The power of Visual Basic 6 - $200 at 10 years after EOL
Posted in Wed, 14 Jan 2009 06:57:00 GMT
I've mostly stayed away from Microsoft's development environment but I recently wanted to use some COM objects. Given that many Microsoft code examples for COM were in VB, there was an incentive to check it out. Unfortunately, Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 no longer supports VB6 which was EOLed 10 years ago. I had known Microsoft had fractured the VB community fractured with the introduction with VB.NET which introduced many changes that were not backward compatible. What I did not realize was that 10 years later, used copies of VB6 would continue to be in demand and sell for $200 on eBay. Not only are people still using VB6, they are still using Visual Studio 6. The situation is certainly not ideal for those wanting to use the VB6 paradigm and prompted me to consider if one of the benefits of open source is that you can be sure your development environment won't just stop dead in its tracks.
COM is easy to access from many languages so, not wishing to use 10 year old technology, I choose C# for my small project. For those making large investments in closed source development platforms, it's certainly something to think about.