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In 2004, the trade press announced companies were migrating to .NET.
Does it correspond to the reality? Is .Net replacing VB6?

The conclusions of the survey we carried out over the year
will inform you on these questions.

You will learn:
- How long companies intend to use VB6 for?
- How fast .NET is entering IT departments?
- What the size of projects developed with Visual Basic is?

Many thanks to the 2600 people who answered the survey

2004 Worldwide VB Survey Results
  You will find below the analysis of the answers to the following questions:
  1 . Which version of Visual Basic do you use the most?
2 . How many developers use VB in your company? (approximatly)
3 . If you use VB6, do you plan to migrate to VB.NET? And when?
4 . What do you think is the main benefit of moving to .NET?
5 . If you currently develop with .NET or plan to do so later,
       what kinds of projects will you work on?

6 . Which other technologies are (or will be) used in your company?
7 . As a developer, what is your opinion of VB?
8 . What is your opinion of the VB support provided by Microsoft?
9 . What is the average size of your VB projects?
10. How important to you of the following complementary tools to VB?
11. Your comments are welcome
  1) Which version of Visual Basic do you use the most?
 
There are few applications which remain in VB5
Many companies still use VB6
.NET, launched 2 years ago, represents 19% of the projects
We can imagine that VB6 will still be used for several years
 

Visual Basic use in 2004

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  2) How many developers use VB in your company? (approximatly)
Microsoft talks about several millions of VB developers; they often work in small teams: 75% of the companies have teams under 5 VB developers.
 
Visual Basic apps type
  3) If you use VB6, do you plan to migrate to VB.NET? And when?
     
  Question N°1 shows that companies still use VB6 a lot
The migration to .NET will be progressive and partial: a third of the answers plan to migrate to .NET next year.
More than half of the respondants do not plan to migrate at all.

Current Visual Basic version
 
  4) What do you think is the main benefit of moving to .NET?
The main interest for developers in migrating to VB.NET concerns the use of the framework and not far behind the webservice development.
You can also notice that 17% of the developers do not see any interest in migrating to .NET
  5) If you currently develop with .NET or plan to do so later,
       what kinds of projects will you work on?
The most frequent kind of project is "windows", probably due to the fact that VB6 is still widely used.
Visual Basic replacement
 
  6) Which other technologies are (or will be) used in your company?
Except for ASP which is a Microsoft technology, C++ and Java are the two most mentioned langages.
Visual Basic other technologies
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  7) As a developer, what is your opinion of VB?
   
VB developers like their tool! They give it an adverage 8/10 mark.
Close to 90% of the marks are equal or over 7/10 !
Visual Basic developpers opinion about Visual Basic
 
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  8) What is your opinion of the VB support provided by Microsoft?
   
 
The marks are not as good concerning VB support given by Microsoft. The average mark is barely over 6/10. Only 44% of the marks are 7/10 and over.
Opinion about Visual Basic support
 
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  9) What is the average size of your VB projects?
Duration :
Question 2 shows VB teams are quite limited ( 75% of the companies employ 5 VB developers maximum). It is shown here that more than half have a short life span (3 to 6 months). About a quarter of the projects are big ones (2 years and more)

Number of developer for the project :
75% of the companies employ 5 VB developers maximum. Do they work on the same project or do they each work on small projects? Here you can see that half of the projects are managed by one person. Next to 25% of them are projects dealt by 4 developers or more.

In which phase is your project? :
There are more projects being developed than there are maintained: the Visual Basic technologie is expanding.

 
  10) How important to you of the following complementary tools to VB?
     
 
Amongst complementary tools for Visual Basic, Shared components and installation & deployement tools are considered to be the most important ones.
  11) Your comments are welcome
Geographical origin of the answers :
 
 
Some Comments about VB6 and .Net ...
618 respondants added a comment.
You can read some of them in English, Spanish, German, Italian and French.

The only reason for me staying in VB6 is the time migrating to .net will require, and the actual phase development/maintenance don't permit to take this time.
Probably i won't, probably new projects will be developed usin VB.net and the old projects will remain in VB6.
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I tried to migrate to .NET and I found that the wizard is not good enough, it cannot generate something useful and a lot of work was necesary to make something that is ALREADY working to compile! US
.NET and VB.NET should also support for Linux. US
I use both VB6 and .Net. New program i have written in .NET US
As usual, the questions seek a very pointed opinion and the flavor and significance seems to be lost in the quest for brevity. The .Net Framework and Visual Studio.net are just too important a tool to be discussed in this manner. Most people have no clue what it is and the kind of impact it could have for them and their organization. I have never been an evangelist but I am afraid that I am running the risk of becoming one. I love the product, the concept and I believe that Microsoft got it right this time. It is only a matter of time before .Net becomes the de facto standard for software development. US
I see no advantage in moving to .net - unless someone can show me one, i doubt we'll ever change. US
Visual Basic 6 is a rapid application development tool. I was using this version for the past 3 years. I find this version very user friendly. Since I didnt get a chance to migrate to VB.Net, I am not much aware of this new version. Any how, I would like to work on this soon. US
I would have evolved to .NET but cannot make our project from the scratch. The upgrading tool of .NET is the worse thing made by microsoft. I know that VB6 is dying and cannot do anything at the moment. US
THanking you for survey from other countrying. Nice day having. US
At first glance, VB.NET presents a real issue of re-training. US
Question 3 is not clear, what do you want to know:
When are we shipping product .NET to user or when do we start developing using .NET. Our time to market is approx 2 years
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just too busy to get up on the learning curve and convert my projects otherwise I would have already converted just for the OOP featues to wrap everything up US
There is a lot of development in our company, under government contract (and in the government in general) being done with Visual Studio 6 (not .Net), because that is how the project started and they did not change the platform midway. I think it will eventually become a problem.

My only problem with Microsoft's support is that MSDN is not updated for Visual Studio 6. It's essentially held at the Oct 2001 release. I have no idea if I can expect more service packs for Visual Basic 6.
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Fear of the unknown is about the only barrier to taking up .Net, once you dive in the water's lovelly ;-) US
There are many ways to accomplish a programming task. .NET is just one more tool on the bench. US
I'm not a big time programmer, but have enjoyed VB6 very much. It is unfortunate that VB.NOT was such a huge departure from VB6. The VB.NET IDE seems to take longer to startup (more bloated). I miss not being able to step through my code, and dislike how many commands have been replace (look how hard it is to draw a shape). I've used VB Script for programming Windows CE devices and it is no longer supported. I'm very disappointed. US
use VB mostly for small applications US
PLEASE add the capability to compile to machine code in .NET Development platform. Interpreted code is simply NOT secure enough, even with obfuscation. We will move to it as soon as that is present. US
vb.net sucks the arse... May aswell use a real lanuage if not using vb for its simplistic approach... US
We have both VB.net and VB6 in my org. My org is <10% of the entire company, so my answers pertain only to my small area. US
dotNet is just a Bill Gates knee jerk ego reaction to having lost the java kidnapping court case. Everyone knows that dotNet in its final form is just going to be VC++ with some good internet classes. US
.net range of base classes and documentation are excellent. US
I expect our VB6 products will still be shipping 5 years from now. US
I love VB. However, I am starting to do more c# programming. US
I'm developing For Fun in my place....
i just love my pc ;)
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We develop standalone tools for our salesforce: .Net is a bloated architecture that has not done any better than java at overcoming the performance obstacles of an interpreted UI. Ultimately processing power and inclusion of the .Net Framework in the operating system may overcome these problems, but there is a constant battle with every other application to consume all available resources. US
I use both VB6 for maintenance of older projects and tweaking and VB.NET for new projects. I prefer .NET as it's faster (now that I'm up to speed with it) and also it can produce much more professional looking results. US
the structure of this survey is very biased. You should NOT limit the choices to a single item, on each question, as several are equally applicable. US
I like VB6 because all you need is the VB6 runtime to work. It is a reasonable language, except that it does not do very well with classes and objects. If it were totally object-oriented, it's perfect. VB.NET is good because it is object-oriented. But there is the fact that you need the .NET framework (and the right version of it) on the machine to run the application, and the application does run a bit slower. US
Yes. I feel that Microsoft is still in the HYPE stage of .NET and is not providing correct info on the % of programmers that have moved to .NET technologies.
WE develop desktop stand alone financial planning applications and do not see any intregal benifit from moving to VB.net. However, we will probably be forced to the .NET technologies because Microsoft will not be supporting VB6 forever and interest in it will wain.
.NET iz impressive but has lost its RAD properties.
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I m new in this section, i did't have any specialized tranining US
MS has not provided any understandable/useful knowledge of .net, or its benefits to those not working on www applications. I'm still trying to find MS or other info on regular expressions Perl type scripting for VB6 database type applications, the old Commodore, TRS80 type string handling commands are limiting. Don't know if .net would help. MS need to publicise the benefits of their .net product better. US
I enjoy using VB, it is a simple, straight forward language that allows quick results. I personally have never found the lack or Object Orientation to be a particular detriment. US
I would never go back to VB6! US
bad feature: the use of unmanaged code, espacially String-conversion US
I use VB from time to time as a reasonably useful RAD tool. I have no interest in VB.NET and see it primarily as a move by Microsoft to force users to move to new, incompatible technology. On balance, for the kind of work we do, I much prefer Tcl/Tk, as it is just as simple to use as VB, free, open and cross-platform. I would urge developers disgruntled with Microsoft tools to check it out. US
I am not yet sold on object oriented programming. It seems like things that used to be easy in VB are now extremely complicated and difficult in .Net. US
I have heard a lot of horror stories from professional programmers about the problems associated with converting VB 6 applications to VB.Net. Microsoft's misrepresentations about the ease of the task have not helped. Since all of the applications I have developed are in VB 6, I will not consider making the switch until we have a new concept that would be designed from scratch with VB.Net. And we will probably not be using any of the new web-aware features of the language. US
We envisage to move away from VB6 (except for maintenance) and all new development will be done in C# or Java, because the learning curve from VB6 to VB.NET or C# is about the same. It's easy to cross-skill developers between C# and Java and vice-versa. .NET projects tend to be easier to deploy. However, prior to .NET, VB6 was the best tool to quickly develop Windows-based applications. I personally use VB6, VB.NET and C#. I prefer C# over VB.NET. US
everything about MS programming is good BUT hate the way microsoft launches newer OS every now and then :( US
Spending a considerable amount of time looking at .net and trying to get my head round it. Not yet convinced about the benefits. Its bigger, slower and much more complex, but not found much on the plus side yet! US
This questionnaire appears to be geared to determine who is moving from VB6-->VB.NET. My path is VB6-->C# and is not apparent from this questionnaire. A lot of people are moving to C# as opposed to VB.NET and you're going to miss them here (or maybe you're not really intrested in .NET generally - just VB.NET???)
Also - The 'Benefits' section only allows 1 selection - there are dozens of other good reasons to move to .NET and associated tools.
You should also ask what percentage of time is spent in VB4/5/6 etc
Generally this is a very, very poor questionnaire and i'm not sure what 'real' statistics can be taken from it and/or read from it. Still I'll click the Submit button and see what happens! I guess this is just a sales/marketing tool to meet your own ends??
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I love VB6. I without the ability to create apps without depending on the .NET framework, I am not interested in VB.NET except for web-based development. US
We use both right now. But would prefer to be entirely in .NET US
Again, the survey needs to have more check boxes and less option buttons... some of the questions had more than one answer. US
VB6 itself is a great modeling tool. .NET development takes longer, and we are still having problems with .NET instability. MS software in the past has been better. I am not sure I understand the QC problems they are now having. US
VB6 does all that my App which I sell needs to do, so I see no reason to switch to .net US
I think VB is great! I have been using VB since version 3, have had most experience with version 6 but have been moving to .NET over the past year. I can't knock VB6 and in some respects it is more friendly to use than .NET - but, .NET brings loads of exciting new developments to the equation and in a couple of years I'm sure I won't have any cause to be using VB6 again. US
I don't have enough time to spend learning the .NET framework and have been fornced to maintain my coed in VB6. We have to move to .NET soon, so it will cause a complete work stoppage while we retool the apps. Bad planning on Microsofts side, and I resent their approach to VB. US
Regardning quick application development, I think VB.NET is a step in the wrong direction. Nothing beats the VB6 debugger tools. US
I think VB6 is the best VB ever and I can't see why we need to go to .net just because MS says it's great. There seems to be a lot of headaches that will accompany that conversion and I'm not going to jump into that. US
Bugs present in VB4 are still there in VB6... and some of them make your programs look un-professional.

