Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0

First released in 1991, Microsoft Visual Basic was a programming environment where one could build an application by visually creating the user interface first, and then adding code. In contrast, even the smallest Visual Basic basic programs could take reams of program code to write in C or C++. Visual Basic was extremely popular for business application programming. The language itself was an interpreted BASIC dialect, however speed was maintained through the use of reusable compiled libraries (DLLs and VBX controls). These however, limited application development to Microsoft Windows.

Visual Basic easily interfaced with many database products (most notably Microsoft Access) and reporting tools (most notably Crystal Reports)

Visual Basic 3 was the most popular version under 16-bit Windows 3.1, while Visual Basic 6 was the most popular for 32-bit Windows 95/NT and later. After version 6, Visual Basic was replaced by "Visual Basic.NET", a very incompatible product based around Microsoft's "Dot Net" virtual machine runtime, essentially killing it off as a serious development product.

Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 was the most popular version for Windows 3.x development. It is the last to create executables that do not require complex installation, with small runtimes, and minimal memory usage. The professional version includes Crystal Reports, and a setup generation wizard. Many third party controls were developed for VB 3. This is also the last version compatible with Windows 3.0.

Installation instructions

To preform a non-floppy install, copy the contents of each disk in to DISK1, DISK2, DISK3, etc folders.

Product type
DevTool
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1993
Minimum CPU
286+
Minimum RAM
2MB
Minimum free disk space
30MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 Professional (3.5) 3.0 Professional English x86 3½ Floppy 12.46MB
Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 Standard (3.5) 3.0 Standard English x86 3½ Floppy 4.23MB

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