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  1. 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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      16 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Adopt a simple and obvious versioning scheme for the IDE

      Currently, we have "Visual Studio 2015", "Visual Studio 2015 Update 2", "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 2" (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695655.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396)

      Add to that the confusion spread by Visual Studio 2015/Visual Studio 14.

      Rather than this dual versioning and "update" language and it's nested counterpart "update for an update", it would be much simpler to adopt, for example, major.minor.patch.

      * Visual Studio 2015/14 => 14.0.0
      * Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2 => 14.2.0
      * "Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015/14 Update 2" => 14.2.1

      If you *really* want to keep the "year" moniker for marketing purposes, then perhaps embrace…

      532 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for the great suggestion. You’re right – the versioning has proven a little challenging in this release. A few of us are meeting next week to see what is viable for the upcoming next release of Visual Studio and I’ll update the suggestion accordingly. No promises – there are lots of subtle knock-on effects to changes like this, but we are very sympathetic to the problem.

        Warm wishes,

        Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

      • Show indent guides like Notepad++ does

        Indent guides help quickly finding out where a scoop starts and where it ends. I think an advanced IDE like Visual Studio must have this feature. I know that there is an extension for this, but why doesn't Visual Studio have a basic feature like this natively?

        3,091 votes
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          4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello to all who have supported this item

          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product in a future release.

          In the meantime, as some commenters have noted, you can get this capability for some languages by trying the Productivity Power Tools’ Structure Visualizer feature (https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/34ebc6a2-2777-421d-8914-e29c1dfa7f5d ) – let us know if you like it!

          Thanks

          Mark Wilson-Thomas
          Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

        • 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 →
          • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

            This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

            A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

            A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
            http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

            The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
            1) Windows 10
            2) Legacy Windows
            3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
            4) Droid …

            4,196 votes
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              under review  ·  116 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Stop Autoformatting my code

              Visual Studio has always had options to stop the editor from autoformatting our code. They are found in Options > Text Editor > C# > Formatting > Defaults.

              In Visual Studio 2015, you decided to add a bunch of new actions that cause Autoformatting to happen. And you didn't add the option to turn it off to this screen.
              Some of the cases where it now happens:
              - When I press colon
              - When I press {
              - Some cases with the using block.

              It would be even better to just have a NEVER autoformat my code option - And…

              288 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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…

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                  65 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                  So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

                  264 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Xamarin needs a cloud-based iOS emulator for Windows

                    The current remoted iOS simulator requires Macbook. It's nice if Xamarin have a cloud-based iOS emulator for Windows.

                    70 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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 !

                      352 votes
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                        28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments option is not being saved

                        Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced
                        Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments

                        Setting is not saved properly.

                        It randomly turns back on upon restarting editor.

                        108 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Put an option to disable indentation after pasting code

                          Vertically line up arguments of a function call. Then copy the block of code. Paste it somewhere else. The allignment which you carefully made is all gone. You have to do the same custom formatting every single place you paste your code.

                          Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing this in Visual Studio 2015. I checked for a solution on the internet. Most people are complaining about the same problem and there is no cure.

                          Please provide an option for disabling this behavior.

                          3,058 votes
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                            10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Folder Based Find&Replace in Visual Studio

                            Visual Studio now supports many none Microsoft technologies, and many open source projects and tools, with lots of files in current projects the find & replace scope (Curent Block, Current Document, All open documents, current project, current solution) not enough in many use cases.

                            please add new scope : selected folder

                            same experience exists in Netbeans, Eclipse, and many other IDE's for a long time.

                            71 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Replace Action Recordings in MTM with Xamarin Test Recorder

                              Action Recordings (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286647(v=vs.110).aspx) are nearly useless and are very fragile. Instead Xamarin Test Recorder https://www.xamarin.com/test-cloud/recorder should be integrated into MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) and extended to work with WPF/Win Form/ Desktop applications that require automated testing.

                              182 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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 →
                                • VS is quite good, I'm testing on it

                                  The VS and dotNet products are quite good. I'm testing on some functions.

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                                    22 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow VB6 programming to develop mobile hybrid apps

                                    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 the VB6 programming language and IDE (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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                                      5 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support for AVX-512 in MASM

                                      Intel's roadmap shows AVX-512 will be available in Xeon soon. I could be developing and testing code now using Intel's emulator. This is very important for high performance computing.

                                      192 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

                                        In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

                                        338 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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

                                          205 votes
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