... a language, it's something created by statisticians which makes any normal programmer cringe when looking at it with it's weird way of doing things, and will drive you mad when trying to reason about it.
Nobody tried to fix it in 25 years, and it has become "the Stockholm syndrome" of languages (sorry notations/scripts).
I second that! Even if luckily I can't say I'm using it anymore - for now. We all know it's still in production, we all know that someday it will need to be maintained or ported and there is no need to say who will do it, being one of the last people in my company that knows VB6 and has sizeable experience with it.
GCS d--(d+) s-/++ a C++++ U+++ P- L+@ E-- W++ N+ o+ K- w+++ O? M-- V? PS+ PE- Y+ PGP t+ 5? X R+++ tv-- b+(+++) DI+++ D++ G e++ h--- r+++ y+++* Weapons extension: ma- k++ F+2 X
One of our latest clients complained that our apps have an 'Windows XP look' while they really have an ugly mix between local system's and Windows 98 look. We're working on porting our monolithic apps though, now that 20 years later, the software development technology has finally caught up with the marvels of the legendary VB6 ...
It wasn't my choice... And - at least - I got money for it...
(the story in short: the company looked for the next development platform and went for MS. MS invited us to it's DNA Lab and interview us about the project. At the end they told the Visual Basic 6.0 - then new - is the best tool and made a demo. The PM/Owner liked the idea, so went home to blood, sweat, and tears....)
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge". Stephen Hawking, 1942- 2018
I was asked to assist a non-programmer doing some research and using 'R' to debug his program. I managed to persuade everyone that he would be better off doing it himself. It had so much overhead in setting up, getting permissions, etc. that any time I saved him would be wasted.
Luckily, they believed the b*llsh*t, took the bait and let me off the project. Phew! That was a close call.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.