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  1. 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…

    373 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add SFTP/SCP and FTP over SSL/TSL as a publish method for web projects

      SFTP/SCP is not available as a publish method for web projects. This means that you have to publish to a local directory and then copy the files to the remote server via an external SFTP/SCP tool if you server or hosting provider uses that protocol, which is cumbersome.

      It would be more convenient to have the option built-in, since a lot of system admins are moving to SFTP/SCP for security purposes.

      372 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

        I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

        371 votes
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          17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • "View White Space" should show line endings too

          As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

          Request:
          * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
          * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
          * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
          * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

          And that's it for the request.

          And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
          * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

          369 votes
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            5 comments  ·  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.

            367 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Unmanaged generic type constraint + generic pointers

              Add an "unmanaged"/"blittable" generic type constraint and use it to allow generic pointers and related features. Related post by Eric Lippert:
              http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7551461/c-sharp-generic-constraint-where-is-not-class/7557040#7557040

              The end result would allow this sort of code:

              unsafe void DoSomeStuff<T>() where T : unmanaged
              {
              T t = new T();
              T* tPointer = &t;
              T* aBunchOfT = stackalloc T[100];
              var tSize = sizeof(T);
              byte* aBunchOfBytes = stackalloc byte[tSize * 100];
              T* aBunchOfCastedT = (T*)bunchOfBytes;
              }

              Performance critical generic data structures, particularly those using preallocated pools of memory, would be a good example use case for this.

              Currently, a data structure using pointers to represent data would…

              359 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 357 votes
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                  19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello everyone!

                  Thank you for taking the time to vote and comment on this ask. Unfortunately, the current ask is not specific enough for us to take an action.

                  In an effort to better understand your needs around this scenario, we’ll ask you to please visit the survey below and help us define the ask better.
                  https://www.research.net/r/TK6FKGW

                  In a few weeks, we’ll aggregate the results and provide an update.

                  Thank you!

                  Ruben Rios
                  Program Manager
                  Visual Studio IDE Team

                • Return Multiple values from functions effortlessly without creating new classes for everything

                  When you think of it, its silly that methods by default can only return one value, but can take many arguments. Often times you want many return values, but it would be too painful to create classes/structs for each set, so often developers decide to then use ref or out parameters.

                  Instead what if method/function calls could return many values without the need to define a class/struct.
                  This example is a bit contrived but this shows the power of the fact that error information and values can easily be returned al at once.

                  Syntaxt like:

                  private {int index, bool IsError=false,…

                  354 votes
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                    53 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow generation of sequence diagrams from code

                    Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 had the "Generate Sequence Diagram" feature allowing to create such diagrams from code; this functionality seems to be removed from Visual Studio 2015 - and should be readded, if possible.

                    351 votes
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                      17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                      When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

                      346 votes
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                        14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Let lambdas with a statement body be converted to an expression tree

                        The C# compiler supports translating a lambda expression to an expression tree (System.Linq.Expressions).

                        Today lambdas with no statement body (only a single statement) are supported just fine.

                        Expression<Action> x = () => Console.WriteLine("Hello World");

                        But lambdas with a statement body (braces), which is needed to have multiple statements, doesn't compile.

                        Expression<Action> y = () => { Console.WriteLine("Hello"); Console.WriteLine("World"); };

                        I believe there is a lot of awesome stuff not being possible due to this lack of support.

                        It seems very unproblematic to implement, but if there are any hidden issues with this feature, it would be nice to know so…

                        345 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • add a cl.exe option for system headers like gcc's -isystem

                          msvc is the only reason we have to clutter our code with
                          #ifdef _MSC_VER
                          #pragma warning(push, 0)
                          #endif

                          blocks.

                          344 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Rename Visual Basic to B# and Support B# With Absolute Parity

                            Dotnet 2015 made it clear: VB.NET developers need to switch to C# or be left behind. Very sad.

                            VB syntax is friendlier, easier to read and code and maintain. Yet Microsoft is killing off this superior language bowing to pressure from myopic C# developers and Mono.

                            343 votes
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                              43 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • make header include refactoring possible

                              Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

                              Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

                              339 votes
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                                under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add shortcut to quickly open / close CodeLens function

                                In Visual Studio 2013 Preview,
                                CodeLens function is very powerful, but when we want to close or open it ... set step is too much. ( see Q&A : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn269218(v=vs.120).aspx )

                                Add a shortcut, when we need it just "click (shortcut)" and show it, when we close is same.

                                339 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Save default project(s) in the .sln file

                                  As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

                                  338 votes
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                                    18 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

                                    The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

                                    Please keep the server updated.

                                    338 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                                      There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

                                      335 votes
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                                        19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow multiple variable names with single type specifier in functin call

                                          Current:
                                          Public Function DoSomething(x As Integer, y As Integer, w As Integer, h As Integer, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                          Propsed:
                                          Public Function DoSomething(x, y, w, h, Value As Integer, Name As String, Count As Integer) As Boolean

                                          All variables x, y, w, h, Value would be of type Integer, like in Dim statement.

                                          327 votes
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                                            under review  ·  28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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