[This post is part of a series, "wish-list for future versions of VB". Just to note, I've been reading everyone's comments -- thank you everyone for the feedback -- but I want to finish putting up the entire list before I get round to responding.]
IDEA: Multiline strings. VB should allow multiline strings:
Dim s = @"This is a multiline string
which can include line-breaks
and\ttab\nescape character and < and > and &"
Note VB already has other ways to write multiline strings:
Dim t = <![CDATA[this is a multiline string
not escape characters but it can do < and > and &]]>.Value
Dim u = <xml>this is a multiline string
and	tab escape characters but not < or > or &</xml>.Value
Provisional evaluation from VB team: This is a decent idea, worth considering against the other decent ideas.