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Now that VB6 is dead, isn't there a company that will make a good VB converter and let me continue to make programs that don't rely on the .net runtime?

Dan Brown
Tuesday, February 17, 2004


and you get Mac OS (and soon Linux) compatibility too

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

If VB6 may be dead, but the body is still warm!  And to make it worse, all the development managers insist we put the bodies under heat lamps!

Sick of VB
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I tried the RB converter on simple project but gave up after a couple hours trying to get it to run.

Dan Brown
Tuesday, February 17, 2004


Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I second PowerBasic,  But while the language is compatible, plus has lots of improvements, the GUI side of things is completely different.  It's not like you can just drop your VB projects into PB and have them run.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Indeed, roughly said, PowerBasic is to VB what C is to C++, ie. forget stuff like Command1.Click, as PB is purely procedural.

If PB were a bigger company, they would probably assign a bunch of developers to make PB totally compatible with VB, so as to provide an easy way out for all those VB developers who don't want to go to .Net just yet... but PB is a small, privately-owned company, so I really don't know if they have the $ for making this move just yet (PB is the grandson of TurboBasic, and is written entirely in assembly, hence the speed and tightness of code.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I second RealBasic, after only a few days trial.

I'd OO and very similar to VB.
Easier to use than Delphi (more like VB IDE)
Creates standalone EXEs (although they have about 1.3 MB of baggage, so "hello world" is about 1.4 MB. Sure beats a 20 MB .net runtime.

Within an hour I had created my own custom button, which had a mouseover effect. I could then create a new button which is a descendent of this new button class.

Could never have done that in  VB 6.

I'm still reasearching it further as a VB 6 replacement.

The real Entrepreneur
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

another vote for REALbasic, I use it a _lot_ these days and although its still nowhere near perfect, its better than anything else Ive found by a long way.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Add my vote for PowerBASIC as well.  There's no integrated forms engine, but there are a number of very good add-ons to address that issue, both from PB and third-party vendors.

Mark Newman
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

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