VB should be able to deploy like RealBasic - WITH THE .EXE FILE ONLY. All this .dll garbage is also very un-professional.
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I think the move up to the next version or else model that Microsoft uses is causing me to look more at Linux development. I do not like to have my investment in money, time, and effort, made obsolete. I am willing to advance, but do not like feeling like I'm losing all of my effort if I don't go with the latest and greatest bug. US
VB6 still alive ! US
I'm still using VB6 as well as .NET, your survey needs to allow for the selection of both. US
VB 6.x very useful for small or midsize project. We use VB 6.x only to support our projects that was developed before appearance of Microsoft .NET. For current projects we use Visual Studio .NET and C#. US
All our VB6 is legacy, but will likely be around for a while since it is useful for using old-style classic COM objects for some of our legacy products. All our new development is C#. US
As a company we decided to move from VB completely and make the transition to C#. We saw the power of C# and the ease of development of .Net with Winforms and decided to use C#. VB6 was a good tool however there was many limitations such as OOP, specific keywords... VB.Net was intruiging to us however we just thought that C# was a better language and was a better fit with .Net. The syntax is much more universal (similiar to Java and somewhat C++). US
Look forward to a balanced result not like most marketing gimmics. US
I wish that MS would update VB6 for those of us who may not be able to go to VB.NET right away. I hope they continue supporting it. US
.Net is the absolute future. Look at longhorn, I can´t see a software house survive without .NET.
Development time in .NET is reduced - in proven cases I´ve worked on - by at least 50%. I can develop an application in .Net in one week, that would take at least a month in VB6.
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.net is great. but the speed degradation for windows applications is noticeable. requires all our users to upgrade hardware to meet performance desired. not likely anytime soon. and not every piece of software should have to be managed, would like the option myself as a developer. US
The main reason we are still on VB 6 and haven't moved on is that we don't see that the benefits justify the learning curve. US
I must very disappointed to hear that VB.net does not support arrays of Controls; they're so powerful! VB was built for easy GUI development; VB.net seems like it's making GUI development MORE difficult. US
I have dropped VB 5.0 in favor of the PowerBasic compiler.
.NET concerns me because it seems that non-Microsoft compilers
will be discouraged as development tools. The Windows API, of which
I have spent much time learning may even become obsolete, which means
valuable training and research may be wasted.
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Your survey doesn't provide for this but I use both VB.NET and VB6 - currently doing projects in both. US
I've been using vb.net for over a year and I've had no complaints. I haven't ported much to .net though only new projects. After getting past the learning curve .net is much easier to develop with and being able to have a more true OO language is welcomed. The only thing I miss is breaking and changing code and then being able to continue without a totaly rebuild. US
We're ready for VB7, however Microsoft continues on the VB.NET tract, US
We decided to switch to C# as native .Net language. The reason is that VB.NET doesn't resemble VB6 at all, so mastering VB6 has no added value to moving to VB.NET being an entirely new language. US
I would love to see MS make a VB6.5 to help the transition to .Net US
I have developed a development utility which allows programmers familiar with generic 'Business Basic' to convert these programs to Visual Basic 6.0. The ability to emulate Business Basic verbs with Visual Basic routines and syntax is very high...IF we stick with VB6. Once we try to use VB.NET, the 'look-and-feel' is not even close.
See http://www.kolafa.com/Downloads/ReadMe.txt (Note 2)
Don Kolafa
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VB 6 is still an excellent product and should be around for a long time. US
My main problems with .NET are:
1. I couldn't immediately see how scroll thru records programatically in ADO.NET and know which record the user is on.
2. There is no 'in line' bug fixing (while the prog is running)
3. It is slow to compile the app. When 2 of those three issues get addressed (and future faster hardware will help) I will be willing to go thru the slow painful process of re-learning everything in the new .NET world.
BTW I have lots of apps out there with customers (in maintenance) and a couple still under development.
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I'm happy with VB6. The reasons to want to upgrade is two fold. Staying with VB6 long term would be like remaining with DOS apps 10 years ago - have to change to keep up. The main reason to look at changing earlier is the drop of support for ActiveX components by many 3rd party component suppliers. Their .NET versions often have new features they have no intention of adding to their ActiveX equivalants. US
I still love working with VB6. There was much excitement moving from VB5 to VB6 - but moving from VB6 to VB.NET hasn't produced near the excitement. We in IT know that we always have to continually learn new technologies, but we also want to take comfort in technologies that are getting the job done - like VB6. Remember, VB6 soared when IT was the latest and greatest career choice. That is one reason for the success of VB6. Since the IT economy essentially flatlined after the glory days of the 90's, programmers and companies aren't near as qucik to invest time and money into new technologies - like VB.NET. US
The whole concept behind the .NET development is superb. The resulting software really empowers the stand alone developer. This is the most exciting thing Microsoft has ever done. It will result in a quantum leap in software perfomance and reliability. US
vb6 needs some advanced programming improvements but is stable, reliable, flexable and needs little maintanance if 3rd party controls are not used. US
Microsoft is a marketing company, not a computer company. They are introducing .NET mainly to create a whole new business/income stream. US
I would love to use VB.Net but it is extremely expensive for me. US
I love vb6 because it is so straight forward, but because of the .net improvement in front end, I might have to consider learnig newer language to migrate eventually, ....oh well, I guess it is a sign of the times...;( US
VB 6 is a greate language , but lacking some certain areas , like inability inherit , function overloading but i think .net have nicely implemented those US
Move to C# US
I don't like VB.NET for it's debugger... you could alter code during testing runs in VB6's debugger, but no, Microsoft had to change that... Imagine the complication of rebuilding a large project just to change one variable behaviour... make it so 5-6 times per working day and all you've been doing the whole day was rebuilding the application. NET sux US
VB is excellent language i have seen with lots of supportive features.
I dont know about .NET as now am in testing. But 3 new projects which started in our company were in .NET and some Projects were rewritten in .NET
Hope .NET will have good feature too.
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We will be staying with VB6 until such time it cannot do the job or our clients say we should move to .net. US
Till VB.Net settles down I will stick with VB 6. US
Microsoft should rethink .net and worry more about system integration issues with their flagship products. US
I am a doctor and an amateaur developer ( migrated from Clipper some years ago) of VB6 applications running on the
network at my hospital. At the moment I have 9 application in use (some rather big) , but rather soon professional softwares will take over most of my programs - so the future for my hobby is threated. The other reason is that I am 61 y - has invested quite a lot i VB6 books and knowledge - so the inclination to learn something new is not too great.
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As we are a very small software development company, we generally only operate on a maximum of 2 projects at a time.
It took us a while to get used to .NET, but now we can do the entire development phase in half the time as was possible with VB6 or Borland C++ or Delphi.
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We use and will continue to use both VB 6 and VB.NET
As a consultant I will recommend to most clients needing standard EXE apps that VB 6 will meet their needs much better than VB.NET ( VB 6 apps being faster and requiring less memory on computer )
As a developer of components ( OCX and .NET ) we will continue to develop, market and support OCX's for VB 6 as well as .NET components.
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VB6 still fine for 3 tier client-server to SQLServer - performance on todays PC is fine. ASP, XML with Flash does web,
so .NET (= .TRAP for Microsoft) - prefer non-branded solution. SOAP is also good for using VB middle tier - swapping out the VB GUI layer.
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Is good if we can get rid of Deployment Tools and across OS platform. US
VB6 is a very good tool for windows develop, and i like it , it is easy to use. and no need much support system,
easy to use activeX componense
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vb.net is awesome US
VB.NET will be a long tortuous path, for developers to follow. US
í'm very interesting in upgrade to .net but we're developing and having not time to learn the new version now,
but i like to know the time spend aproximately in to learn it. Sorry by my English I'm Chilean
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well, for me althought we've been trained on .NET but still there is resistance as to the current requirements.
we need sometime to completely and totally moved to .net as single tool for development.
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Many bugs in the DB area.
When working with database must do loops and hoops to overcome it.
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VB.Net only used for new developments. Ongoing projects & maintenance with VB6. US
I think use several language in one project,please introduce some experience about it,thanks! US
Hope VB.NET has the convenience of editing while debuging.
This is the key point we love VB and do not like to loose it in .NET.
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We are heavily vested in COM, RPC, SOAP, and ActiveX Controls. Migrating to .Net
will be costly and time consuming in the short-run. However, we are also investigating development in other languages entirely
US
I like VB6 and can do everthing I need to do with VB6 US
It's a darn shame Microsoft would just give up on VB6 and leave everyone the way they did! VB6 has such solid foundation, and so many users! I think they should continue to maintain VB6 to support the millions of applications that are already written in VB6.
Just because they come out with a new Dev Platform does not not mean that it's the best thing for everyone else, and I see it as MS turning it's back on what they started.
US
I'm finding many shortcomings in .NET, but I'm still willing to use .NET occasionally, when it is advantageous to do so,
otherwise, I still slam new projects out with VB6 or Access, whatever my clients want.
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I also just updated an exising VB6 application, deciding not to convert to .Net because of time constraints. This was part of a large database project that my client was using a lot of offshore people to program. They were all still using VB6 with SQL Server. US
Not sure if I undrestand the central question--.NET is not a language, it is a development/deployment framework. VB is supported by the .NET framework, just as are C++ and C#. .NET permits developers to use their language of choice--again, .NET is not a language. US
I planned to upgrade to vb7 but it obviously never came out. What happened? Is NET the vb7? Where can I find out about NET? US
Creating DLL tools for ASP or Windows is the easier alternative to deliver quick results. US
I think for some of your questions, you should provide the option to include more than 1 answer - e.g. #1, I use both VB.NET and VB 6 for projects but given that I only have one choice, I choosed VB.NET. Another question I would be interested in would be reasons why they have not migrated to .NET yet. US
Management are terrified of .Net. The developers understand it, management does not (nor do they need to, but that's another story), therefore it does not get implemented, and is actively blocked. US
Microsoft should release VB 7.0 as a true descendant to VB 6.0. Fix the bugs and finaly add true class inheritance. Then I would have the best tool for maintaning and upgrading my projects at Svenska Mätcenter. US
We are currently using VB 6.x on project because customers still use this development tool for developing. Some customers are using VB .Net, but not all of them. Also customers using VB 6.x don't want to migrate to VB. Net. US
I feel there is no proper easy support for interfacing low level machines via LPT/COM/USB ports or need to write codes in C! means no use of VB migration to .NET US
I use VB/Delphi/Alpha 5 for small apps to do specific jobs.
I have long been thinking that these tools are getting too complicated and there is too much overhead.
I long for something that is quick and easy, some database facilities, etc
I shall NOT be using .NET instead i shall be looking for tools ahat are uncomplicated and easy to use.
Now where did i put my copy of ObjectVision
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I see no real benefit in using MS tools at all. I used to be a VB6 man, using MS Access as a database. Now I use Java, MySQL, PHP - all free, open-source and OS-independent - Microsoft VB6 come in handy only to show my client how to things can be done (as a GUI, non working sample...) US
Thank you US
we're gradually moving components to c#, which has found great favor among our developers (for expressiveness, syntax). we'll migrate some of our vb6 components to vb.net to allow easier integration with our ASP.Net site. All of us are glad to escape VB's frustrating limitations. US
I am currently using both VB 6 and VB .NET. I admit that my education in .NET has been been a slow one. US
We are in the printing solutions business. We have no driving need to move to .Net as our customers do not use it or the overhead baggage that is required to run it. VB works fine for 95% of our projects and in fact we use MicroFocus Cobol in a 'Dos Box' for some projects. This may sound ridicules to some but we are not in business to follow trends. We do have some ASP products that may benefit from .NET but there is no driving force to migrate these products at this time. The biggest improvements we might see are user interface enhancements versus the clunky style of ASP and HTML.

