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Open source Visual Basic 6

Since further development does not seem feasible, would it be possible to release the sources in a .NET core style manner?

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      • MartinMartin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no reason Microsoft cannot open source VB6.

        It is just that Microsoft choose not to do this.

        Are they still scared because VB6 is more popular than .Net?
        Or do they hold all developers in contempt?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft should open source the VB6 IDE and the VB6 programming language.

        Start by publishing the full VB6 specification.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft should open source VB6 programming. How can you trust Microsoft's development tools when you know they will be abandoned.

      • MamaMama commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        People, People ! My company just bought a Visual Basic 6.0 software for telecom communications monster FOR 15.000.000 EUROS ! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOPPPPLEEEEEEEEE! THIS IS HUGE ! Fifteen million EUROS !

        Professional programmer here !

      • Richard CollierRichard Collier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The VB6 programming language is still popular 19 years after it was introduced.

        TIOBE Index May 2017 - Visual Basic climbs to 12th position.
        C# has fallen from 4th position to 5th position.
        The latest survey shows a continuation of C-sharp's 5 year decline.

        1 ..... - ... Java .......................... 14.639%
        2 ..... - ... C ................................ 7.002%
        3 ..... - ... C++ ............................ 4.751%
        4 .... ▲ .. Python ........................ 3.548%
        5 .... ▼ .. C# .............................. 3.457% ........▼▼▼
        6 .... ▲ .. Visual Basic .NET ....... 3.391%
        7 ..... - ... JavaScript ................... 3.071%
        8 .... ▲ .. Assembly language ..... 2.859%
        9 .... ▼ .. PHP ........................... 2.693%
        10 .. ▼ .. Perl ............................ 2.602%
        11 .. ▼ .. Ruby .......................... 2.429%
        12 .. ▲ .. Visual Basic ................ 2.347% ........▲▲▲
        13 .. ▲ .. Swift ........................... 2.274%
        14 .. ▲ .. R ................................ 2.192%
        15 .. ▼ .. Objective-C .................. 2.101%
        16 .. ▲ .. Go .............................. 2.080%
        17 .. ▲ .. MATLAB ..................... 2.063%
        18 .. ▼ .. Delphi/Object Pascal .... 2.038%
        19 ... - ... PL/SQL ....................... 1.676%
        20 .. ▲ .. Scratch ....................... 1.668%

        https://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index//

        C# decline

        Source: Zagor Tenay. Thanks for highlighting the 5 year decline of C#.

      • Classic VB6 ProgrammingClassic VB6 Programming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At its peak in January 2012, C# scored 8.763% in Tiobe.
        By February 2017, C# had fallen to 4.902% in Tiobe.
        By April 2017, C# had fallen further, to 3.579%

        The popularity of C# has fallen by more than half between January 2012 and April 2017.

        The trend for C# is downwards.

        Source: Zagor Tenay

        We need VB6 programming to be open source.

      • axisdjaxisdj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Delphi Tokyo has Linux Compiler and now you can create GUI on linux as well..

        https://www.fmxlinux.com/

        All using the out of style Pascal language.. ( takes some getting used to )

        New IDE and compiler modern as ****.. Stupid MS you could have done this but you decided to copy JAVA .... LOOSERS!

      • RaresRares commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        VB6 is still a powerfull tool for those who want to be productive.
        Don't ignore us, Microsoft !

      • RamanRaman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ps. opensource VB6. I have been programming in it for the past 20 years and have found it to be the easiest and the best among all the RAD tools.

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