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    Microsoft leaving VB?

    Is it true that Microsoft will not support Visual Basic anymore? If it is then what is in store for us VB Programmers?
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Some info about the end of MS support to VB6:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/brad_mccabe/ar...10/393704.aspx

    If it is then what is in store for us VB Programmers?
    1-Switch to vb.net (it will be relatively easy to invest your current vb6 knowledge)
    2-support and upgrade lagacy systems made in vb5,6
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    No....the mainstream support just ends at the end of March 2005....for further information take a look here...

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Everyone concerned should also know that .net (also known as .not) is no replacement for vb. One very important difference, is that .net is decompileable, and therefore not a choice for commercial applications whatsoever (unless you want your work stolen). You can Google your way to a lot of info about this, and also look here: http://www.remotesoft.com/salamander/
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Take a look at petition to extend support here:
    http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?t=328415
    ...at present time, using mainly Net 4.0, Vs 2010



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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    If you are interested please sign the petiton at:
    http://classicvb.org/petition
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Quote Originally Posted by d-u
    ..then what is in store for us VB Programmers?
    Microsoft are probably hoping that we'll all run out and buy the latest version of .net.

    Personally, I'm saying goodbye to microsoft and becoming more involved with Linux (open source programming languages).

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    DISCLAIMER: before reading this, I agree with you. I don't like runtime languages, both for the point raised by wizbang, and for the other (more obvious)points such as decreased performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by WizBang
    Everyone concerned should also know that .net (also known as .not) is no replacement for vb. One very important difference, is that .net is decompileable, and therefore not a choice for commercial applications whatsoever (unless you want your work stolen). You can Google your way to a lot of info about this, and also look here: http://www.remotesoft.com/salamander/
    While this is true, and you probably already knew what I'm about to say, you can get tools that make the IL almost impossible to understand. so even though it can be decompiled very easily, comprehending the decompiled code is next to (if not) impossible.

    of course, it just adds another layer to the development. And you probably have to pay for all the tools that can do this for you.

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Quote Originally Posted by HairyMonkeyMan
    Personally, I'm saying goodbye to microsoft and becoming more involved with Linux (open source programming languages).
    Delphi is a very good alternative. It is available for both Windows and Linux. The development environment for Linux (Delphi & C++ Builder) is called Kylix.

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Hi All,
    Seems like everybody is worried about .NET coz it is easily decompilable. However even Java is build using the same concept (like CLR in .NET, Java has Virtual Machine) and there are tools available where you can do the decompilation for Java also.

    Java Decompilers:
    http://members.fortunecity.com/neshkov/dj.html
    http://www.brouhaha.com/~eric/software/mocha/

    To all those who have concern regarding the Source Code security, there are tools available on the net for both Java & .NET code security. But you have to pay for them..

    Link:http://www.preemptive.com/obfuscator.html

    I personally agree with the above posts that VB.NET is not a replacement for VB 6.0 or earlier versions, simply because it is unmanaged and you do not require additional tools to make your code secure like you need to do with VB.NET/Java..

    I have already signed on the petition and I hope Microsoft does something about this....

    --Shuja

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb
    While this is true, and you probably already knew what I'm about to say, you can get tools that make the IL almost impossible to understand. so even though it can be decompiled very easily, comprehending the decompiled code is next to (if not) impossible.

    of course, it just adds another layer to the development. And you probably have to pay for all the tools that can do this for you.
    .NET Obfuscator community edition is included in VS.NET
    http://www.preemptive.com/
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Does this mean that all my VB 6 applications will not run in the future?
    I'm a bit worried about this.

    Thanks.

    Rich.

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    I think this is still far to happen
    the discussion is about support to fixing bugs and so on
    not the support to run VB which I don't know alot about it in fact.
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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Quote Originally Posted by powerfull_king
    Does this mean that all my VB 6 applications will not run in the future?
    I'm a bit worried about this.
    You can still run most DOS programs, so I don't think that will be an issue in the near future.

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    Re: Microsoft leaving VB?

    Thanks a lot guys.

    Rich.

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