We provide solutions and answers that's how we stay in business. I have yet to encounter a customer that demands .Net. But don't get me wrong. Depending on what business you are in .Net may certainly be needed. For back end production work we have not yet encountered the demand. Maybe one day we will and as we see that curve develop we will migrate to it as it probably is inevitable as MS continues development. Following the latest trend sometimes has no place in production, efficiency and profitability.

As for the trade press you are right, you would never know VB is still used. But that media doesn’t get out on sales calls and sell solutions. It’s market is the techno junkie. There is a need as technology moves on though. Customers for the most part don’t care at all if this object can do this or that and this is a topic a lot will disagree with me on. The bottom line is the techno junkie is paid by sales and customers have a business to run.
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I'd like to see more develo0pment with Access and VBA US
Hate to see VB 6 going away but it's not upto us to decide. However, not every company is planning to completely migrate their business to dot net and that's a good news for now for all VB6 developers all arround the world. US
I used to use version 6 because of school, but now that i'm graduated i got my own version of vb.net US
I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it US
The superior about the VB generation is the ability for a programmer to create applications in no time. This means that the developing-time from getting an idea to creating it is so much smaller than if you had been using c++ or another language.
I'm working at making some electronic game and by using 10-20 min developing it in VB first I can quickly judge which features that are necessary in order to make the game work proper.
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Other than the new stuff they offer in re .net technologies, I don't see any reason to move to the new versions of VB; perhaps my biggest draw is philosophical, because now they offer true oob in the language. US
Our software program must run on all versions of Windows all the way back to Win 95. Therefore we can never convert it to VB.Net which only works on the later releases. Also the conversion process is famous for not going smoothly. Our program is very large and it will be a big task to convert it. See our website for more information on our program. www.servicelife.co.uk US
Although we still use VB6, we are migrating to VB.NET as we upgrade our obselete systems. Developing web applications with .NET has allowed us to develop robust client/server programs utilizing a web browser, ending the deployment of applications on client machines. US
The .Net Framework has many troubles with dll function calls. IDE works very slow. No Edit & Continue in current vetsion. Good luck! US
It would be nice to have VB6 going for a few more years. US
Having a million or so lines of code (just a guess but we have been creating / extending / maintaining this product (Printcost) for over 20 years) the cost of converting to another language is astronomical There are some fundamental changes that affect us in a major way - like using indexed controls. US
VB is a great tool for rapid development. Now as far as new technology is concern everyone is goin for globilization and the use of internet. for that purpose we have to switch to .net or any other internet related technologies. US
The report designer is the worst thing in VB 6.0, microsoft did not concentrate on building a powerful report designer in vb 6.0, crystal reports maybe better. US
Microsoft developed a very good application with VB6 and are now moving to web based, My company only use VB for small interim developments to fill gaps in the larger systems and so web based is nice, but by far not essential. The cost of developement for VB is very small and hence we develope systems on OPEX without the need for projects. I doubt very much .NET would allow us to develope quicker and cheaper.. US
We will be running our VB6 projects at client sites for at least another 5 to 10 years, but new clients are not interested in the VB6 products anymore - we are only selling dot Net stuff US
We are currently working on several projects. New ones are developed in .NET. Existing ones are maintained with VB6 US
VB6, excellent development tool both in the Visual Basic and VBA environment US
I think we all had better learn vb.net fast! And it's not that hard. US
I don't think Microsoft understand that not all companies have the resources available to constantly be migrating platforms. We have spend 4 years on-going development with the systems we run and to migrate everything to .NET is an insumountable task. We will have no choice but to continue to develop and maintain our systems in VB 6 with or without Microsoft support. US
When is VB 7 coming out? Why not buy out Power basic and make VB programs not dependent on runtimes? US
I use both VB6 and .Net VB6 for small in house apps and C# (.Net) for webpages US
have not yet uesed any of the above tools. US
Why migrate when there is little benefit. The cost of retrainnig and the cost of the tool itself does little to provide any added value to the customer or to my business US
VB6 is still the most productive tool balancing ease of deployment US
The additional programability found in VB.NET would be nice to use in VB 6.x, but I would not want the .NET framework, as it seems to be a limiting factor. US
I have decided not to go through another Microsoft update cycle. I have enough invested in VB6 enough challenges in using it that upgrading to VB.net seems too expensive and painful. I would rather switch to Java. I believe Java is not marketed this way. US
Do not give my email address to anyone .. do not need any more spam! US
Most of our work is in Access VBA. I studied like crazy to get up to speed on .net-- but we just aren't moving into it.

If there was a customizeable accounting package in .Net that we could do VAR stuff with, then we might have options, but the package we currently support still hasn't rolled out their dot net version.

It bothers me that we are in this situation when MS has been saying for years that all new development needs to be done in .Net. We do have an in-house project in .Net and also an ASP.Net project we did, but there is no interest in our mgt. to try to do more.
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VB is a great language, the best for me, is simple and powerful for my job, and it's not create fool programs!. Unfortunately, someday Microsoft will retire the support to the developer community and we must migrate to .Net US
VB6 is very useful. It can stay as VB6 and it will do find. I treat it as an another language in it self to use for Rapid Application Development; not as a version of a computer language.
VB6 will be here forever because its not .Net dependent, the language is easy to use, and because you can create high caliber software in faster time than any other language. VB6 will be use as a language of choice.
When you see people donate real good and innovative programs and codes, they are usually in VB6. Microsoft have missed the point with .NET, they have neglected to respect VB6 itself as a platform.
If some how MS is able to allow VB6 code to run as it is on .NET without any code changes, then maybe people will view it as real 'improvement'.
I have seen and used VB.NET, its cumbersome and time consuming to use. If I want to accomplish something on a code for a program, I usually can find and understand an answer/sample use for VB6 than for VB.NET. Thats the case because many people can understand VB6 easily and get on track to write good code. Not .NET.
MS can only capitalize on VB6 if they only understand and produce software development program that provide the tolerance for imperfect code and the high probability of running code effectively like VB6 and its IDE does. But I doubt they will do the right thing.
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We actually use both VB 6.0 and VB.NET. New applications are developed in .NET but migrating older applications is somewhat difficult and are being developed in VB 6. US
We like VB V6 a lot and hope Microsoft continue to support it for a few years US
My projects are decidedly small for local small businesses that cannot afford the huge and expensive programs similar in content to MS Office Pro. Suites of that type are a waste of their finances because they contain too much that is not required by these people. US
We have multiple VB projects. The only VB.NET projects are for in-house only at this time. All of our projects developed for customers are only being developed in VB6. US
Thanks... no more US
Your survey should use a spell checker, and questions should 1 and 9 be multiple choice. There are good business cases for VB6 and .NET. The issue should be which one best fits the project's needs. US
VB.Net ROCKS ! US
We currently use StarTeam for version control- it is a much better product than VSS. US
I do VB6 programming for our personal household. .NET seems pretty complex for what I need. I do significant projects (85 KLOC, 11 KLOC), both VB6 standalone and MS Office coding [excel, word, access]. What I've looked at for .NET seems overwhelming. It might be useful for business use, but I STILL want something robust for home use. I don't quite need industrial strength. VB6 is quite good - except for needing better (more packaged) facilities to get to Windows system information and features. US
One of the major problems I see in upgrading from VB6 to VB.NET is the code and component conversion. My OCX's I used in VB6 won't work in VB.NET and code conversion is not automatic. I like that VB.NET doesn't suppose to need DLL's, but even C++ needs MFC DLLs, so will that make my VB.NET distribution much larger than in VB6? Who knows. I can find very few answers to these questions, and when I do, they're not ones I want to accept. US
One of the major problems I see in upgrading from VB6 to VB.NET is the code and component conversion. My OCX's I used in VB6 won't work in VB.NET and code conversion is not automatic. I like that VB.NET doesn't suppose to need DLL's, but even C++ needs MFC DLLs, so will that make my VB.NET distribution much larger than in VB6? Who knows. I can find very few answers to these questions, and when I do, they're not ones I want to accept. US
microsoft's biggest mistake is dropping VB6 for VB.NET. compare today's environment to that of 2008 and you'll see. US
VB 6 is still a very viable tool for small business development, VB.NET is too complicated and over kill for that niche. US
VB.net is great, but its deployment side is a bit heavy due to the framework that you need to install. Overall more productive than VB6. US
VB.NET component developers are slow in providing ALL the shipped vb6 functions in their released .NET components. They have ruched to market with incomplete products and poor documentation. It is very frustrating providing the same functions in the .NET part of the program as we do in the VB6 part of the porogram. We ship a joint VB6/VB.NET package. All new development is in the .NET module and as current functions are added to the .NET part, they are removed from the VB6 module. Duplicate menu pages send the user to the correct module and utility. US
I'm not a professional programmer. I just use VB to make a few programs for my computer. My last version was VB4 which I used on 1996 computer. I now have a newer 2002 computer and figured I had better get the latest VB version for it and so bought .NET US
I still USE VB6 for some kind of projects which are mostly based on my exising framework library developped till the date. Use this is faster to develop new project and offers fewer testing/development cycle. If it is brand new project then I use the VB.NET. And ofcource afer 1-2 years .NET will only be my development language as my framework is virtually ready for every new project. I realy imppressed with the fewture exist in the VS.NET IDE. US
I'm an occasional programmer and VB.NET is just to expensive and difficult to make it worthwhile to change from VB6. I’m looking at some other language/framework (REALbasic??) maybe I’ll just stick to VB6 until it’s no longer viable? US
I think development in VB is quicker than NET, at least for small-medium proyects. US
Your survey is not flexible enough to reflect my actual usage. I work as a consultant in a group doing Microsoft-based custom application development and systems integration for multiple clients. My colleagues and I actively use VB6 and .NET (VB.Net, C#, and ASP.NET; .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1; Visual Studio 7.0 and 7.1). Furthermore, I find clients are also using VB6 for support and extension of legacy COM+ as well as doing new development in VB.Net, C# or even J2EE. US
It is like I have heard from a lot of people that used VB6 extensively: Why would you use VB.NET when you have Java? VB6 filled a niche - there was nothing else like it. Sure it did not have classes, overloading, and so on - but if anyone was and is going to need objects, we have and will use a true OO language, like Java or even C++ US
I think MS is making a mistake 'forcing' developers into the .Net corner. It might cause their 'loyal' developers to junk VB and go with Java. If I need to learn a 'new' VB, I might as well learn Java. US
We will probably try to migrate to VB .Net later this year. If it wasn't so steep a learning curve, we would try to move to it for my current project. US
I haven't switched to VB.net since I don't work in a multi-member development team which VB.net seems to have an advantage. Using VB6 in a single developer environment allows me to produce significant windows programs in a very short period of time. US
We cannot justify the man months to upgrade our app to vb.net. We need the ability to run VB6 code directly in vb.net...fat chance! US
VB.NET offers limited benefits given:
1. cost of re-training
2. effort to rewrite existing base
3. effort to support dual platforms with one platform constantly changing

