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What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?

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What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?
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On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 19:22:47 GMT, nib wrote:
What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?


VB is a very general-purpose language. IMHO its strongest point is that
it's easier to design your interface in VB than any other tool (that
I've seen, anyway). (Point: VC can import VB forms, and so can products
from other companies.) You can develop most kinds of programs in VB
easily, or you can use it to write a user interface for DLLs written in
other languages.

One problem that VB is *not* good for is portability - it is
Windows-only, unless anyone ever finishes one of the open-source
"VB-compatible" projects. I also wouldn't use VB (or Windows, for that
matter) for anything real-time. Hmm... also not where someone's life
depends on the program working error-free.
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Jul 17 '05 #2

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"nib" <bi*@d.net> wrote in message
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What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?


You will get a lot of 2 cent answers to this one, and here is mine.

VB is excellent for practical programming, where information needs to
get processed, with or without database or file interaction. It provides
rapid development of interfaces and code, and the tools to do a good job
of organizing the program (whether or not you use them). There are lots
of components available that can be linked in to tackle various kinds of
problems.

It is not the best tool for graphic-intensive applications, such as a
CAD program, unless you use add-in components. It also disappoints some
programmers because it is not easy to setup "skin" type interfaces, such
as mock CD players or non-standard game interfaces.
Jul 17 '05 #3

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"nib" <bi*@d.net> wrote in message
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What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?


Its performance is poor and its compiled programs need a lot of DLLs and a
lot of RAM. But its easy to learn and easy to write. If you want to bodge
together a program in half an hour, its perfect.
Jul 17 '05 #4

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On Sun, 18 Jan 2004 19:32:55 GMT, "Goldenpi" <Go******@softhome.net>
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"nib" <bi*@d.net> wrote in message
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What kind of problems is visual basic best at solving?


Its performance is poor and its compiled programs need a lot of DLLs and a
lot of RAM. But its easy to learn and easy to write. If you want to bodge
together a program in half an hour, its perfect.


Some of its performance is poor
- other bits are surprizingly fast

Apart from the DLLs that make up Windows (without which Windows does
not work) it only needs one DLL - the run time module MSVBVM60.DLL

MS encourage people using VB to rely on a load of 3rd party stuff,
typically in OCXes
- and a lot of suckers fall for it

Badly written VB (like most languages) can be a nightmare
- Well written code is quite possible

The historic advantage of BASICs (not just VB) is that they are
protective of the programmer, and the language is intuitively easy to
understand
- rather like comparing English with some less used languages ...

BTW a sure sign of someone who does not know much about a subject, is
that they will 'slag it off' using generalities

Jul 17 '05 #5

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