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What do you think about the future of Visual Basic?

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  • 15
    The day MS remove it from Excel, is the day VB will die a beautiful death.

    Until that day, I'll continue to cry myself to sleep at night.

    Also welcome to devRant
  • 10
    In a grave. Where thousands of devs make the greatest party to celebrate the day when the last user dies. I predict that it will be around juli 22019
  • 3
    what a question!
    You're a courageous one don't you? 😉 Welcome to DevRant
  • 2
    No better than its past. Worse if anything.
  • 3
    Thanks for welcoming. :-) A friend of mine currently absolves a distance learning course for programming. And i wonder why the teached language is Visual Basic. In my opinion i don't think it has a proper future.
  • 2
    VBA is at least useful in excel and other msoffice products. I use it fairly regularly. Though I don't see any particular reason it couldn't be replaced by something better. Excell is a wonderful application, which could also be replaced with something better. Some open source replacement would be excellent.
  • 3
    @Jacquobite sadly open source alternatives use it too. Something about being compatible and all 😑

    I reckon if ms replaced it with python or a similar high level language it would be get some traction.
  • 0
    Welcome to devRant! Go get an avatar...
  • 0
    I hate it with a burning passion. MS should have made an alternative a long time ago.
  • 2
    VB6 was super cool for quickly stitching together smallish GUI tools. What a pity that nothing came after that.
  • 1
    @C0D4 you need psychological help if that makes you cry kiddo.
  • 0
    Folk tell me that its not long for this world.

    I hope they are right as I switched from it to C# and then to C++

    Having just spent several hours checking what all the experts told me about using X instead of Y, I find that Y works better in practice and all the experts that spoke up, was wrong.

    Hopefully the experts here are better than the experts elsewhere !

    Though the kind of stuff I'm currently working on, there are only books on it in C++, so there seems limited choice but to just use C++ for everything, rather than a mixture of C++ and BASIC.
  • 0
    @Nanos you can mix C with your C++. You can mix assembler with C++. Don't mix Basic with C++, unless you are writing for legacy DOS... and even then, don't.
  • 1
    Well, talking about VB.NET, the language won't get new features, as already seen with the latest changes for C#. But I guess it will stay a supported CLR language and why not? It is not that bad for learning (regarding syntax not worse than Python) and you often hear stories about how VB(.NET) guided developers to the .NET platform. Why should Microsoft throw this away?
  • 1
    VB is a pain in the dick.
  • 2
    @hars777 VB was my first language 15 years ago.
    Not much has really changed on that front after .NET and yet it still lingers around.
  • 0
    @iAmNaN

    I want to try and avoid learning more than one language, so I can spend more time being productive in producing code, than spending years learning half a dozen different languages well.
  • 1
    @Nanos good luck. Once you enter the professional world, there are very few specialists. In most cases, discussing becomes a dead end.
  • 0
    @iAmNaN

    I want to try and avoid the professional as much as possible world so I can be more productive. :-)

    Sadly at the moment my focus is on finding compatible choices which may also make me money, as I've got expenses to pay if I'm to stay alive !
  • 1
    @Nanos The professional world pays well. It pays for my habits, my hobbies, and my needs, with some leftover for a rainy day. I've done the independent gig, and while it was nice, it could get very lean.
  • 0
    @iAmNaN

    I have great difficulty getting into the professional world.

    My current strategy is to focus on learning C++ well in the next 6 years, then I might be able to get a job involving that if need be.
  • 1
    Honestly I don’t have anything against it. I just wish there was more and good resources to learn it. There’s only few tutorials and the ones I’ve seen are either really basic which is okay to start but after nothing really good. Also as a C# dev I love that Microsoft is focusing on it but I really wish there was a team for VB as well so it’s not left out.
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