Why won't MS take a VFP type approach (enhancements w/compatibility) to VB vs. huge change? VB.NET is just C# with a different syntax. Let VB be VB (hint: the B stands for BASIC). MS missed or is missing marketplace for development tools for average (hint: BASIC) development previously held by VB. I understand and appreciate all the cool VB.NET technical features - BUT!!!! - where's the real world ROI? For small and medium businesses I just don't see it.

Speaking as CTO of a 15 year software development firm, MS needs a VB 7.0 that builds a BRIDGE to VB.NET vs. the huge chasm they've created between VB 6.0 and VB.NET.

Happy to discuss my thoughts further.

Malcolm Greene, CTO
Brooks-Durham Software
mgreene@bdurham.com
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If only VB.NET wasn't so incredibly different for the kinds of projects we need to create, we would have converted already. We use Crystal Reports integration heavily, and many of our projects are 1-3 day custom reports/utilities for customers. I develop many products as well, that range in size/complexity. US
I would like to hear the advantages of moving to .net. US
I hate .net!! There is too much stuff and it takes too long to create a simple project! It is also hard to make sure it works on other servers. I will go to another product before I go to .Net. US
we are currenlty using both vb6 and vb.net, that should be an option for the survey US
Our projects usually involve interfacing computer systems running VB programs to industrial sensors/measuring systems. These require little in the way of internet capability. US
We do new development in VB.Net but it is not feasible to move our entire suite of applications developed in VB6. Lack of complete migration tools hampers our efforts. US
I use both VB6 & VB.Net, I still like VB6 very much. US
Yes dotnet is the future but vb6 is the present US
Pretty much for network intensive projects, we find PowerBasic's built in networking functions, which support both inline and callback (object oriented) network models, is superior to any other language. It also supports in-line Assembly and of course, like other languages, has no problem allowing direct API/SDK access. And it usually compiles to smaller binaries than any high-level language. US
Would love to learn .NET but time is scarce US
VB6 is now a very old programming language, but if you use
Win32 API and a little hooking and subclassing, you can achieve almost anything - when programming Windows based applications. The embedded ActiveX controls are a little outdateted, but with just a little work one could make superior controls in no time.
So, you see, I have no real need to move on to .NET, or anything else for that matter. Since I am still working on some applications for Win95/98, I don't think those old machines could chew something as robust as the Framework.
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Why does your survey assume you only can use one type of VB.
Personally I presently use VB6 and VB.net.
If section 9 you ask about VB projects, however the third question assumes you only have one project. I have projects I am maintaining and other projects that I am actively developing.
I must say this is the worst survey I've ever written.
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I typically write small interfaces that allow companies to configure embedded products that I design. I want to wrap these up in a few hours. I don't want to get too involved in using the macros required to talk to the comm port in vb.net.

I have used .NET and found it cumbersome for doing applications that talk either over usb or the comm port to configure devices.
I am avoiding the pain of moving right now.
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No plans to move to .NET at this time. Little benifits for our applications. The amount of work required to port VB6 to .NET would be extensive. US
Personally, I think that the .NET Network is nice, however I think that Microsoft needs to re-think it over a bit in some areas... This is VB we are talking about, not C++, why should we have to worry about having a master thread... Also, it would be really nice if Microsoft bundled the .NET Framework with its OS's, they don't at the moment!!! So for these reasons, although I do use .NET, I will still continue to use VB6 for some time to come... US
I wish I had more class in VB. US
The main reason I am not using .net in my current project is it is discouraged by BCA Systems. I am learning .net on my own but must wait for the political winds to change before implementing a project with .net technology. US
It is easy to tell that the C guru's prevailed over at MicroSoft US
We at winops.com support, and are in constant evoultion for approx. 500,000 lines of vb6 source to keep the nations waterways clear and other projects like the new Narrows Bridge in Tacoma WA. We hav no plans to port to net at this time. It looks like a major amount of work.

Linux? C++?
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We at winops.com support, and are in constant evoultion for approx. 500,000 lines of vb6 source to keep the nations waterways clear and other projects like the new Narrows Bridge in Tacoma WA. We hav no plans to port to net at this time. It looks like a major amount of work.

Linux? C++?

Lyman Burk
206 291 6860
US
VB .Net is cool to play with, but each time I try to use it, I end up going back to VB6 because I can get my work done quicker. Too many things were changed w/ .NET to make the transition to it from VB6 easy. US
VB6 will continue to be used to support and upgrade existing software. Many Corporates are still using NT4 and W2K and are not ready to deploy .NET US
I think MS support for VB use to be very good, now you have to really dig around for anything VB6. Thank god for usenet groups. US
Too much overhead for .NET, no 95 support.. US
I use both VB6 and .NET, I am currently updating everything for .NET only. I develop CLIENT/SERVER apps using Sockets and SQL databases. US
I tried to migrate existing vb6 APP to vb.NET and it turned out we have to rewrite 80% of the App and the Cost is very high for my boss so he refused to do it! and Istill have many VB 6 apps that can be upgraded but the Cost of upgrading is very high and we don't have enough resources so I'm stuck in VB 6 US
Thanks to you and to Microsoft but real is when we feel that we are running development of VB projects well, Microsoft thinks to export a new and more powerful tech. again and you konw this makes us really tired of learning it (fun) ! US
We use many versions of VB across the organisation, but the long term strategy is to move to C#. However we still have new applications being written in VB6. US
Our project cannot be converted to .net Without a complete reWrite.Wish there was a Intermmidaite approach Smothing which will make it VB.net ready First... US
After 4 years of VB development, went to University last year to get a foundation in C++, C#, Java, and ASP.Net. Having worked with C#, I feel that it will become the prefered programming language. US
VB 6 has suited me well for a long period of time. I am annoyed that the impending change to VB.Net will require getting used to a new environment, and basically a new language, simply to do what I always have done. US
I'm the sole developer at my company, and I'm currently juggling 3 different projects - two vb6 and one asp.net.
This survey assumes that your only working on one project at the time, which could be the case at a larger company - but it is not the case for me!
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As there are no significant benefits or environmental changes, no reason to migrate to VB.NET for me. US
Vb 6 is a superior product for software development for small business. US
I have no knowledge of how many developers there are in The Plus Group or what languages they use. I work on a contract to Sandia National Labs on a project for which I am the only developer and I am always involved in several (aka all) projects so a couple of your questions are not accurately answerable.

My move to Visual Studio.Net is driven by our voice recognition project, otherwise I have no need of it. As we transition all of our IVR projects to MS Voice Server, I will stop using VB at all and will shift to Java for any non-voice development.
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I will NOT move to .NET until the IDE is as good as VB6 US
VB.net is a huge mental shift from VB6 - and I think many developers already know the answers in VB6 so they don't think VB.net is worth looking at. Personally, the .net framework is a huge leap forward and I hope this framework endures for a long time (rather than being replaced). US
I am no longer actively developing with VB as I was a one man shop. I still use VB 6/VC++ 6 for my projects. US
MS will force us to migrate anyways! Hey, they are the ones in control of the underlying operating system. US
VB6 is still a valuable high performance development tool. The problem of MS withdrawing support will not only affect new development but deeply affects current product maintenance. Availability is currently causing issues. US
Microsoft has made their mark on the computing world by maintaining backwards compatability (DOS programs written in the 80's still work on latest version of windows), yet they have managed to cut-off the largest base of programmers ever in the world (VB) by making VB.NET so highly incompatible with standing VB6 code. Most VB6 shops I've discussed with have decided not to use any proprietary languages from Microsoft in the future because of the threat of this happening again. US
i do not use VB, but i want learn it. where i can find complete tutorials or manuals in spanish? thank you US
VB is very simple to program!!! US
In my group we are not converting any existing applications. Any new application will be developed in .net to take advantage of the new ado.net US
If I could just incorporate .Net into my projects it would be fine - No satisfactory literature to learn on my own - where are the good old MS manuals? US
Keep things stream-lined. Feature-creep is a disaster. US
I still argue for VB against so many technologies and languages including VB.net for one simple reason and that is IT IS THE BEST RAPID APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT TOOL (OR LANGUAGE) US
Plan to delay .NET as long as possible because the platform provides no advantage over current VB5. US
After using VB 6 for a few years and with projects currently under development the migration to .net will be a slow one. However it is one of our long term goals, largely due to it's benefits with ASP.net
Best Regards
US
hacer mas compatible vb6 con .net, pero una compatibilidad real... US
think that more problem related to visual basic are not goodly supported at micorsoft! US
.net specially vb.net still some bug for debuger, we can't stop and continue as vb6, when we can do that. US
Prefer more widely accepted languages. Can use Borland tools for RAD far more effectively, and can leverage skills of professional developers to put together applications quickly.

