Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET Migration: Special Report

For Visual Basic developers, migration to Visual Basic .NET remains a hot topic. This page provides several resources helpful for developers considering such a migration.

Visual Basic 6 remains an important development language, but there is little doubt about its long-term future -- eventually, VB developers must migrate to Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework. In this report we highlight's coverage of the important issue that is VB-to-.NET migration.

  WEBCAST: Upgrading VB Apps to VB.NET and VB 2005
How do you go about a successful VB 6 to VB .NET migration? How do you determine the appropriate project scope? With the advent of .NET 2.0 and VB2005, more organizations have more reasons to revisit their .NET plans. Keith Pleas, co-founder of Guided Design and co-author of Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications to Visual Basic .NET and Visual Basic 2005, covers the ins and outs of migration in this webcast.
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  •   PODCAST: VB 6, VB.NET and a 'feet' of development
    In's first podcast, site editor Jack Vaughan and associate editor Brian Eastwood provide an update of recent stories of importance to the .NET developer. The theme here is the relationship between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET. The podcast examines Microsoft's evolving opinion of VB developers, the benefits and costs of making the move to VB .NET and Microsoft's support for VB 6 applications in Vista. We also offer our take on new technology coming out of Redmond that should "step up" your productivity.
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  •   REFERENCE: .NET Migration Learning Guide
    This learning guide provides experienced Visual Basic 6 developers with a one-stop source for Visual Basic .NET migration information. If you haven't made the move to .NET yet, now is the time to pump new life into your existing Visual Basic skills. Learn what VB .NET is all about and extend your skills with our collection of primers, FAQs, guides, articles, book chapters, webcasts and much more.
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  •   REFERENCE: ASP to ASP.NET Migration Learning Guide
    This Learning Guide examines the migration from ASP to ASP.NET and the upgrade to ASP.NET 2.0. You'll find articles, tutorials, tips, white papers and Webcasts to bring you up to speed on the differences between ASP and ASP.NET and what to expect in Version 2.0. Themes for the upgrade include improved developer productivity (thanks to code reductions) and a fully extensible platform, according to Brian Goldfarb, product manager, Web platform and tools, Microsoft.
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  •   TIP: Getting started: Tips for VB6 to VB.NET 2.0 migration
    Microsoft hopes developers readying Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET migrations can benefit from best practices the company has garnered over recent years. Wizards have their limits and assessment tools can help, experts Keith Pleas and Federico Zoufaly tell us. One big hint: Separate the actual migration of an application from the addition of features to it.
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  •   NEWS: Another side of VB migration
    Claudio Perrone of InnerWorkings discusses different ways to look at software and skills migration when taking on Visual Basic .NET. You need to know your ASP, and get some feel for object orientation. Also be sure and ask why you should migrate in the first place.
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  •   NEWS: Gartner: VB.NET migration costs more than expected
    New research from the Gartner Group indicates that migrating from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET could cost companies on the order of $43,000 per developer. This might come as a surprise to many companies expecting they could make the transition with a week of classes and an upbeat attitude, though the process appears to be easier for VB 6 than Java or C#.
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