Happy 20th Birthday Visual Basic!

Happy 20th Birthday Visual Basic!

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Twenty years ago, May 20th, 1991 at Windows World, in Atlanta, Microsoft founder Bill Gates demoed Visual Basic 1.0. Twenty years later, the 10th version of this latest in an unbroken line of Microsoft BASIC languages stretching back to Microsoft’s founding is still going strong. When you look back over the history of a tool that’s been around that long you start to see some familiar experiences from Wetware products (commonly called children :P ): The cute and cuddly days of its youth, in the 16-bit era; the awkward teen years and the transition to .NET; sibling rivalry with the new baby (C#); and finally getting those braces … er, underscores off :). And now, finally out of those turbulent teen years, a matured language looks to the future. Visual Basic has always had a personality for humanizing programming and with Async methods in vNext it continues that tradition.

You might ask after two-decades how VB can keep re-inventing itself to face modern and future challenges. The answer is quite literally that – re-inventing itself.  OK, more accurately re-writing itself. The VB compiler is being re-written from the ground up in Visual Basic and its syntactic and semantic analysis services exposed through a managed API that exposes parse trees, expression binding, assembly production (and more) to enable a world of new scenarios including REPL, VB as a scripting language, and more. It’s all very exciting! As a VB user for … half my lifetime, now, it’s great to look back and be proud of where VB has been, happy with where it is, and especially excited about where it’s going!

I have many fond memories of Visual Basic and likewise great aspirations for its future and I know millions of customers out there have the same. Please, share your stories (and hopes), and join me in wishing our old :P friend, VB, a Happy 20th Birthday and many more! :D

Anthony D. Green
Program Manager
Visual Basic (code-name "Roslyn") Compiler

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  • oui, notre outil, çé fait effectivement plus de 10ans je developpe en vb4 ,5 et 6. je souhaite à notre outil une longue vie et j'espere qu'il sera toujours pris en charge par le snouveaux OS. sinon Microsoft va perdre le marché, vu la plut part des clients / utilisateurs d'applications sous vb travaillent par wondows juste pour garder leurs applications malgré qu'ils veulent changer vers un autre OS.

    Merci Microsoft de maintenir visual basic dans vos prochaines systeme d'exploitation afin de proteger votre image et garder votre place dans le marché.

  • 希望VB.NET崛起!!!!!

  • Many More Happy Return of the day VB!

  • I bought a "Visual Basic Deluxe Learning Edition" for my Windows 98 so  my VB 6.1 is a bit younger but I'm glad the VB team gave birth to VB-1 earlier.  Happy Birthday to VB1!

    I stopped all programming in the late 90s.

    Lately I needed simple graphics to go with the words so dusted of the 2 disks and tried booting up VB6.1 on my Windows 7, the 2 disks did not load and realized VB-1 has been around a long time and I had updated my VB6,1

    You say there are VB generations older then my 6.1? You say there is a 10th edition and still going strong?

    Are there updates that will make my VB6.1 run? If not where might I see and price a VB10.0


  • VB is a programming language which understands me

  • May 2014 and VB6 is Microsoft's most popular programming language in the Tiobe index.


  • Microsoft have refused to open source the VB6 Visual Basic programming language.

    It just shows the contempt Microsoft have for their customers.

  • When are Microsoft going to open source VB6 programming ?

    On it's 25th birthday ?

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