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  • Convert VB 6 to WinForms and WinForms to HTML

    At Build, Mobilize.NET unveiled their newest migration product: WebMAP2. This product takes legacy WinForms applications and converts it into an HTML based application. When paired with their Visual Basic Upgrade Companion you can migrate code all the way from WB 6 to the web.

  • Visual Basic 6: The Looming Crisis

    It may come as a surprise to you, but Visual Basic 6 is still a major component of many larger enterprises, especially in the financial sector. And with Windows XP rapidly approaching its end of life companies are again left with the painful question of how to leave it behind.

  • Visual Basic 6 Renewed to Run on Windows 8

    The venerable Visual Basic 6 platform has received another stay of execution from Microsoft with the announcement that it will continue to support the platform on the upcoming Windows 8. Overcoming age and a succession of post-VB6 products (Visual Basic .NET, C#), VB6's simplicity, popularity, and inertia have brought it to the latest frontier. Will Microsoft do more to support it?

  • Reactions to the VB 6 Open Source Rumor

    A prank during TechEd caused many to believe that Visual Basic 6 would be open sourced. While it turned out to be false, it did start a lot of conversations about the language, its legacy, and an open source implementation would mean.

  • Case Study: Migrating a VB6 Large Application to .NET

    An IT services provider company has migrated an ERP application totaling 950,000 lines of VB6 code to .NET in 9 months.

  • VB Power Packs Slipped into VS 2008 SP 1

    If a bug fix is shipped and no one knows about, has it been actually been fixed? The VB Power Packs were patched and shipped with VS 2008 SP 1, but only those who knew to explicitly change which DLL they referenced got the update.

  • Visual Basic 6.0 to be Supported on Windows 7

    Contrary to widely circulated rumors, Visual Basic 6.0 will ship and will be supported on Windows 7 for the lifetime of the OS. However there are no plans to extend VB6 runtime support beyond Windows 7.

  • Visual Basic 6.0 Still Widely Used

    A recent Microsoft UK survey found that 87% of Windows developers work for companies that are actively maintaining applications written in Visual Basic 6.0. The survey asks a variety of follow-up questions to gain insight into why companies are still using VB6 eight full years after the release the .NET Framework.

  • Interview: Ted Neward on Present and Past Languages

    In this interview filmed during QCon London 2008, Ted Neward, author of "Effective Enterprise Java", talks about languages, statical, dynamical, objectual or functional. He dives into Java, C#, C++, Haskell, Scala, VB, and Lisp, to name some of them, comparing the benefits and disadvantages of using one or another.

  • On the "It Just Works" Policy for VB 6 and Windows Vista/Server 2008

    Though released nearly a decade ago, Visual Basic 6 still remains a cornerstone for the IT department of many companies. With so many line of business applications, many no longer with source code, in use, upgrade paths to Windows Vista and Server 2008 needs to be considered carefully. The make the upgrade somewhat easier, Microsoft has committed to an "It Just Works" policy for VB 6 applications.

  • APIFinder - Your Guide to APIs

    Developers today are constantly creating applications that consume services of other web sites. Consuming these services requires figuring out and understanding the sometimes complex Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

  • VB 6 to VB.NET Migration Proceeds Ever So Slowly

    Six years after VB.NET was released, Microsoft is still slowly working towards a true migration path for VB 6 applications. Recently Microsoft released "Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0". This release adds the Data Repeater, an important control for layouts.

  • Visual Basic and C#: Differences in Nullable Types

    When .NET 1.0 was released, VB and C# were very similar. But with the fourth version nearing release, the differences are really mounting. Today we look at the subtle differences in nullable types that can trip up developers.

  • VB6 to VB.NET Conversions: Still Not a Reality

    Another piece of key VB 6 functionality, line and shape controls, has finally made it in to a VB 8 PowerPack. But for VB 6 developers looking to migrate is it too little, too late.

  • Interop Forms 2 - Now with Controls

    The new version of Interop Forms allows .NET controls to be placed on VB 6 forms as if they were ActiveX controls.