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If VB6 is still supported, why should I migrate my app?

Posted by John Browne on Dec, 09, 2015 @ 06:12

Recently a customer wrote us, saying "Hey, if Microsoft says VB6 is still supported and will be for years and years, why should I worry? Why bother to migrate my app off that classic platform?"

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Topics: application modernization, Visual Basic, VB6

VB6 Open Source - Not gonna happen

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Jul, 15, 2014 @ 14:07

There's been a strong push by the user community to open-source VB6 in order to ensure a better future for both the language and the developers. In early June, Microsoft officially confirmed that it will not be open-sourcing VB6. We have advice for those of you who are ready to move off of Visual Basic and on to more modern languages and platforms:

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP, VBA, VB6

WebMAP2: Getting light with no rewrite

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Apr, 03, 2014 @ 09:04

First of all, this is not about Windows XP.

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Topics: application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic, Microsoft, Windows XP, HTML5, Mobile Application Development

History of BASIC, King James Edition

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 31, 2013 @ 16:10

I've always been a sucker for the majesty and sheer incomprehensibility of the King James Bible, which of course we were read to as children as though we might actually understand it. Since today is a day of illusion, I thought it would be fun to consider what might have turned out if the authors of the KJV had written a history of BASIC. So with apologies to those long-dead literary titans who have added so many many memorable and wonderful sound bites to our language and culture, may I present...

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Topics: Visual Basic, Spoof, fun

What you need to know about XP end of life support

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Sep, 24, 2013 @ 10:09


Time is finally running out for the 500M or more people around the world who still rely on Windows XP. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will leave customers to fend for themselves as it ends all vendor support for XP. There will be no more security patches, bug fixes and free (or even paid) online assistance as the firm ends its extended support. From April 8th 2014, anyone who continues to use Windows XP will be at the mercy of hackers who find fresh ways to exploit vulnerabilities in the 12-year-old operating system and applications that run on it.

Over the years, many developers have built custom software that is business critical, yet runs only on Windows XP machines. Moving off XP before it becomes an open door for hackers means you have to migrate those apps to a contemporary platform. If you need to move your legacy apps to current versions of Windows and .NET, you have some tough decisions to make:

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Topics: application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP

Something to amuse you

Posted by John Browne on May, 09, 2013 @ 11:05

The Rime of the Ancient Programmer

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Topics: Visual Basic

Migrating from XP to Windows 7 and beyond...

Posted by John Browne on Apr, 29, 2013 @ 13:04

On August 24, 2013, I'll be celebrating a wedding and Windows XP will be wearing a party hat for its 12th birthday.

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Topics: software development, application migration, Visual Basic

Visual Basic 7 recall due to mix-up according to Microsoft

Posted by John Browne on Apr, 01, 2013 @ 04:04

From the Seattle Times:

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Topics: Visual Basic, Microsoft