I was quoted in an eWeek story about the VB6 petition today: “And this is how Microsoft will lose their desktop monopoly: because some bright bulb at Microsoft thought Boolean operations should really short-circuit, no matter what millions of BASIC developers had been doing since the 1960s.”

Correction! This is a bad example, since the boolean operators I was thinking of (And and Or) were not changed to short circuit in VB.Net. I have no idea why I’ve been thinking that they were for so long. There are other, real examples of incompatibilities between VB and VB.NET, but short circuiting was not one of them.

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