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Visual Basic is a popular adaptation of the Basic programming language with a focus on easy to create visual software elements. It gained widespread adoption, specifically the 6.0 version, due to its ease of use in creating Graphical User Interfaces and fairly straightforward coding practices.

In recent years, VB6 has fallen out of popularity with Microsoft’s focus on the .NET platform and the version of VB compatible with it. These changes created a more versatile distribution of Visual Basic and increased compatibility with other languages within the .NET framework.


The Good

Perhaps the biggest benefit of VB6 is how friendly it is for new developers, or those with little experience in creating Graphical User Interfaces. The forms feature drag and drop elements that automatically populate many of the necessary variables. Furthermore, developers can easily create interaction code for these elements from the GUI side of the IDE.

Another enormous advantage to VB6 is the plethora of help material available. Since Visual Basic has been in use for so long, and across so many industries and applications, forums exist that contain answers on almost any problem a developer can encounter. Whether it’s an issue with libraries or a strange code workaround, it’s almost guaranteed that someone has worked through the same problem before and published evidence and fixes online.


The Bad

Visual Basic is considered by many to be cumbersome and lacking in some of the more powerful programming tools and techniques. Maintenance of code and interactions between the files of more complex applications can be difficult to manage.

Since Microsoft has stopped updates and does not seem likely to release any sort of VB7 sequel, the current release of Visual Basic stands to become increasingly antiquated and any future problems with the language are unlikely to be fixed. For developers of constantly evolving applications, this could be the death knell for VB6 as an option.

A very minor but still present issue with VB6 is its 1-based indexing. Programming languages almost exclusively use 0-based indexing for arrays and other data manipulating tools. Therefore, it is counterintuitive for developers to begin reading or writing to the tools at 1, and many will receive out of bounds errors numerous times when trying to write to or read from the 0 record.


Why You Should Convert

More than any other reason, the most obvious incentive to converting a VB6 program to a web application would be the continued support and newfound popularity of web apps. Though Microsoft has abandoned support for VB6, web application platforms are alive and well with consistent maintenance and a plethora of troubleshooting and help forums available. 

Visual Basic has traditionally been a very dependable and common choice for windows applications, but has since declined on all fronts. Web applications are the way of the future, and the lack of VB6 support is a large downside for any developers not already heavily invested in it. Converting from a legacy VB6 application to a web application is almost inevitable, and will gradually become more and more necessary. As the language falls into obscurity and all those who use it will eventually need to migrate forward.

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