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  1. 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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      167 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        143 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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          35 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.

          441 votes
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            27 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 !

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              31 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.

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                28 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.

                322 votes
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                  under review  ·  28 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.

                  294 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

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                      17 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…

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                        27 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          45 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.

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                            2 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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                              6 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                15 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…

                                147 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make the Optional keyword optional

                                  Please allow

                                  Private Sub Test(s As String = 1)

                                  as in C# besides the current version:

                                  Private Sub Test(Optional s As String = 1)

                                  This removes redundancies (--> improves readability, accelerates writing code) and drives forward the co-evolution of VB/C#. I don't see any reason not to allow this.

                                  146 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow #region blocks to be indented much like they are in C#

                                    In C# you can indent a #region block so that the region flows with the layout of your code. Unless I am missing something, this is not the case in VB.

                                    Example (C#):
                                    public class MyClass
                                    {

                                    +[VARIABLES]

                                    +[PROPERTIES]

                                    +[METHODS]
                                    }

                                    Example (VB):
                                    Public Class MyClass

                                    +[VARIABLES]

                                    +[PROPERTIES]

                                    +[METHODS]

                                    EndClass

                                    139 votes
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                                      10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hey Greg,

                                      Thanks for the great suggestion. I agree that it would be nice to see these indented properly. I honestly couldn’t tell you the reason for this design choice but it applies to all preprocessing directives. Having said that, our team owns both the VB and C# code editor experiences and as we’re rebuilding them as part of Project “Roslyn” we’re trying to be on the look out for opportunities to make the experiences more consistent where it makes sense – this looks to me like one of those cases. The “Roslyn” based editing experience is not planned to be in the next release of Visual Studio but it’s certainly not to early to look at improving this. I’ll follow up with the right folks to see if I can make this happen :)

                                      Regards,

                                      -Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic & C# Languages Team

                                    • Bring back a possibility to work on one single procedure on screen

                                      On QuickBasic and the first VB-Versions there has been the possibility to concentrate on a single procedure. You had to choose the sub, and on the screen there was nothing else but this sub. This has been a very proper way to work with procedures.

                                      109 votes
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                                        8 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#!

                                        108 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Implement support for binary, octal and hex literals

                                          I know VB supports hex literals but these need to be improved so instead of using the &h prefix, you could use a suffix:
                                          Dim hexValue = 1F7h

                                          The same way you could then implement both binary and octal literals:
                                          Dim binValue = 01100011b
                                          Dim octValue = 722o

                                          83 votes
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