Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 00:38 UTC, submitted by judgen
Windows "Microsoft recently extended 'It Just Works' compatibility for Visual Basic 6 applications through the full lifetime of Windows 8. Visual Basic 6 first shipped in 1998, so its apps will have at least 24 years of supported lifetime. Contrast that with the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 (2002), which is incompatible with Windows 7 (2009)."
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RE[2]: VB6.....
by galvanash on Mon 11th Jun 2012 07:18 UTC in reply to "RE: VB6....."
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And how far along was Python in the mid-late 90's, when VB was at its prime?

There was Delphi though - and a few others. You can't blame VBs popularity on lack of alternatives - it was simply targeted at a very particular demographic - people who wanted to write programs but didn't want to learn how to write programs. It sold immensely well to that market...

I'm sure I will piss off some people with that comment, but the truth hurts. I did some pre.NET VB way back in the day (had no choice), but thankfully I learned a real language or two first so the long-term damage to my brain was minimal.

To the VB apologists out there: If you cut your teeth on VB but have since moved on, good for you - but if you don't realize by now how insanely, unforgivably, mind-numblingly bad it was... I have news for you - you still don't understand basic programming.

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