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    What if there was a NEW vb6

    Hello Group,

    I am about to start a KickStarter campaign to gather funds for 3 options, all to save existing vb6 projects.

    They are:

    1. Funding vbRichClient to become a full IDE and compiler replacement for vb6

    or

    2. Funds to pay developers to write a binding to QT or Lazarus or Delphi or Xercoder or even .net native.

    or LAST RESORT!

    3. Lawsuit against MS for dropping vb6 Support

    ...

    So that is the overview. My thought is that the vb6 replacement has to compile at least 95% of current projects code, with 5% code changes necessary.

    That means it needs to do 95% of what vb6 does now.

    My question to you is, if you could import and compile your code with up to 95% compatibly, would you switch? I think that is the base goal, we must FIRST get vb6 compatibility and then move to improve things from there. What are your thoughts?

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    Wow... I thought you would have dropped this by now.

    Good luck on that lawsuit. I would hate to think that I would be sued for not releasing support my software 15 years after I sold it and 10 years after its intended life cycle was over.

    VB6 was not meant to work with 64 bit systems, nor anything beyond Windows XP. The fact that it does still work should be seen as a plus.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    I have to agree with DataMiser give this whole lets bring back VB6 **** a rest! I for one am getting sick of the arguments those threads have caused.
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    If it could import all my VB6 projects and compile it without problems and I could install that NEW language in new OS then I will use that to maintain my VB6 projects.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Not again, please stop, it's really getting pathetic...

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

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    Hello Group,

    My question to you is, if you could import and compile your code with up to 95% compatibly, would you switch? I think that is the base goal, we must FIRST get vb6 compatibility and then move to improve things from there. What are your thoughts?

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    Hi WP,

    I think you need to define just what you are suggesting.

    95% compatibility sounds good. But 95% of what ?

    Will that include ActiveX/OCX support (at least on a 32 bit compile) ?
    Will it support DAO and ADO ?
    Will there be a migration tool that actually works (imports forms and code)?

    Or are you just talking of 95% language compatibility, but no ActiveX support and no migration tool ?

    I think the key is providing a product that will persuade VB6 users to move, don't do like Microsoft and develop a "better" but incompatible product - Microsoft have shown that doesn't work.

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    Arnoutdv, this is not pathetic!! If you have nothing positive to contribute, just don't bother contributing. Some of us make a living from the VB6 applications we have written and Microsoft have pulled the rug from under our feet without a viable alternative. I have applications with 100's of 1000's of lines of VB6 code working in companies all over the world and migration to .Net is near on impossible (believe me I have tried) Anyone out there who can give us a any sort of improvement on the VB6 IDE will be hailed as hero's. The guys at AX Tools (codesmart IDE tools) have done a really good job, but a fresh IDE to help improve the VB6 experience would be fantastic news for those of us who will be maintaining and tweaking VB6 code for many more years to come.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    If you insist of prolonging this sort of discussion, please post in the appropriate forum. General Development perhaps and leave this one for what it's intended for. i.e. assisting those with VB6 questions / problems.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    It is pathetic.
    We have multiple VB6 projects too, and we still maintain and update them
    But blaming Microsoft for replacing VB6 with VB.Net in 2002?
    The VB6 IDE and compiler environment still works in windows 8.1, so what is your problem?
    You have had 12 years since the end of VB6 to migrate and/or start developing in .Net
    Why do you want a new IDE, if the language itself is not improved?
    Just for the IDE???

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Quote Originally Posted by sten2005 View Post
    Hi WP,

    I think you need to define just what you are suggesting.

    95% compatibility sounds good. But 95% of what ?

    Will that include ActiveX/OCX support (at least on a 32 bit compile) ?
    Will it support DAO and ADO ?
    Will there be a migration tool that actually works (imports forms and code)?

    Or are you just talking of 95% language compatibility, but no ActiveX support and no migration tool ?

