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Old December 23rd, 2003, 05:30 AM
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Default VB6 vs VB .Net

I am considering taking the plunge to .Net.

Could anyone offer me the advantages and pluses that they have found using .Net over VB6

I will be using .Net from an Application Development point of view. With SQL Server 2K as a back end.


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1. .NET is a completely different language. Forget what you know. Yes, some of that basic structure is there- but much has changed. You might find it eaier to change languages completely and learn c#, for instance.

2. Don't try to "port" VB6 code to .NET- it's not worth it. Rewriting is easier.

3. Some controls in VB6- such as an autocomplete combo box- don't exist in .NET (at least, out of the box)

4. Data access is, in my opinion, more complex- if you use ado.net to it's fullest extent- I also consider it far superior in functionality- it's a tradeoff. As a "bonus" you can still use ADO.NET like you used to in ADO- but you get so much more if you leverage the .NET advances.

You might want to pick up a book on the subject- there are a few that are specifically written comparing the two. THere are also posts all over the web and even here on P2P that touch that very topic... take a look around.

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Hal, Thanks for this. I will take it on board.

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