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VB6 is quite easy to interface with DLLs and Windows API, it has drawbacks (it is single thread for example) but all are easy to work around.
Also it is harder to disassemble and that may be desirable. If you think that one of the biggest X-ray inspection machine producers has the controller part of the software in VB6 and its customers are the major multinational food companies...
GCS d--(d+) s-/++ a C++++ U+++ P- L+@ E-- W++ N+ o+ K- w+++ O? M-- V? PS+ PE- Y+ PGP t+ 5? X R+++ tv-- b+(+++) DI+++ D++ G e++ h--- r+++ y+++* Weapons extension: ma- k++ F+2 X
The thing is don't blame the tool, blame the tool using the tool! We all must have come across the classic C/C++ spaghetti that works, who know how. Having a code or editor that enforces a given style is just asking for trouble later when people move away from it...
When I started using VB it was VB4, then I used VB5 or the entirety of its life, then I used VB6 for its entirety before moving to .net 1.0. I'm not sure if your comment was some kind of attempt to "pull rank", but if it was I prefer to argue with facts rather than personal credentials
If you've ever been touching a language with proper threading support built into the language from the very beginning design stage, you would completely reject the "multithreading support" that has been added to the C class of languages more like a cancerous growth; it is not at all any neatly integrated element of the language, as it ought to be. (You could say the same about e.g. exception handling.)
Those who bitch at VB, should have something better to come up with than C. (My first choice would be CHILL, but that language never made its way out of the telephone switches where it was born - which is a pity, because it had really nice thread handling and synchronization mechanisms, as well as very good exception handling mechanisms.)
BASIC was seen as the go to language for kids in my day I started with BBC Basic and C came with the Amiga... I was a little shocked to find BASIC being used in the wild...
That's just ignorance I'm afraid. Before .net, VB6 was the only real solution for Enterprise apps, and there was nothing wrong with using it. Almost all enterprise solutions from houses that used an MS stack ran on VB6. The fact that "B" stands for "BASIC" and you think "BASIC is for kids" is simply your opinion, it isn't reality.
high-performance enterprise applications built on VB6
I agree that can be done (and top developers did).
My comment applies to the (original) language name ('beginners' is there).
Then one might discuss on the mass of mediocre developers attracted by VB6, but that's just another topic.