VB Comes of (Corporate) Age

by Tom Couvret - VMark Asia Pacific

Visual Basic is the most pervasive desktop development environment in use today. There are literally thousands of developers in Australia alone who are developing applications for the Australian business market that are based on VB.

Yet just as the ease of use of Visual Basic has been one of its greatest strengths, so too has it been the source of its greatest problems.

It has always been possible to write excellent applications in VB, to design the applications properly, and to use appropriate levels of management and controls over a project to ensure that procedures and standards are adhered to. Properly following such guidelines ensures that the end result will be maintainable, and that groups of developers can work together when a project is to big to handle by a single developer. But the sad fact is that because of VB’s ease of use, many of these things were simply overlooked.

I believe that the greatest impact that VB4 will have is in the benefits it will give to large application development, both in terms in management of development groups, and in flexibility and reuse of code produced.

What’s in Enterprise Edition?

Enterprise Edition is positioned above the current Professional Edition, and contains all that you’d expect in Pro, plus :
SourceSafe. Microsoft’s Version Control system.
Remote Data Access Objects. They work like the DAO, but are optimised for remote data. And, by all accounts, they’re fast.
Remote OLE. Network OLE will mean the emergence of Remote Data Validation - the much-touted 3-Tier C/S development strategy.

OLE Components

Written by: Tom Couvret
Aug 1995