.NET is too top-heavy, and again, locked into a single platform. Prefer Java approach, although Java's performance leaves a lot to be desired.
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There are many literature with significant errors about developing in VB. One case, the ones who recommend to use Data Control for DB management. It is low efficiently, and it is a wrong way to do the things. US
I'm a simple amateur using learning edition. Previous experience on QB4. Only writing simple programms for personal use. No netconnection whatsoever required. US
Since .NET is a different platform from VB6, and so we will have to learn all the tricks from scratch, we are currently considering other alternatives (Java, php, ...) US
Still happy with VB6. Quiet performant, comparing to .NET... US
I work for a consultancy and so the projects I work on depend on what our clients want. Therefore it is highly unlikely that any projects currently written in VB6 will be migrated as the client simply won't pay for it.

In edition some work is Access VBA which admittedly is not strictly speaking VB6 but is has many similarities. Where a client wants an all in one Access system it is not possible to use .NET (even though I'd like to never have to use Access again ever 8-()

However all future projects where the technologys to use are completely my or my companies choice we will use .NET languages, primarily VB.NET, but also C# for developers who previously wrote C++.
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VB.Net should be much better, and already used by me, if they implemented the old User Data Type (fixed length strings and vectors inside the UDT) is some way and if there was a better way than today to use UDT in binary files in the same way as you can in VB6. US
Good idea this review.
I would like to know how many years VB 6 will be still supported by Microsoft, If you have the answer, this will be fine to send me a mittle memo with the answer.
Thanks
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We are investigating VB.NET intensively for developing WinForms projects. We have found that it is virtually impossible to create 'quite and dirty' solutions using it as the structure is so much more complex than VB6. In fact ADO.NET is a nightmare compared with 'good old' ADO. All the elegant ease of functionality of ADO has been buried under a welter of datasets, dataadaptors and all the rest. As for the datagrid in .NET, it has taken weeks to master its manipulation. In my opinion, Microsoft should have taken VB6 forward in parallel with .NET, with changes 'under the hood' to bring in new functionality, but retaining the RAD features that have made it such a godsend to developers the world over. They should NOT pull the plug on it, though if they do, no doubt there are plenty of VB6 experts out there than can assume the support role currently provided by Microsoft. It is however crucial that future versions of Windows support applications developed in VB6 seamlessly for perhaps decades to come. US
Tell me what do you need in Application and in 95% of the case I'll do it with VB 6.0! US
Many project done in VB6 cannot easily be converted over to VB.net. VB.net is not an upgrade but a completely new language US
For product work that is not easy to reverse engineer, I prefer VB6 US
VB has always been an easy way to build simple programs. However, it's never been good for real oo, reuse, execution speed, etc. But it's very easy for non-programmers to use and call themselves programmers. I'm disappointed even that vb.net exists. If people are going to program, I'd like them to use a real language. I'm happy it's going away, but sad that all these developers are going to have to rewrite all these programs if they want to maintain Microsoft's support past 2006. US
.net has become overly complicated for the small gains
as trends shift, so will our focus, but not out of want
US
Whoever is still using VB 6.0 is making a major mistake. Unless some constraints, really it is a serious waste. I have used VB since version 1.0, and just nothing compare to the upgrate to .NET. Yet painful for the migration, but truly, no pain no gain, and beleive me, gain you get... US
We just think we'll use VB.NET only for new projects and keep using VB6 for currently active projects. US
VB.NET is too bloated to use and deploy. No one has .Net framework installed. US
Proffesional multithreaded, concurrent, networked app design needs good old C/C++ at the server side an GUI clients written in Java or C/C++ using good X-windows toolkit(gtk+/Qt). Perhaps CORBA to glue the things together.
VB is a kids play - perhaps appropriate to create an user-friendly wrapper over SQL queries.
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I spent a year trying to upgrade our flagship program from VB6 to VB .Net and abandoned it when I realized that
1. almost no one has the .Net framework
2. It runs far slower then VB6
3. There was no clear and compelling reason to migrate
US
We use both .NET and VB6 in our projects. Mostly because many clients still use win9x or WinNT clients. Sometimes also use VB6 for small applications that need to be built and delpoyed fast. The question about migrating to VB.net is hard to answer because it depends on our clients. US
VB6 is not going away for me anytime soon! US
Over the past 30 year I have worked with many differernt programming languages. By far VB 6 has been the easiest to use, faster to develop in, and friendlies to debug in. US
I think VB6 is not dead - we had the only .NET project in last two years! Also VB6 takes less time to install and it doesn't need very strong PC in comparation with .NET :-))) US
Several of the radio choices above should be checkboxes, as different projects I am involved in are in more than one of the options - and I suspect that is true for almoist every developer out there.
VB.NET is excellent because of it's object orientation, as well as the fact you can make it interact, in a variety of ways, with other tools. VB6 often gave only one choice. web services also enable us to do a lot of things just not possible before.
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As VB6 does just about everything I need to do, I see no reason to migrate to .NET US
I have never heard of any of ost of the items in question 10. US
The only thing I do in VB6 now is legacy stuff. US
Tried .NET and went back to VB6. We are more concerned with stand-alone rather than web applications. US
Our company does not do VB6 development but migrations for customers. We migrate VB6 apps into VB.NET US
I aim to phase out VB as far as possible and use Java in the future. US
Math modeling is my area of interest in programming. US
Like VB the way it is. US
I only wish that VB.NET gets more friendly to import the current VB6 projects. It won't be easy to move 2 years of work in VB.NET right now with the constant additions and support of new features every month. US
A service pack to fix bugs on VB 6 would be very welcome. I use VB.NET for new developments, but need to maintain and develop add-on functionality for an existing VB 6 project. Migrating to VB.NET is not an option, it is just too much work without return. US
The biggest issue is that is is very difficult to migrate large VB6 projects to VB.NET. The cost is likely to match the riginal development cost. Fundamentally, VB6 has achieved the status of COBOL in the mainframe world. While it would be nice to move hundreds of thousands of lines of working code to newer technology, nobody can justify the cost. Microsoft has to be prepared to support its products for decades, not years. US
I am also interested to know why should we migrate to .net? US
There is a little mistake in the countries, I miss the Netherlands.
Furthermore, I'm interested in the results.
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VB.NET was the reason I started to dislike Microsoft. VB6 was my dream come true. US
I hope Microsoft can find a way to develop a wizard to convert vb6 code so it will run on a Mac or Linux.

I hope .Net will incorporate Java and compile to all platforms.

