Comparing CodeArchitects VB Migration Partner with our Free Upgrade Wizard

One of the companies I am currently working with is CodeArchitects and more specifically Francesco Balena. Francesco has deep knowledge on all things VB which he (thankfully) decided to transfer into the form of a VB6 migration tool – VB Migration Partner. I have had lots of feedback over the years on our free Upgrade…


I nearly forgot to mention GIGO!

A common mistake I have seen when teams use automated migration tools is the failure to consider our old friend GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Before you consider using any automated tool such as the Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard you should spend some time tidying up your VB6 application to minimize the amount of…


Upgrading VB6 applications – a moment to reflect :-)

I’ve now spent a bit of time with the book ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005”, so what are my thoughts about it? The good news is it remains a comprehensive and valuable resource for anyone planning to move their VB6 applications to .NET. However it is worth…


VB6 Database code?

What happens when you upgrade a VB6 application that accesses a database? Or, more precisely, how does the automatic upgrade deal with DAO, RDO and ADO? ADO with and without data binding. This is supported by the upgrade wizard, but if you’ve got any dynamic data binding code you’ll need to fix some issues. Upgrading…



Visual Basic migration to .NET includes: VB6 rich client migration – which represents the majority of migration projects I have seen ASP to ASP.NET migration – aka vbscript migration Access migration – aka vba migration (although Access migration often initially involves just moving the data onto SQL Server, retaining the Access UI) Some other edge…


Functional Equivalence vs Application Advancement (and Vertical vs Horizontal)

These are a couple of useful terms I’ve picked up from the ”Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005” guide (I really need an acronym to refer to this book!). They refer to two stages of the upgrade process: Functional equivalence means that your .NET application has the same…



Visual Basic 10 will remove the need for the underscore in most cases – and the team have done the right thing and set up in readiness for all those unemployed underscores 🙂


Microsoft releases yet another programming language – Introducing Small Basic

Wow. I love this. This brings back all the great memories I had (even of the bugs) of how I first got into writing software using BASIC on the ZX80. My kids have already given it a massive thumbs up. First a big thanks to Vijaye for creating this in his spare time and secondly…


Estimating the effort to move to .NET

Software estimation is difficult at the best of times (which is why I recommend Software Estimation Demystified), but estimating how long an upgrade will take to an environment you’re not familiar with is going to be hard to get right. There’s a utility accompanying the “Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and…