Recommended Software

From time-to-time people ask me for 'recommended' software. I actively use all the following software and can recommend it. The products are listed in relative importance to me - most important first. Items shown in grayed text are no longer being used.

Product Description Vendor Comment
Visual Basic [VB6] Software Development Microsoft Began using with version 1, circa 1990. Up from VBasic.
Visual Studio .Net
VB 2005 - ASP.Net
Software Development Microsoft Began using beta versions in the fall of 2001.
Visual Studio .Net
VB 2008 - ASP.Net
Software Development Microsoft Began using in the spring of 2009.
Visual Studio .Net
VB 2015 - ASP.Net
Software Development Microsoft Began using in the winter of 2015.
Data Access Objects [DAO] Access Database Interface Microsoft Developed dynamic creation tools 1995.
ActiveX Data Objects [ADO] Multi-Database Interface Microsoft Began active use in April 2000.
SQL Server 2005/2008/2014 Database Management Microsoft Began active use of SQL Server in April 2000.
SQLDMO  SQL Data Management Objects Microsoft Developed Dynamic SQL Server Database Creator April 2000.
SMO SQL Server Management Objects
for SQL Server 2005/2008
Microsoft Developed Dynamic SQL Server Database Creator July 2006.
Visual Source Safe Source Code Library Microsoft Began use in 1995, with VB 4.
FrontPage HTML Editor Microsoft Began use in 1997.
Mail Washer Pro Preview eMail and delete Spam Firetrust Ltd Began use in 2003.
Outlook Express/Windows Mail eMail and News Group Reader    
Windows 10 Home Operating Systems Microsoft Began using in December 2015.
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Operating System Microsoft Began using in December 2008.
Windows XP Pro/Home Operating Systems Microsoft Began using in December 2001.
Windows 2000 Pro/Server Operating Systems Microsoft Began using in Fall 1999.
Wise Installer Distribute Software Altiris Used since 1990 to distribute various products.
Internet Explorer Network Browser Microsoft  
Windows Edge Network Browser Microsoft  
CodeSMART VB IDE Add-In AxTools Began use in June 2000.
Supercharger VB IDE Add-In AxTools Began use in December 2015.
Quicken Accounting Software Intuit, Inc. Began use in 1996.
WS_FTP Pro Send files to my server. Ipswitch, Inc. Began use in 1997.
WinZip Zip and Unzip files. WinZip  
HyperSnap Capture and Edit Windows Hyperionics Began use in 1995.
MicroAngelo Icon, Cursor Editor Extractor Microangelo Began use in 1994.
PhotoEd and PhotoDraw Photo and Graphics Editors Microsoft  
Pinnacle Studio Video Editing Software Corel, Inc. Began use in 2011.
RegEdit Registry Editor Microsoft  
Street Atlas GPS Mapping and Trip Planner DeLorme Began use in 2003. Used in my motor coach on a laptop.
TopDesk Hide and Show Desktop Icons SnadBoy  
Webshots Desktop Background and Screen Saver Webshots Began use in 2000.

3rd Party Visual Basic Controls

Beside using many of the Microsoft VB controls, I have used or am currently using the following 3rd party controls. All are recommended.

Control Description Vendor
SizerOne Resize, Elastic and Tab ComponentOne
VSView Print View and more. ComponentOne
TDBGrid Grid Control ComponentOne
WebGrid Asp.Net Grid Control ComponentOne
ChartFX Chart and Graphs Software FX
TreeViewX TreeView Extended Infragistics
XceedZip Compress Files XceedSoft

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