I just purchased Borland JBuilder so I can develop to all operating systems.
US
VB6 is still a great product for Rapid Application Developement, Sure C#, ASP.Net, VB.Net will accomplish the same application(and smarter), but I believe the overhead of knowledge needed to rapidly develop a C# application by developers without the time or insight into object oriented design will be a crutch. I have on my team several developers married with children, and not enough time to comit to learn a new language, a new way of modeling a program and a new way of interacting with win32. I believe Microsoft should support VB6 for a very long time to come, it will turn into COBOL and many people will continue to develop with it far into the future. US
Many of our customers still use Windows 95. We use VB6 so we don't leave them behind. Most new projects that do not have this limitation are done in C# US
I am programming with VB6,C# WinForms and .NET Compact Framework; and planning o move vb6 projects to .NET this year US
Our shop will not use MS products (except for Windows NT) because of stability and security concerns. We are migrating our apps to the Web, using Java, Struts, JSps, JSTL, CCS, etc. US
.Net: The best thing happened to Programming yet! US
Migration to VB.NET will occur with Whidbey version which is claimed to restore the powerful edit-and-continue capability of VB6. This is the most important RAD aspect of VB6. US
VB.Net for the Pocket PC is GREAT! ADO.net is terrible! US
The move to VB.Net is not that great - we did it on one project in 6 months. Now it is just so much easier and quicker to develop an application. My advice is to plan out when you can move on, and then eventually leave VB6 behind. It can never do all the great things that VB.Net does. Just my 2 cents. US
Until VB.NET reinstates core functionality - such as user-definable array lower bounds, C-compatible structure mapping including embedded strings, and provides full COM interoperability as opposed to the current crippled support, VB.NET is a no-go for us. US
Whilst all new applications we develop will be vb.net we do have several VB6 projects which will NOT be converted to VB.NET simply because of the cost.We have found conversion from vb6 to vb.NET to be very time consuming and so further development of our vb6 projects will be in vb6. US
You forgot the need for a better debugger. US
We are in tertiary education, offering National Diplomas and Degrees across a broad spectrum including IT. We try to train for industry/ corporate requirements. In IT we have been teaching VB for years starting with VB3! At the moment we are teaching VB6 and .NET and are under pressure to drop VB6 as old, but it seems to us that VB6 is still more used in industry than .NET so still need to put students on the job market with VB6 skills. It is difficult to tell when would be a good time to switch completely to .NET US
I tried .net and didn't like it. None of my old software would convert properly, and what company would waste more time and effort trying to convert the old stuff to fit .net? I gave it a go and took it back off and put VB 6 back on. .net is NOT basic, it is based on basic, but it should not be advertised as being basic. I felt I was mislead by the advertising, which assured me that all my old VB6 stuff would convert, when in fact none of it did! Verdict on .net: Shite! Note that my answers to Q 7,8 is related to VB 6 and not .net. US
It's nice to know about the purpose of this survey. US
New projects will be/are written in VB.NET and ASP.NET.
The first years existing VB6 projects will not be migrated and adaptions/improvements will still be made in VB6.
US
Visual Basic does not have a Grid Control for Master Transaction Entry Form, we have to depend on third-party control like Sheridian,Videosoft Flex Grid etc..But the most important thing I like is the Rapid Devlopment and Robust De-bugging tools. US
VisualBasic is still good programming Language US
vb is a good tool US
The roadblock to use of VB.NEt in windows application is the distribution of the .NET framework. Often I am developing small programs to run on mamy clint computers and cannot justify forcing the .NET installation, so I continue to use VB6 for those applications. US
I am sure there must be other .NET programmers in ADP. I am the only one that I know of in our department. My major focus is developing applicaitons for the compact framework (Pocket PC). US
Personal information/email should not matter. Only the answers should. Shame on you for trying to force us into giving that info. US
i think that the main disadvantage of VB.NET is the learning curve, the fact that almost everything which we use in our every day work with VB6 don't exist in VB.NET (ie there are no real .NET equivalents to the controls that ship with vb6 out of the box).
a good thing is the .net framework which, could allow code execution in other systems/OSs if ports of the framework were to be developped for those platforms (like JAVA).
i think .net is better then java because it's a REAL WORLD technology to be used in small projects and not some language developped FOR coders (like JAVA is)
US
I still use VB3 whenever I can, because it does many jobs very nicely and is easier to install. The only tecnical documentation tool I use is for the Help file. I use Help Writer. US
Instead of migrating to VB.NET we decided to use C#. US
A timely list of companies that need VB6 developers would be really useful. US
Till Now i am able 2 achive all the requirments using vb6 so i don't think there is some urgent need to shift on .net. US
I don't like the way .NET is so different than legacy VB. I just got decent with VB6 and now they want me to learn something new already. I feel that no matter how much Windows changes backwards compatibility should be top priority... US
During last for years I have been working with VB6 and I don't had problems. What's the reason for change to VB Net ..?
What about with Visual Basic for applications if in this moment the code of Office is supported on VB6.0 ..?
US
I have 11 years VB experience, starting from Version 3 and have used VB.Net commercially for 18 months and have recently (4 months ago) changed to C#, which at the end of the day, makes no difference wether you use VB.Net or C#. To be honest, I really don't see a future for VB6 or earlier versions. US
I'm afraid I don't know enough about the above to make choices! I just put my head down and code - and get it to work! (I put in what I thought - hope it's meaningful) US
I use VB6 for windows programs. I am moving to VB Net to keep up, but I consider the ADO net and printing methods are awful no doubt ms will sort it out in time, but in the meantime I've started looking at Java and Delphi US
I like working in VB6.0. I think its fine US
I would very much like to migrate to .NET
But every time you start a new project, there is no time and money for changing from your fingertip development tool.
US
Microsoft should keep Visual Basic 6 without the .NET features or else. Why not a simple VB 7.0 or 8.0 as a suite to VB 6? US
Why make a change?
We are not 100% program developers - we pürogram as a means to solve our engineering problems and VB/Delphi/FPRTRAN is perfect for that. .NET is simply not required ans has totally the wrong emphasis put on it
US
VB is dead, long live C#! US
Please leave this questionary in English or translate it correctly. Developers are accustomed to use the English language - it would also work with questionaries ;-) US
VB is so widespread that information and examples are readily available anywhere on the NET. Microsoft's examples are usually somewhat sparse and the Technet has been stripped of what it considers 'Obsolete Products', yet has limited information on what is considered 'Current' (i.e. .NET). US
By version 6, VB has developed into a reasonably stable and fairly usable development tool. The pain that Microsoft made VB users (i.e. developers) endure on the way to version 6 was largely unnecessary and caused by their ill-thought-out approach to product development (although I accept that expectations altered drastically during this period, partly because of the functionality offered by Microsoft developer tools). .Net appears to be a way to force us all through the same pain again, with no obvious benefit. US
These questions were very confining and hard to answer correctly due to missing choices. I only use VB6 when forced to. That is the main point of your survey, right? US
There needs to be an easier way to migrate applications to VB.Net US
Good Luck! US
VB6 is still the language of choice for me when targeting lightweight home systems running older Windows versions. And development in VB6 is very fast (track record: 10 minutes for a simple generic SQL client). I will use ASP.NET and C# for Web applications and Web services. US
VB6 is a great tool. I will still use this until I am confortable with VB.NET. US
We use VB6 for instrument control.
We cannot keep updating the versions
US
Size of the .Net framework is a barrier for Internet deployed Windows apps US
Although clunky at times, VB6 is a tool that can make things happen.
Among other things, I wrote parsers, expression evaluations, database designer and other stuff you would typically do in C++. The language is sufficiently OO for my purposes; I could get around its deficiencies with a few extra lines of code.
Strong points:
- interpreter, can alter program code whilst the program is
stopped at a breakpoint; immediate window
- small executable when generating p-code
Problems:
- installer for VB programs - sometimes goes into infinite reboot loops when installing your app, depending on the machine! It took
me several days at one stage to fix that - luckily, MS provides source.
- OO deficiencies - control cannot implement interface, no inheritance.
US
VB6.0 is suitable for small size project US
We are planning to move from VB6 to C# - not VB.NET due to what we understand as VB.NET will become todays 'noddy/Access/VBA' language in th future which will not hold the power C# is planning to have. US
.Net is major step in the right direction. It has come at a price deprecated features and a complex envirnoment. The environment is focused on tools for the professional developer and they have created an issue in creating a tool that beats the socks off J2ee but is is not as productive as VB6 US
The main problem with .NET is the size of Framework to install in Win9.x machines. It's almost impossible distribute a program made in .NET without the framework for use in these OS. VB6 projects can be deployed using one or two floppy discs. Another problem is the difference of programming language between VB6 and VB.NET... US
One thing which would be great is to have the possibilities to compile a single EXE which contains all the necessary libraby in its code (something like Coolplayer application from Coolsoft)... This is mainly why i gave 8 at the 7th question. US
Microsoft need to put the multiline comments in VB.NET and use it to generate sensitive help US
I work on projevts that are both in evelopment and being maintained US
I would have prefered a usual Visual Basic 7 instead of VB.net, i.e. no migration problems what so ever. I don't think it's possible for us do migrate. US
Some of my clients still use Windows 95 and 98. on PIII computer .Net is simply too big and slow for them. Also the framework changes too often. I may use .net but not before another 5 years... US
VB is out of date today (Internet Browsers Generation) ...
.NET is -again- a MS product ... only for MS products ...
Open source (PHP, MySQL, Kylix, ...) rules!
US
I truthfully find Microsoft products poor and un-user friendly. If I could I would be using another programming language, but the companies that I work for all want a popular unified platform (and since they are using Office applications, well). US
In a corporation trying to minimize in-house developed code, there is also a reluctance to establish .NET as the standard because of incomplete training and competance. As a result, new projects are still being authored in VB6. Some developers are experimenting with .NET, but without corporate backing, the transition will lag by years.
SAP is intended to be the integrated development environment across the worldwide organization.
US
Java is the way to go! US
I will never allow my company to use .net or any other new development tools from Microsoft. Breaking code compatibility for the second time is unforgivable. If we are forced to move from VB6, we will re-code using development tools which offer some longevity. US
MS Should support regular VB as well as .NET. In fact, there should be a non-.NET version as well as the .NET version. US
My university is transitioning our VB projects to Java, so I will have to learn .Net on my own time. I'm sorry Microsoft had to ruin the only language I have found that allows developers to focus on the business domain instead of the technical "how to do it" that other languages require. The informal reviews of .Net I have heard from other developers indicate that VB's "ease of use" was not retained. US
We all understand that the development business requires constant education activity considering all the new technologies springing forth. New versions of languages come out and we learn the new functions. What get's to be aggravating with MS is that a lot of time is spent on some of their languages or their backbone technologies like COM or ActiveX and then MS decides that wasn't what they wanted to do afterall. Not everyone feels the need in every application to be web centered. Updates are easily downloaded and installed without being web centered. As the Jet Engine seems destined to go to oblivion and even the SQL server future is uncertain, I am considering going to an OpenSource strategy. Java for application development and MySQL for database. I might as well go to learning JAVA as opposed to C# or VB.Net. In either case we are talking about a massive change from the VB6 that we all know and love and hate (and love anyway in spite of it's short comings). But at least we know it, and when it needs some help on speed or something, I can write a C++ DLL to help it out.

And perhaps even more important is the licensing question. As MS becomes more dominant essentially a monopoly, they become more belligerent in their licensing requirements. So if your customers have multiple work stations, MS itself starts making your application look less cost effective.

The reason that our faith in MS language, technology, database, server, and licensing all starts to seem a little scary for the future is because of the escalating changes of the past. We just know we're gonna get screwed!!
US
We have other developers full time, I use VB part time to do hardware support example programs for Windows using MSComm and a USB device Library for VB 6.0. Used VB5 with PDQComm in 97-99 for serial control demos, previously QB4.5, and VC++ 4.x for SCSI/Parallel projects. At B&B I only have a VB6 license, so that is all I use. I've been programming since 1981 using various Basics, Forth, F83, C, mostly for real time hardware control, even tried LOGO. Fastest programming/testing I like best, usually the UI is the most work, VB makes it easy to move things around for better operation. US
For now i think programming in VB6 offers me the best option to work because the language is not a "baby" and with that gives me the know how of many years of many people that working with it (also my own know how of the language). My supporting routines works very well in VB6 but with .Net i must do all the work again and lose some time to update some projects that i have. US
It will be a long time before we can move some of our larger projects to DotNet. However, DotNet is a far superior platform. US
Nice survey. Hope my answer helps :) US
VB started to loose its "BASIC" concept with VB6 and .net seems to take an even bigger step in this direction. VB6 certainly has a lot of improvements and is still a very good tool. .net makes many things unnecessarily complicated US
We hesitate to move to VB.NET because it requires more hardware to run applications written in it, and our customers (non-profit organizations) often do not have up-to-date hardware. Also, rewriting our rather large application in a new programming language does not make sense from a timeframe/budgetary point of view. US
Not sure that any Microsoft products are the future for us.
Servers have gone to Linux, and desktops are going that way.
US
thank you US
VB6 code is still faster than the .NET equivalent, especailly when it comes to startup. VB6 code also runs in a much smaller memory footprint (and yes, I know that this is not so critical in a GC environment). US
My biggest frustration with VB6 is the lack of built-in reports support. I had planned to convert my Access aps to VB6 until I found my users would have to purchase a separate report generator to be able to use it. Instead, I just use it to develop ActiveX components and installation screens, and use Access Developer to support the aps for stand-alone db installations that just need the Access runtime. US
.Net has removed many of the supported DLL's I used frequently in VB. It has also changed the characteristics of many of the standard controls making it difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade smoothly. US
My primary development area is Microsoft Excel, using Excel/VBA for the front end and VB6 DLLs for middle and data tiers. US
Your Questioaire assumes that only one version of VB is being used by the responant, I use both VB.NET and VB6 and C#. In future I will rely almost exclusively on C# under the Mono framework, using the Mono version of VB.NET only when a client wants code in VB. US
Most of our clients are large national and multinational companies who have not moved to XP or do not have the .NET runtime available.

DEvelopment in .NET is also harder and requires greater knowledge and skill on the part of the programmer.
US
We have a project that is almost done. It is a full rewrite of a Student Adminstration System we began coding back in 2001 and will have completed by the end of this year.