    I think the key is providing a product that will persuade VB6 users to move, don't do like Microsoft and develop a "better" but incompatible product - Microsoft have shown that doesn't work.
    I definitely think ActiveX/OCX must be included.
    DOA and ADO will be a Priority

    Yes you must be able to compile your code in a matter of hours after only MINOR changes.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    All I think most people are after, will I am anyway, is a improved or alternative IDE for VB6, or a way to use a more modern IDE like Visual Studio, in the same way Visual Studio can support other languages like Python, Java Script etc. An IDE to improve productivity while working with VB6 code like code folding, refactoring, better line number visualisation at design time etc. I am not really after something that fundamentely changes the language itself, maybe x64 like VBA now supports, but that is a minor thing in my view. VB6 code runs fast for LOB applications, and it just works. Yes, newer languages, C# in particular, have an improved syntax which can help improve coding and are OOP, but for a end user looking at a form on a screen, they could care less about what language you chose to write the application in, so long as it works, fast (.Net cold start lag time is a problem). A large VB6 application CANNOT just be migrated to .Net without a complete rewrite, I have tried and wasted god only knows how many man hours of the last 12 years trying to do so, so I have no alternative but to continue to work with VB6. So yes, I just want to get a new IDE to work with my existing VB6 code base, so hopefully someone comes up with a solution

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    Kickstarter Draft

    here is a rough draft of the kickstarter project to gather funds for a vb6 imported/replacement. Please comment on how it can be improved.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    ::Visual Basic 6 (VB6) Replacement Compiler and IDE::
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    vb6 was one of the most used and popular development

    environments ever created. It is estimated that there were

    over 6 million professional developers using this software. In

    2002 Microsoft decided that vb6 in its current state need to

    be changed, they created vb.net with Major changes to code

    syntax. These changes made converting vb6 programs to

    vb.net almost impossible and the recommendation was to re-

    write your apps. Many of these applications run systems for

    companies and big and small. Converting these

    applications is a huge waste of money and resources.

    Fast forward to 2014, and still today vb6 apps are prevalent

    in many companies to run the core business. In June 2014 a

    petition with over 7400 votes on the Microsoft user voice site

    was denied by the same person who denied a petition in

    2005 of over 15,000 programmers. Clearly the demand is

    there to bring back vb6. Many have tried to re-create this ide

    and compiler but all have failed. The reason is that they were

    not at least 95% compatible. The vb6 replacement MUST be

    at least 95% compatible with the original version to be a

    success. The starting point for the new version must be to

    bring it to exactly where vb6 is today, and then improve it in

    the future.

    That is where this campaign comes into play. Our goal is to

    gather funds to re-create a vb6 IDE and Compiler. It will only

    succeed if at least 95% of the vb6 code is importable and a

    programmer can import his/her vb6 project and re-compile it

    in a few hours. That is the hard part. Although vb6 has been

    deemed the step child in programming language, its simplicity

    is achieved by many very complex workings under the hood.

    I believe there are three primary options to get this new vb6

    ide/complier done, but it takes money and time. There are

    many out there already attempting to complete this task, but

    they all do it in their spare time and therein lies the problem. If

    we could gather funds to make this their full time job this new

    vb6 will become a reality.

    This project will require a HUGE number of people to commit

    a small amount of money.

    What you Get:

    1. You get a way to move your large project into the future with a new way compile your vb6 Project.
    2. All sponsors will be mentioned in the about screen.
    3. The project will when completed be publicly published to preserve it for the future.

    Once funds have been generated I see three options:
    1. Pay Olaf creator of vbrichclient to complete his project of a full vb6 replacement ide and compiler.

    2. Hire a group of developers to write a binding for vb6 using Lazarus the open source delphi ide/compiler.

    3. offer a company like xerocoder.com the cash to generate the vb6 replacement.
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    Re: Kickstarter Draft

    Isn't there already such a kickstarter? I seem to remember seeing something about it in a thread somewhere. Perhaps it was referenced in Olaf's thread about an open source VB6 project, though I'm pretty sure it wasn't him, and I rather think that the reference wasn't even this forum.

