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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    The old "misery loves company" argument?

    Moving to .Net has been an option for a long time. Anyone who hasn't done so has reasons, and fantasy-based arguments won't convince anyone.


    The weird thing is that .Net users feel so threatened by any thread suggesting something like a successor to VB6. This is especially weird considering how unlikely such a thing is to ever happen.

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    The weird thing is that .Net users feel so threatened by any thread suggesting something like a successor to VB6.
    You must be misinterpreting some post because I don't get that vibe, but then again it's acceptable that you'd misinterpret it because it's estimated that %55 of communication is through body language and 38% is the tone of voice. So it's tough to accurately interpret something correctly by just reading some post on a forum. Heck, I may have even misinterpreted your post.

    This is especially weird considering how unlikely such a thing is to ever happen.
    I thought that VB.Net was a successor to VB6. I just Googled define: successor and it says:
    a person or thing that succeeds another.
    VB.Net succeeded VB6.
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    I also did not understand that post Dil made...

    Misery loves company - is that what all us .Net'ers are - miserable?

    Dil - what do you code in?

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    I do not think anyone is threatened by requests or demands to bring back VB6.

    I do think some people are threatened by VB.Net and others are threatened by change in general

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    Sad, just sad. Admitting you have a problem is the first step you know.

    I'm not sure what the languages I write in has to do with anything. You don't see me calling for a VB6 successor, but I don't try to belittle those who have hope.

    I know you guys get bored, seeing as the .Net questions are dwindling as it loses popularaity. Maybe you should stop feeling so threatened by change and invest in learning something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilettante View Post
    I'm not sure what the languages I write in has to do with anything.
    It's called a conversation - if you can't answer that you are just rude.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Hilarious.

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    Honestly - that's your answer? That's the best you can do? Sad, sad person you are...

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    Sad, just sad. Admitting you have a problem is the first step you know.
    What problem do I have dil? I'd like to better myself.

    I'm not sure what the languages I write in has to do with anything.
    Just casual conversation I'm sure. I have seen you post some VB.Net questions, so I'm assuming you're probably using VB.Net.

    I know you guys get bored, seeing as the .Net questions are dwindling as it loses popularaity.
    As far as I can tell .Net questions are still as alive as ever.

    Maybe you should stop feeling so threatened by change and invest in learning something new.
    I'll respond to that with a quote.
    You must be misinterpreting some post because I don't get that vibe, but then again it's acceptable that you'd misinterpret it because it's estimated that %55 of communication is through body language and 38% is the tone of voice. So it's tough to accurately interpret something correctly by just reading some post on a forum. Heck, I may have even misinterpreted your post.
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    ...Virginia Tech 20 year reunion dinner party (for IT college geeks)...

    "Hi Joe - how you doing - long time no see".

    "Hey Bob - yeah - been a while - where you working now?"

    "Just got a job at a web house - had to learn JavaScript - doing .Net backend though - at least that's familiar to me".

    ".Net - when did you learn that?".

    "Ten years ago - when it came out I decided I should see what it could do. I couldn't find any new VB6 jobs"

    "Wow - I'm doing mobile coding for Android devices - Java like code - nasty libraries to work through - but it's a living. Nothing like VB6 - can't even compare two string variables - have to use a .Equals() method!!!".

    ...they both turn around and there stands Bill...

    "Hey Bill - didn't see you there - how you doing?"

    ...no answer...

    "Where you working?"

    ...Bill head turns downward - still no answer...

    "Bill - you ok? You don't look so hot"

    ...no response...

    ...Bill slowly backs away...

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    The issue stirs a lot of emotion. I was talking to my brother-in-law last week about this topic. He got to explain to Bill G why there wouldn't be the upgrade path from .NET to VB6 that axisdj wants. He doesn't bring much emotion to the subject, as he has long since left MS and is a pretty practical person in general. He's not surprised at the level of emotion surrounding the subject, but he's also made it fairly clear that those who feel there was some kind of conspiracy probably haven't read enough Dilbert. What happened is nothing more than the result of lots of people tugging in lots of different directions. It wasn't a grand stategy, it was the same old sausage making that occurs in any large organization. There were good reasons, bad reasons, and marketing.

