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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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      109 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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        128 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make a new Visual Basic 6.0

        The world needs VB6. That is a real need. VB.NET is dead because it is never had the performance for computer games. The enforced paradigms lead to virtual function table look-ups, fragmented memory and poor cache locality from over using heap memory. The game loop has a strict deadline that will be broken randomly when the framework decides to go around your scheduler and garbage collect everything at the worst possible time. There are ways to disable some of these but it is easier to just use a language built for performance to begin with, namely Visual Basic 6.0.

        The…

        730 votes
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          65 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…

          570 votes
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            34 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.

            392 votes
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              25 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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                28 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.

                325 votes
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                  24 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.

                  256 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.

                    227 votes
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                      37 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        41 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.

                        187 votes
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                          2 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…

                          177 votes
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                            16 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.

                            145 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

                              • 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…

                                138 votes
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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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                                    5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 131 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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.

                                      104 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Using TypeOf operator in the Select Case statement

                                        Select TypeOf myobj
                                        ....Case SByte, Short, Integer, Long

                                        End Select

                                        76 votes
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                                          11 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hey everyone,

                                          If you hadn’t heard already last week at BUILD we announced the PUBLIC release of a Preview of the next version of the Visual Basic language and code editing experience powered by “Roslyn”. You can download this preview and install it on top of Visual Studio 2013 today!

                                          I’m excited to let you know that included in this is a preview of a new language feature we’re considering that let’s you Select Case on the type of an object like this:

                                          Select Case obj
                                          Case b As Button

                                          Case t As TextBox

                                          End Case

                                          You can read about it more here: http://www.codeplex.com/Download?ProjectName=roslyn&DownloadId=824695

                                          Download the End User Preview @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/vstudio/roslyn

                                          I encourage you all to download it, try it out, and send us your feedback.

                                          Regards,

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

                                        • 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

                                          60 votes
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