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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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      174 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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        201 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.

        730 votes
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          45 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 !

          682 votes
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            43 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.

            673 votes
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              36 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…

              651 votes
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                39 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…

                546 votes
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                  39 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

                  525 votes
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                    29 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…

                    455 votes
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                      9 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#!

                      422 votes
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                        22 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 !

                        364 votes
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                          48 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.

                          343 votes
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                            43 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow multiple variable names with single type specifier in functin call

                            Current:
                            Public Function DoSomething(x As Integer, y As Integer, w As Integer, h As Integer, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                            Propsed:
                            Public Function DoSomething(x, y, w, h, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                            All variables x, y, w, h, Value would be of type Integer, like in Dim statement.

                            327 votes
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                              under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support for running web class applications from the VB6 IDE

                              Enable debugging of VB6 web class (IIS) projects in Windows 7/8 in the next service pack.

                              284 votes
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                                3 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…

                                277 votes
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                                  8 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…

                                  254 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 236 votes
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                                      52 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • WebBrowser Control Using Edge Rendering Engine

                                      Hi Development Team,

                                      Thousands of developers including myself would like the WebBrowser control in Windows Forms Application to use the Microsoft Edge Rendering Engine.

                                      We know there is WebView control for Universal Windows Platform, but, we want all the power we get under Windows Form Application but prefer the WebBrowser control rendering engine to be Edge not Internet Explorer.

                                      Could Microsoft please release this feature as an add-on to Visual Studio 2015? Or is there a way we can change the WebBrowser control use the Edge rendering engine? A lot of programmers are asking for this feature.

                                      206 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          17 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • New syntax to map interface members to the base class

                                          Explicit interface implementation in VB makes the code much better readable and maintainable than C# code with its implicit (i.e. hidden/secret) interface implementation.
                                          It is one of the main advantages of VB over C#.

                                          However there is one drawback: If a class implements an interface, all interface members have to be implemented directly in that class.
                                          There is no way in VB to map an interface member to a member of the implementing classe's base class.

                                          In C# this works implicitly without any extra code. In VB, of course, we want to maintain an explicit way to achieve it.
                                          A…

                                          155 votes
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