“Visual Basic is not dead, its undead!”

by Bernard T
Wired had a few interesting articles on Visual Basics. One article mentioned its history saying that it was created in the late 1980’s and released by Microsoft for the purposes of giving its users easy access to powerful tools. It mentioned that despite its slow start, it quickly became the favorite of many users and has had a healthy following ever since.  They mentioned that Microsoft officially stopped supporting Visual Basics a few years ago, regardless of this VB is still being adopted and implemented by many users and companies. One of the articles that focused on why this is true mentioned that it’s because of the fact that it boils down to cost.  Many companies are not willing to spend the money to upgrade or change to another system every time something shiny and new comes around the corner. Microsoft then came out with Vb.NET, which did not integrate with the other VB versions. Many people thought that would be the end of VB but they were wrong. No matter how many times they tried to make people abandon VB for .NET it just wouldn’t go away. Now Microsoft has announced that its new OS, Windows 8, which is HTML5 and JavaScript based will also offer tools for building “Metro-Style” applications that use WinRT runtime that uses languages such as Javascript, Visual Basics, C# and C++. So I guess VB is here to stay, or at least an incarnation of it, for now.

I found these articles very interesting because it broke down the history of Visual Basics and it praised it a lot for its easy to use interface. The articles gave a bunch of examples in favor of VB, like I mentioned above it is easy to use because of its drag and drop capabilities and easy to use commands. Looking through the Web for topics about VB I was able to see a lot of how it works, although there is nothing like firsthand experience I was still able to see some of its power in action. I’ve always wondered how non technical people were able to make applications and programs; How would one get started I wondered, what tools would they use? I guess this is one of the easier ways to do them.

The articles also mentioned how it would take weeks for programmers to write up a code for something that took seconds to do in VB. Many companies out there still use VB and a lot of their platforms are based off of VB and like some of the authors mentioned, it would take a lot of time and money for them to change their whole system around. Programmers often mention that when something works, why change it? Many of them have found VB to be the best solution to their needs and because of this I believe that VB will still be around even after the announcement of it taking a backseat in a Windows 8 environment. I liked the way some blogger put it so much that I used it for my title, “Visual Basic is not dead, its undead!” Many people point out that even with no support from Microsoft which is essentially cutting of its legs from beneath it while stabbing its heart repeatedly, It still continues to live on like a zombie. This is because I believe that unless you shoot its brain, which are the countless programmers who still use and support VB then will still continue to lumber around, bloody but not defeated.


Technica, A. (2011, June 13). Why microsoft has made developers horrified of coding for windows 8. Gadget Lab, 2. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/06/microsoft-developers-windows-8/all/1, Garling, C. (2012, February 23). Microsoft woos joe developer with new visual studio. Wired Enterprise, 73(11), 3. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/02/microsoft-visual-studio/, Gai, B. (2010, June 28). Is vb really dead? [Online forum comment]. Retrieved from http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/topic/179363-is-vb-really-dead/

4 thoughts on ““Visual Basic is not dead, its undead!””

  1. I had no idea that windows 8 will be providing tools to write applications in VB, C#, C++, and Javascript. That is pretty cool and I think that was a good idea for Microsoft to have done that for its customers. I also agree that it is much faster to program applications in VB due to its drag and drop abilities when make forms and buttons. Great article very informative.

  2. That was a very interesting title to put up. The only reason why Microsoft stopped supporting Visual Basic was probably because it refused to change so much and become a new cash cow like the Windows series. What I am most astounded about is that you blogged about three articles at the same time. From your blog, I believe that Visual Basic is a great thing to have, if you know how to use it to its fullest extent.

    1. The people tha are still stuck on VB are those that refuse to accept change and are stuck in the past. Another reason is that they still working with a legacy program that they haven’t or isn’t willing to upgrade to the new language. i said new language because VB.net is basically rewritten from scratch, so most program from VB wont work with the new .net. The reason MS created the new VB.net was because the old code couldn’t preform certain function the new one could.

  3. Though I’ve never personally used VB, I guess it’s kinda sad to see it go. Like Antonio, I am also impressed that Microsoft is actually implementing coding applications for C#, C++, and JavaScript. This is pretty cool and I actually might download the Windows 8 Beta from the MSDNAA in order to try these new features out. Thanks for the great read.

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