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I find it really exciting that Microsoft are investing so much still into Visual Basic. VB.Net 2005 has only been out a since November and we are already talking about the next version.

Visual Basic 9 is actually going to be a very exciting language as it incorporates LINQ, if you don't know what link is I'll let Don Box and Anders Hejlsberg explain from their whitepaper that can be found here.

"After two decades, the industry has reached a stable point in the evolution of object oriented programming technologies. Programmers now take for granted features like classes, objects, and methods. In looking at the current and next generation of technologies, it has become apparent that the next big challenge in programming technology is to reduce the complexity of accessing and integrating information that is not natively defined using OO technology. The two most common sources of non-OO information are relational databases and XML.

Rather than add relational or XML-specific features to our programming languages and runtime, with the LINQ project we have taken a more general approach and are adding general purpose query facilities to the .NET Framework that apply to all sources of information, not just relational or XML data. This facility is called .NET Language Integrated Query (LINQ)."

So VB is actually going to the next level!

Anyway you can download the VB 9 Preview from here.

And more information can as be obtained by at the  Visual Basic Futures.

Long Live VB!

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 5:55 PM Main , Development Technologies | Back to top

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