    In any case, Olaf probably knows more about that. I wouldn't go flooding the world with competing kickstarter projects for competing visions of the same thing. That seems likely to cause all of them to fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    Isn't there already such a kickstarter? I seem to remember seeing something about it in a thread somewhere. Perhaps it was referenced in Olaf's thread about an open source VB6 project, though I'm pretty sure it wasn't him, and I rather think that the reference wasn't even this forum.

    In any case, Olaf probably knows more about that. I wouldn't go flooding the world with competing kickstarter projects for competing visions of the same thing. That seems likely to cause all of them to fail.

    As far as I know I am the only one that has proposed this.. But I will check, I agree if it is already there..

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    Re: Kickstarter Draft

    Do check. I'm sure I read a discussion about it, and I regret that I don't remember where. That also means that it may have been ONLY a discussion, and not a real thing.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    The one change I would suggest is that you make Integer a 32-bit value, long a 64-bit value, and Short a 16-bit value. The reason I would suggest this is that it has become something of a standard (though I think that may be officially a standard only in C/C++). It would be nice if an Integer was an Integer across all platforms. As a change, it wouldn't be a terribly significant one.

    I wouldn't migrate any of my VB6 apps, though. In all these years, the requirements have changed. If anybody wants me to make any changes, they get a new program, not a re-hash of the old one. There is only one of those programs that solves a problem that hasn't fundamentally changed in the intervening years. For the rest, the problem they were intended to solve has changed, so a re-write is better than a migration anyways. The only thing that is keeping that re-write from happening is....a sordid combination of money, politics, inertia, ignorance, and a few spices for flavor. For the rest of the programs: I'd rather that they just broke.
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    By the way, I love the lawsuit idea. If you win, could you send me a PM about it before the news media gets ahold of it? I want to sue Borland for the Quattro Pro macros that no longer run, Microsoft for the Excel95 macros that no longer run, and Intel for creating the 286 that rendered my 8086, clock-dependent, Joust game quite useless (I couldn't hit the key fast enough to get the bloody ostrich off the ground at 12 MHz).
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    Re: VB6 is DEAD!

    I think you had best be a whole lot more specific about the 5% change you will tolerate. That may sound all warm and fuzzy, but it's a total landmine to the whole project. If you consider an absurd example, such as getting rid of the keyword With, it would be far less than 5%, but it would break a HUGE number of programs. There are any number of other examples that can be seen as 5% from one vantage, while not from another.

    For that reason, I think you should probably remove that 95% compatibility thing. Make it 100% compatible, or forget about the whole thing, because people will drive a truck through whatever gap you leave.
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    Re: VB6 is DEAD!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    I think you had best be a whole lot more specific about the 5% change you will tolerate. That may sound all warm and fuzzy, but it's a total landmine to the whole project. If you consider an absurd example, such as getting rid of the keyword With, it would be far less than 5%, but it would break a HUGE number of programs. There are any number of other examples that can be seen as 5% from one vantage, while not from another.

    For that reason, I think you should probably remove that 95% compatibility thing. Make it 100% compatible, or forget about the whole thing, because people will drive a truck through whatever gap you leave.
    Very Good point. I agree. I think 100% of native exe's should be the goal.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Duplicate threads merged - please post each topic only once.

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    Oh, so you are Winston potgieter! I think 1 hindrance on this kickstart project is that Olaf is not entertaining the idea of being able to import existing VB6 projects, at least that's what I remember from this threads.
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    I see now that I misread the VB6 is DEAD thread post #495. Because you left out the comma after thank you, I interpreted that as you had heard something from Winston Poltregeister, but now I see that you ARE him. That makes more sense. I thought you were simply copying his stuff on a lot of things, but in reality it was just you posting the same thing on different forums.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    petition with over 7400 votes on the Microsoft user voice site

    was denied by the same person who denied a petition in

    2005 of over 15,000 programmers. Clearly the demand is

    there to bring back vb6.
    Hmm this would indicate that the demand is less than 1/2 what it was in 2005 and if your stat is correct about there being over 6 million professionals who used VB6 that is a very very small percentage.

