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Why do people still use vb6?

Discussion in 'Visual Basic 6' started by bradleyh, May 27, 2013.

  1. bradleyh

    bradleyh Newbie

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    Hi all!

    I've noticed many people here are using vb6, what are your reasons for still using it?
    I mean Visual Studio express is free with registration and is many time more powerful.

    Let me know what you all think.

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  2. innozemec

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    why are people still driving 20 and more year old cars? :)

    there are really lots of reasons why vb6 is still used - money, people are used to it and no need to update, it still works fine enough for the projects they make and etc.. and etc..
     
  3. Kalashnikov

    Kalashnikov Junior Member

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    Laziness, I grew up programming vb6 but there's a time to move on...
     
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  4. Ste Fishkin

    Ste Fishkin "I'm watching you.." - Apricot Jr. VIP Premium Member UnGagged Attendee

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    Why update when you can program all you need on it?
     
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    sn0rt Elite Member

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    Heh I first started in vb when I was 12ish.

    At 13 I was already creating fully functional backdoors.

    I didn't pursue programming, but it was a good platform to program in.

    I assume that's why people still use it. It gets the job done.
     
  6. neutralhatter

    neutralhatter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Legacy Code + no dependancy on .Net Framework. Many amateurs and hobbiests use this language and visual studio 6 was widely popular one day and it still is somewhat today.

    Check out Tiobe ( programming language popularity index)and you'll see that popularity is declining.

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  7. sm754

    sm754 Registered Member

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    It's still the easiest language to throw together basic functionality & a GUI.
    Visual Basic .NET is basically C# with different keywords.
     
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  8. David Jackson

    David Jackson Registered Member

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    Old is Gold so people are using the VB6 and i am also since last four years it totally awesome but we should move on new technology.
     
  9. spider-waffle

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    i find vb6 easier to program in and it is widely used for dealing stuff like this. But on the other hand, when it comes to winsock and sockets, i find it very buggy at times but that depends on the coder. Also very time consuming when it comes to SSL or new standard hash algorithm comes out cause i find it hard to get a good module since it takes me time to learn cryptography and quite slow
     
  10. ZorkZork69

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    They don't wanna download VB 2010 XD
     
  11. My opinion, the only real difference in VB and C# is syntax. Both use the .net libraries so the performance is the same. why is Microsoft going to stop supporting(VB)? I hate having to rewrite the same programs over and over again...
     
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  12. webextract

    webextract Registered Member

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    ive used it for over 10 years, its not easy to just say "fuck it", drop it and move on to the next language which you have to learn from scratch.
     
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  13. brianventure

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    There is no exact reason why people still use vb6. No one can say why people use that.
     
  14. chuck59

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    Easy syntax and no dependancy!
     
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  15. neutralhatter

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    There are dependencies vb6... many windows installations don't have the bare backbone to run vb6 software. VB6 is a programming language from the 20th century, 1999 if I'm not wrong... leave it alone. In the beginning of .Net 1.0 and 1.1 it was more difficult to get started for smaller applications because the main audience of microsoft was enterprises, though since .Net 2.0 things have gotten better....nowadays there is much much more flexibility in the front-end and back-end, just think about WPF or linq or EF...they will speed up application development a lot! not to mention that all third party components and plugins focus on new programming languages and not on vb6... this language is for hobbiests and for old large legacy applications...
     
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  16. robertkade

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    More logical than C!
     
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  17. Troock

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    People use it because it's simple and gets the job done. Especially when you're not familiar with any other language.
     
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  18. inaga

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    It was one of the first languages I learned at a very young age. I still use it for little things to this very day. Compared to more modern development environments it is considerably more lightweight. In some regards that goes for compiled projects as well. It is unfortunate that Microsoft has stopped supporting it however it will continue to be used for a long time. At least for me.


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  19. cosmoweb

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    sometimes I use still VB6, it's very easy to use
     
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  20. gtownfunk

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    If it's any consolation to the VB6 people... my father (who kind of inspired me to program) was a pretty proficient code-hacker and pulled off some pretty amazing things in VB6 through lots of hard work. He was in telecom and we were always deciphering some phone switches RS232 output and making cool apps for integrating their phones with other things.

    That being said, this past summer I talked him into doing some C#. I pieced together a couple samples/skeletons of what he wanted to do and after a couple months he finished his project.. and it was great! He spent a decade (yes VB6 is obsolete for a decade) thinking it would be too hard for him to learn to program again...

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