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July 13, 2008


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Seriously, how many VB.NET can't switch to C# (or vice versa) with a small cheat sheet? Only clueless HR recruiters think that VB.NET people can't write C# (or vice versa).

So, as a developer, you should care more about the future of the .NET platform as a whole than comparing C# and VB.NET.

As you know, the biggest competitor of .NET (or C#) is still Java.

Big Mike

I agree with the comment above that it's not that difficult to move between C# and VB.NET. Knowing the .NET Framework is 90% of the difficulty of .NET programming.

But the fact is that C# looks more impressive on a resume. And the fact is that companies developing in VB.NET will have a more difficult time hiring the best programmers. VB.NET is a language best avoided.

The future of .NET looks pretty good, it's catching up to Java. Soon there will be more .NET jobs than Java jobs.

Gunao Sepire

In my corporation, the C# programmers are much competent in OO programming & modeling. That is why we had ceased the contract with the VB.NET programmers.


Agreed.. C# is truely a OO based language. Most VB programmers come from a more procedural place where spahgetti code abounds.

Thanks for the post

Andrew Knight

Hi Mike,

I'm emailing you in regards to a followup email I sent you a month ago in response to a partnership, have you had a chance to think about it?

If you have any questions or would more information, please advise me and we can go from there.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Knight

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I told my friends nephew the exact same thing. He wanted to learn over C#. I insisted that he learn C# instead. His friends have been laid off in droves. He still is sittign comfortably at a very large corporation. Glad he followed my advice and yours.

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  • Big Mike has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA and JD from Arizona State University. He once worked as a stockbroker for six weeks.

    His politics blog is Half Sigma.

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