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Talking about Visual Basic Developers Jump Ship for Other Languages

23-May-05 11:35 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Looking more and more like there’s a movement afoot for those programmers (like me) who have used Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in their career: an overall decline in VB adoption as the platform for enterprise apps.  Guess the formal certificaiton training a couple years back to dive into VB.NET was a really smart move!  Even so, VB may suffer some loss of developer base because of a recent MS decision to end support for legacy (pre-.NET versions) VB applications.


Visual Basic Developers Jump Ship for Other Languages

In an earlier blog, (see ""Getting Over VB6: Microsoft Right to Insist on Moving Forward", March 30, 2005) I pointed out that this resistance was puzzling to me.  In my opinion, deprecating VB 6.0 and earlier code base would likely be perfectly logical once there were no longer a solid business case for Microsoft to continue offering support.  And I can’t think of too many producers of enterprise apps favouring a move to a platform that has so cloudy a migration path.  Architecturally, VB had clearly reached the end of its lifetime and to many of us this development was as rational as it was inevitable.  (Keeping in mind too that support won’t actually end until sometime in 2007.)

As such, the punditry quoted above has to be held a little suspect in the analyses department even assuming the raw data collected from respondents is truly representative.  Developers are themselves not decision-makers, unfortunately.   If business requirements drive a selection of VB.NET for an app, it’s seems typically improbable that recalcitrant VB 6.0 developers will somwhow get it all switched over to Java.  And there’s more still to watch in VB.NET’s developing story.  Will the scripting runtimes in MS Office and the Windows Scripting Host be converted into a .NET syntax or perhaps even parsed by the Common Language Runtime (CLR) instead of the current scripting runtime library?  Would such a move actually increase the VB.NET developer community population?

Stay tuned….


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