Father of Visual Basic
They call me the “Father of Visual Basic”. Guilty as charged.
Here is an essay I wrote in 1996 explaining my role in VB’s creation, and how I received my one-phrase resume. Man, those grainy images bring back memories.
In 2009, Microsoft commissioned a video for its internal TV channel that celebrated the 20th anniversary of Visual Studio. The video crew interviewed me at length, edited it with skill, and posted it here. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out. They even let me rant a lot about the various participant’s silly behavior.
I have tried to write code in VB and find it very difficult. Not the visual part, mind you, but I really don’t like the Basic language. Never have. Back in the very early days of the microcomputer industry I wrote lots and lots in the CBASIC dialect, and pretty much got Basic out of my system for good.
Regarding the orphaning of VB6: I simply don’t have a dog in that fight.
For all those who have thanked me for my creation of VB over the years: You are quite welcome, and be sure to thank Microsoft, too, as they did the lion’s share of the work.
For all those who have cursed me for the creation of VB over the years: I feel your pain. More than you might know.
For those of you who desire to know who the Mother of Visual Basic is: My stock, tongue-in-cheek answer has always been “Bill Gates”.