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In January we created a survey to understand how folks were using Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Basic .NET in the UK. This survey was sent out to individuals we “suspected” had Visual Basic 6.0 heritage but it was also widely advertised through the MSDN Flash to UK developers. This does not (nor was it ever intended to be) a survey across all platforms. The focus was very much Windows developers – therefore we would expect to see low usage of Java etc.

We got plenty of great data and I wanted to share the interesting bits more widely as I think as developers we are always curious about what our peers are up to. Well, I am :-)

It is always great fun working with statistics – hence feel free to post your own conclusions. My University Lecturer on statistics would have summarised the first two chart as “The charts clearly show that UK Developers prefer to answer No more than Yes”  :-)

P.S. If you work in a  UK company with Visual Basic 6.0, then it is probably worth you checking out something we pulled together to help.

[UPDATE: 16th March 2009. I keep getting asked about the sample size. 10s of thousands of developers were given the chance to complete it as it went out widely in an email. Nearly 700 did]

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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 1:52 PM Visual Basic , UK | Back to top


Comments on this post: Results of the Visual Basic Survey: Part 1 Language and Framework Usage

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Great information. I found it interesting that the Visual Basic .NET and C# usage is pretty much tied. Our experience is that we get more leads to move from VB6 to C# than to VB.NET.

Looking forward to the rest of the data!!
Left by Jose Aguilar on Feb 17, 2009 5:07 PM

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Amazed at the number of people using VB 6.0. Like Jose, I'm surprised how many are using VB.NET compared to C# (I would have thought C# would have been more dominant).

Mostly I'm surprised at anyone still using .NET 1.1.

I can understand some people sticking with .NET 2.0 over 3.x for now (our own analysis showed that ~80% of site visitors using MSIE already had .NET 2.0 installed according to their user agents) but I don't know of any compelling reason to still be deploying .NET 1.1 applications (unless they have truly monstrous .NET 1.1 apps that are hard to port - but that seems unlikely).
Left by Iain Collins on Feb 27, 2009 12:47 PM

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The percentages and questions are most intriguing and your report would be even more useful if it included the sample size of the survey: How many individuals responded to the survey?

Please share this essential information.

Sorry if I am just not seeing were you state that, but I do not see it.

Thanks
Left by Mark Juras on Mar 11, 2009 3:48 AM

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I have updated the post with some info on who completed it. In short - nearly 700 folks.
Left by Eric on Mar 16, 2009 1:45 PM

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Killing VB6 was crazy.

MS are lucky that web-server apps came along to cover up their blushes.

dotnet is simply not viable as a mass-distribution platform. Where are the mass consumer dotnet apps on the client?
Left by Stephen on Aug 05, 2009 12:52 PM

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VB& is a great language. I've connected a VB6 app with oracle 10g databases, share data with a C# 3.0 app and make calls to dlls compiled in Borland 5 free compiler.

I Love VB6!
Left by yelinna on Oct 15, 2010 5:07 PM

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