 votes
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                            10 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…

                            479 votes
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                              18 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make VB run on Xamarin

                              Now that Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, and if Xamarin becomes a standard feature of Visual Studio, it would be great if you could allow Xamarin to be used in VB along with C#!

                              456 votes
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                                24 comments  ·  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.

                                409 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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

                                  359 votes
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                                    8 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

                                    348 votes
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                                      13 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…

                                      347 votes
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                                        10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Rename Visual Basic to B# and Support B# With Absolute Parity

                                        Dotnet 2015 made it clear: VB.NET developers need to switch to C# or be left behind. Very sad.

                                        VB syntax is friendlier, easier to read and code and maintain. Yet Microsoft is killing off this superior language bowing to pressure from myopic C# developers and Mono.

                                        346 votes
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                                          45 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  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…

                                          333 votes
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