The perfect Christmas present for your kids? A new release of Small Basic

I have previously blogged on Small Basic and only this week snuck it into a session I was doing on Parallel Programming (It is the time of year when you can get away with that sort of stuff!). This is a great way for anyone to learn how to program –  my 80 year old…

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Anybody for some free (and clever!) Visual Basic 2008 training?

In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to…

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Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link…

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Co-Evolution for VB.NET and C# – and a new article on language futures in VS2010

The following is snipped from an article I had commissioned on language futures. The article is a good summary of what to expect in Visual Studio 2010. Enjoy. “Visual Basic .NET and C# are both built on top of the Common Language Runtime (CLR), which means they both compile down into the same Common Intermediate…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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ASP to ASP.NET

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…

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