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To each their own. some people like Chevys some people like Fords, and other prefer Hondas. It's all personal preferences, and if it gets the job done then that's great, if it doesn't than that's when it's a problem.
VB.Net is far more verbose than C#. This has the side effect of not hiding dotNet features such as event wireups. Granted, LINQ is easier and more concise in C# but for most features VB.Net is just as easy as C# to code.
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As every of these benchmarks is a lie (strongly depending on the sources, custom metrics, and attitudes of the creators) a survey across all developers seems to be the most reliable indicator about the popularity of PL.
Are we talking relative or absolute here? It makes a huge difference. Example: If, e.g., JS is used 10x as much as X and X is liked by 100% of its developers, while JS is only liked by 20% of their developers, its still twice as popular.
Of course you are right, but JS is popular and is most used.
There are only two kinds of programming languages: Those that aren't used and those that people complain about.
Like every other "study" it had an agenda to push the statistical results they wanted to emphasize.
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For dead read unsupported which equates to dead! My development path was from Superbase to Access to VB4 to VB6 and then to VB.net and then to c# so I know precisely what I am talking about.
And there are still some strange entries ia rather minor player to be up there.n the top 20. Delphi, which I also dabbled in, seems a little strange, and Mathlab, a programming language. And they split PL/SQL and SQL (presumably TSQL) seems an odd segregation.
Still statistics and all that!
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There was a sh*t load of applications written in it, it would be interesting if the surveys identified the volume of app support, the majority I suspect.
That's my guess as well.
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No matter how you look at it, classic VB is no longer supported and has not been for many years. Anyone STARTING a new project in it is nuts.
I agree on both points. But that's not my point -- which is the fact that a language that has been unsupported as a stand-alone product for 15+ years still ranks. I spotted VB on several lists a number of years back and was surprised -- I hadn't done VB6 since 2002-ish and assumed it was long since dead.
Although VB is still supported. It's the macro language behind MS Office. My normal.dotm contains macros I wrote in Word 97. Still running as originally written, still useful today.
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I think "well" is a bit of a stretch, even alive is only because some legacy systems are just to expensive to replace.
I know a number of guys who make very good rates doing COBOL. Sure, it's not used for much new development, but a kid coming out of school today could make a career of COBOL. [I'm not recommending that; simply pointing out an option.]
Every negative point in this entire topic is irrelevant if folks are making a living from a language.
unfortunately there is a ton of old business apps out there with no plans to be completely rewritten. I personally know of a couple companies reliant on accounting software written (supported and still added to) all in VB6.