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I've inherited a fairly large set of VB6 code that I'd like to be able to enhance and compile. I have access to both MSDN and TechNet but don't see any MS products that are old enough to handle this. Have I missed something? Is there an older version of Visual Studio or a VB6 compiler that is still available?

If not, what would you recommend, either free or not? The advice I see on EE in questions like this and this is 6-8 years old, so I'm wondering whether there are any newer recommendations.

Thanks in advance...
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If you like, attach your project and I'll modify/compile it for you if the mods aren't too large.
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BTW if it matters to you, I'm a VB6 Microsoft MVP.
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by:Scott Helmers
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That's an exceedingly generous offer, Martin! However, there's a lot of proprietary content in the code -- and it's several thousand lines. So while I appreciate the offer, that's not an option.

(See you at the Summit next month?)
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Sorry no, I won't be there. eBay may be your best bet.
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Too bad about next month...

Thanks for the eBay suggestion. Do you know anything about the Envelop VB Compiler I saw in one of the answers I cited above? It's probably a moot point since the genuine article is available on Ebay but I'm just curious...
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by:Martin Liss
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No I don't, however it says it's a compiler which IMO doesn't guarantee that there's an IDE.
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by:Scott Helmers
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Good point... thanks. Have a good weekend.
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You too. You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

Select the 'About Me' tab in my profile and you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.
Marty - MVP 2009 to 2012
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by:Scott Helmers
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One followup question -- I just discovered a dusty copy of Visual Studio 2005 PRO in my closet. Is it old enough to edit/compile VB6?
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by:Martin Liss
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That's an early version of VB.Net and I believe there are current versions of that available for free, but in either case you'll have to go through conversion labor pains.
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OK, thanks. The conversion pains are definitely in future but I'm avoiding them for now. Off to eBay...

BTW, I did look at your profile and realize that I've used several of your articles in the past. Good stuff!
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Thanks and if you like them you can mark them useful:)
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