    Also consider that many of the people who vote in these things are not professional developers and do not even own a legit copy of the software so you have maybe 3000 that actually own a legal copy of VB which is a far cry from 6 million.

    That said if a new option became available I would look into it but would not invest any money into it until it was proven in the field.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Actually, you have to be very careful when comparing those two. The second poll is not a one person one vote poll. A person can add up to three votes. This means that on any of those user voice polls (the first one), the number of voters is a fraction of the vote count. We can assume that of the people who voted, the average votes per person should be somewhere between 1 and 2, except that we have also seen that the people who want VB6 revived include some individuals who are exceptionally passionate on the issue, so it is quite likely that the number of votes per person is greater than 2, though probably not as high as 3.

    Furthermore, there is no mechanism on the User Voice site to prevent box stuffing, so it is possible for people to have voted multiple times in order to run up the vote. Whether or not this has happened is impossible to tell from the numbers, but if it did happen, then those individuals would certainly have given the full three votes each time, so their count could be WAY above 3.

    Lastly, there is a considerable difference in exposure for different polls. For example, I never even heard of the first one, and wouldn't have heard of the second if WP hadn't posted a link to it. So, comparing the polls is unlikely to be even remotely valid. The one thing we can say with some certainty is that the 7000+ in the User Voice poll doesn't represent 7,000 distinct people, and is likely less than half that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataMiser View Post
    Hmm this would indicate that the demand is less than 1/2 what it was in 2005 and if your stat is correct about there being over 6 million professionals who used VB6 that is a very very small percentage.
    My exact thoughts when I first read through the OP's draft copy; not exactly persuasive. And this is compounded by Shaggy's equally valid observations about the veracity of the numbers in the first place. IMO, if there is a demand, you need to establish what it is for yourself (hard work) and then demonstrate that demand to potential subscribers to the project. Relying on pop-polls ain't gonna cut it, I don't think...
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Is Tiobe Index referring to just vb6 - Who Cares
    Is vb6 a language for only non-professional programmers? Who Cares
    Does it matter that vb6 is not truly OOP as defined by todays academics? NO!
    Does it matter that all you .net / c++ OOP drones think that vb6 is a toy? NOP!

    I don't really give a crap what you think about vb6.

    All I know is my two products, where I make a living, are written in VB6. They work, People love them.

    I will find a way to re-compile them from my current code base. I am not going to waste my time re-writing my software to get to the same functionality, that is just STUPID!

    If all of us who do care and have projects like mine come together we will find a solution!

    Good DAY!

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Quote Originally Posted by axisdj View Post
    I don't really give a crap what you think about vb6.
    Rather an odd thing to say since your thread kind of asks that question. You even seemed to want to get people to invest into it so what they think of it would be rather important don't you think?

    As for re-writing your software, this is where you would improve it and perhaps add new functionality. Not much point in rewriting if you are not going to change anything that would be kind of stupid.
    Then again using a product that was pretty much dead 10 years ago to write the software that pays your bills and then expecting that Microsoft would cave to your desires is not the smartest thing either

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    3. Lawsuit against MS for dropping vb6 Support
    Fantastic, absolutely fantastic, i vote that you go straight for option 3 and Sue Microsoft!
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    I've lately been finding that some of my VB6 customers are experiencing odd crashes around calls to SQL stored procedures. Getting what appears on the surface to be a timeout on the client side when in reality the SPROC runs instantly in QA. Now I'm a database programmer for 30 years and I know how to debug problems. I've not gotten to the bottom of this one yet - and I'm starting to suspect that ADO is not keeping up with how the server-side is processing requests.

    The only lucky thing going for me is that I have a migration plan that I started three years ago that I can use to re-build these screens or interfaces. Plan is to leave the VB6 stuff behind ASAP.

