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  1. 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.

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      9 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…

      115 votes
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        4 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…

        97 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            5 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

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              7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow multiple languages (C#,VB,F#) in the same project

              Now with Roslyn this could be possible.

              It's very annoying that you have to convert C# to VB just to include a class/function/snippet in your VB project, and viceversa.
              If all code compiles to MSIL, then why we cannot use different NET languages in the same project.

              Another example is a function in F#, you may want to use some functions that will simplify/improve your project (C#/VB) and it's better to do it in a functional language, but you don't want to code all your project in F#, nor want to create a separate project in F# with its DLL…

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                5 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

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                  12 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

                • Increment (++) and Decrement (--) Operators in VB.net

                  The whole purpose of the .net framework is the methods should be common to all languages. In the case of System.Int32 you are not allowed to use the follow in VB:-

                  TestValue++ or ++TestValue

                  So if I had an array the following is impossible in VB but possible in C#:-
                  TestValue = TestArray(Index++)

                  So instead I have to write the following:-
                  Index += 1
                  TestValue = TestArray(Index)

                  Please enhance VB to include Increment (++) and Decrement (--) Operators in VB.net as per the MSDN info on c# below:-
                  https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/xzcawzfw(v=vs.100).aspx

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                    1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • VB.Net Support for Android/Apple/Raspberry Pi

                    Could you please add support for the following Android/Apple & Raspberry pi please? as well as more examples in Vb.NET?

                    Some of us don't really want to have to stop using such a great language.

                    Thank you.

                    61 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add VB.Net Project Templates For .Net Core and .Net Standard to Visual Studio 2017

                      It's absurd that VS 2017 lacks VB.Net project templates for KEY new concepts such as .Net Core and .Net Standard.

                      Microsoft has promised to maintain VB.Net as a first class citizen/language, but in the last year or two, I've seen exactly the opposite.
                      I'm fearful that perhaps VB.Net isn't getting even the most basic levels of internal Microsoft use and testing with new concepts if there aren't even project templates in your flagship dev tool.

                      I suggest either dropping VB.Net completely or committing the resources necessary to properly maintain and support it. Everything about the current half-measures is quite uncomfortable…

                      55 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Visual Basic - xamarin

                        Allow writing Visual Basic in Xamarin Projects.

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                          2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Using Like operator in the Select Case statement

                          Select Case sProductName
                          ....Case Is Like "* tea *", Is Like "* coffee *"

                          ....Case Like "* beer *", Like "* wine *" ' the Is keyword could be optional


                          End Select

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                            9 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hey Robert,

                            Great suggestion. As you’ve noted in all of your suggestions there’s a lot more potential with the Select Case statement that we don’t yet support. Reference equality comparisons (Is/IsNot) and the Like operator are great examples as is type-checking. We’re actively thinking about improving the Select Case statement for these scenarios.

                            Your suggestion is actually the most likely syntax we would use if we were to implement this feature and it seems more like a bug that it doesn’t just work. That said is the Like operator still useful to you compared to say RegEx – which is more powerful?

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

                          • Lowercase keywords

                            Please provide a full option to use lowercase keywords in VB, instead of using a hack with a custom font.

                            http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2015/04/02/lowercase-keywords-revisited.aspx

                            42 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Unsafe Operations in Visual Basic

                              Hello,

                              The fact that Visual Basic does not have support for unsafe operations is very complicated, it makes many applications can only be written in C#.

                              Visual Basic will die this way, and C# is growing quickly.

                              If Visual Basic also could work with unsafe operations would be great, wonderful, the developer could use the language he loves the most, and not language that supports what he wants to do.

                              I love Visual Basic so much but for the projects that I'm doing is necessary to use unsafe operations and only C# allows me it.

                              I feel sad for not…

                              42 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • continue edit on on error resume next

                                re eanble editing around On Error Resume next please, it is really annoing now to restart anytime I made some even small correction,

                                39 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide code in vb and c#

                                  Microsoft keeps saying they will continue to support Visual Basic, yet everywhere I look I see code examples and sample programs only provided in C#.

                                  The Microsoft Developer Network provides the option to view different languages, so there must be people at Microsoft who can translate the code.

                                  Whilst I don't expect every Microsoft blogger to provide samples in multiple languages, sites like www.asp.net with it's learn section should provide at least VB and C#.

                                  35 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Combine "Using" with "With"

                                    Combine "Using" with "With", so that you could write for example:

                                    Using System.IO.File.CreateText("log.txt")
                                    .WriteLine("This is line one.")
                                    .WriteLine("This is line two.")
                                    End Using

                                    instead of

                                    Using writer As System.IO.TextWriter = System.IO.File.CreateText("log.txt")
                                    writer.WriteLine("This is line one.")
                                    writer.WriteLine("This is line two.")
                                    End Using

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                                      8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      I’ve seen this request a few times before and while I’m not unsympathetic there are a few problems. The first is we haven’t been able to come up with a good syntax for it – one that is sufficiently descriptive while being concise and aesthetically pleasing but that still reads well.

                                      “Using With x” doesn’t make sense as a natural sentence which goes against the grain of the language.

                                      Another is how such a feature fits stylistically/philosophically in the language. Like why are Using and With specially, what about Sync Lock? What if I want to Lock on a disposable resource and have it be the implicit receiver of member access? Using With SyncLock, SyncLock With Using? Can I mix any two? Like, is there a notion or pattern in the language of combining blocks this way? We’d want to think through that one too for a bit.

                                      One…

                                    • Unary operators -- and ++

                                      i++ / i--
                                      ++i / --i

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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • C# and VB wrong Perception

                                        I have writing code in Visual Basic since 2005. I see most of the people just talk about C#. Everyone think VB is just very tiny language and cannot do what C# can do. Which I believe is FALSE after the .NET framework.

                                        Can you re-brand Visual Basic as B# and help this language to get same status and respect as C#.

                                        VB is really powerful language, but the perception that is built is totally disgusting. Even in universities, No one agrees to let you develop project in VB. This situation is really disappointing and damaging the image of this…

                                        23 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Close VB6 product related suggestions

                                          I'm sorry I had to actually put this under the "Languages - Visual Basic" category as that is meant for VB.NET and not VB6.
                                          However, other participants on this platform sadly did not realize this at all and opened a lot of even repetitive suggestions unrelated to modern Visual Studio (aka "Visual Studio .NET") what this Uservoice is about.

                                          On top of that, those suggestions are mostly spam linking to external sites, including needless images and highly personal, uncited and sometimes even inflammatory opinions.

                                          Additionally, the content of all those suggestions was previously handled and closed with a lengthy reply…

                                          21 votes
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                                            5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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