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Old 08-27-2004, 05:55
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Old VB3 Program decompilation & port to VB.Net

I wrote a program back in 1995 using VB3.0. Subsequently, the original source was stolen along with a notebook.

I was able to get the executable, as it was uploaded to several software repositories.

I managed to find a program called VBDis which decompiled and recreated the .frm, .mak, etc files. Recently, I was able to get a copy of VB4 and thought to try and open the old project without success.

What I'd like to do is somehow salvage the .frm which contains the original interface and bitmap images and port the old program to Visual Studio .Net 2003.

So my question is: Any suggestions as to what I might try next?

P.S. Hello everybody!
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Old 08-27-2004, 09:12
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This works!



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Old 08-27-2004, 12:18
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Actually, that is the same program I used. I referred to it mistakenly as VBDis.

I used it to recreate the VB3 "pseudo source" files. I say that because VB4 was not able to open them. VB4 being the successor to VB3 should have been able to open a prior version. To be more specific, VBDecomp recreated:


And a few others....

Appreciate your responses!
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Old 08-31-2004, 20:34
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I think you must get VB 4 16 bit and not 32 bit to open old VB 3 project without problem
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Old 08-31-2004, 23:18
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I wasn't aware there were two different version of VB4. I'll give that a try as soon as I can locate it.
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Old 09-01-2004, 05:10
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Maybe I have it in floppy
Today I'll search it... I hope to have it
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Old 09-08-2004, 04:38
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You can find VB3 and VB4 16bit here

And I also uploaded a converter from VB3 to VB4. I hope to help you with this link and with this software!
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Old 09-08-2004, 08:53
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I appreciate your efforts! I realize this most likely a boring topic to most, but if you've been to trying to restore lost work (I say this because apparently the software is still popular at download sites) for the past 9 years, you can begin to understand...

Thanks again.
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