Visual Basic support planned for .NET 5.0

.NET Team

.NET Team

We’ve heard your feedback that you want Visual Basic on .NET Core. Earlier versions of .NET Core supported Class Library and Console applications types. Starting with .NET 5 Visual Basic will support:

  • Class Library
  • Console
  • Windows Forms
  • WPF
  • Worker Service
  • ASP.NET Core Web API

We are supporting these application types to provide a good path forward for the existing VB customer who want to migrate their applications to .NET Core. This allows Visual Basic customers to take advantage of new platform features like side-by-side deployment, cross platform support, performance and new API improvements.

One of the major benefits of using Visual Basic is that the language has been stable for a very long time. The significant number of programmers using Visual Basic demonstrates that its stability and descriptive style is valued. Going forward, we do not plan to evolve Visual Basic as a language. This supports language stability and maintains compatibility between the .NET Core and .NET Framework versions of Visual Basic. Future features of .NET Core that require language changes may not be supported in Visual Basic. Due to differences in the platform, there will be some differences between Visual Basic on .NET Framework and .NET Core.

If you are happy with .NET Framework, you can be confident that it will remain supported as long as Windows is supported because it is shipped with the OS. Both Visual Basic and C# customers can continue to use .NET Framework and need to port to .NET Core only if you want features like those listed above. If your application uses technologies that aren’t supported on .NET Core, like WebForms, Workflow or WCF, you might want to stay on .NET Framework because porting will require work to move to newer technologies.

Visual Studio regularly adds new features to improve the experience for developers, including those using Visual Basic and either .NET Core or .NET Framework. An example is the recent addition of IntelliCode for Visual Basic.

Visual Basic is a great language and a productive development environment. The future of Visual Basic will include both .NET Framework and .NET Core and will focus on stability, the application types listed above, and compatibility between the .NET Core and .NET Framework versions of Visual Basic.

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    Cristian Luis Teixeira

    Really really weird!

    VB.net has a very readable syntax which is exactly what is leading Python to be the dialect number 1

    Microsoft has a dialect that could compete with Python, but prefers to abandon it, which ROI and / or malice is capable of doing with an excellent product like VB.net.

    The VB family (VB6; VBA; VBscript and VB.net) never died, the VB family was always murdered!

    Long live the VB family that I think could be called VB ++

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    Cristian Luis Teixeira

    After so long we started to have signs of falling from VB.net in the TIOBE index.

    https://prnt.sc/wh88iq – (But Microsoft’s lack of respect and commitment to VB is sure to affect its reputation in other products.)

    The VB family I should call VB ++ never died, it was always murdered!

    See the example of VB6 is a dialect ahead of its time, requires much less ceremonies and paraphernalia (it was discontinued and VB net too) but ROI is in charge in the world. If the money is where we can complicate then why make it easy? see the market that languages ​​derived from “C” generate, much more doubts, consequently more need for paid support, more courses to be sold and so on. Evolving a language that is easy to understand is to cure a sick person but the best deal is to sell medicine.

    If a lie is repeated by everyone several times then it will become a truth.

    Python is the best ===== modinha

    Descendants of “C” is the future ==== so it will be!

    “Microsoft with this attitude that you have every day of turning everything into a legacy, soon no one else will believe you, so the legacy will be Microsoft itself.”

    Can you imagine a group of professionals saying that Mirosoft is not reliable and the best thing that any professional should do is to use another non-proprietary company? what will happen? if a lot of people in the world speak repeatedly it will become true.

    Keeping a team of two to three people dedicated to VB.net seems to me to be smarter and cheaper than facing an image crisis by people who will say that Microsoft is unreliable and does not respect its customers very well because of ROI . It is a very small cost to avoid such great wear.

    Respect VB6, VB.net, VBA customers more, after all the VB family has always been a success for Microsoft!

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    Jens Samson

    The silence gets more deafening every day. The last anouncement was made on March 11th, we’re almost 9 months later, the time it takes for a baby to grow, .NET 5.0 has been released, but still nothing.
    What have you guys been doing for the last 9 months ? Do we not at least deserve some feedback ?

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    hitesh davey

    Dear VB Guys,
    C# 9 language features are not that difficult to implement in VB.NET (as projected by the MS team) but MS made it very clear that they are not going to invest further in enhancing the language and VS tooling support. If you are still hopeful about MS will listen to your voice then you are beating a dead horse!

    More than MS, we invested more in VB.net in terms of time, efforts in learning, developing, & maintaining the app. We believed in MS’s fake promise to keep the VB.NET language as a first-class citizen. We have hit on our own foot.

    Not enhancing the language and VS tooling support is a clear indication that MS is discouraging all VB developer to stop using VB on the .Net Core platform.

    I am afraid about the next release of .NET. Ver 6 will introduce breaking changes to an extent that VB will become incompatible to take advantage of .Net 6 features.

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    cuiczr@sina.com

    微软承诺在.NET5.0中支持 ASP.NET CORE WEBAPI,为什么官方没有提供,开源社区中提供的工具都能支持了,提供一个模板就这么难吗?在6.0版本中才支持吗?为什么不添加对移动开发的支持?

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    Cristian Luis Teixeira

    I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all lovers, supporters, developers and communities of our beloved programming language VISUAL BASIC.

    I want a HAPPY NEW YEAR SPECIAL TO YOU VB and that in 2021 you can continue giving us a lot of joy, competence, productivity and satisfaction, I wish you a full year and evolution and continuity! Never forget, you can always count on me I LOVE YOU VISUAL BASIC.