VB.NET vs Visual Basic

Difference between VB.NET and Visual Basic


VB.NET stands for Visual Basic.NET. It is a programming language. It was developed by 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 into the market in the year 2002. It was initially developed by Microsoft. 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 to differentiate with the initial Visual Basic. Two main languages target the .NET Framework, one of them is VB.NET, and the other one is VISUAL C#.

Visual Studio is 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: 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 languages like Visual C#, J#, C++ and VB.NET can work well within each other. In VB.NET, each thing is treated as an object.

VB.NET is an upgraded version from Visual Basic 6. It does not share 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 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 use of tags is performed to deliver information about the elements defined within a program known as Attributes.
  • There are tags 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.

Visual Basic

The VB(Visual Basic) is created from the concept of Basic Language, which is easier to read than other languages.

This language was developed by Microsoft Corporation at the beginning of the year 1992. 

Visual Basic provided the functionality to the applications to run on different versions of the Windows Operating System.

In the year 1998, the last version of Visual Basic came in the market.

In the future years, the better version of Visual Basic also came into the market named as Visual Basic .Net ('VB.NET') language.

It is a lot advanced than the earlier version of Visual Basic in various ways. It is reliable, has a good performance, a better environment to work, and the central part is that it is easy to build.

Visual Basic is the older version of Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), and the Visual Basic also was not an object oriented language. Thus Visual Basic is not backed up by the market presently. 

Features of Visual Basic

  • It has a User Interface design. The design of Visual Basic is User Interface Design(UID).
  • The development of any application is rapidly done in Visual Basic.
  • It also provides accessibility to the services such as Intranet or Internet in the application.
  • The Web Development(Front End Part) can develop quickly with powerful database access tools available in Visual Basic.
  • The runtime environment used in Visual basic is known as the VB-Runtime environment.
  • Visual Basic is an Interpreter based language.
  • Visual Basic supports backward compatibility.
  • The Object in Visual Basic supports the default property of it.
  • Data handling and Data Connectivity are done with RDO, DAO and ADO (ActiveX Data Object) protocol.
  • Visual Basic is not a type-safe language.
VB.NETVisual Basic
This language was launched in the year 2001 by Microsoft.This language was launched in the year 1991 by Microsoft.
In this, VB stands for Visual Basic and NET stands for Network Enables Technology.Visual Basic language was developed with the motive of rapid development of applications.
It is an Object Oriented Language.It is not an Object Oriented Language.
VB.NET was launched after VB6.Visual Studio was launched before VB.NET
This is a Compiler based language.This is an Interpreter based language.
This language uses the Common Language Runtime (CLR)This language uses the VB Runtime Environment.
It is Type Safe Language.It is not a Type Safe Language.
It is Backward Compatible.It is not Backward Compatible.
The parameters are passed as values.The parameters are passed as references.
Statements are terminated either with a colon (":") or with the end of line.Code Statements have no terminating character other than a line ending
It supports multithreading concept. The Multithreading is not supported in the applications built from this language.