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July 3, 2007

Visual Basic Fusion

The life for VB Win32 developers isn't easy these days...

The life for VB Win32 developers isn't easy these days. I was sent an interesting link to the paper Visual Basic Fusion: Best Practices to Use Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET Together. While it is certainly remarkable that Microsoft is providing documentation for a very old and almost discontinued product, I have the feeling that CodeGear is serving its Win32 developers community, including those who want to migrate (partially or fully) to .NET a lot better. But I know very little about the VB community, so I'm not in a position to judge.

Quoting: "Many organizations have a significant Microsoft Visual Basic 6 code base and are seeking to make the best decisions regarding this legacy code". Many others have a significant investment in Delphi 5 to 7 code base and are seeking to make the best decision. They are more options, though! Anyway, believe it or not, this meant to be a useful link for VB developers!





 

3 Comments

Visual Basic Fusion 

 >>I have the feeling that CodeGear is serving its 
>>Win32 developers community, including those who 
>>want to migrate (partially or fully) to .NET a lot 
>>better.

No not really.  With the dropping of WinForms 
CodeGear has locked out the use of virtually all of 
the 3rd party tools for .NET that might have been 
used for Delphi.  This is a "show stopper" for us for 
Delphi. We will probably go with this VB Fusion to 
begin to make the transfer to VS. We gave a large VB6 
code base. This is not the way I had hoped it would 
go. 


Dr. Fritz Klein
Director Medical Education IT
UNC Medical School
Chapel Hill NC

Comment by Fritz Kelin on July 3, 19:35

Visual Basic Fusion 

Hi,

I am just so glad that I am not doing Visual Basic programming 
any more. Not only because of the headache of porting that stuff t 
dotNET...

Delphi on the other hand still compiles most of the stuff I am 
currently porting from Borland Pascal for DOS and any changes 
necessary are trivial.

twm
Comment by Thomas Mueller [http://www.dummzeuch.de] on July 3, 19:54

Visual Basic Fusion 

I wonder how hard it would be for CodeGear to write a
VB6 compatible compiler, or perhaps a good code
translator.  It seems to me that there are a lot of
unhappy VB6 developers, which might represent a
significant opportunity.
Comment by Alister Christie [http://codegearguru.com] on July 4, 00:59


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