Visual Studio 6 Enterprise was released on June 30, 1998 by Microsoft.
A Pentium 90 or better is needed to run Visual Studio 6 and realistically a Pentium II-300 is a lot better platform with 64MB of memory or more.
Super VGA or XGA is recommended. Visual Studio supports high resolution displays.
The Visual Studio Enterprise Edition includes many new features you can use in designing applications, accessing data, and creating and managing components.
- 32 MB of RAM for Windows 95 or later (48 MB recommended); 32 MB for Windows NT 4.0 (48 MB recommended)
- Hard-disk space required:
- Microsoft Visual Basic®: 116 MB typical, 135 MB maximum
- Microsoft Visual C++®: 302 MB typical, 403 MB maximum
- Microsoft Visual FoxPro®: 85 MB typical, 90 MB maximum
- Microsoft Visual InterDev®: 81 MB typical, 98 MB maximum
- Microsoft Visual J++®: 107 MB typical, 157 MB maximum
- Microsoft Visual SourceSafe®: 59 MB typical,
- 141 MB maximum
Adding MSDN can add another 493MB to the storage needed. SQL Server can add 95MB and SNA Server can add another 100MB. Having a 10GB disk or larger is very helpful.
System Network Architecture (SNA) is designed for working with machines like the IBM AS/400 machines or the System 3090 mainframes. SNA is a complete protocol stack IBM designed back in 1974 for working with mainframe machines. The virtual terminal made it possible to manage a mainframe remotely with Cisco equipment to carry token ring over IP networks.
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) has been a powerful feature with Microsoft Office and it has been a real game changer for application development.
Microsoft SQL Server is a PC based database that offers mainframe level features with much less expense.
This version of Visual Studio has full support for Windows 95 and Windows 98. Standard Win32 programs work perfectly.
Software developed with Visual Studio 6 generally works with Windows 95 and above tested with Windows XP.
Device drivers for Windows 95 need VxD while Windows 98 used the new Windows Driver Model (WDM) or VxD as available. The WDM has been used with later versions of Windows while the VxD has been abandoned.
Win32 programing with Visual C++ is comparatively standard. Microsoft supports the ANSI standard C properly so conventional C programming is easily done.
DirectX is supported with Visual C for game development. The SDK is a separate package.
Visual Basic has been much improved with the ability to make web applications and databases from Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.
FoxPro has been included but we suggest considering that this platform is now nearing the end of the line it may be wise to reconsider database development.
Visual J++ is Java based and we also suggest avoiding this as the litigation over Java has become more problematic recently.
Using Visual InterDev 6.0, you can create anything from a simple HTML-based Web page to complete data-driven Web sites and applications as well as integrated solutions that incorporate components written in any Visual Studio language.