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Announcing VBUC 6.5

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 21, 2015 @ 06:10

When I worked in the Visual C++ (now Visual Studio) group at Microsoft, one of the breakthroughs came when our fearless leader, Denis Gilbert, insisted we "eat our own dogfood." What that meant was that we would actually use Visual C++ to build and debug Visual C++. In this day and age that may seem obvious to the point of absurdity, but (this was 20 years ago) at the time the development team used standalone editors like Vi and Make files to do the build. The IDE was for marketing to use in demos...

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, VB6, fun, .NET, C#, Windows

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

Some interesting links

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Dec, 19, 2013 @ 15:12

Over the last several months we've built some interesting content to help you think about converting legacy code as well as thoughts on mobile application development. Click on the links to learn more:

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Topics: application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, HTML5, Mobile Application Development

VBUC 2013 available now!

Posted by John Browne on Nov, 13, 2013 @ 01:11

We're excited today to announce the availability of Visual Basic Upgrade Companion 2013, which we're shipping simultaneously with Visual Studio 2013.

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion

Preparing for XP End of Life - What YOU Need to Know

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Oct, 02, 2013 @ 15:10


Windows XP is out of support April 9, 2014.

  • Last day of support is April 8, 2014
  • There are 189 days from Oct. 1, 2014 to Apr. 8, 2014
  • Including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • April 9, 2014, will be Day 0 for XP security vulnerability.
  • If you are still running XP on 4/9/14, you may be out of compliance with:
    • HIPAA
    • PCI
    • SOX

What does EOVS mean?

  • End of vendor support:
  • No…
    • Updates
    • Bug fixes
    • Patches
    • Security holes plugged.
    • Ever.
    • Again.

How big a problem is it?

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Windows XP, HTML5, Mobile Application Development

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

Installing the Visual Basic Upgrade Companion

Posted by John Browne on May, 03, 2013 @ 15:05

Perhaps because Windows 8 is pre-installed on most new desktops and laptops we're seeing a bit more confusion about how to install the VBUC. 

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Topics: application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion