Sunday, May 7, 2017

Some interesting open source projects in Visual Basic 6.0 - for the taking !

New projects are done day by day in Visual Basic 6.0. However, from time to time these super-advanced projects go into the public domain. These are some open source projects from different authors, that helped me in different circumstances:

Interpolation of surfaces from scattered data points (made in VB6)

Bezier, data points approximated by a polynomial

Simplex algorithm and contour line tracking

Unbelievable 3D flight game

Unbelievable 3D shooter

Best NFS 3D Game made

Visia Compiler (a professional programming language)

Debuggy V2.0 disassembler

Advanced Cell Flow

MsgBox to Microsoft: Simply embed VB6 into the OS like other technologies they have done !

MichaelE commented ...

One suggestion that gets floated around from time-to-time is to:

1. Simply embed VB6 into the OS like other technologies they have done.

2. Keep it modestly upgraded as they do with .bat (has new commands), powershell, vbscript (has a 64-bit version), HTA's (has a 64-bit version and can used modern interface\CSS) etc.

Heck now they even support BASH! If you are going to support the devil (Linux) how about supporting the community that was once synonymous with Microsoft innovation?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Microsoft and climate change deniers

I think its really a peculiar thing about Microsoft. They are like climate change deniers. You can give them OVERWHELMING indisputable scientific evidence to the fact: seismic, hydro-acoustic, navy NOGAPS 2.5, 1 and 1\2 degree weather (WX) data, upper air, NOAA data and NOE data. Satellite telemetry and imagery of the amount of carbon crossed referenced against all the above collection points and STILL some people are not going to believe it.
No amount of facts will change some peoples mind on it. Even if they were 50 miles inland and they had sea water up to their knees.
C# is the same in that context. There are overwhelming facts from multiple credible and diverse data points that is in full decline. Also, there are overwhelming facts from multiple credible and diverse data points that Visual Basic 6.0 is used by millions of programmers in 2017. Even so, they refuse the reintroduction of VB6 on the market. It is obvious that Visual Basic 6.0 is like an explosive that increases MS's power on the market, yet, just like the climate change deniers, they refuse to do it.
VB6 folks know we've been left behind. That's why many of us use such a diverse set of software other than than VB6 and C#. We don't want to put all our eggs in one basket ever again of a vendor that has a track record of killing hugely popular software that we rely on for our livelihoods. 
To MS's credit, they realized that VB6 created so much mission critical software that they have to maintain a minimal level of support in all there new Windows OS's until they move past needing liquid funds from that product line.
Microsoft have extended support of VB6 to Windows Server 2016. VB6 is supported until at least November 2027.
Support Statement for Visual Basic 6.0 on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016