Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET: What's the difference?

The difference between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET is the King of FAQs. The answer has to do with object software technology.

"What is the difference between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET?" certainly ranks as a giant among other Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] is

In short, Visual Basic .NET is based on the .NET Framework and its object architecture. It is quite distinct from historical VB, even Visual Basic 6.

As Dave Ranck wrote, responding to this question in 2002, "Because the .NET Framework is fully object-oriented, .NET languages also must support OOP (object-oriented programming) features. The result is that Visual Basic .NET is fully object-oriented. This is a huge difference and is a powerful improvement over previous version of VB. It also introduces another level of complexity along with this new power" -- complexity that Visual Basic 6 lacked.

For more, read How do VB6 and VB.NET compare?

This was last published in May 2006

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VB6 programming has been abandoned by Microsoft. VBdotNet will be abandoned by Microsoft.
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And yet the VB6 programming language continues to be popular. Microsoft support VB6 until 'at least' 2024.
And the VBA programming language continues as part of Microsoft Office.
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