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What Does Visual Basic .NET Mean?

Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is a Microsoft object-oriented programming (OOP) language. It evolved from Visual Basic 6 (VB6) to meet an increasing need for easy web-services and web development.

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VB.Net was designed to take advantage of the .NET framework-based classes and run-time environment. It was re-engineered by Microsoft as part of its .NET product group.VB.NET supports abstraction, inheritance, and polymorphism.

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The most substantial VB6 to VB.NET modification is OOP, which allows for class and object creation and increased code reusability. Many new controls were added to streamline program development. VB.NET also supports multithreading andWeb development services, such as Web forms and services. VB.NET’s data handling is represented and exchanged via XML-based ADO.NET, which allows for efficient and easy handling of large amounts of data via the Web.

There is a huge base of VB developers given its long history. Many prefer C#, but this can get into a somewhat subjective debate as to the merits of each language.

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