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VisualBasic

since 1991 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1990)

Visual Basic (VB) is the third-generation event-driven programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft for its COM programming model. VB is also considered a relatively easy to learn and use programming language, because of its graphical development features and BASIC heritage.
Visual Basic was derived from BASIC and enables the rapid application development (RAD) of graphical user interface (GUI) applications, access to databases using Data Access Objects, Remote Data Objects, or ActiveX Data Objects, and creation of ActiveX controls and objects.

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David
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dmnd - 2 years
sanchom - 3 years
larry - 20 years
bitprophet - 5 years
mallipeddi - 2 years
brousch - 20 years
barneyboo - 11 years
MarkofCain - 20 years
vinilios - 3 years
nsmgr8 - 3 years
banterability - 5 years
bkmontgomery - 1 years
undoingemptyvoid - 6 years
tartley - 8 years
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bmaxwell - 19 years
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isardana - 1 years
angusisfree - 10 years
parsley72 - 9 years
thaostra - 1 years
ukazap - 1 years
alexsuraci - 1 years
1990–1991
Thrown away at pre-1.0, which was a toy.
1991–
Still work with it occasionally.
1992
Scratched an application itch I had with this language, liked the PASCAL similarities, otherwise dropped this one in mild disgust after just a few months.
1992–2002
My first experience with Visual Basic was at high school, where it was being used to teach basic programming classes. Took to it quickly, and developed a number of programs with it - though still favoured c++ programming for games etc. development at the time. Started using the language again (VB5/6) to develop COM objects for use from within ASP classic applications just prior to adopting ASP.Net.
1992–1993
Did some Visual Basic for DOS. Got paid too, about $40 or so.
1993–2002
My first projects were video games using graphics I pulled out of doom. A shoot the energizer bunny style of game.
1993–
kinda like programming using a mouse.
1993–1999
1993–2001
1994–1998
1994–
1994–1996
This is how I learned programming. The first program I was proud of was an AOL Punter, which would flood people w/ malformed font codes to disconnect them from the service. Oh, to be a script kiddie.
1994–2001
Well, everyone makes mistakes
1995–2000
I taught myself to program using code examples from the Visual Basic Programmer's Journal. Culminated in the creation of Cowtris. Then I discovered the brave new world of open source languages and didn't look back.
1995
I've not done a lot of Visual Basic Programing but I did write a Screen Saver in it for VIZ magazine based around their popular character Billy the Fish
1995–1996
1995–
Have written a few programs in early versions of VB, but haven't used it properly since it became OO and got integrated into .NET. The earlier versions were pretty horrid, and now that C# exists for .NET programming, I can't see VB's relevance any more except to pander to those who never grew out of its earlier versions.
1995–
My first paying gig was using VB
1995–2001
At MCI, on the heels of me learning C, there was this newish thing-- dynamic programming for the web. I had heard of the web, and MCI had a fast connection for those days. I'd even used UI Urbana's list of sites page. Another dev had written some VB 3 behind CGI to drive some data entry extranet site, then transferred to another department. Someone needed to add features, and that turned out to be me. It was pretty amusing trying to explain that there was more to the program than the <input type='submit'>, and no, it would take more than a few minutes to rewrite the whole thing. With detours, VB 3-6 was my bread and butter for quite a while.
1995–1997
1995–2002
1995–2000
1996
1996–2000
First language I started using "seriously" back when I had just started High School. A behemot, and probably ugly, but I don't remember much of it. I never realized it was "object-oriented".
1996–2000
1996–
1996–1998
First full time job after graduation.
1996–1997
Took a class. Wanted to learn programming more formally. Didn't. Regret it.
1997–2001
1997–1999
The dark years. Actually wrote a book database for my parents in Visual Basic. That was some ugly code.
1997–1998
I wanted Microsoft's IDE so badly in Jr. High, but fortunately it was too expensive to ever have at home. Will not admit involvement in a failed project that required this in 2007.
1997–1998
Hi my name is Sebastian and I programmed in VB for a year. Don't want to do it ever again. THXBYE
1997–
Learned in university, plus it's a language I have been forced to teach on more than one occassion.
1997–2000
The easy high level language that kept me away from the low level programming concepts.. which was bad :(
1997–2004
I was introduced to Visual Basic in DeVry, and used it in my first two jobs. Eventually I started using ASP (replacing all of my production VB apps). Then came PHP which launched me into the open-source world. Looking back, using VB really slowed down my growth as a developer.
1997–1999
1997–1998
1998–2000
Horrible!!!
1998–2008
VB6 was my first properly self-taught preteen language, so it has some nostalgic value, and as an environment for quickly throwing together barely-working DB frontends I think the world still needs something like it. Post .NET its completely redundant - building the extra layers of competency needed to make it .NET valid has totally taken away its unique selling point. It must be destroyed. Learn C# instead.
1998–2002
Wrote a few silly programs throughout late high school, and held a summer job working on an insurance sales app. Its only good trait was its accessibility.
1998–2000
