The Inside Story of Visual Basic, the Programming Language That Made Windows Possible

Software designer Alan Cooper explains why they call him the ‘Father of Visual Basic’

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The first VB book. Photo courtesy of the author.

Microsoft’s original shell, called MSDOS.EXE, was extremely stupid, and it was one of the main stumbling blocks to the initial success of Windows.

The first thing we did was throw out my prototype code and start over.

The Ruby Team (L to R): Frank Raab, Mike Geary, Alan Cooper, Gary Kratkin, and Mark Merker. Photo courtesy of the author.

Because Microsoft owned exclusive rights to Ruby, they could do with it as they pleased.

As far as I know, it was the first practical use of the dynamic linking facilities of Windows

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