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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ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

Those Visual Basic applications they wrote back then for corporate environments were much more pleasant to use than the "web apps" that came afterwards.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Those Visual Basic applications they wrote back then for corporate environments were much more pleasant to use than the "web apps" that came afterwards.


Put 50,000 simultaneous users on a VB frontended database application and let me know how that works out for you... Then try to run it on an iPad. Or Linux.

I'm not arguing against your basic premise, just pointing out that you are comparing apples and orangutans. The "webification" of this stuff is not about making pleasant interfaces for line of business apps with 20 users all running the same machines - it is about scalability and platform/vendor independence.

VB did everything wrong if either of those things are important to you...

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

it is about scalability and platform/vendor independence.


Not to mention maintaining it after ten years have passed and the codebase has grown to millions of lines. It's that kind of codebase that's mostly responsible for VB6's dread reputation...

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Put 50,000 simultaneous users on a VB frontended database application and let me know how that works out for you...


This has nothing to do with the VB frontends, but everything with the backend.

Web applications suffer from the same issues, with the added complexity that part of the UI is also running server side.

The "webification" of this stuff is not about making pleasant interfaces for line of business apps with 20 users all running the same machines - it is about scalability and platform/vendor independence.


User interfaces do not have anything to do with server side scalability.

As for web interfaces being pleasant. I curse every time I need to maintain a mountain of CSS/HTML/JavaScript garbage that could be easily done in a RAD tool.

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