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Why We're Using VB As The Language For Our Lessons

I've been getting a lot of questions about why we're using VB as the language in our lessons. Here's my current position on the matter.

It is true that all our lessons are written in VB, but if you actually look at most of them, you'll see that most of them have VERY little code - along the lines of only 2-3 lines.

Along the way, we've been focusing on ASP.NET, the Framework, and how to build ASP.NET pages rather then upon the different languages and their features. With ASP.NET currently supporting 20+ langauges it's impractical for us to offer our examples in all of them. We may go back and add C# and/or J# code at some point but I'm not promising anything. For the most part, translating a block of code from one language to another is really just a matter of syntax. For example... from our validation lesson:

Sub btnSubmit_Click(Sender As Object, E As EventArgs)
	' Checks to see if all the
	' controls on the page are valid!
	If Page.IsValid Then
		' Do Something
	End If
End Sub
void btnSubmit_Click(Object Sender, EventArgs E)
	// Checks to see if all the
	// controls on the page are valid!
	if (Page.IsValid) {
		// Do Something

We decided to start with VB for two reasons. First, a large number of our users are coming from a VBScript background (classic ASP was primarily written in VBScript) and should find it easier to understand VB. Second, VB is the most "English-like" of the mainstream languages and should therefore be easier for the beginning programmer to pick up.

As I mentioned, you'll actually find very little "code" in our lessons anyway and I hope that those of you who have choosen to use something besides VB will still find them to be an easy way to learn about some of the many new exciting things in the ASP.NET world.

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