Our new projects have been in .NET, and we will eventually port over the Student Adminstration System to .NET as well, but time constraints caused us to wait until after release this year.
US
The last true Visual Basic version was 6.0. The .NET platform's 'version' of VB is no longer 'basic'. You no longer have the generalization and broad scopes that you did with previous versions. US
Regardless of Microsoft's abandonment of VB6 and the laughing manner in which the non-VB world views it, Visual Basic to me is still tough to beat. It is quick, it is easy, and in the hands of the right person, it is just as powerful as anything else out there. US
Question 7 & 8 - What version of VB are you talking about? VB.Net or VB6

Why couldn't Microsoft rename VB.Net as B#
US
Since we are only developing in-house applications on a very small scale, it is not to be expected that we'll need the .Net framework. The investment would not be warranted. US
We use a mixture of .NET and VB6. .NET is our preferred tool for new developments, but you just can't beat the speed with which you can fire up VB6, build something quickly and use it for one-off data processing. .NET also doesn't do interpretation, so the immediate window functionality in VB6 is going to be missed when we all go .NET. US
I have a feeling VB6 will still be around in 10 years! US
Your question "In which phase is your project?" is simplistic. Our "project"--i.e., our core app--is always being enhanced (development) AND maintained. We have 1 1/2 developers in our company to maintain/enhance almost 70 VB6 projects, which include over 300k lines of code. The thought of migrating to VB.NET is daunting, to say the least. We already have two installed reports written in VB.NET (forget Crystal Reports--it didn't work), both of which took three times as long to write, aren't as nice looking as the reports they replaced, and had to be deployed in a squirrely manner just to run. So far, I'm exceedingly under impressed by the product, but what choice to we have? US
thank you and i would like to provide me with latest news about about vb6 and vb net and if there are job opportunities. US
While the mags tell us that .NET is the way to go, I find that VB6 is still in very wide use and is a far better RAD tool than .NET US
All said and done... it's Micro$oft... closed-platform, totally opposed to the hacker mindset :-( US
I wish C and low level were supported. US
It's quite difficult to compare who is the best vb or VB.net.?
it's depends upon the requirement.
US
VB6 was a hell of a lot easier for most things. I've forced myself to learn the new system but have not seen any major benefits from doing so. Basically, I changed because it'll soon be the only game in town. US
We have converted 10 of our VB6 projects (about 700 forms
and a lesser number of modules) to VB.net. We do not see
any speed or size advantages so the conversion is motivated
solely to stay current. With embedded VB3 no longer supported
on handhelds we have to move our handheld to compact
framework.
We have no (zero) clients who have any interest in paying
for a VB6 ---> VB.net conversion
US
Si Win32 no muriera, seguiria usando VB (clasico) por siempre, pero WinFX (el API de Longhorn) se acerca, y con el viene la muerte de Win32 y cualquier lenguaje para dicha API. Esto tambien lo estoy viviendo tambien con Delphi. SP
Aun tengo que utilizar VB6 porque todavia no conozco bien Vb.Net
La desventaja de Vb.Net es que debemos vover a aprender otro lenguaje de Programación.
SP
No conozco .NET pero me encantaría probarlo. SP
Il costo del pacchetto Professional è eccessivo e quindi per .NET mi sono orientato ad utilizzare dei prodotti Open Source (SharpDevelop e WebMatrix). IT
Ci vorrebbero più componenti di rappresentazione dati maggiormente personalizzabili e un supporto decisamente migliore per la stampa in diversi formati il datareport è un pò scarso e poco personalizzabile. IT
Ritengo che, benchè sia una notevole innovazione (vedi multitreading,ereditarietà ecc), vb.net sia superfluo per il 90% delle applicazioni desktop come gestionali ecc.
In sostanza, se ne può fare benissimo a meno.
IT
Visual Basic 6 è più che sufficiente per fare tutto o quasi sia su piattaforme base 95/98/Me che professionali NT4/2000/XP/2003 se si sa utilizzare, inutile sperperare risorse tempo e soldi per acquistare VB.NET, quali che siano i vantaggi di portabilità e affidabilità chi non usa nello specifico, feature del framework .NET (quasi nessuno che non sia solo travolto dalla "moda"), non ha motivo di spendere inutilmente in tool di sviluppo e corsi di aggiornamento. IT
VB6 era ed è un ottimo strumento di sviluppo, non ho gradito la migrazione ad un nuovo linguaggio anche se di vecchio conserva solo il nome (parte). La transizione da VB 3.0 alla 6.0 era all'insegna della coerenza e retrocompatibilità. Con .Net non ci siamo. Tutta l'esperienza acquisita va sprecata. IT
Non ci fidiamo piu` di M$. La cosa piu` importante in un linguaggio e` la durata nel tempo. Con un linguaggio tipo Delphi, chi ha programmi fatti in Pascal per DOS puo` ad oggi ancora compilarli con Delphi ultima versione. Con il passaggio da VB a VB.Net Microsoft riconferma una mancanza di professionalita` vergognosa, per cui VB6 sara` l'ultimo linguaggio M$ che useremo. Appena possibile ci sara` pure una conversione da ASP a PHP al fine di abbandonare M$ in tutto (a parte i sistemi operativi per ragioni commerciali). IT
La cosa più snervante di VB.NET, stà nel fatto che non è possibile effettuare correzioni durante il debug dell'applicazione. In questo modo diventa molto difficle dove e come correggere gli erroti. Inoltre sento molto la mancanza dell proprietà Index nei controlli, dato che in genere preferisco costruire i programmi in maniera dinamica. Inoltre se devo realizzare una semplice applicazione che fa uso di DB, generalmente utilizzo un MDB è l'applicazione va giù da sola, con VB.NET tutto si complica, costrigendomi a rinunciare.
Il mio sito si trova al seguente indirizzo:
http://bcp.3000.it
IT
L'azienda ha già settori che sono passati al Net (250 persone, 150 con Vb asp com+, circa 50 altro, circa 50 DotNet IT
VB était à l'origine un langage pour "débutants", c'est désormais un langage pro avec l'avènement de .Net

L'utilisation conjointe avec C# permet de couvrir tous les domaines, en gardant la lisibilité du code VB et en permettant d'exploiter l'ouverture de C# (composants gratuits sur le web tels qu'Olymars de MS)
FR
Le produit .NET va être imposé par Microsoft car c'est la politique commerciale de Microsoft. je suis entouré d'informaticien personne ne travaille en .Net et personne ne compte migrer à .Net FR
Le principal frein de l'utilisation de .NET est la complexité de paramétrage de la plateforme de développement. FR
J'ai a peine mes 18 ans et je ne travaille donc pas en entreprise. En ce qui concerne mes projets personnels, la durée est très variable et parfois tends vers l'infini faute de temps/d'intérêt. La plupart de ces projets projets sont destinés à illustrer des techniques particulière dans le cadre de réponse aux questions posées sur les newsgroups et n'ont par conséquent aucune période de maintenance et une faible durée de développement. FR
asp.net apporte beaucoup de fonctionalités par rapport à asp dans le cadre de développements web par contre n'apporte rien par rapport à vb FR
venant de QBasic 2.5, VB3, en passant par vb5 puis vb6 et enfin vb.net, je ne cesserai jamais de faire des éloges de mon langage de prédilection.
Certe, aujourd'hui, les nouveaux projets sont en vb.net (que j'adore)mais j'utilise encore vb6 pour de petits utilitaires et je crois que je ne suis pas pret de m'en separer.
FR
Les mises à jour Visual Studio NET sont trop chères;
je suis toujours en 2002 pour cette raison
FR
Il serait très intéressant de générer un exe unique intégrant le code utile des composants (DLL, OCX, ...) FR
actuellement,J'ai environ 15 applications qui évolue en permanance suivant la demande des clients (certaine on même été dévellopée sous VB4 que j'ai pu reprendre sans trop de problème avec VB6) et cela me fait peur de passer les sources en vb.net sans tout redévelopper. ayant essayer avec une version d'évalution 30 jours du .net, l'outil de conversion est pas génial, il faut tout reprendre ligne par ligne (mes programmes faisant entre 50 000 et 60 000 lignes). Alors j'ai abandonée. FR
Pourquoi est-ce que la conversion de VB6 a VB.NET est tellement difficile que sur nos 40000 lignes de codes on doit TOUTES les revoir. Il aurait fallu une migration 'en douceur' avec un mode de compatibilité VB6. Je regrette aujourd'hui d'avoir fait confiance a Microsoft, car pour moi ils vont abandonner VB6 et la charge de travail est inimaginable. FR
Regrette que Microsoft 'abandonne' la technologie DAO pour passer à ADO.NET, il aurait pu garder aussi la techonologie DAO en passant à .NET car les migrations des anciens projets à .NET ne sont pas aisées. FR
dommage que Vb ne permette pas d'intégrer les dll et autres composants dans l'exécutable. Dommage aussi que l'outil de déploiement et installation soit très loin de la perfetcion. FR
Un outils qui fonctionne correctement (VB6), n'as pas besoin d'être modifié aussi profondément (.Net). FR
VB.NET , c'est la meme chose que JAVA la portabilité en moins !!!
Pourquoi choisir VB.NET alors que jamais fait la meme chose avec en plus une ouverte sur des milliers de config différentes, alors que VB.NET ne marchera que sur des machines à environnement microsoft.
Bof bof... Pour windows, VB6 est très bien, sinon, JAVA est nickel
FR
La notion d'interopérabilité entre les langages est très intéressante dans le framework .NET, et permet ainsi de gagner du temps en sélectionnant une ressource (développeur) sur un panel plus important de compétences. FR
Il faudrait que la conversion des projets vb6 en vb.net soit plus optimisée FR
VB5 EST UN OUTIL DE DEVELOPPEMENT EXCEPTIONNEL TANT DANS SA SIMPLICITE QUE DANS SON UTILISATION. IL FAUT JUSTE EN CONNAITRE LES LIMITES SUIVANT L'APPLICATION A DEVELOPPER. FR
Le majeur probleme de VB.NET est le fait que c'est 100% décompilable (via Salamander par exemple.) FR
Pourquoi changer de langage pour des industriels dont le but est d'optimiser leur résultat et pas uniquement de travailler avec le dernier langage à la mode ? Si vous avez une réponse... FR
L'aide de visual basic 5 est réalisée d'une excellente façon. VB6 et autre logiciel devrait s'en inspirer grandement. L'accès aux bases de données, de type Access, avec devient trop compliqué avec VB6 en rapport à VB5 et ses contrôles data
Le service d'empaquetage de VB6 est quelques fois perfectible
FR
un VB7 aurait été plus judicieux, c'est à dire avec un IDE digne de ce nom, de l'héritage... FR
Umfangreiche Standardsoftware umzustellen ist zu aufwendig. Neuentwicklung von Modulen wird in .NET gemacht. Komplettumstellung also nicht in Sicht. DE
die Übersetzung Ihrer Umfrage ist grauenhaft DE
Ggf kommt ein Umstieg auf PowerBasic in Betracht.
Der derzeitige Einsatz von .NET wird von mir als IT-Consultant noch nicht empfohlen, da (noch) nicht stabil genug.
DE
Ggf Umstieg auf PowerBasic.
.NET wird von mir als IT und Security Consultant bisher noch nicht empfohlen, da (noch) zu instabil.
DE
Das Deployment für Netzwerkumgebungen muss in Verbindung mit auf Fileservern liegenden Assemblies und die korrekte Rechtevergabe auf Windows Clients noch überarbeitet werden. Das ist zu kompliziert mit den Wizards!

