Classic VB Corner


Discarding More Dependencies

Nearly all applications need to open or save data files. Use the common file dialog APIs to easily avoid another unneeded dependency and sidestep some system bugs as a bonus. (Part 2 of 2)

Discarding Dependencies

Why tempt fate by making your application dependent upon an easily replaced component? Karl Peterson shows how you can begin reducing external dependencies in your VB apps.

Honoring Hidden Fonts

Windows 7 hides a number of locale-inappropriate fonts by default, and allows users to toggle this property as well. Here's how to honor that setting.

Stuffing the Console Keyboard Buffer

Console applications are alive and well in Administrator Land. Here’s how your console application can leave instructions for the command processor upon your exit.

Creating Admin Tools in a Least Privileged World

Administrators get no respect, either, in this world of Least Privileged Users. Here's how you can set aside those precautions, and still get at the information your users need.

VB Community Transition

As Microsoft shuts down its newsgroup server, the community resource lives on. You just need to know where to look for it.

Measuring Optimizations for Classic VB

We all tend to obsess on optimizations at times, often needlessly. Here's how to figure out if all your extra work is paying off.

Honoring Startup Requests

Windows provides numerous ways to tell an application how to size and position itself on startup. Here's how you can honor those requests.

Customizing the Ride Part 2

Karl Peterson returns with another batch of tricks designed to improve the IDE.

Customizing the Ride (Part 1)

There are countless tricks folks have learned to use within the classic Visual Basic IDE over the years. Here are a few of mine.

Easing the Data Cramp

64-bit versions of Windows present perils for Win32 apps, and opportunities too. For example, it's incredibly easy to double your address space.

Searching Within Byte Arrays

Still using Instr to search within binary arrays? Stop that! Use InstrB instead.

Redesign IDE Dialogs

Ever felt the VB IDE dialogs were poorly designed? Here's a way for you to tweak them a bit more to your liking.

The Next Y2K

There's another one coming, and this one's still flying pretty far below the radar. Classic VB apps are only vulnerable to the extent they interact with others.

Creating Nested Folders

Classic VB provides no simple method to create nested directory folders, but it certainly provides the tools to make such a method.

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