Doing nicely now, Visual Basic’s popularity could take a hit

Posted on 09-02-2018 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

Microsoft’s Visual Basic.Net and classic Visual Basic languages scored well in the Tiobe language popularity index this month, but that soon could change with the software giant’s plan to stop the co-evolution of C# and Visual Basic.

Visual Basic .Net, which uses Microsoft’s .Net Framework, placed sixth in this month’s index, with a rating of 4.072 percent, up 1.25 percentage points from February 2017, when the language placed eighth. The older Visual Basic language this month placed 12th with a rating of 2.177 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from a year ago, when it was in 16th place.

But Microsoft’s new strategy means Visual Basic will fall behind in terms of featurez compared to new C# features. “Let’s see whether Visual Basic can take this new punch and keep on surviving,” Tiobe said.

Although Visual Basic has been considered a language for newer programmers and rapid prototyping, it has a bad image among expert programmers, Tiobe maintains. This made it surprising that Visual Basic continued to score well in the index, which bases its ratings on a formula assessing searches on languages in popular search engines.