There has been renewed talk recently, asking why Microsoft is refusing to release the Visual Basic 6 development language as open source. Microsoft has said the language is dead, and those developers that used to use that language should covert their skills and programs to the more recent Visual Studio .Net languages like C# and VB.
Some are asking why Microsoft hasn’t released the abandoned language to the open source community:
You may not like VB6 and you might even be glad it’s gone, but have some sympathy for the programmers who regard it as “their” language. Microsoft simply wiped it off the face of the planet, and this is not something that could happen for an open source language – a lesson that many VB6 programmers took to heart.
With Microsoft’s new warmth towards open source it seems a small thing to ask for VB6 to be open sourced. Also Windows 8 WinRT makes use of COM and VB6 was a language designed to make use of COM object in the form of ActiveX components.
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