VB6 runtime will no longer be shipped after Windows 7

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VB6 runtime will no longer be shipped after Windows 7

Post icon  Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:19 AM

After its long lifecycle, Visual Basic 6 is now definitely out-of-date, considering the fact that a more powerful alternative is available (.NET). The Visual Basic 6 runtime was included in Windows Vista, but it was in the "It Just Works" stage - therefore no support or updates were introduced for it. Many of the people who plan to switch to Windows 7 and still are using Visual Basic 6 were wondering, if the VB6 runtime will be included in the RTM release of Windows 7.

According to this document, the VB6 runtime will be shipped with Windows 7. But it will be the last version of Windows to contain it.

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VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 7 for the lifetime of the OS. Developers can think of the support story for Vista being the same as it is for Windows 7. However there are no plans to include VB6 runtime in future versions of Windows beyond Windows 7.


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Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:28 AM

That's good news.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:30 AM

Yeah... But they still do VB6 in quite a few college. Sucks :(
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:33 AM

I would say that it is time to switch to .NET, mainly because of support for OOP in VB.NET and a large number of libraries that make the development easier.

Many people still think that .NET is more complicated, however, if you make the transition from VB6 to VB.NET you will see that the learning process will be easier as you will still have the opportunity to use pretty much the same syntax - you will only have to get used to the new programming principles and apply the .NET classes.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:39 AM

True... I'm hoping my university shifts to .NET soon. Learning VB.NET is even easier with MSDN's beginner's tutorial :).
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:02 AM

I feel sorry for the VB6 users that have deicated their whole lives to it. Hopefully they can have a smooth transition. :)
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 09:47 AM

i guess they are killing vb6 for c#
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:36 AM

View Postprajayshetty, on 7 Jul, 2009 - 10:47 AM, said:

i guess they are killing vb6 for c#


...Not really.

They're taking away VB6 to encourage the .NET version of VB, as it is more powerful and more supported. C# has nothing to do with it except maybe a tiny bit of guilty by association with the .NET platform.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:17 PM

At my community college I learned VB.net it was a great learning experience into theory and such, it was a good way to learn and it was a pretty strong programming language for windows.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:44 PM

good news
but VB6 ,It was my old friend,it was the first programming language that I learned. VB.NET is a Toy,But to play with VB6 you need to be good and experienced programmer
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:45 PM

Good stuff. Now if only we get rid of the 32 bit platform and make 64 bit the standard.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:51 PM

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VB.NET is a Toy,But to play with VB6 you need to be good and experienced programmer


I would definitely disagree with this statement. First of all, VB.NET is an object-oriented language, whilst VB6 isn't. VB.NET is based on the .NET Framework, therefore giving the developer access to thousands of different classes to make the development process more efficient and less time-consuming (just consider the XML libraries).

Indeed, I would say that experience comes with updated knowledge. When you only concentrate on one thing and refuse to learn others (that can be more advanced) this will only mean that one day someone will take your place on the market - someone, who is using up-to-date technology and has the knowledge to apply it.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 05:45 PM

View Postprabh, on 7 Jul, 2009 - 12:44 PM, said:

VB.NET is a Toy,But to play with VB6 you need to be good and experienced programmer

lol
I know a lot of crappy programmers who use VB6.
I hope that all the vb6 coders view the .net the same way that you do because this will give me more opportunity to make more money due to coding sick apps quickly with c#.Net.
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 04:18 AM

what about DIC (VB6), Should Owner will remove the forum from here?
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 04:23 AM

There will still be users. Its just not as many as now.

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I think the VB.NET forum will turn into a C++ forum mess. Right now, VB.NET has a healthy amount of new daily posts, where C++ is just crazy and soon it'll be VB.NET :)
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