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...or what to do if VB reaches its limits
is a very powerful language that supports nearly all modern
technologies. What makes VB so powerful? I think, that there are three
major reasons for that:
1. It is the easy syntax of Basic
itself. If someone ever tried C/C++, you will see that the syntax of
C/C++ is more abstract than Basic. If you take the time and really
learn C/C++ it will become as handy as Basic, but the beginning is
easier with Basic.
2. The creation of GUI is very simple. Have
you ever created an application, that heavily used GUI and then tried
to port it to C/C++? Have fun with it =(
3. VB is very
expandable through its strictly used COM concept. Every component,that
you use in VB (ActiveX controls, COM-DLLs(/components), VB classes
etc.) are based on the COM technology. COM-Components can be created
with nearly any modern language also with VB. Most of the
COM-components VB consists of are written in C++.
Using components written in other languages lets you use the vigorousnesses of these languages with VB.
main criticism to VB is, that the native VB language commands are
processed slower than in other languages (e.g. C++, Delphi, Smalltalk
etc.) But, hey, why not use VB as framework for your application and
write time critical functions in another language? This could make your
VB application rock. Take my GameAI-Lib as a living example for such a
In this article, I will show you, how you can create a
COM-component using Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 and how you can use it
within your VB application. The only things you need are the compilers
(VB and VC) and a little C++ knowledge. You will see, it will be very
Date: 2000 May 11
I'm not sure about anyone else, but in VB 2005 Express Edition, things seem to run just as fast as VC++ when you compile them and run the stand-alone.
Is anyone else seeing this? I made two different .DLL libraries, one in VB2k5, one in VC++. The method in the libraries did a calculation of the SIN(30) *2 in a for-next loop for five-thousand repitions. I saw an average difference of .0000002 seconds in running the two different versions. I used QueryPerformanceCounter to time everything.
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