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  1. 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.

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

      Select Case dblA
      ....Case Is > 1.22 And Is < 3.4

      ....Case Is > 4.1

      ....Case Else

      End Select

      Select Case sProductName
      ....Case Is > sPrevProdName And Is Like "* tea *"

      ....Case "apple juice"

      End Select

      16 votes
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        5 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: When clauses on Case statements. This behaves like an AND. It doesn’t do exactly as suggested because you can’t implicitly refer to the Select Case expression but you can test other conditions inside:

        Select Case dblA
        Case Is > 1.22 When Date.Today.DayOfWeek = DayOfWeek.Monday
        ’ Why would anyone ever write this?
        End Select

        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…

      • enable line comments in VB after the line continuation char (_)

        Just a very simple thing:

        I had an attribute and a field written on two lines like this:

        <DebuggerBrowsable(DebuggerBrowsableState.Never)> _
        Private _SomeField As String

        and wanted to add a line comment after the '_':

        ...State.Never)> _ 'My reason why

        I now get the following error: "Line continuation character '_' must be preceded by at least one white space and must be the last character on the line."

        My request now is to change the rule "...must be the last character on the line" to "...must be the last non-white-space character on that part of the line that does not belong…

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

          Hey Chris,

          Excellent suggestion! When we introduced implicit line-continuation in VB2010 it was a very painful restriction that we had to leave in due to technical and schedule constrains that comments weren’t allowed after them. Happily, thanks to the improved parser architecture we use in Roslyn (a future version of VB/C#) we will be able to support it one day. In fact, in the Roslyn compilers comments are already supported after implicit line-continuation so I can write this:

          ’ Comment here

          Private _SomeField As String

          After we got that working it seemed reasonable to lift the restriction on normal, explicit line-continuation as well though we haven’t yet done so.

          While we do not currently have plans to address this issue in the next release of Visual Studio, we are reviewing suggestions now for future versions of VB in and beyond the Roslyn time-frame. We have not determined when that will…

        • Allow the Dim keyword to be optional.

          For example, instead of:

          Dim a As Integer
          Dim b As Double
          Dim c As CustomType

          allow this syntax:

          a As Integer
          b As Double
          c As CustomType

          VB code would be cleaner and less verbose. (Possibly the compiler/parser could use the As keyword to recognise that a variable is being declared?).

          15 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Do Not Collapse Comments

            It would be nice if the comments simply did not collapse with CTRL+M+O. That or if there is a blank space between two blocks of comments. Do not treat them as 1. But instead it will collapse the entire section even though comments may not be a part of the one above it (obv limitation of VB because they do not have multi-line comments). I'm sure if we could just have a more robust commenting system. Things would have been peachy and I may not have switched to C#.
            This should be simple, and to me already done as the…

            13 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • wait until the line looses focus to show corrrections/errors

              It is very annoying when it tries to correct me in the middle of a line, when what I am typing doesn't make perfect sense, but will when I finish the line.

              11 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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…

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                  2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Collection initializers for read-only collection properties in VB.NET

                  I'm very happy that Microsoft is committed to VB.NET have the same features as C#.
                  One feature I use extensivle in C# is collection initializers. I've just noticed that VB.NET supports these but not for read-only class properties.
                  I found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd293617.aspx that if a collection has a an Add method, it is used to initialize the variable. This should also apply to read-only collection properties.

                  Here is compilable C# code showing the feature working:

                  using System;
                  using System.Collections.Generic;

                  namespace ConsoleApplication3
                  {
                  class Class1
                  {
                  private readonly List<Int32> list = new List<Int32>();

                  public List<Int32> ListProp
                  {
                  get
                  {
                  return this.list; …

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                    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow the subject of a With block to be referenced in the block using a new keyword WithRef

                    Primarily, this is a convenience mechanism to avoid having to declare a variable in certain cases.

