Visual Basic Feature Comparison
KEY: Ent=Enterprise    Pro=Professional    Lea=Learning    CC=Control Creation      
Visual Basic Feature Benefit Ent Pro Lea CC
Customizable development environment Increase productivity with IntelliSense features such as Quick Info, DataTips, Complete Word,and List Properties/Methods. They eliminate the need to memorize complex syntax, optional arguments, and component properties. Plus, the new multiple-document interface (MDI) reduces cumbersome keyboard strokes and mouse clicks.
Visual Basic, Applications Edition, version 5.0 Use your Visual Basic skills in Microsoft Office 97 and third-party applications licensing Visual Basic, Applications Edition, because they use the same language and development environment that’s in Visual Basic 5.0.
Project templates, sample projects, and Books Online Take advantage of new technologies with project templates that set the properties for varying project types and sample projects for reference. Books Online provides one-touch access to comprehensive documentation.
Sophisticated add-ins Build and manipulate class modules, properties, events, and methods. Visually define ActiveX Control interfaces, design property pages, and extrude subclassed control members.
Multiple projects Develop and debug components and applications that use those components simultaneously in one instance of Visual Basic as easily as you create monolithic applications
Interface and visual inheritance Achieve a new degree of productivity by subclassing and aggregating ActiveX Controls. Extend existing classes, properties, events, and methods by inheriting interfaces from other class modules.
ActiveX Control creation Create ActiveX Controls that run in Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual FoxPro, Microsoft Office, Web applications, and any ActiveX-aware product.
Rich set of standard controls Includes controls such as a data-bound grid, check box, combo box, file list box, drive list box, common dialog, Web Browser, WinSock, and more than 20 others.  
Application creation Compile and deploy stand-alone applications, .EXEs, and .DLLs.  
Learn Visual Basic Now Jump-start the learning process with a self-paced, instructional CD-ROM that includes multimedia video lessons, narrated demonstrations, and hands-on lab exercises.      
Data access flexibility Enable your DAO applications to achieve near-RDO performance when accessing ODBC data sources. DAO version 3.5 provides enhanced capabilities for ISAM and ODBC data sources.    
Optimizing native code compiler Build native code applications and components that leverage the world-class compiler technology available in Microsoft Visual C++. Applications created in version 5.0 run up to 20 times faster than those in previous versions.    
Active Documents Create browser-based applications from scratch or from existing Visual Basic applications that are hosted in Microsoft Internet Explorer and installed automatically.    
ActiveX Components for servers Create thread-safe and high-performance multithreaded server components for maximum scalability.    
Microsoft Transaction Server, Developer Edition Build three-tiered component applications including integrated-transaction and object-management systems (for Windows NT only).      
Native RISC support Build high-performance, scalable applications and components that run natively on RISC platforms.      
Remote Data Objects (RDO) version 2.0 Use RDO for high-speed ODBC database access from Internet or client/server applications using an object-based programming interface.      
TSQL Debugger Interactively debug SQL Server stored procedures and triggers at the same time, and on the same workstation, as you develop and debug Visual Basic-based applications.      
Microsoft SQL Server, Developer Edition Build and test prototype SQL Server 6.5 databases on your own LAN (for Windows NT only).      
Microsoft Visual SourceSafe Manage source code using an integrated code management system: including Check In/Out, visual differencing, resource sharing, and project histories for team development.      
Application Performance Explorer (APE) Simulate and analyze distributed application scenarios before committing to specific architectures and implementations for optimum performance.      
Microsoft Visual Database Tools Design and build logical and physical databases—all with one integrated tool. Also use Database Tools to build and fine-tune client-side queries and server-side data structures including tables, relations, and stored procedures.