2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2010 11:30 AM by geoffperlman
worldtraveller321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Good evening. I am going to be taking some courses in Visual Basic.

I presently use a new IMAC computer and no intention of ever going back to PC.

However in course I need to download and learn Visual Basic which is only windows/microsoft based

Does anyone know of a program that is similar to the windows VB that I can use?

Otherwise how would I make the Windows VB work on my MAC, i really do not want to download Windows XP or anyone to work on my MAC, hence reason for switching to leopard and mac.

all suggestions and help is welcome, look forward to your responses.

email me as well please and thank you

IMAC, iOS 4, new IMAC
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (11,045 points)
    Being an outsider to most things programming and almost all things M$
    the brief information I found while reading around Visual Basic, is that it
    no longer has Microsoft support since 2008. While that may not be a big
    issue for those still needing such a beast, there probably is a newer kind
    of technology one could be investing time more wisely into the use thereof.

    Earlier: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_Basic
    Later: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VisualBasic.NET

    Free Express Edition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MicrosoftVisual_StudioExpress

    +{Since you have a computer which can support a virtual machine (os) and+
    +not need run Windows directly, some software can run without an XP, etc.+
    +And there is an open-source virtual machine available, for Intel-based Mac.+
    +This in addition to better known retail products, details found in a search.}+

    Since the Express Edition above indicates certain tools it provides, one can see
    what kinds of Mac OS X software tools are available to perform similar tasks;
    then check into how compatible those are with the resulting product you seek to
    be engaged in; and if the recipient of said project could use an all-Mac result. In
    their PC; if this is the direction you are considering.

    You can create content in Terminal, in a Mac, or in XCode, and there are a few
    free-ware open source cross-platform programming tools that could be used to
    create a more platform neutral product; from what I've briefly read. However,
    since Microsoft is playing to their own field, you may find if you have to be there
    you will have to get a Virtual Machine to run Windows in the Mac or hope to get
    a virtual machine that also can run just the Windows app without Windows in it.

    Or, have an old cheap PC off to the side, and put your Windows software into it.
    Then keep your modern-era stuff alive in your Mac. If you have Windows-only
    clients, some of them may well be using their XP into the next century...

    Good luck & happy computing!

    {PS: this topic area is within the section for older PPC iMac G4 series computers.}
  • geoffperlman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There is a development tool that is very similar to Visual Basic. It's called REAL Studio. You can learn more about it at www.realsoftware.com..