The only thing I miss from VB6

There was some VB6 abuse from me & other commenters yesterday.  I gotta say that I do miss one thing (maybe two):

  1. Intellisense for enumerations was better in VB6 than VS & C#
  2. With/End With – sorta

I can't think of anything good to say about COM/COM+/DCOM.  They can stay dead to me. 

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at
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  • Harris

    Man, it’s been so long since I’ve messed with VB6 I don’t even remember what could be special about enumerations…

    To me, the With block isn’t anything spectacular and it seems almost like a code-smell…I mean, essentially it’s method chaining, but without restricting you to methods since you can set property values. So, if you wanted to do it in C#, you’d have to resort to Java-style coding for setting properties and then returning this every time. Nevermind the fact that you are then communicating that the object is immutable (think NHibernate’s Configuration object) when, if it were an entity, that’s most-likely not the case.

    I dunno. Maybe that’s making a mountain out of a mole-hill…

  • Chris Brandsma

    Boy, I’m going to loose my coder status with this one…

    I am also no lover of COM/ActiveX, but DANG there is a lot of software still out there using it. And VB is still one of the fastest ways to slap together a quick and dirty DLL. So I will admit to doing a few (little) integration pieces in VB6.

    Bonus: my manager was happy that we didn’t have to muck with any of that .NET deployment mess. (sorry, many/most machines still don’t have .NET installed)

    Only problem is that I needed a shower as soon as it was done.

  • mgroves

    Oh lord, the With blocks. DO NOT WANT.