My high school computer science course used this language. I had a course conflict with the CS course one term, so I came in during lunch hour to do the work instead. What resulted was a merger of physics and computer science the likes of which haven't been seen since... or... yet another variant of tank wars.
1998–2000
I still feel dirty over this. Partly because the customer was the property wing of an oil company. It didn't help that they sprung for hookers.
1998–1999
1998–
Still use it to pull off a quick desktop app now and again.
1998–2000
1998–1999
I had a P3 machine at home running Windows 95. I also had a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio and I started doing a lot of GUI apps for fun with VB.
1998–1999
1998–2002
1998–
Mostly VBA in Access and Excel
1998–
1998–
1998–
1999–
The bane of the programming world. This language is responsible for so much bad code and terrible practices.
1999–
My first proper language. Still use it to make little applications
1999–2002
High School fun. Good riddance.
1999–2004
Used for some UIs and mostly some scripting support for a CAD tool. Used it rarely - hope to never ever use it again.
1999
All it took was one project. I knew I would never touch this crap again.
1999–2008
My first project was to use Visual Basic and Crystal Reports to create some sort of a decision support system for an e-learning platform. Then apart from development I was also involved in teaching Visual Basic in lectures, from VB6 to VB2008. I stopped using VB when we moved to C# eventually in 2009.
1999–2007
1999–
1999–2006
1999–2003
2000–2002
2000–
2000–2002
2000
Yes, it was great at that time. But it got all the good staff after .NET
2000–2002
Made a killer chat client that worked over my Hight School's network.
2000–2003
Highschool programming was taught in VB6.
2000–2001
Another language used at High School. And then never again.
2000
We all make mistakes.
2001–2003
Served its purpose at the time, but in hindsight was horrendous
2001–
2001
Learned it out of some book my parents got me, didn't have the discipline to stick with it though.
2001–2004
Thank God I only had to use this for a couple classes.
2001–
2001–2003
Looking back in anger…
2001–
Learned VB6 at school for Standard Grade Computing. It seemed great at the time but has been eclipsed by the newer Microsoft toolset and a much better OO paradigm.
2001–2003
fast for gui's
2001–2003
Awful step... but it's something you gotta go through on Windows :P
2001–2002
2001–2004
2001–
2002–2008
I had to take over a grade managing application at the university. Not my funniest job.
2002–2003
2002
Was inflicted upon me as part of my MSc course. Have also had to refactor VB.NET on occasion.
2002–2005
2002
Learned for a single college course and then quickly expelled it from my memory.
2002–2009
Began mucking around in VB5 in 2002, used .net 2008 in my course in 08/09 and used (included some vba scripting)
2002
The summer between my junior and senior years in college, I worked at a VB shop in my hometown. It turned out to be a great experience working on some really cool apps like a program for tracking the sales of explosives and a point-of-sale system for an animal feed manufacturer.
2003–2004
2003–2006
One of the first languages I learned. I don't like it anymore.
2003–2006
First at school, then for desktop apps at my first job. My dark past... hehe
2003–2004
2003–
Ah, my first programming language ^^ I took it in high school. It was thanks to it that I found my vocation for computers: I found it very fucking easy, but everybody else just kept saying it was the hardest thing in the world (which makes sense if you consider the engineering homeroom doubled as the design homeroom, and also because they taught it to those from business ¬¬). I eventually found out how much Visual Basic 6 fucking sucked, but at least I managed to make a little software project in high school that scored me $150 dollars :D The latest one I learned was Visual Basic .net. I liked it, now Visual Basic was a real programming language instead of some scripting bullshit :3
2003
Used in a high-school programming course. Wrote an over-the-shoulder adventure game, using graphics brutally ripped off from Quest for Glory.
2003–2005
2004–2006
2004–
First language they teach you in high-school. Thanks to .NET, it's still kind of handy to keep around I guess.
2004–2008
04-05 for a level, creating a simple database app. 08 for 1st year IT course, creating a table tennis scorer. c# is much better.
2004–
Thanks to CrociDB, my first VB "app" was Button calling the BEEP
2004–
Had to use in a commercial environment when joined a project written in VisualBasic. Now mostly rewritten in C#.NET
2004–2007
2004–2006
Used it when had Windows installed in my computer. Easy to use IDE but could bind beginners to a single vendor's libraries and coding style.
2004–2006
2004–2006
2004–
2005–2006
Dropped this as soon as I no longer had to use it for university assignments. There's nothing particularly wrong with the language, but there's certainly not anything right with it.
2005–2008
2005–2006
So glad to not be doing VB6 anymore.
2006
I just remember I used it at some point.
2006
Used to create a desktop version of an ASP app. Never. Again.
2006
Used it for uni. Hope to never see it again.
2006–
2006–
Some awful university assignment, despise all BASIC languages.
2006–
VB.NET isn't that bad, really!
2006–
2006–2008
Visual Basic 6 baby!!!!
2007–
Only used it once for class. I probably won't use it again.
2008
Had to learn it at university. I have heard it being recommended for introducing people to programming but I don't see it, its syntax is a bit inelegant and its a bit messy to start with. Use C#(if you like your .NET) or Java instead.
2008–
2009–
Had to learn VB6 in my new job because the current application is written in it. Desperately trying to replace it!
2009
Forced to learn it for class.
2009
2010
ECET class. Never again.
I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT
When it comes to Basic: don't ask, don't tell.
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