Die Deployment-Tools sind für gemischte Anwendungen (Access-Runtime, VB6 und .NET ZUSAMMEN) nicht geeignet und man muss auch teure Pendants wie Installshield ausweichen (Nullsoft NSIS ist auch sehr flexibel).

Codedokumentation muss viel einfacher werden für VB.NET. Bei C# funktioniert das schon sehr gut.

Die IDE sperrt sich manchmal selber die Dateien (Zugriffsverletzungen) und der Form-Designer zerstört gelegentlich veränderte Formulare mit Custom Controls. Das DARF nicht passieren.

Absolut gut wäre die Möglichkeit, C# und VB.NET Module von der IDE aus in eine einzige Assembly zu linken. Manuell ist dies bei großen Libraries sehr umständlich und zeitraubend.

Weiterhin sollte man in den Kompilationsvorgang eingreifen könen bzw. Makefiles für alle Arten von Solutions (nicht nur C/C++) erzeugen können.

Für einen Verzeichnisbaum mit mehreren hundert einzelnen Projekten und gegenseitigen Abhängigkeiten bleiben einem nur externe Tools wie NANT.

Schönen Feierabend! :)
DE
Warum ich nicht auf VB.Net wechsle: im VB6 kann ich so schön "am lebenden Patient operieren" (Quelltextbearbeitung im Haltemodus & weiterlaufen lassen). DE
Falle wohl ein bischen raus, da ich nie VB6 entwickelt habe und die C# Syntax nicht sehr ansprechend finde.
Ein Modus, der die VB6 Zugeständnisse abschalten könnte, wäre wohl recht gut in meinen Augen.
DE
Die Fragen sind teilweise falsch gestellt. "- Warum migrieren Firmen auf .NET? " müsste heißen "Warum migrieren Firmen _NICHT_ auf .NET?".

Eine der Antworten wäre dann, weil es aus _KUNDENSICHT_ keine klar erkennbaren Vorteile gibt!

- Nur für ein kleines Tool das .NET-Framework installieren kommt häufig nicht in Frage. Solange das .NET-Framework nicht Bestandteil von Windows ist oder eine Verbreitung wie der IE erreicht, wird sich an der schleppenden Verbreitung von .NET nix ändern. Es wäre schön, wenn die NET-Jubler und Microsoft diese Tatsache endlich zur Kenntnis nehmen und sich was einfallen lassen, wie das NET-Framework auf die USER-PCs kommt.
DE
Für mich ist .NET obsolet DE
Da ein Umstieg generell mit Zusatzaufwand verbunden ist, muß der Benefit entsprechend hoch sein. Ich sehe mehrere mögliche Trends, tendiere jedoch zu der Annahme, daß Linux bzw. andere Betriebssysteme als Alternative an Bedeutung weiter gewinnen. Wir entwickeln Server- und Client-Software, was eine Offenheit dem Betriebssystem gegenüber wichtiger macht. .NET liegt, was Portabilität angeht, aber ganz schlecht im Rennen. Eine weitere große Ungewißheit ist, welche Preispolitik Microsoft in Zukunft anstreben wird. Hier könnten hohe Kosten entstehen. Aus diesen und anderen Gründen kann leicht ein Umstieg auf Java oder Python beispielsweise viel interessanter sein. DE
Solange .Net keine vernüftige (Zeitsparende) Datenbankanbindung für nicht umbedingt hoch skalierbare Anwendungen hat, werde ich nicht umstellen. DE
falsch 8) Was ist Ihre Meinung bezüglich das Microsoft Technical Support ?
richtig 8) Was ist Ihre Meinung bezüglich des Microsoft Technical Support?

falsch 9) Was ist die durschnitliche Grösse ihrer VB Projekte ?
richtig 9) Welches ist die durschnitliche Grösse ihrer VB Projekte?

falsch 11) Ihre Kommentäre sind willkommen :
richtig 11) Ihre Kommentare sind willkommen:
DE
Ich verlange, dass VB weiterhin gepflegt wird! DE
mit .Net habe ich mich noch gar nicht auseinander gesetzt. Wir werden wohl in den Wintermonaten, wenn es bei uns ruhiger bei uns geworden ist, zunächst mal Literatur erwerben und dann können wir vergleichen. In erster Linie arbeiten wir mit VB in Verbindung mit ACCESS. DE
VB Projekte nur noch in Dienstleistungen wo der Aufwand mit .NET zu hoch wäre. Ansonsten bereits kompletter Umstieg auf .NET - dort hauptsächlich C#. DE
Ich sehe keinen grund auf .net umzusteigen. vb6 sollte in seiner art weiter entwickelt und supported bleiben. optimal wäre eine implementierung der runtime in das windows wie es bei c++ schon ist DE
Eigenstandige Native Exe wie bei Delphi würde VB.Net gut stehen. DE
Seit mehr als zwei Jahren mache ich nur noch Software-Projekte mit .NET. Dabei entscheidet der Kunde, ob VB.NET oder C# verwendet wird. Ich selbst ziehe die Entwicklung mit C# vor, da C# und die gebotenen Mittel ein ganzes mehr Professionalität bieten als VB.NET. Außerdem läßt VB.NET unsinngige Programmierung durch die Weiterführung von 'liebgewonnenen" VB-Spezialitäten zu. VB.NET schleppt zuviel aus den alten Welt mit in die neue .NET-Welt. Das ist bei C# nicht der Fall. DE
Es ist nicht nützlich, eine Sprache für tot zu erklären,
wenn diese durchaus noch gute Dienste leisten kann.
.Net ist als Ergänzung willkommen, ein fettes Framework
sollte aber nicht jedem aufs Auge gedrückt werden.
DE
Ich arbeite nur mit Visual Basic 4.0 Professional Edition, 32 und 16 Bit. DE
Wir haben meistens mehrere kleinere Projekte parallel laufen !
Die kleinen Dateigrößen sind eine echte Hilfe. Wir haben auch schon eine kleine Anwendung für mobile Geräte (PPC 2003) geschrieben, die eine Kundenlösung zur Lagerhaltung hervorragend abrundet.
DE
Die zukünftige strategische Ausrichtung unseres Unternehmens lautet J2EE DE
Hoert nicht auf mit VB6. DE
Ich LIEBE VB6! Ich würde gerne in VB6 weiterentwickeln. Aber ich kann mit VB6 Webanwendungen nicht so einfach erstellen, wie das in VB.NET (ASP.NET) geht. Und Webanwendungen sind zur Zeit am meisten gefragt. Ein weiteres Problem ist, daß Microsoft VB6 nicht weiterentwickelt und neuere Technolgien (XML, SOAP, ...) nur schwer zugänglich sind. Microsoft lässt uns keine Chance, an NET vorbeizukommen. NET ist ja grundsätzlich nicht schlecht, sondern sehr gut. Aber ich "hasse" diesen IL-Code und den damit verbundenen Wiederherstellungsmöglichkeiten (Anakrino, etc.).
Native-Code war mir lieber!
DE
Wir haben schon Visual Studio .NET 2003
Laufende VB 6.0 Projekte werden abgeschlossen und nicht migriert.
Neue Projekte werden in C# entwickelt.
DE
Die Kombination bei .NET die Programmierkenntnisse aller Sprachen zusammenwerfen zu können hat für mich fast nichts mehr mit ordentlicher Programmierung zu tun! DE
Die Einarbeitung in ADO.NET is mehr als mühselig, weil es am Markt nahezu keine gute Literatur gibt. (Ich bevorzuge die Erstellung von ADO Komponenten (dataset, adapter, conn objekt) zur Laufzeit per Quellcode) DE
Warum gibt es in .NET keine FTP-Klasse?
Sockets sind zu einfach, asynchone zu kompliziert/umständlich.
DE
Also wenn wir auf .NET umsteigen, sollten die Preise der Lizenzen gesenkt werden. .NET ist für mittelständische Unternehmen zu teuer (in der Entwicklung und Wartung). Außerdem ist man mit ASP nicht flexibel genug. Kleinere Projekte, die von heute auf morgen fertig sein müssen, sind in einem "strengen" Zeitrahmen nicht realisierbar. Deshalb setzen wir auf php und MySQL. DE
Ich finde es schade das VB6 nicht "weiter entwickelt" wird.
Als Hobby Programmierer habe ich keine Lust und auch keine Zeit
eine neue Sprache zu erlernen.
DE
Ich finde VB6 ist eine super Programmiersprache und die Entwicklungsumgebung lässt nur wenige Wünsche offen. Schade nur, dass der Sprung zu .NET zu groß ist, und das sich soviel geändert hat. Ich hätte es super gefunden, wenn man noch das "alte" VB weiterentwickelt hätte, parallel zu .NET! DE
Auf "Was ist die durschnitliche Grösse ihrer VB Projekte ?" schließt sich nicht die Frage "Zahl von VB Entwickler auf dem Projekt :" an.

Ihre Umfrage ist wertlos.
DE
Ich bin überzeugter Visual Basic Programmierer, weil Visual Basic einfach und Komplex zugleich ist. DE
Ich benutze VB nur noch für bestehende Projekte. Neue Anwendungen werden unter c# entwickelt! DE
Dieses survey ist unterste Menschenwürde ;) .Net ist einfach eine schreckliche "Programmier"-sprache, deshalb würde ich es nicht benutzen DE
Auf die Werkzeuge bin ich bisher nicht gestoßen. DE
Ich bin nur Hobby-Programmierer.
Diese Umfrage ist sehr schlimm gestaltet und lässt viele Fragen offen.
DE
Ich sehe in VB.NET praktisch nur Vorteile, der einzige Nachteil ist der extreme Aufwand, bestehende Projekte von VB6 auf .NET zu migrieren, da der einzig sinnvolle Weg eine Neu-Programmierung sein kann (speziell bei Datenbank-Anwendungen ist durch ADO.NET sowohl in der Business-Logik als auch in der GUI alles anders und daher kann man von einer Migration wohl kaum sprechen). Unter "Shared Components" habe ich Komponenten von Drittherstellern interpretiert. Ein anderer Sinn dieses Wortes ist mir nicht eingefallen. Die Formulierung der Fragen ist teilweise missverständlich. Zum Bsp. (9), "Zahl der VB Entwickler auf dem Projekt" steht unter dem Titel "Durchschnittliche Größe Ihrer VB-Projekte". Was meinen Sie unter "dem" Projekt? Ich arbeite gleichzeitig an mehreren. DE
Die Mehrzahl von Kommentar ist Kommentare DE
wird von uns nur für Eigenbedarf oder kleinere Tools für Kunden benutzt DE
Für die Anforderungen meines Projekts reicht VB6 vollkommen aus. Ich sehe für meine spezielle Anwendung keine Vorteile in einem Umstieg auf VB.NET. DE
 
     
     

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