New article on extending VB6.0 applications with the Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0

I just wanted to swiftly share some useful links if you choose to extend a Visual Basic 6.0 application including a new article I commissioned in the UK – which turned out rather good. Firstly links to the toolkit download and some of the best existing articles. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 which you need…


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…


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…


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…



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…


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…


Moving between Visual Basic and C# syntax

There are several tools available to convert back and forth – but sometimes all you really need is a simple side by side comparison. It doesn’t include many of the latest features but it is a handy thing to have around if you are moving back and forth between the languages.


Q&A: Using both C# and Visual Basic .NET in the same Web Application

I get quite a random set of questions coming into my Inbox from folks I meet at events, conferences and through my blog. I thought it might be useful if I started sharing my answers when these come in. To start this off, I was asked: “We have two .NET development teams after our company…


New find – Visual Basic 2005 development blog

It is 12am and I should be sleeping but I just stumbled across this blog site by Arsalan Tamiz focusing on VB 2005 development It appears to have been only going a few months but he has been very busy! Plenty for me to read through later this week. Enjoy!