    If I had a modern VB6 replacement IDE that ran in all new versions of WINDOWS - that would accept the SOURCE and PROJECT files from this VB6 app - I would have possibly changed my migration strategies.

    Although part of the strategy has to involve your customers. Do they still want a VB6-only user-interface? From my customers I am able to get funds for the migration - it might be multi-year with some - might not be full development costs for others. Regardless, as an ISV I have always thought of myself as a professional like an architect or lawyer. Some hours you work are fully compensated for - others are support and maintenance - some pro bono.

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    If you're really serious about getting a new VB6 then crowd sourcing's probably a pretty good place to tsart. Apart from anything it's going to provide you with a much better indicator of whether there's any demand for it than the various surveys you typically link to. If people are willing to put their hand in their pocket there's a demand. If they're not, well then there really isn't. So I say take a punt and see what happens.

    However, I do think some of your suggestions as to what you'll actually do with the money are flawed:-
    1. Don't sue Microsoft. Whether you like it or not VB6 was their intellectual property to do with as they wished. They have no legal or moral obligation to you.
    2. If the VBRichClient is the project Olaf was working on in the project communication area then he explictely stated that he wasn't interetsed in supporting old VB6 apps. That's not the product you're looking for.

    So the only real option you've given for spending the money is to pay a group of developers to develop it for you. That may be sensible if you can find people with the skills and if you can generate enough funds to pay them. The first part of that equation shouldn't be difficult. The second part, however, I have my doubts. Good luck though.


    All I think most people are after, will I am anyway, is a improved or alternative IDE for VB6
    This is a position I don't think I've seen expressed before and I struggle to understand it. Everyone else I've seen in the "Bring back VB6" camp has wanted some feature or other added, otherwise whats the point? I've heard there are difficulties getting Visual Studio classic to rin in Win 8 or 8.1 (though many people have succeeded) but surely just maintaining an old XP machine for development would be alot less hassle than writing your own ide.
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    I've lately been finding that some of my VB6 customers are experiencing odd crashes around calls to SQL stored procedures. Getting what appears on the surface to be a timeout on the client side when in reality the SPROC runs instantly in QA. Now I'm a database programmer for 30 years and I know how to debug problems. I've not gotten to the bottom of this one yet - and I'm starting to suspect that ADO is not keeping up with how the server-side is processing requests.

    The only lucky thing going for me is that I have a migration plan that I started three years ago that I can use to re-build these screens or interfaces. Plan is to leave the VB6 stuff behind ASAP.

    If I had a modern VB6 replacement IDE that ran in all new versions of WINDOWS - that would accept the SOURCE and PROJECT files from this VB6 app - I would have possibly changed my migration strategies.

    Although part of the strategy has to involve your customers. Do they still want a VB6-only user-interface? From my customers I am able to get funds for the migration - it might be multi-year with some - might not be full development costs for others. Regardless, as an ISV I have always thought of myself as a professional like an architect or lawyer. Some hours you work are fully compensated for - others are support and maintenance - some pro bono.

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    If you're really serious about getting a new VB6 then crowd sourcing's probably a pretty good place to tsart. Apart from anything it's going to provide you with a much better indicator of whether there's any demand for it than the various surveys you typically link to. If people are willing to put their hand in their pocket there's a demand. If they're not, well then there really isn't. So I say take a punt and see what happens.

    However, I do think some of your suggestions as to what you'll actually do with the money are flawed:-
    1. Don't sue Microsoft. Whether you like it or not VB6 was their intellectual property to do with as they wished. They have no legal or moral obligation to you.
    2. If the VBRichClient is the project Olaf was working on in the project communication area then he explictely stated that he wasn't interetsed in supporting old VB6 apps. That's not the product you're looking for.

    So the only real option you've given for spending the money is to pay a group of developers to develop it for you. That may be sensible if you can find people with the skills and if you can generate enough funds to pay them. The first part of that equation shouldn't be difficult. The second part, however, I have my doubts. Good luck though.


