VB 6 is dead?
With the advent of the .Net framework, there are rumors that Visual Basic 6 is ancient history, that it's no longer relevant and that it is in fact a dead language.

That is so not true!

To the millions of devoted fans of VB 6 it is very much alive and vibrant and will continue to be for many years yet.

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You are about to discover why Microsoft Visual Basic is the fastest and easiest way to create applications for Microsoft Windows. Whether you are an experienced professional or brand new to Windows programming, Visual Basic 6 provides you with a complete set of tools to simplify rapid application development.

What can you do with VB 6? Anything, basically. If you're into standalone applications to run a business such as payroll calculations, accounting software or inventory control, you can easily develop applications using VB 6 to be up and going quickly.

If your preference is database access, it's not very difficult to write an application that will connect to your Microsoft Access local database or to a database server: MS SQL Server, Oracle, SAP and even MySQL.

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The VB graphical interface makes it the ideal choice for database client applications where data has to be displayed clearly and edited securely by non-programmer users.

So what is Visual Basic 6? The "Visual" part refers to the method used to create the graphical user interface (GUI). Rather than writing numerous lines of code to describe the appearance and location of interface elements, you simply add prebuilt objects into place on screen. If you've ever used a drawing program such as Paint, you already have most of the skills necessary to create an effective user interface.

The "Basic" part refers to the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) language, a language used by more programmers than any other language in the history of computing. Visual Basic has evolved from the original BASIC language and now contains several hundred statements, functions, and keywords, many of which relate directly to the Windows GUI. Beginners can create useful applications by learning just a few of the keywords, yet the power of the language allows professionals to accomplish anything that can be accomplished using any other Windows programming language.

The Visual Basic programming language is not unique to Visual Basic. The Visual Basic programming system, Applications Edition included in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and many other Windows applications uses the same language. The Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) is a widely used scripting language and a subset of the Visual Basic language. The investment you make in learning Visual Basic will carry over to these other areas.

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Whether your goal is to create a small utility for yourself or your work group, a large enterprise-wide system, or even distributed applications spanning the globe via the Internet, Visual Basic has the tools you need.

* Data access features allow you to create databases, front-end applications, and scalable server-side components for most popular database formats, including Microsoft SQL Server and other enterprise-level databases.

* ActiveX technologies allow you to use the functionality provided by other applications, such as Microsoft Word word processor, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, and other Windows applications. You can even automate applications and objects created using the Professional or Enterprise editions of Visual Basic.

* Internet capabilities make it easy to provide access to documents and applications across the Internet or intranet from within your application, or to create Internet server applications.

* Your finished application is a true .exe file that uses a Visual Basic Virtual Machine that you can freely distribute.

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