Dear CCRP supporter,
It has probably not escaped your
notice that work on CCRP has been floundering for some time.
What started as a simple pipe
dream in 1997 evolved into an amazing group of
people connected electronically working towards a common goal and
enjoying doing it. The many thanks we received along the way were taken
to heart and drove us to continue for several years right through to a VBITS presentation and VBPJ Editors Choice Merit Award both of which
were a testament to the dedication of the group. But then came .NET...
The simple truth is that with .NET
on the imminent horizon, the niche that we created for ourselves became
increasingly hazy and the effort required to move over to the .NET
platform is simply something that the members who have devoted some much
time to the project in the past cannot find the time to do. Further,
many of us have reservations about the .NET revolution and VB.NET in
particular that has caused us to rethink our views on our language(s) of
choice. Therefore, given the lack of clarity on how long any more work
we do in VB6 would be used for and a resistance to move to VB.NET, we
have found ourselves lacking direction waiting to see how .NET turns out
and indeed whether there is any requirement for the full-functionally
controls that we've previously provided in the new forms architecture.
And at the same time, other opportunities emerged and the members felt
that their time would be better served on those opportunities.
It is therefore the case that it
is unlikely that any more development on CCRP controls will be done.
support for existing controls may still be offered by
some authors directly via email, as
time permits. The CCRP
support newsgroups have closed.
We will be leaving the CCRP website online
available for download,
and we hope that these may continue to benefit the VB community as they
have done in the past.
On a personal note, I will still
be providing some limited support for my controls and DLLs and in some
circumstances may make the source code available. Emails regarding this
should be sent to
email@example.com with the header line starting CCRP, although
replies may take some time.
I would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us since the group's
inception all those years ago. I think I speak on behalf of everyone in
the group when I say that we had a great time working towards our goal
and had Microsoft not decided on such a huge technology twist, perhaps
we would have achieved that goal. But life is as it is and the group
members have moved onto pastures new as the world heads towards the .NET
revolution and whatever else might lie ahead.
A few particular words of thanks
go to VBPJ - their award is still probably the pinnacle of CCRP's
success (alongside having a Microsoft support engineer recommend that
someone download one of our controls!), and to those companies who
provided us with software that saved us hours of work - Numega,
Videosoft, Blue Sky and Innovasys - please take the time to read about
their products below - you might find that they can help you as they
And finally, I would like to add
my personal heartfelt thanks to the CCRP members whose tens of thousands
of hours of time was given voluntarily for the good of the community and
who made the whole experience a pleasure to participate in. Felix for
being the best web/news host you could ever wish to have as well as a
veritable source of information any time we got stuck on anything
non-VB!; Randy for so many hours put in developing, testing, commenting
on and of course the entire website; Ramon for his wisdom as well as his
wonderful development contributions, some of which unfortunately never
made the public view; Domenico and Jon for keeping me company in holding
up the European end of the team - Domenico's FileDialogs and Jon's DTP
were some of the most popular controls we produced; Earl and Jonathan
for the many hours they devoted to the cause; Dan for his contributions
as the group headed towards .NET and the unknown; Ben for some fantastic
code contributions and for his guiding advice for the group; Klaus for
his effect on group moral as well as great code; Karl for just being
Karl, awesome to the very end; and Brad, one of the few who've been with
the group all along, who has probably devoted the most amount of time
coding to produce some of the most amazing work I have had the pleasure
of having seen in VB. Without any of these guys, CCRP life just wouldn't
have been the same - to work with these guys in such difficult
circumstances was to experience a sense of teamwork that defies
description. To quote a (recent) song:
"Thank goodness for the good souls
That make life better
If it wasn't for the good souls
Life would not matter"
Good Souls, Starsailor.
We wish everyone all the very best
for the future - good luck, good health and above all, peace. And thanks
once again for your support.
On behalf of the CCRP team
sincerely thanks our sponsors
and supporters over the years ...
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