    This is a position I don't think I've seen expressed before and I struggle to understand it. Everyone else I've seen in the "Bring back VB6" camp has wanted some feature or other added, otherwise whats the point? I've heard there are difficulties getting Visual Studio classic to rin in Win 8 or 8.1 (though many people have succeeded) but surely just maintaining an old XP machine for development would be alot less hassle than writing your own ide.
    Actually I have been in contact with Olaf, and he is open to creating a full replacement. His only opposition at this time is the doubt that any compiler besides the MS based ones may not work in the future. So for now he is waiting to see what signs we are given in windows 9 to the future compatibility of compilers outside of the MS orginzation. The whole windows store thing has us wondering where thing are moving.

    I also got a great lead yesterday from a gentleman in China that took a asp classic open source compiler and modified it to work on vb6 projects. He claims he can take any vb6 project and convert it to c++ and then compile to binary with no changes. He is going to send me some info I will keep everyone updated.

    For me to start the kick starter project I will need to pick the best possible solution, don't think giving three options as I did at the start of this thread will work. I admit the lawsuit idea is childish and I retrackt that statement.

    Looks like something will happen, as more and more option come to the surface I will need to evaluate the success potential of each one and go for the one with the best chance of success, an as of now I still think Olaf's option is the best, but time will tell.

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    If I'm not mistaken - I believe you said in another post that your app was all UI. If that's the case why is a port to VB.Net so difficult?

    What controls are you using on the form that are not found in .Net - or not close enough in functionality?

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    That might be a tall order if his UI consist of several dozen to near a hundred Forms(eg. Word or Excel). If its only a couple of Forms(eg. Virtual DJ) with a bunch of controls then I agree and don't see what the problem is.
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    If I'm not mistaken - I believe you said in another post that your app was all UI. If that's the case why is a port to VB.Net so difficult?

    What controls are you using on the form that are not found in .Net - or not close enough in functionality?
    Not so much controls, but the speed of native and the code obfuscation.

    Also, JIT, a button may be pressed from a hardware device, then has to display and trigger hundreds of different functions, and do it several times a second. I have not tried it, but don't think it's feasible.

    Lets just say NONE of my competitors are using .net, they are all native32, and some of them are multi million $ companies.

    Hope that makes sense.

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    Not so much controls, but the speed of native and the code obfuscation.

    Also, JIT, a button may be pressed from a hardware device, then has to display and trigger hundreds of different functions, and do it several times a second. I have not tried it, but don't think it's feasible.
    LOL...even an interpreted language like JavaScript can execute several thousand functions a second. Hell, even scripting languages in games can go that fast.

    Look at Demon Arena, it features a 2D engine I wrote for fun. It can comfortably animate several hundred entities at the same time. I stress tested it with 5000 creature entities and it still runs smoothy. It'll drive you nuts if I told you the amount of things the engine has to do on every creature every several milliseconds, the bounds checking, angle calculations, direction checks not to mention that some of the creatures have complex definitions that are like small programs themselves, which define their behavior, a thing even I had doubts when I first wrote it but the damn thing still works like a breeze. The only thing that can slow it down is the collision detection system and that has nothing to do with the language. Its just a very poor implementation not even real game programmers would dare to use. Frankly speaking, your implication that the .Net runtime may not be feasible for your app is utter nonsense.

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    Lets just say NONE of my competitors are using .net, they are all native32, and some of them are multi million $ companies.
    Didn't you say in your other thread that you're using a DLL ? The DLL would be native code. You know that you can still call it from VB.Net/C# right ?

    Even if you're talking to the hardware from VB6 you do know that ultimately all the heavy lifting will be done by the Windows kernel right ? You talk to the hardware through user space APIs which are usually little more than wrappers around kernel functions. Its a form of isolation which keeps user space apps from interfering too deeply with the Windows kernel.

    The point is you don't have that much control over performance other than how much and how often you send data to your devices and since all programming languages can execute function calls at phenomenal speed then it means you can control your devices with phenomenal speed.

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