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[3]: VB6.....
by Tuishimi on Mon 11th Jun 2012 19:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: VB6....."
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

I never had the chance to use Delphi but I had always wanted to... it did seem like a nice development environment.

I haven't used VB since the 90's to the early 2000's... but I enjoyed it when I used it, for the most part.

But there was no VB when I started out programming. I think I made use of BASIC, Pascal, Fortran and C... but when VB came out it was a lot of fun and you really could make functional apps with it.

During my career I've used (for actual applications) BASIC, Fortran, Pascal, COBOL, Ada, Assemly language, C, Bliss, Python, Ruby and others... but like I said in another post I mostly use Java now, tho' it is not my FAVORITE language... but whatever. I use what is in use where I work.

Really my favorite language was Ada... I don't know why really. I think I enjoyed the structure, the build environment and the ability to go low-level if necessary. But I do actually have fond memories of VB.

I taught a programming languages class at a small business college one year (filled in for someone else) and used Python for the most part as a starting language for the students (90's) because I actually liked the indentation requirements and the fact that you could whip a small program up in no time to illustrate various principles.

To me every language and environment has strengths and weaknesses and I guess I just try to learn and enjoy each and every one, like operating systems.

I don't understand why people get almost "angry" (not saying you are) with languages or operating systems especially when there are so many choices out there.

Live and let live, I guess.

I DO agree that there are times when certain languages are inappropriate choices for projects that have specific requirements that would suffer due to a weakness of a language.

That still happens. I was pulled into a project because I was familiar with Ruby. I specifically stated before the project even got started that I thought Ruby was a bad choice, especially considering that so much of the libraries and existing functionality were written in (and still being actively developed in) another language and we'd be doing a lot of reimplementing. No one cared, they just wanted to use Ruby... Sure enough we encountered a number of issues during development and now what's happening? It is being rewritten... only a year later

So yeah. Language choice is important.

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RE[4]: VB6.....
by snorkel1 on Mon 11th Jun 2012 19:50 in reply to "RE[3]: VB6....."
snorkel1 Member since:
2012-02-25

"I never had the chance to use Delphi but I had always wanted to... it did seem like a nice development environment. "

No time like now, check out Lazarus. It's outstanding.

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RE[5]: VB6.....
by Tuishimi on Mon 11th Jun 2012 23:17 in reply to "RE[4]: VB6....."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

LOL! I'll check it out... but like you, I am sure, I have a full time job, a wife and two kids + extracurricular activities to take care of.

But seriously, I will go look at it.

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Downloading now... I've played with FPC years ago...

Edited 2012-06-11 23:37 UTC

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RE[5]: VB6.....
by Tuishimi on Tue 12th Jun 2012 16:32 in reply to "RE[4]: VB6....."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

So I tried it out. I actually like it, easily understandable interface. I wrote a silly little app that takes input and writes it out to a label...

It worked. It was a little slow, so as I went to save the project it crashed while I was browsing for a location to save.

It seems pretty neat tho'!

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