    The bottom line: It is what it is. The impact of the last decision will influence the next decision, though we may not be able to see how. It's why I prefer systems and don't believe in conspiracy theories: Once they get sufficiently complex, any logical explanation explaining how we got to the current location is certainly wrong in whole or in part. You like the current situation or you don't. You speak up about your views or you don't. Either action will change the system in some way, and you may or may not recognize the effect you had, and if you do recognize the effect you had, you may or may not be right about that recognition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dilettante View Post
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    We should never belittle. Strive to embiggen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dday9 View Post
    Just casual conversation I'm sure. I have seen you post some VB.Net questions, so I'm assuming you're probably using VB.Net.
    I would guess that he uses VB6 quite a lot. Hence the Us vs Them mentality.

    I use both. I like both. Depends on the task at hand whether I would be using VB6, VB.Net or some other language.

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    I'm an ISV that has fed a family of six for 14 years now with a VB6 app. Maybe it's because it was far from my "first language" that I had no problem with .Net arriving on the scene.

    I personally like re-writing code - and by making it part of the cost of living for my clients it's a win-win.

    I've got a migration plan for those VB6 clients - and so far it's working out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by szlamany View Post
    I personally like re-writing code - and by making it part of the cost of living for my clients it's a win-win.

    I've got a migration plan for those VB6 clients - and so far it's working out great!
    I wonder how you motivated them to migrate and pay for its rewrite?
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    I wonder how you motivated them to migrate and pay for its rewrite?
    Simple, you stipulate it as a requirement if they want to see future development. Exactly what Microsoft did. Exactly what just about every other major software vendor does whenever the world moves. There's nothing unusual about this.

    A migration tool for VB6 is complex by nature.
    No kidding. It would be a monumental task and one that MS themselves failed to adequately accomplish. None the less, the advert was there and I guess it's possible that someone has managed it, given that they've had so many years to throw at it. It's actually quite frustrating that I didn't get to click on the ad to see what was on the other end of it.


    I'm pretty sure Dilitante mostly uses java and/or various languages and libraries over the top of it to develop for Android. He's been vocal enough about it. I actually suspect he uses a mish-mash of different tools according to the task at hand. I may not agree with alot of the positions he takes but on that, at least, I'm with him 100%. However...
    The old "misery loves company" argument?
    Not really. Like it or lump it, .Net is the de-facto upgrade path from VB Classic. It's the vendor recommended path and it's the most syntactically similar. If the requirements of your application haven't changed then it supports the requirements of your application just as well as VB6 ever did and will provide the easiest rewrite. If the requirements have changed to the point where it's no longer suitable then your requirements have also chanegd to the point where classic wouldn't have been suitable either. At that point you're not upgrading your platform, you're switching it.

    If (and let be honest, we're seeing alot of this in the debate) you've decided you need to switch and are making up a whole bunch of new requirements which neither .Net nor Classic would support but which you would be quite happy to live without if you could just continue using VB6... well then the cross you're nailing yourself to do is one of your own construction.
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    I completely agree.

    I didn't get to click on the ad to see what was on the other end of it.
    Which ad are you referring to?
    The one that talks about a VB6 environment in VB.NET?
    Best of my knowledge that one is not a migration tool. It runs the old VB6 command line compiler as far as I know.
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    Which ad are you referring to?
    Don't really know. I only noticed it as I was navigating away from a page and it had gone before I had a chance to really take it in. It could well be the one you're refering to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dee-u View Post
    I wonder how you motivated them to migrate and pay for its rewrite?
    Just like FD said - I had to tell my clients that future work would only be done within the realm of my new platform. Keep in mind that all the software I sell has an on-going maintenance portion - 15% of original cost paid annually. With that said - I am already am "open line item" in my customers budgets.

