The Visual Basic Programming Language

Published on 30 March 2019 (Updated: 02 May 2020)

The Visual Basic Programming Language

According to Wikipedia, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is a programming language that was created by Microsoft in 2001. Beyond that, Wikipedia doesn’t have much to offer in terms of historical information, so let’s move on.

In terms of features, however, Wikipedia has a little more to offer. For instance, VB.NET is statically typed, but the type system is both strong and weak as well as safe and unsafe.

As for syntax, VB.NET is structured which reminds me of languages like Pascal and MATLAB where blocks of code are marked by keywords—rather than braces or whitespace.

Beyond that, VB.NET has several versions. In fact, VB.NET only really refers to the language before 2005, but the syntax is largely the same today. Of course, I’ve sort of lumped them together in the same way I’ve recognized Python as one language instead of two.


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