What is VB.NET?

VB.NET stands for Visual Basic.NET. It is a programming language. It was developed by the Microsoft. It is an object-oriented programming language, multi-paradigm, implemented on .NET Framework. It supports the features of object-oriented programming such as Encapsulation (bundles the data and code acting on data together), Polymorphism (to refer the child class, parent class reference is used), Abstraction (hides unnecessary details from the user), and Inheritance (one class can inherit the features of another class) are also supported by it.

VB.NET came in market in the year 2002. It was originally developed by Microsoft. Basically, it was the upgrade to the original Visual Basic. Before 2002, .NET was used, after 2002 it was removed and only Visual Basic was used in order to differentiate with the initial Visual Basic.  There are two main languages targeting the .NET framework, one of them is VB.NET and the other one is VISUAL C#.

Visual Studio is the Microsoft’s integrated development environment (IDE) for developing in Visual Basic .NET language. Most Visual Studio editions are commercial but there are two freeware editions available also, Visual Studio Express and Visual Studio Community. The .NET Framework SDK also includes a freeware command-line compiler called vbc.exe. Mono also includes a command-line VB.NET compiler.

VB.NET has complete access to the Libraries of .NET as it runs on the .NET Framework. The Web, Windows, Office and Mobile applications can be rapidly created on the .NET Framework VB.NET is designed to be easily understandable by both the beginner and pro programmers. VB.NET is reliable on .NET Framework. In this language, the programs are reliable and scalable.  The object-oriented applications can also be created in VB.NET as they are created in C++, C# and JAVA. The programs written in the languages like Visual C#, J#, C++ and VB.NET are able to work well within each other. In VB.NET, each thing is treated like an object.

 VB.NET is an upgraded version from the Visual Basic 6. It does not share the compatibility with each other. Thus, the code written in Visual Basic 6 is unable to compile under the platform of VB.NET.                                                                                     

Features of VB.NET

VB.NET has various features as a result of which it has become a popular programming language for the programmers all around the world. These are the features of VB.NET:

  • It is not a case sensitive language.
  • VB.NET also includes the feature of XML Designing and also has automation in code formatting.
  • Automation is done in the task of Garbage Collection.
  • It supports the Boolean terms in the process of decision making.
  • It allows your apps to deal with multiple tasks simultaneously with the help of Simple multithreading.
  • There are simple generics in VB.NET.
  • It has a standard library.
  • VB.NET also helps in the management of Events.
  • References. An external object should be referenced which can be used in the VB.NET application.
  • The tags are used to deliver information about the elements which are defined within a program known as Attributes.
  • There are tags for which are required for providing additional information regarding the elements that have been defined within a program are known as Attributes.
  • A form can be inherited from an already existing form using Windows Forms.

VB.NET Advantages

The advantages of coding in VB.NET are given below.

  • The formatting of the code is done by itself.
  • An enterprise-class code can also be created by the use of object-oriented constructs.
  • The web applications can also be created using modern features like event logs; performance counters, and file system.
  • Web forms can be created with much ease through the help of visual forms designer. The drag and drop capability to replace any elements is also provided in it, in case you may need it.
  • You can connect your applications with the applications that are also created in the same languages which run on .NET Framework.
  • There are various features like docking, automatic control anchoring and in-place menu editor which are good for developing web applications.

Disadvantages of VB.NET

Some of the drawbacks/cons associated with VB.NET are given below:

  • Pointers cannot be directly handled by VB.NET as it is incapable of handling pointers directly. This is a major disadvantage as pointers are much necessary for programming. If any additional coding is performed, then it will lead to multiple CPU cycles. It will require much processing time due to which the application will become slow.
  • This language is not so hard to learn due to which it has led to a large talent pool. So, becoming an employee as VB.NET programmer is itself a challenging task.

VB.NET Index

  1. Introduction to VB.NET
  2. .Net Framework
  3. VB.NET Vs JAVA
  4. VB.NET Vs Visual Basic
  5. VB.NET Vs C++
  6. VB.NET Program
  7. VB.NET Keywords
  8. VB.NET Variables
  9. Control Statements
  10. VB.NET Do Loop
  11. For Next Loop
  12. For Each Loop
  13. While End Loop
  14. With and With Statements
  15. VB.NET Exit Statement
  16. VB.NET Continue Statement
  17. VB.NET GoTo Statement
  18. VB.NET Enum
  19. VB.NET String, Array List, Hash Table
  20. VB.NET Stack, Arrays, Queue, Dynamic Array
  21. VB.NET List, Functions, Subclasses and Object
  22. VB.NET Multithreading
  23. Exception Handling and File Handling
  24. VB.NET Date & Time
  25. VB.NET Controls
  26. VB.NET MDI Form
  27. VB.NET Dialog Box
  28. Key Press Event
  29. Dynamic Controls
  30. VB.NET Timer Control

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