    As far as motivation - I had to show something better. Since it's web based - it's got nicer colors. That means nothing to technical people - but sometimes the folks who approve things like eye candy.

    It's got way better upload, download, sort, graph capabilities. Some of that is because of the platform - some I just had to code better methods for them.

    For example - with one customer - they receive a lock box payment file from the bank every day. In the past they would save the email attachment locally - drag it to some share on some server - run a Text Import program that was in that share folder - and look at the .LOG file to see the results. Very manual - very old school - from the big-iron days....

    Now they save if locally - go into the web app - BROWSE to that folder (it's always the default anyway) - click UPLOAD - the web methods crunch through the same process as the old Text Import code did - and the results displayed right in the web app. They feel like they are in a dash board environment - no one needs to know about server shares any more. When the tax lady is out on vacation - anyone can run this process. Share security isn't an issue and so on.

    That same business manager that liked the eye candy of the web app really appreciates this change. Office runs more smoothly...

    Could I have done this in VB6? Sure I could have. Could have done it in .Net. Point is that creating a new version of software should be the natural process that most coders go through. Why not use the newest technologies?

    For one customer it all came down to spell check. Spell check with WORD from VB6 has always been a kludge - even in the XP days the pop-up would sometimes not appear in front - if you had Outlook open already things really got weird. With Win 7 (and probably Win 8) those WORD-spell check problems got worse and worse. Browsers do SPELL CHECK naturally - without any effort on my part at all. So my guardian ad litem client that has dozens of social workers putting in "participant notes" all day long has a much better experience in a browser then they did with my VB6 app. Might seem like a silly reason - but to them it was a game changer.

    I was just at this client site yesterday. I took that same "upload" code I just created for the tax office and gave them an upload screen for court decrees. Exact same UPLOAD.ASHX server code runs for them as runs for the tax office. That was a quick $600 to me - and I reused code from another client request. Could I have done that in VB6 - sure - it would have been hundreds of lines of code. The browser just packages up the file - and I do basically two lines of code to save it.

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    That's why I bought the latest version of Sony Vegas - I wanted some better features and they had them. And they had a discounted upgrade path as well.

    Just to stay on topic. If there was a new VB6 - would I use it? Probably not. Even though I've got a decade of clients using my VB6 app - no migration tool was going to offer any of this new functionality.

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    Regarding the supposed "Ad" that FD saw: Perhaps he has also seen the Loch Ness Monster??? Or maybe FD drank the wrong cool-aid and is now halucinating VB6 conversion ads. I hear that facebook is trying out new hallucinogenic ad placement strategies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    Regarding the supposed "Ad" that FD saw: Perhaps he has also seen the Loch Ness Monster??? Or maybe FD drank the wrong cool-aid and is now halucinating VB6 conversion ads. I hear that facebook is trying out new hallucinogenic ad placement strategies.
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    Don't know if this is what FD was talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruff View Post
    Don't know if this is what FD was talking about.

    Visual Basic Tools for Visual Studio
    Found it back on post #63 of this thread.
    I actually love this idea. Maintaining VB6 in the latest Visual Studio. If done properly, it can make VB6 far more pleasurable to work with. I think they should have done something like this long ago but then that might not have encouraged people to try out VB.Net in the first place so I guess its not too bad that we get it this late.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    If you read the link I do not think it is Microsoft behind it.
    Also since it is running VB6 behind the scenes it is still subject to the issues with that version.
    Further it only extends the Non-Express versions of 2013.

    I own 2010 Standard edition and VB6. they work fine.
    I cannot justify shelling out the big bucks just to work in one environment.

    If I ever need to work with framework 4.5 then I will consider it.
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    Don't know if this is what FD was talking about
    I don't think so but it could have been. I took a look at that (just teh site, I didn't trial it) when it was posted originally and teh ad I saw had a different look and feel. I haven't seen it since though which is... annoying.

    Perhaps he has also seen the Loch Ness Monster
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    On the contrary, dating her was an absolute plesiosaur.
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    All these puns =
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Quote Originally Posted by Gruff View Post
    Don't know if this is what FD was talking about.

