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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.
Yeah, and an language developed for implementing a space invasion game, with a multiprocess concept designed for enabling the attacking space ships to come closer and closer as you were pondering what to do next, a user interface created for you to shoot down the alien attackers...
Languages, operating systems and command processors sometimes have origins that shouldn't make you proud.
I programmed in Amstrad CPC 6128 (#Griff #signature) in BASIC, and this basic has nothing to do with VB6. It was _really_ for beginners.
I would not describe VB6 as good performing, but there was some point of time where it was one of the only choices available with a great compatibility with MSOffice tools. Actually, the success of it probably came from the Macro tools in Office, before it was a thing on its own, even when I am not 100% sure of what I am stating.