VB6 is Still a Powerful Tool by Jonas LaForge

VB6 Is Still a Powerful Tool
VB6 Is Still a Powerful Tool

Hi everyone…I want to touch base about something that ha been the topic of many heated debates…Visual Basic 6!!! Yes VB6 as  most of us know it as is s  till around and still kicking hard. Both the DIE and runtime is still alive and kicking on Windows 10 and Server 2012 (yikes). Microsoft really only supports the core runtime in modern operating systems like Windows 10 but the DIE works decent enough that you can use it to still quickly create applications (especially one-time use applications). In the business there is always the need for quick or temporary tools and scripts that perform a certain function (managing files, running a program, lookup users, etc.) all which can be done easily and quickly using VB6. VB^ requires not special hardware or software to run unlike some of the latest versions your PC should be quite powerful for the best experience.

Visual Basic 6 should be looked at for a good GUI version of VBScript just with more control of the experience. I believe VB6 has found a niche market and that is in creating easy, quick one-time use tools and programs to help the business with their core functions. Tools that manipulate data when transitioning from platform to another are throw-away tools once the project is over so why spend the time and talent of your Senior .NET programmers when you can do the job with VB6. VB6 is designed to go from idea to design to production for quickly and is easy to learn for the eager novice programmer. As long as Microsoft keeps supporting the core VB6 runtime “msvbvm60.dll” you will have the ability to create powerful little utilities and tools that will help you help the business and your customers to achieve their goals. I am not trying to suggest that VB6 be used in anyway to create brand new enterprise applications or anything along those lines…I am saying use it for one-time use applications and utilities especially for automating tasks.

Next up how the non-programmer can become a guru in the I.T. department so be sure to check back often.

VBScript versus Powershell By Jonas LaForge

There has been a lot of talk over the years of the comparison of VBScript versus Powershell. I am not sure that they can truly be compared. VBSCript has been around a lot longer but powershell is the new way of the future of scripting. Well I will tell you now that there is pretty much nothing that either language can automate or make easier. Powershell uses less lines of code to accomplish a task versus VBScript that would use hundreds of lines to accomplish the same thing. That being said VBScript is easier to understand aand no special environment setup is required to run versus powershell that needs to have security, cmdlets, etc. setup ahead of time.

 

Jonas LaForge will show multiple scripts in both VBSCript and Powershell for some quick comparisons and you can make the choice. Don’t let people tell you that VBScript is dead because it is alive and well. Powershell is the new way of the future but it still has its shortfalls that we will discuss.

Jonas LaForge – Scripting Techniques

Placeholder ImageHello I am Jonas LaForge and I am a Senior IT Consultant. I am going to show you techniques and shortcuts to scripting that it will put you in high demand. With these scripting techniques you will be able to automate almost any task assigned to your IT department. You will become a guru throughout your organization.

Stay tuned as I begin my blog into the world of scripting for the non-programmer (name of my first real blog) so stay tuned.