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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Where are all the VB.NET blogs?

When I started learning .NET I learnt mostly by reading examples and tutorials I found on the internet, I read sites such as Code Project and .NET 247 from front to back and found several blogs that eased my way into the .NET world.

During my quest to become a good .NET developer I came across many examples and tutorials written using VB.NET, in fact I learnt to code in VB just so I can read them and won’t be limited to “C# only” information. At the time it seemed to me that there was a 50/50 ratio between C# and VB information on the web.

At the beginning of the .NET era (1.x) it seems that the .NET world was split to two different “camps” - Developers with previous C++ experience mostly preferred C# while software developers from the VB6 world found VB.NET more to their liking. I remember that one of the most debated topic of that time was which language is better C# or VB.NET (BTW - I think that neither one).

Nowadays it seems that the .NET posts I find on the web are mostly C# oriented, could it be that VB programmers decided to finish the C#/VB feud by becoming C# developers or did they just stop writing?

I confess – I prefer C# mostly because I write code faster using it, after years of C++ It is the programming language I think in. But obviously there bound to be software developers with previous Visual Basic (or Delphi) background that prefer VB.NET from the same reason.

Then why is it that when I posted a question on StackOverflow about the preferred .NET language for programming not one answered “VB”?

One can argue that perhaps most users of StackOverflow are C# developers and a proof of that there 1-10 ratio between questions tagged with VB (1363) to those tagged C# (12405). Even if it’s true - where do VB’ers go to discuss their issues and and when was the last time you actually saw VB.NET blog?

Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon?

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