Visual Basic: mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by macintoshxiii, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. macintoshxiii macrumors regular


    May 15, 2006
    I was wondering if there are softwares like visual basic for mac users? If so I would really like to get a copy of it for my work.... else not i don't know how to do my work to create a VB application form. And i don't wanna use PC to do it....
  2. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    VB is not on Mac. You'd need to install Windows on your Mac to run it, using Boot Camp, Parallels, VMWare, etc. (And I see VB can be run under WINE, so Darwine might be a Windows-free option at some point.)

    Or you might consider RealBasic as an alternative route: it's very highly regarded, and is compatible with both Mac and Windows:
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    If it runs under WINE, then it'll almost certainly run under Crossover. I'd send off an email to Code Weavers, who make Crossover, and ask them if VB runs on their software.
  4. macintoshxiii thread starter macrumors regular


    May 15, 2006
    cool replies guys... but just wondering how different is the use of real basic vs visual basic? apart from the different plattform anything else indifferent? friendly using etc?
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    I haven't used basic in a long time, but RealBasic is an excellent version. You will be able to create real cross-platform programs. This may help.
  6. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    I agree with the others that you should look into RealBasic. I have actually downloaded the trial version and taken it for a spin (a short one). Real is too stingy with their trial period, especially for a development environment. I was only given a week, or maybe 10 days - do not recall exactly. Maybe that would be sufficient if a person was able to do a quick, dedicated, in-depth evaluation. However, I seldom have that luxury. To do a decent job of it, I would need closer to a month of daily 2-3 hour sessions. Your situation may be different.

    I have read that Filemaker Professional has the ability to not only store data, but also build forms. I have not looked into this yet. If I understood the authors correctly, then FMP is positioning itself as an alternative to Access. It may be another source for you, especially if your VB app is data focused.
  7. kiang macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2007
  8. MstrPBK macrumors newbie


    Jun 20, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    FileMaker Pro and Visual Basic ....

    I am in the process of wanting to broadening my learning to VB, Java, and Visual C to attain my goal of producing a RPG game.

    I have adequate experience with FM Pro and feel that is is a decent program and can by my experience handle at least medium (to large?) sized files (80 million records). FM pro's scripts are strongly BASIC language constructs (and semi-easy to learn).

    My concern with FM Pro is that the Find Request interface is based on absolute values rather than computed values to find records. This can be programmed around by lengthy subroutines (time wise not code length) and adding a field to record a mark AND then do the find); and from my view I was thinking there must be another way to deal with this (somehow).

    One of my interests in this discussion is how easily can FM Pro pass data back and forth from a VB type program. (suspects it is semi-easy if I learned). Is VB and/or Realbasic decent with graphics and managing them, polygons? I would think there would be other programs to handle animation and special effects but that is a different thread and topic.
  9. leelee27 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2009
    Problem with running my VB app in mac

    I have written my program in vb in windows. /now I have installed VB in my mac which has windows that i have installed by winwar. But I have a problem, my program has two errors:

    Error 4 Could not write lines to file "obj\Debug\my software- jan19.vbproj.FileListAbsolute.txt". Access to the path 'C:\my software- jan19\my software- jan19\obj\Debug\my software- jan19.vbproj.FileListAbsolute.txt' is denied. my software- jan19

    Error 2 Cannot write to the output file "C:\my software- jan19\my software- jan19\obj\Debug\my_software__jan19.nosulfide.resources". Access to the path 'C:\my software- jan19\my software- jan19\obj\Debug\my_software__jan19.nosulfide.resources' is denied. my software- jan19

    can anyone help me with these errors?
  10. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Hisss Boooo Sinner!!

    On a more serious note, if you dont even know that VB is windows only then how in gods name do you even intend to manage to make an application?
  11. iconz113 macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2009
    New York
    visual basic, real basic same? or different?

