What is New in Visual Basic 14

VB 14 is the next version of the current Visual Basic .NET. Yesterday, Microsoft made some major announcements, including open sourcing .NET, making Visual Studio to build cross platform applications and more. The announcements of VB 14 was one of them.

Here is a list of some of the new features of VB 14 from a better coding experience to performance.

Better VB coding experience

  • Refactoring
  • Inline Rename
  • Faded redundant code
  • Organize Imports
  • No need to move off line
  • Cref intellisense
  • Colorized outlining improvements
  • Improved Edit and Continue
  • Improvements in Analyzers, lamdas
  • 50% faster compiler perf
Some of the language improvements include:
  • Comments within LINQ
  • Readonly AutoProps
  • Multiline string literals
  • Structures allow Sub New()
  • TypeOf IsNot
  • Year-first date literals
  • #Disable Warning
  • #Region can now span boundaries
  • Partial modules
  • Partial interfaces  
  • And more ..
Lucian Wischik, Senior Program Manager, Managed Languages Team talks more about VB 14 features in this video.