Why I decided to use Visual Basic?

Most programmers prefer to program in a single language. But why have I decided to use Visual Basic? After all, isn’t C# now Microsoft’s preferred language? Quite the contrary: Visual Basic is now on equal footing to C++ and the new C#. In addition to this fact, I have chosen to use Visual Basic.NET for several reasons. Visual Basic is the most popular programming language in the world. It’s also by the far the most common language that existing ASP developers have used to create “classic” ASP pages. Finally, it’s the language that the I cut my teeth on—the language that we personally prefer to use.
One of the most common questions today is, “Why should I move to .NET?” .NET is new, and there are many questions about what it can do for you. From a Visual Basic standpoint, it’s important to understand some of the dramatic benefits that can be achieved by moving to VB.NET.

I remember the moment when I wrote my first Visual Basic application? For some people, that moment happened ten years ago, when Microsoft released Visual Basic 1.0 in 1991. For others, that moment comes today, when they use Visual Basic.NET for the first time. Whenever it happens, I experience a feeling familiar
to all VB programmers: “Wow! This makes development easy!” It happened to me in 2003, when I wrote my first application using Visual Basic 3.0. The application was a data-entry form with a data control, some text boxes, and an OK button—a simple application that read and wrote data to a Microsoft Access database. It took only a quarter of an hour to develop, and most importantly: I had fun doing it! When I finished, I realized that in fifteen minutes, VB had turned me into a Windows programmer, and my head started filling up with ideas of amazing programs I could write using VB. Suddenly, I was hooked.
I wasn’t alone. Since its inception in 1991, more than three million other developers have become hooked on VB. Visual Basic 1.0 revolutionized the way people developed software for Windows; it demystified the process of Windows application development and opened up programming to the masses. In its more than seven versions, Visual Basic has continued to provide us with the features we need to create rich, powerful Windows applications and as our needs evolved, so too did the Visual Basic feature set. In VB 1.0, database programming was limited to CardFile, the editor did not support Intellisense, and there were no Web development capabilities. Over the years, features such as these have been introduced and enhanced: VB 3.0 introduced the DAO data control and enabled us to easily write applications that interact with information in Access databases. When Windows 95 was released, VB 4.0 opened the door to 32-bit development and delivered the ability to write class modules and DLLs. VB 5.0 delivered productivity improvements with Intellisense in code and ActiveX control authoring. VB 6.0 introduced us to Internet programming with WebClasses and ActiveX DHTML pages. Just as Visual Basic 1.0 opened the door to Windows development, Visual Basic.NET again opens up software development—this time to the more than three million Visual Basic developers. It makes it easier than ever before for VB developers to build scalable Web and server applications. It provides technology to bridge the gap from traditional client-side development to the next generation of Web services and applications. It extends the RAD experience that is the heart of Visual Basic to the server and to the Internet.
Visual Basic.NET introduces some new concepts; concepts such as assemblies, Web services, ADO.NET, and the .NET Framework.

Compared to many programming languages, Visual Basic.NET is a fairly easy language to learn. Unlike the C family of languages, VB.NET prefers to use the English language rather than cryptic symbols like &&, , and %. Unlike prior versions of the VB language, however, VB.NET is a full-featured object-oriented language that can hold its own when compared to C++, C#, or Java.

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