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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yeah, it's great.
by stew on Mon 11th Jun 2012 06:25 UTC
stew
Member since:
2005-07-06

Everyone on a high horse today? So VB6 is not a nicely designed language, it takes shortcuts and is opportunistic. What language isn't? It's not like we're using Smalltalk or Haskell, we mostly write code in C, C++ and Java, which aren't prime examples of academic beauty either. To this day, C++ compilers from different vendors will not necessarily agree on what code they will compile or not.

So let's give credit where credit is due: VB6 allowed a lot of people to write software in very little time, which no other mainstream development system at the time did to such a large audience.

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RE: yeah, it's great.
by Alfman on Mon 11th Jun 2012 06:51 in reply to "yeah, it's great."
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2011-01-28

As another poster said, I think the editor was more important to making VB friendly than anything having to do with the language itself. At that time, for static GUI layout/design, VB was the easiest thing to use bar none. Unlike the situation with .net, microsoft's VC and VB environments were not created equal. VB was a superior toolset. This lead myself and probably countless others to use VB instead of VC.

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RE: yeah, it's great.
by galvanash on Mon 11th Jun 2012 07:41 in reply to "yeah, it's great."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

So let's give credit where credit is due: VB6 allowed a lot of people to write software in very little time, which no other mainstream development system at the time did to such a large audience.


Delphi? PowerBuilder? The only thing special about VB was that it had Microsoft's logo on the box... But Delphi had a real language under the hood, and PowerBuilder didn't pretend to be a real language.

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RE[2]: yeah, it's great.
by moondevil on Mon 11th Jun 2012 10:25 in reply to "RE: yeah, it's great."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

It is really a shame that politics spoiled Delphi's future.

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RE: yeah, it's great.
by snorkel1 on Wed 13th Jun 2012 15:37 in reply to "yeah, it's great."
snorkel1 Member since:
2012-02-25

"So let's give credit where credit is due: VB6 allowed a lot of people to write software in very little time, which no other mainstream development system at the time did to such a large audience."

Well, at the time of VB6 Delphi was around doing it better ha ha ha.

I would say VB3 should be given that credit as it really allowed windows to take off with many many apps.

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