    Im sorta new to this and just wanted to verify some information. So realbasic is the mac version of visual basic? I read on one of the posts that you can create cross platform using realbasic, but cant you do the same on windows visual basic, since its the same? or is it different? also what other compilers for any language are available on the mac platform? like I said im pretty new to all this so any information would be appreciated, thx!
  12. MstrPBK macrumors newbie


    Jun 20, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Kinda fun to see me accidently return to this thread ...

    To iconz113: Visual Basic and RealBasic are indeed two quite different programs; although they provide two similar forms of programming for the BASIC language.

    To the general forum group: Infact I am currently pushing just that very question with a local technical college before I sign up for classes for my next round of education. While I use Macintosh ... the technical college is still stuck in Windows only mode, which I feel is VERY narrow thinking when it comes to program development in this millennium. I will see what happens and see if my question is ignored.

    ON a divergent subject of this thread: ... if RealBasic is to Visual Basic what would be the corollary for Visual C in the Macintosh world?

    St. Paul, MN USA
  13. diademsoftware macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007

  14. MstrPBK macrumors newbie


    Jun 20, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Basic reply ...

    that's ... what I thought. Just did not want to go around making assumptions.

    St. Paul MN USA
  15. bkap16 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    If it runs on wine it better run on crossover. Crossover is just WINE with some extra hacks added. In fact, Crossover is responsible for a good portion of the wine development.
  16. ul1984 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2008
    If you're talking about, and you're fine compiling from the command line I think you can compile and run that using Mono. Once you installed Mono, try "vbnc" in your terminal.

    But I'm not sure about the status of their support, but C# seems to work just fine. A few months ago I made a simple winforms app on my mac, compiled using mono, and the .exe produced ran just fine even on my Windows machine, without recompilation.
  17. sylvia100 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2009
    installing visual basics and bootcamp..

    If i install bootcamp onto my mac laptop would it slow the performance by alot?? I was going to purchase bootcamp at JB-HI5 and they told me it's not worth it because it would slow my laptop down, but i really need it to run a program called ecstat (which requires visual basics) however at the same time i wouldn't want my laptop's performance to be effected..
  18. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Mono and MonoDevelop do in fact support Visual Basic on the Mac. The advantage with that is that they are free, open source packages.
  19. lee1210 macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    The only full-time effect that installing windows via bootcamp is going to have is disk usage. This shouldn't slow things down much at all. Otherwise, if you are only rebooting your machine to get into windows, it won't affect the speed of the machine while in OS X at all. If you run windows in a virtual machine under OS X using VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, etc. then yes, while the VM is running (but only while it's running) the machine will be slower because it's devoting CPU time and memory to running a second OS. To sum it up, the people that gave you that information don't know what their talking about, or misunderstood what boot camp does.

  20. sylvia100 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2009
    Thanks alot for your detailed answer. There's real basic that does the same/similar job as visual basic and i was wondering if i could dl it for free and if it takes up alot of space on my comp compared to installing xp windows/bootcamp onto my comp .. I don't know what would be better, getting bootcamp or just real basic..
  21. lazydog macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2005
    Cramlington, UK

    RealBasic takes up less than 500 MBytes I think. You can download a 30 day trial but after that you have to buy a license.

    ß e n
  22. zippyfly macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2008
    Just to point out the obvious in case it isn't:

    You do NOT have to buy bootcamp.

    It is FREE.

    It "comes" with the Mac.

    And your Mac will not be "slowed" by it because the Mac is "just" a PC hardware device, and you can install any OS onto it. The OS will run as fast as your hardware. In fact, Windows runs pretty darn fast on Mac hardware.

    You might have gotten confused by Parallels and/or Fusion, neither of which I recommend for your purposes of running a native Windows environment for programming, without extraneous cost or complexity.
  23. VJBmacuser macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2009
    Visual Basic for mac

    I am taking college courses and am looking for Visual basic software for mac that i can use for class projects. What are my options.
  24. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    As far as I know, Visual Basic has never been released for Mac. I don't think Office for Mac even has VBA. You will have to run Windows on a virtual machine if you want VB on your Mac.

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