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    Found it back on post #63 of this thread.
    I was going to say that extending VS to house VB6 projects would be a good idea as it would get vb6 developers to learn the new IDE and language and transition to .net but this would be a double edged sword as they may not want to migrate to .net and hang on to their legacy vb6 code.

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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    One of the advantages (sic) of VB6 is the simplicity of the IDE.

    Personally, once I took on the .NET environment - it is very intimidating, especially if you came from an almost exclusively VB6 environment - the 'simplicity' really wasn't that, but a restriction in capability. This is ignoring the framework itself, and the vast range of tools.

    A new VB6 wouldn't be VB6: from what I understand, the satisfying argument is to have VB6 be compatible with future OSs. But the arguments for VB6 seems to be a hodge lodge of contradictions.
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    Really - what about the .Net environment is intimidating?

    And what do you mean by "a restriction in capability"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDog888 View Post
    ...be a double edged sword as they may not want to migrate to .net and hang on to their legacy vb6 code.
    At this point I think its safe to say that the remaining VB6 hold outs are never gonna migrate and those that did like me are NEVER going back to VB6 even if its with a better IDE so it shouldn't do any harm to give in to this now. The VB6 people can really benefit from a far superior IDE like VS2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by szlamany View Post
    Really - what about the .Net environment is intimidating?
    Any new work environment is unsettling until you become accustomed to it.

    Personally I didn't like that Microsoft redesigned the icons for 2012/2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruff View Post
    Any new work environment is unsettling until you become accustomed to it.

    Personally I didn't like that Microsoft redesigned the icons for 2012/2013.
    Took me a quite a while to find the comment/uncomment buttons.
    I'm still adjusting to the F7 not being code view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dday9 View Post
    I'm still adjusting to the F7 not being code view.
    www.xerocoder.com (cross platform ide/compiler) is willing to create a true vb6 importer that is 95% compatible with our current VB6 projects, please let them know you support this idea so we can speed up their development:

    goto their forum or email them.

    http://forum.xerocoder.com/index.php?topic=273.15

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    Quote Originally Posted by axisdj View Post
    www.xerocoder.com (cross platform ide/compiler) is willing to create a true vb6 importer that is 95% compatible with our current VB6 projects, please let them know you support this idea so we can speed up their development:

    goto their forum or email them.

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    I'd support it if it would make you happy but this is a pipe dream. Their primary focus seems to be grid computing and the VB6 importer is just a little side feature they're thinking about adding to their IDE. I wouldn't expect them to devote considerable effort into making this work as it would come at the expense of their core interests. The platform also seems wrong for your project which according to you, directly interacts with and manipulates hardware. XERO CODER seems to heavily favor database application development rather than being more generalized like VB6 was but I hope for your sake and the sake of others wanting this that I'm wrong. Nonetheless, I get the feeling that if this thing works, you're going to be spending a hell of a lot of time trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

    I think you should just stop chasing these pipe dreams and move to something like Delphi. There were other VB6 programmers in your camp that chose this route instead of .Net and they seemed quite please. According to them, Delphi had no runtime requirements and it has a native code compiler.
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    Re: What if there was a NEW vb6

    Quote Originally Posted by axisdj View Post
    www.xerocoder.com (cross platform ide/compiler) is willing to create a true vb6 importer that is 95% compatible with our current VB6 projects, please let them know you support this idea so we can speed up their development:

    goto their forum or email them.

    http://forum.xerocoder.com/index.php?topic=273.15

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    I'm not for any importer. The developer should take the time to learn the new language rather than cling onto old techniques.
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    Ah it seems registration on their site is disabled so I won't be able to post on their forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dday9 View Post
    I'm not for any importer. The developer should take the time to learn the new language rather than cling onto old techniques.
    At this point I'm tired of suggesting this. They wanna a shortcut, give em a shortcut. Maybe they'll stop bugging out on the forums about how evil MS is for making .Net.
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