Could there be a worse development task?

I’m currently upgrading our VB6 reporting application to use Crystal Reports 11.5 SP6 as the current reports don’t display on Windows 7 64bit, and we need one more lap of the current system before it’s refreshed.

The VB code is done, now onto the updating the installer part. Slowly working my way through the dependency files for each .dll to work what files to install where. After that I’ll copy them into the source repository, so it can be built on the build server. Then upgrade the install scripts, and start testing.


  • VB6
  • Crystal Reports
  • Remote development (I’m the US rdp’ing to a NZ server)
  • Nullsoft Scriptable Install System
  • Not using Visual Source Safe

I’ve been putting this task off as long as possible, but the time has come to have it “done” so there’s no where to run…


Rowan 2011-02-11 21:54:07

I find reports in general to be a bad “development” task.

Simeon 2011-02-12 08:41:13

Agreed, but I’ve not been doing reports thank goodness, this app is just the program you choice which report to view, and points CR to the DB. Testers tell me they are now ready to test, and it’s not done yet. But I did fix some pretty gnarly C/C++ bugs…