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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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      • 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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The transition to .NET in 2002, with Visual Basic.NET, left developers familiar with VB6 programming (and to some extent VBA programming) high and dry; although the new language was called Visual Basic, and looked a bit like Visual Basic, it was really just C# in disguise. There was no good migration path from old to new, and much of the simplicity of those older languages was forfeit. The changes arguably made Visual Basic.NET a technically better language—it gained proper support for object orientation, for example—but this was little comfort to those left behind.

      • axisdjaxisdj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In our quest to find a vb6 alternative, I have been skeptical.. But the more time I spend Learning the new Delphi Berlin 10, the more I think the 1 year pain of migration may be worth it. Been watching the boot camp videos.. and it is starting to click.. no pun intended

      • VB6 programming lives!VB6 programming lives! commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft should open source the VB6 programming IDE. VB6 and VBA programming are widely used today, yet Microsoft only fully support VBA.

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