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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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      • 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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      • Markus MelkMarkus Melk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, Microsoft, what about a little present for Classic VB? An updated IDE installer for Win>=7? Some minor GUI issue fixes for the IDE? Intrinsic support for XPStyle?

      • VB6 ProgrammingVB6 Programming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If Microsoft aren't planning to update VB6 (and they should now that Windows 10 is going to run on ARM) they should open source it.

        If you won't do the work let others do it.

      • TJTJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft have lost their way with development tools. Fortunately their operating systems division seems to be regaining its mojo after the Windows 8 and RT fiascos. And now ARM processors will be able to run VB6 too !

      • DavorDavor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why is Microsoft destroying himself for years?
        Don't they have a responsibility to their shareholders to operate in favor of profit and well-being for the company?
        Why is this man who destroyed vb6 still employed at Microsoft? Is he somebody's son or a good friend, because his business moves are terrible.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        M$ has NO RAD tool, since it killed off VB6 and VFP.

        If it were open-sourced, a cost-free VB6 would grow and smother M$''s fat-ba$tard child, .NET. Same goes for VFP and $QL $erver.

        So, dream on.

      • axisdjaxisdj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        http://m.windowscentral.com/microsoft-announces-windows-10-arm?utm_content=bufferf4335&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

        This is reason to celebrate, Full windows that can run vb6 apps on an ARM processor.

        Even more reason vb6 should be revived. Great news.

        BTW, I have released 2 NEW cutting edge products this year written in vb6, one has already won an award.

      • MichaelEMichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This could be a move by MS to mend some very old wounds. Could also send the message that their Open Source efforts are in the full spirit of Open Source and not just a select finite linear set of data points to check off the "see we do open source" box.

        This is a good idea if the key decision makers can be objective enough.

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