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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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      27 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…

      896 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

      • Test Tools in VS 2016 - CodedUI - Merge UIMap Actions Into One Method

        Due to the instability of the CodedUI Test Builder, and the unpredictability of playback I have many separate methods in a single UIMap file. I would like to merge the actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method. Within the UIMap there already is a function that will split a UI Action into separate methods, and I want to do the opposite and merge separate actions\methods into 1 method\an existing method.

        146 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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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            167 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              33 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Visual Studio Design

              Visual Studio is No.1 developers IDE but need professional UI/UX and prototype designer to be complete. at now Visual Studio Blend not very useful and can move features to Visual Studio and removed.
              prototype tools such as Sketch, Lingo, adobe XD and InVision not support Windows 10 and UWP.
              So continue Expression Design as Visual Studio Design with new features:
              1. Cross platform for Windows, macOS and Linux
              2. Prototype template for UWP, android and iOS
              3. Support multiple pages
              4. Support Html5 animations
              5. Create UWP app from prototypes
              6. Export prototype to UWP, PowerPoint, PDF and etc.
              7.…

              72 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Cloud-based iOS emulator instead of remoted iOS simulator for Windows

                Windows developers need a free cloud-based iOS emulator instead of current simulator that needs a Macbook.

                147 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  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 …

                  5,561 votes
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                    under review  ·  177 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow us to change the navigation bar colour on windows 10 mobile in our apps

                    With phones that have software buttons, we could apply transparent effects, blur, gradients or just plain colours on our apps. Of course we will give the user a choice to whether or not they would want there own preferences (maybe with a universal toggle in the OS or a toggle within the app we create). This could also be used to represent an event which has happened in the app.

                    86 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 51 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Extensibility  ·  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.

                        455 votes
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                          started  ·  10 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Generic OrderedDictionary

                          Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

                          53 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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.

                            361 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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…

                              298 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 →
                                • Allow specifying a whitelist of Version Control paths that I want CodeLens to index

                                  The CodeLens feature is great, but I had to disable it in our main team project collection because this feature impacted our server in such a way that its database was growing out of control. My metrics revealed that I had 3.2 TB of CodeSense files (number of files: 13,199,733) against only 170 GB of VersionControl files (number of files: 1,169,366). Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we're working extensively with dev branches.

                                  That being said, the "tfsconfig codeindex" command allows TFS administrators to configure a blacklist for a given team project collection (i.e. option /ignorelist).…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Coded UI to support complex gestures like Longpress and drag and drop in single gesture method

                                    There are instances in different windows store apps that you need to long press on a control to make it draggable and then holding the press you continue to drag the control to the desired location within app. currently this can not be achieved with the gesture methods available in CodedUI for windows store. Having support for this kind of gestures will help the automation engineers to achieve automation of these gestures.

                                    79 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Manage NuGet Packages should support Database project

                                      In Visual Studio 2013, when I click the Manage NuGet Packages menu for Database project, it will prompt me that "Operation failed. The project 'database project name' is unsupported.".

                                      And in Visual Studio 2015, this feature is grey out for database project.
                                      I think NuGet Manager should also support database project. There has other communities who also has this requirement, please refer to:

                                      https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/8570c1e9-2916-4e80-800a-2e553f8a2bfa/referencing-dacpac-nugets-from-a-sqlproj-ssdt-within-visual-studio-2015?forum=visualstudiogeneral&prof=required

                                      86 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  NuGet Package Manager  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • add support for @variable names been used in table names and columns for dynamic queries

                                        hi, i am not sure if this the best place to post this request, if not please let me know if a similar section exists for SQL server requests.

                                        as the title said, it would be a huge advantage to allow in our queries without having to make them "strings" to use any name you wish as passing parameter to allow more dynamic queries, but at the same time avoid syntax mistakes by using the full sql managements intelligence abilities!

                                        in other words allow the following kind of syntax to be executable:

                                        declare @tableName nvarchar(max)
                                        declare @columnName nvarchar(max)

                                        select myStaticcolumn,…

                                        16 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make fsproj Files Include All Files by Default and have a separate File for Compilation Order

                                          For anyone trying to do web development in F#

                                          Having a nested tree structure of Files (like CSS HTML JS) is a real pain to add to an FSProj and as a result I don't use Visual Studio for this.

                                          So I'm suggesting you
                                          - Make FSProj include all files by default and instead you'd add the files (or wild characters) you want to exclude
                                          - Have a separate file (or section) that allows you to specify compilation order

                                          This will make it easy to embed non-compilable assests to your fsproj without pulling your hair out

                                          44 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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