                    Proposed:

                    Function ReturnNewCheese(cheeseType as CheeseEnum) as Cheese
                    With New Cheese
                    .CheeseType = cheeseType 'property
                    .Curdle 'method
                    Helpers.DoSomethingWithCheese(WithRef)
                    Return WithRef
                    End With
                    Exit Function

                    Now:

                    Function ReturnNewCheese(cheeseType as CheeseEnum) as Cheese
                    Dim x as New Cheese
                    With x
                    .CheeseType = cheeseType
                    .Curdle
                    Helpers.DoSomethingWithCheese(x) 'requires explicit variable declaration
                    End With
                    Return x 'requires explicit variable declaration
                    Exit Function

                    10 votes
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                      under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix opcodes from vb compiler when initialize an array and function local variant

                      Hi guys,

                      I want to point out some flaw opcodes that vb compiler create and hope VB dev team have sometime to fix those and make VB better performance.

                      1. Array

                      When I create an array like this "Dim Data(input.Length - 1) As Char", compiler will rewrite to "Dim Data(input.Length - 1 + 1) As Char"; it's unnecessary 4 bytes and you loss 4 of 64 bytes if you aim to create a tiny method.

                      2. Function local variant

                      VB function away has self local variant like "Function foo() As string" will have "Dim foo As String" even it's unused…

                      9 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 9 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VB Samples - UWP

                          Almost no VB samples are available for UWP. You find a topic you're interested in at GitHub Windows-universal-samples - and darn - C# only.

                          It makes learning about UWP needlessly complicated and error prone.

                          PLEASE - make the time to create VB samples.

                          8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Create a project translator from VB to C#.

                            With the decline of VB usage as a language, we need a method to translate large project into another form.

                            Just as VS provides project upgrade importers between its versions, could this now include the option to translate between languages as well?

                            7 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Using object comparing in the Select Case statement

                              Select Object myobj
                              ....Case obj1, obj2, obj3, obj4

                              ....Case frm1

                              End Select

                              7 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Rename Visual Basic to V#

                                I believe it is time that the acronym BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) be disassociated from VB.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow additional spaces in VB code.

                                  Sometimes multiple spaces make code more readable: numbers can be aligned right and in table like initializations of Dictioary objects etc., but VS just deletes most unnecessary spaces like http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25731512/multiple-spaces-in-vb-net-code demonstrates.
                                  However, the option to avoid this behavior (see link) also disables useful features.
                                  I wished there was an option to allow these (just not delete) spaces.

                                  6 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • In vb.net, textbox in multi-line mode

                                    Can you add a design-time property that allows for either automatic clearing of the textbox when full, or over-write at the beginning (~circular queue).

                                    I use a multi-line, textbox for a serial protocol analyzer real-time display. After about 3 days running, the textbox freezes, but the analyzer is still running. I setup a timer to clear the box every 4 hours. I don't want to test the remaining buffer size each time I write, since I am writing from multiple subs.

                                    It's easy to use the textbox for this, as when an error occurs a dump of the textbox can…

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Copy paste of type name from a variable tool tip

                                      When hovering above a variable the editor displays a tooltip with the type information.

                                      It would be useful to enable a right click menu that would place the info in the clipboard for future use, this is especially true for long namespaces.

                                      5 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make the declaring matching operators (such as =/<>) optional

                                        When defining an operator such as:
                                        Public Shared Operator =(value1 As Binary, value2 As Integer)
                                        Return value1.ToInt32() = value2
                                        End Operator

                                        The compiler should automatically default the matching "<>" to "Not =" thus avoiding the now mandatory declaration:
                                        Public Shared Operator <>(value1 As Binary, value2 As Integer)
                                        Return Not value1 = value2
                                        End Operator

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                                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add native IN (or AMONG) and BETWEEN operators to VB

                                          Instead of
                                          If x = 3 OR x = 8 or x = 12
                                          I should be able to type:
                                          If x in {3, 8, 12}

                                          And instead of
                                          If x>=2 and x<=10
                                          I should be able to type
                                          If x between 2 and 10
                                          (similar to SQL).

                                          4 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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