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Language: 2000
Expertise: Beginner
Oct 31, 2000

Development Tools Windows 2000 Compliant?

Question:
Our shop develops apps with VB 5.0 and 6.0. Are either of these versions of VB Windows 2000 compliant/compatible?

Answer:
Yes, they are. I have done a considerable bit of development on W2K with both VB 5.0 and 6.0, and found only a few minor problems. In general—and this applies to any language—the lower the level you program at, the greater a chance that a change/upgrade of the operating system will break the code. So, if you do a lot of low-level API calls, chances are at least a couple of them will need to be modified. But the problems I've found have been very minor.

One of the biggest changes is from COM to COM+, so you may need to do some reading and experimentation here (particularly if you use MTS). Other changes may include the way some third-party controls work in particular instances, and you will probably want to make sure you have the latest updates from the vendor(s).

I would suggest, however, that you not switch from one OS to the other in the final half of a development project. Do it at the beginning, so you have plenty of time to discover any problems and make the appropriate corrections.

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