The History of Visual Basic

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The History of Visual Basic

The Visual Basic programming language was bought by Microsoft as something called project Tripod on March 6, 1988. A man named Alan Cooper who is known as the “Father of Visual Basic” showed a drag and drop shell prototype to Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, which was code named Tripod; later changed by Microsoft to Ruby. In which Gates made a deal with Alan Cooper for the rights to project Tripod. On March 20, 1991 Microsoft introduced the finished product Visual Basic 1.0 at Windows World. Microsoft combined Quick Basic with the Ruby shell app creating the first tool able to create windows apps very easily. This combination was originally codenamed Thunder.

Shortly after VB’s introduction in 1991 MicroHelp’s VBTools was introduced along with many others as standard add-on for Visual Basic 1.0. In March 1992 Visual Basic 2.0 Toolkit was released. The toolkit integrated third parties in a single package handing the reins over to the Visual Basic Developers for the first time. In September of the same year the Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS was released; although, version 1.0 wasn’t completely compatible with Visual Basic for windows. The next edition of DOS compliers such as QuickBasic and Basic Professional Development System were the editions to close the compatibility gap. June of 1993 was when edition 3.0 was released and the new edition had many new additions including JET the integrated access engine version 1.1, OLE automation and reporting. After the release of version 3.0 it took Microsoft another three years to release its next version of VB which was 4.0.

Microsoft released version 5 in April of 1997 and by October of 1998 the 6th edition had already been released. The 6th edition included Web Classes, windowless controls, data designers, new reporting designers, and the ability to create data sources. Now, with the 21st century right around the corner the 6th edition was the last version of Visual Basic that was not .net. When...
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