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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.
For my 60th birthday earlier this year I had a T-shirt made wiht the text:
"You don's have to be SENILE to be DEMENTED ... but it sure helps!"
(In Norwegian, as well in several other European languages, "senile" has been adopted as a short form of "senile dementia" in informal speech, although the "senile" means nothing but "old" - medical services classifies anyone of 60 years and older as senile.)
I did my first Basic programming as a high school exchange student in Minnesota: A huge Univac 1100 mainframe was set up in the Twin Cities, with 440 modems for use by 1500 schools all over the state. My school couldn't afford a "high speed" 300 bps modem; we had just a standard 110 bps one. But in those days, Basic provided only 286 numeric variables, named A-Z and A0-A9...Z0-Z9, and 26 strings named A$-Z$. So by character count, programs were small and compact!
I do see the point. There is no bloat, unless you explicitely put it in. C++ is multi paradigm: you may also use it effectively just as 'better C'.
As matter of fact I welcome the introduction of C++ in PIC32 microcontrollers code development.