Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !
Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !
Great to see VB6 programming continuing. And why not add VB6 to Windows? It would add value.
Microsoft's Have a support statement for VB6 programming...
The Visual Basic team is committed to "It Just Works" compatibility for Visual Basic 6.0 applications on the following supported Windows operating systems:
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 including R2
Windows Server 2008 including R2
Vb6 is my life. Our company's products all written in VB6.
ARM brings back VB6 programming commented
Add the VB6 programming IDE to Windows 10. The VB6 Runtime is already in Windows 10.
Keep VBA programming in Office commented
Yes, add VB6 programming to Windows and keep VBA programming in Office.
Microsoft support VB6 on the Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 operating systems:-
I use the VB6 programming, VBA programming and VBScript programming languages.
Crowd fund the $1 million+ cost to open source VB6 and Microsoft might consider it.
Open sourcing a large development environment + compiler + libraries + all of the 100s of difficult c based com APIs used by VB6 is a non-trivial operation.
Anyone care to volunteer for free at MS for 6 months to evaluate open sourcing VB6?
No. Ship a Windows 10 VM with VB6 development tools installed. Commit to maintaining that as a MS supported VB6 development environment until VB6 is retired.
May 2107 Tiobe Index
In the May 2017 Tiobe.com survey...
Visual Basic has climbed to .... 2.347% and is now at position #12
C# has fallen to .......................3.457% and is now at position #5
VB.Net climbed to ...................3.391% and is now at position #6
Whatever Microsoft try, VB6 continues, while C# declines.
I love vb6
Microsoft could do this easily.
Yes, please do this.
Yes, please do this. VB6 programming free as part of Windows.
Marc Gordon commented
Why would Microsoft not do this ?
It is so obvious and would cost Microsoft nothing.
There is a new 4.7 release of the VB6 installer...
This has been tested on Windows 10 version 1607
The Visual Studio install wizard installs the VB6 programming IDE and language on Windows 10 (and also Windows 7 and 8).
Richard Collier commented
Good suggestion. What reason could Microsoft have for not doing this ?
@Codist & Anon, thank you for those replies. First of all, that PowerShell IDE certainly looks very comprehensive. Interesting how the latest trend seems to be going retro -- towards white on black. Noting that it says Code Colourisation, does that mean it doesn't do tight syntax checking like instantly identifying wrongly declared variables or basic syntax errors? Your point on the GUI is well noted!
@Anonymous commerce thanks for those points too. I'm quite familiar with both. Notepad++ certainly only does code colourisation and makes no attempt at declaration checks etc. VBSEdit is much better but I've hardly used it. Although it is better integrated, it still seems to lack instantaneous declaration/syntax checks(?). NSB seems to be gaining ground. I started watching a year ago. I've never played with it, but it does look like it's going places.
I totally agree with your point about it being usable -- my single highest priority, but also: no-limitations! Jobaco, now regarded as dead, was at first that breath of fresh air. Within minutes I had a form with a timer and buttons achieving real world requirements. That's why everybody at first leapt at it, but sadly it lost its way. Cheers
@Windows ME, the best windows ever.
You inadvertently make an excellent point.
We have all heard the news that Microsoft are to put full desktop Windows 10 on ARM processors (for laptops, tablets and maybe phones). So ARM will be able to support VB6 applications and the VB6 programming IDE.
So now would be the time to bring back an updated version of Windows 9x (not ME but Windows 98 would be fine) to run on small IoT devices (Raspberry Pi and similar). These would run VB6 with its low RAM and CPU requirements, where .Net and other languages would struggle.
Everything Microsoft have tried so far for IoT has failed because it has been too bloated for low-cost IoT boards.
At last Microsoft could have a product for these devices, something they haven't really had since Windows CE and Windows Mobile 6.x
Good suggestion @Windows ME.
Update VB6 programming commented
>> It would be very interesting to know what kind of IDE you use and if a better, tight syntax checking & debugger IDE one would help.
I use Notepad++, or VBSEdit for more complex requirements. VBSEdit has plenty of samples included. http://www.vbsedit.com/
I also use the VBA editor in Office, mainly for Excel VBA programming.
I like the VBSEdit IDE., simple and straightforward.
For other (mainly non-work related) projects I have just started using the NSBasic IDE www.nsbasic.com
For me the biggest single feature in an IDE is that you should be able to use it immediately even though you may have not touched it for months. It should be simple and intuitive.
Microsoft Censors Campaign To Open Source VB6
If Microsoft no longer intend to upgrade the VB6 programming language they should open source it.