Visual Basic 4.0: The SQL
History of Visual Basic
Visual Basic started out with the ill fated Omega project at Microsoft.
Omega was supposed to be a database that would remove the dBase and Paradox
strangle hold that existed in 1988/89. It never really got anywhere but Bill
very much liked the programming language and had the guys go and work on it
exclusively. This developed into the Thunder project that then gave birth to
Visual Basic. Thunder was a very apt name for it, as VB came onto the development
scene with a boom. It showed for the first time what Rapid Application Development
(RAD) really was. (I don't know if you remember the first ads that were placed about
its speed of development - they showed two applications developed side by side and
how long it took. My C based application was beaten to completion by about 200%
by the VB version.)
Whilst the final preparations for the release version were under way, the QuickSilver
team converted to Cirrus and started work on what was to become Microsoft Access.
By the time version 3.0 of Visual Basic was ready to ship Access was the undisputed
king of the desktop database market, so it was natural for Microsoft to include the
Access data engine into Visual Basic. Prior to that, Visual Basic could only access
databases through ODBC or proprietary DLLs.
Problems With Previous Versions of Visual Basic
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