Visual Basic 6.0 Still Widely Used
Eric Nelson, Microsoft UK Evangelist, has posted the results of a large survey on how UK developers are using the .NET Framework and VB 6.0. The survey targeted Windows developers using the MS technology stack; results should be interpreted within that context.
One of the most interesting results of the survey is seeing how much VB6 code is still being actively used and maintained.
See Eric's analysis of the survey for more detailed information, but the following list contains some of the more interesting findings:
- 87% of companies currently use VB6 - similar to finding above but without the maintenance focus
- 25% of companies have over 500,000 lines of VB6 code
- 26% of companies have a VB6 application connected to the Internet
- 42% of companies plan to never migrate VB6 code to .NET and instead continue using VB6.
For those many UK VB6 developers, MSDN also has a portal devoted to migrating VB6 code to .NET.
If its not broken, don't fix it
We do actively encourage migration to .NET, but budgets have to be allocated. Thats an easy process to get it approved, IF you can justify the cost. And often you can't. Simple as that.
What about vb6 ide?
Re: What about vb6 ide?
Because its legacy apps
1- Majority of computers are still running XP which doesn't have .NET framework , moving to .NET means adding an extra deployment requirement which needs to be taken into consideration.
2- Moving from VB 6 to the OOP VB.NET isn't that easy when it comes to upgrade existing code that used to run for really long time (maybe since VB4).
Budgets, developers ,and time constraints are major impacts of that research result.
I think it needs like another decade till no more VB6 code is being writing .. who is writing COBOL now ;)
Re: If its not broken, don't fix it
Our system are not in a vacuum. They operate within our ever-changing real world. We, and our systems, must evolve along with new opportunities and challenges or we will be unable to thrive and compete.
Better to plan for and complete a well-thought out migration than to wait for out-dated, incompatible technology to impact your ability to adapt.