Mainstream Support for VB6 Ends This Month

If you are still developing and/or maintaining VB6 applications, you need to be aware of the fact that mainstream support for VB6 from Microsoft ends this month.  Read about this and the post-mainstream options over here.

Please don't accuse me of using scare tactics to push people to VB.NET.   I am just trying to make sure you have the information.

Published Sunday, March 6, 2005 10:04 AM by Jackie Goldstein
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 9:37 AM by Matt

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You're using scare tactics to push people to VB.NET
Sunday, March 6, 2005 11:00 AM by Richard Tallent

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No accusations here...

Comparing VB6 and VB.NET is like comparing Jet to SQL Server. It's not an "upgrade", its a completely different world. Those who have transitioned are mostly the VB-by-choice guys like me who have a formal background in C++ and other OO languages.

Those still using VB6 are either supporting legacy apps that will never be ported to .NET, or they themselves just aren't up to the task of learning a completely new language that happens to have a similar syntax and list of keywords.
Sunday, March 6, 2005 12:00 PM by Jackie Goldstein

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Richard,

There is much truth to what you are saying, but another key factor is how eager the companys are to make the investment to move to .NET, one way or another.

Jackie
Monday, March 7, 2005 12:03 PM by Frans Bouma

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A lot of the VB programmers in the Richard Grimes thread on the MVP newsservers will be 'not amused' when they read this I think...
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 2:09 PM by lynn eriksen

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> You're using scare tactics to push people to VB.NET

Okay, FireFox is a scare tactic to get people to upgrade from Comunicator 4.x.
Sunday, March 13, 2005 6:37 PM by Ralph Loizzo

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VB6?

VB6?

I'm still using VB5...

custom controls rock!


is that still supported?

(j/k)

Monday, March 14, 2005 1:36 AM by Jackie Goldstein

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Ralph,

Yes, custom controls are supported in both VB6 and VB.NET. If you want to use your VB5/VB6 custom controls (ActiveX) in .NET, it will normally work, but may first require some work on your part.
Monday, March 14, 2005 9:17 AM by Ralph Loizzo

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I guess satire and basic joking around doesn't come through well over type as it does by voice.

:)

I was joking Jackie, but thanks for the tip!

:)
Monday, March 14, 2005 3:56 PM by Jackie Goldstein

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Ralph,

Sorry - you satire came across the wire as cynicism !

no worries --

Jackie
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 10:52 PM by Alfred

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Does it affects support to VBA?
Thursday, March 17, 2005 3:02 AM by Jackie Goldstein

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No, VBA support is a completely separate issue