Visual Basic 6: Old Tools Never Die...
It's been twelve years since the last release of the "non-.NET" version of Visual Basic and five years since support was terminated. But there's still room in the toolspace for new products.
This month eXontrol released their eXCalendar, eXEdit and three other OCX controls (all part of their eXsuite package). Also this month, BCL Technologies released easyPDF SDK for "any language that supports COM objects." And Korzh.com released EasyQuery.Ax, a COM/ActiveX extension to their Easy Query product line.
All of these products are available in .NET versions (or are part of a product line that includes .NET versions). But what's interesting is that these product announcements all featured COM/ActiveX/OCX implementations. I made a very good living from Visual Basic 6 for a long time and, while I'm not currently developing in it, it's a testament to the power of the tool that it (and its COM brethren) still provide a market for tool developers.
Posted by Peter Vogel on 12/01/2010 at 1:16 PM