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Old 11-07-2005, 11:02 PM   #1
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Visual Basic 6 in linux?

My dad recently picked up a book on learning VB6 for me. Is there anyway to do VB programming in linux? Does VB require MSFT Visual Studio(or Visual Basic <whatever>)? Is this book worthless to me?
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No, Visual Basic 6 is designed for coding MS Windows applications, it only runs under MS Windows.

And even if you were to somehow get the Visual Studio 6 VB IDE to run under Linux (by using Wine, for example), most of the useful things you'd want to do with VB depend on ActiveX components. Which also run only under MS Windows. And can only be accessed via the Windows registry.

Besides, Microsoft has deprecated the whole VB language and infrastructure in favor of "Visual Basic .Net".

On the plus side: VB6 is likely to be around for quite a long time (despite Microsoft's stand on VB .Net). So if you're interested in programming simple, quick'n'dirty GUIs for MS Windows...
... there are few easier ways to do it than to try VB.
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Bummer, I just thought that since I have the book I might as well give it a shot. How much does VB6 go for on ebay?
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On the other hand, if you want to learn .NET, you may do it on Linux, using the Mono engine

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Gambas Almost Means BASic

I am a long-time VB programmer moving to Linux. I stumbled across Gambas and life is - mostly - good ( It allows me to take my long acquired skills and put them to some use in Linux. In fact, if you're new to VB Gambas might be a particularly good alternative as it won't allow you to pick up some of the bad habits VB encourages (On Error Goto...). In Fedora at least, installation couldn't be easier, yum install gambas - done.


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