Microsoft has posted a free, stripped-down version of Visual Basic (VB) 5.0 on its Web site to encourage developers to build ActiveX controls.
The offering, called the Control Creation Edition (CCE), includes a basic debugging and coding environment, but does not incorporate all the base controls, SQL Server support or Sourcesafe code management software for group development.
Mike Pryke-Smith, Microsoft's Internet tools product manager, said: "The aim of this is to give people a trial go at VB 5.0 to see if they like the environment and also for people who want to create ActiveX components to make them more prolific. But, there's no pay-later timebomb involved at all."
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