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  1. Add API for invoking VC++ compiler

    It would be great to have an API for the C++ compiler. To create better tools that implement support for the VC++ toolchain, it would grant a great performance benefit for invoking the compiler programatically.

    - No seperate process creation.
    - Include dependency parsing without /showincludes option.
    - Compiling sources dynamically without writing them to the disk.
    - Other benefits.

    I suppose it would not take too much effort to provide such an API, as the compilation is already separated to different dlls (c1.dll, c1xx.dll, c2.dll).

    I hope to see this feature in the future.

    (Also if you can add…

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      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visual Studio For Linux OS

      Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

      3,152 votes
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        121 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Should we restyle the crash chat to make it look more like the roulette/tradeup chat?

        We were thinking about making the chat uniform among all game modes.

        What is your take on that?

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          58 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Document /d2cgsummary and other internal compilation metrics flags

          There was a blog post by Aras Pranckevičius about an undocumented compiler flag /d2cgsummary. It would appear that the backend has the ability to report certain metrics that could possibly help diagnose unusual compilation times.

          Slow compile times are a pain to figure out. Properly documenting these flags (and adding more!) could help us stay sane and happy.

          177 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Include the VB6 programming language in Windows 10

            Add the VB6 programming language and IDE to Windows 10.

            This will be very useful for supporting all the VB6 applications still in use.

            And as Windows 10 starts to be used on ARM tablets it will be useful for developing new tablet apps.

            232 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Microsoft say "It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." Why ?

              Microsoft say of the VB6 programming language "In summary, VB6 was awesome. We agree. We don’t expect or demand anyone to throw away their code or rewrite from any of our technologies unless it makes business sense for them to do so. We have to innovate to enable our customers to innovate. It is not a viable option to create a next version of VB6. We stand by our decision to make VB.NET and the .NET Framework. We think they are awesome too. It is not feasible to open source VB6 tools chain and ecosystem." - Paul Yuknewicz, Group Program…

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                10 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Name the future version of Visual Basic 6.0 as "Visual Basic 6.0 phoenix"

                  According to google and facebook statistics, Visual Basic 6.0 has one of the largest communities. Many young people enter the VB6 community in a natural way (without being forced by trends supported by different companies). Visual Basic 6 is a smart mind attractor since the majority of the critical mass is made from people between 18-35 years old. (https://vb6awards.blogspot.com/2017/10/visual-basic-60-is-attractor-for-young.html)

                  All programmers wish to keep the syntax and legacy and the programming language name. It feels in the air that MS will be forced to bring back a new version of VB6. Here I propose a name circulated in…

                  91 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make VB6 open source

                    Given that Microsoft will eventually remove support for VB6 make it open source so that it can be updated and improved by the VB6 community.

                    349 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Ranged Data Types In C#

                      I suggest to improve current numeric types by adding a way to set a value range. This can be done by some attributes, but it will be easier to give it a syntax like this
                      C#:
                      [5,10]int i;
                      VB.NET:
                      Dim i As Integer[5,10]
                      The compiler must not allow I to have any value < 5 or >10.
                      One can omit one limit:
                      [,100]byte
                      [13,]int
                      This will make it easy to write auto-properties like this:
                      C#:
                      [18,30]int Age {get; set;};
                      VB.NET:
                      Property Age As Integer[18,30]

                      Another Syntax Suggestion:
                      C#:
                      <5,10>int i;
                      VB.NET:
                      Dim i As Integer<5,10>

                      36 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

                        I was shocked to discover this by accident while evaluating 2017 to prepare for an upgrade from 2015. I am supporting several live Silverlight projects that are likely to have a lifespan of at least a few more years. This an upgrade blocker for me, and I was really looking forward to 2017.

                        Perhaps support could be provided as an extension in a similar way to how support for vdproj (setup) projects was restored.

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                          37 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide a transpiler for VB6 programming to JS

                          Provide a transcompiler to convert the VB6 programming language to JavaScript.

                          Also do the same in Office for VBA programming.

                          177 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add option to pull --rebase

                            While I can configure my Repository Settings and Global Settings to rebase on every pull/sync (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/git/concepts/git-config?tabs=visual-studio#configuring-settings), I'd prefer to rebase on-demand. Please expose an option for pull --rebase that does not require I change my settings/gitconfig.

                            This request has been created by the admin as a follow-up to this prior request: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/10294356-sync-button-should-allow-git-pull-rebase. To address the prior request, we added settings to configure pull.rebase, but did not expose a rebase option on a per pull basis.

                            76 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

                              Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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                                135 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

                                On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

                                Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

                                We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

                              • Build UWP with only VB6 syntax

                                The underlying technology is XAML and vb.net, but what is exposed to the developer is only pure VB6 syntax.
                                So there is this magic interpreter that translates every line/block of pure VB6 code to the corresponding verbose vb.net code that can be unhidden and edited if required. Use a less frightening property manager and a more responsive layout editor.
                                Wow suddenly the millions of VB6 developers are coding for UWP and the windows store is flooded with apps of all sorts! Productivity has never been this high! So "where do you what to go today?"

                                82 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Debugger should support authentication with SourceLink

                                  The C# compiler and the debugger currently support a '/SourceLink' which is a technology where the compiler can emit a JSON file telling the debugger how to locate source files. See https://github.com/dotnet/core/blob/master/Documentation/diagnostics/source_link.md for documentation.

                                  This works great for public projects on GitHub, or other sites that don't require authentication. But the debugger doesn't yet support hosts that require authentication.

                                  447 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 支持VB6!!!!

                                    VB.NET和VB6可以说是两门不同的语言了,但是至少在中国,仍然有很多的VB6开发者,能不能让VS支持VB6呢?
                                    我知道你们正在搞.NET跨平台,但是我觉得除了跨平台,给VB6开发者一个机会不好吗?有些开发者根本不需要跨平台。要求不多,我只希望VB6能够回到Visual Studio,功能可以比VB6 IDE少,精简,不要求更好。

                                    如果你说“你可以通过升级向导升级你的项目”
                                    别闹了好吗,升级出来的项目全部都是错误的!到处波浪!

                                    所以,我代表我自己,全体VB6爱好者,向您请愿,让VB6回到Visual Studio 。
                                    谢谢。

                                    77 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Open-source Image Watch plugin

                                      It would be awesome if Microsoft open-sourced the Image Watch plugin for VS2017. It could be improved in various ways, but MS doesn't seem to have too many resources to put time into it. I am sure the community would pick this up, or at least fix something if it's broken.
                                      Apparently there is willingness and interest within MS to open-source Image Watch but there needs to be sufficient community interest!

                                      25 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Expose Document Formatting as an API/EXE (for git, etc)

                                        Given that:
                                        Teams want to agree on a code style for the entire team
                                        Not everybody will remember to format their code before making a pull request

                                        We need a way to export VS code format settings that are consumable by an API or EXE that checks if the code matches the format.

                                        Why do we need this?
                                        More and more teams are moving to VS and Git. Many teams want to setup a git-hook such that when a team member pushes new code to the master branch, the code is automatically checked for formatting (with an error such as…

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                                          2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Azure SDK component to VS Build Tools 2017

                                          Azure SDK cannot be installed from the Visual Studio Build Tools 2017 installer, https://www.visualstudio.com/thank-you-downloading-visual-studio/?sku=BuildTools&rel=15#

                                          This in effect means that you need to install VS 2017 to use Azure SDK on a build server.

                                          Please get Azure SDK included in the Visual Studio Build Tools 2017 installer.

                                          50 votes
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