Another example of people getting stuffed by proprietary lockin: Visual Basic 6 developers are petitioning Microsoft not to end support.
I can’t imagine, though, why anyone would choose to program in VB if they’d had experience of any other programming language. The last three days I’ve been programming in VB 6, and it has caused me more stress recently than I’ve had in months. One particularly irritating thing is that it’s impossible to get good online VB 6 documentation any more, because Microsoft has replaced it all with VB.NET docs, and forgotten the very existence of VB 6. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.