Survey: Java, C# Draws Visual Basic Developers
Survey finds Visual Basic developers are moving to Microsoft's upgraded Visual Basic .Net as well as to Java and other language alternatives.A new survey of developers shows that existing Visual Basic developers are moving to Microsofts upgraded Visual Basic .Net as well as to Java and other language alternatives to build their applications going forward. A survey to be released Tuesday by Evans Data Corp., Santa Cruz, Calif., shows that 43 percent of developers surveyed who said they are Visual Basic developers, plan to cut back on their use of the popular Microsoft development platform. Of those saying they plan to reduce their use of Visual Basic, 37 percent said they plan to migrate to Visual Basic .Net.largely from Visual Basic 6.0, the last non-.Net version of the product. Yet, 31 percent said they plan to move to Java and 39 percent said they will be migrating to C#, Microsofts Java-like language for building Internet applications and Web services.
Although, Visual Basic is used by 52 percent of all software developers, this surveywhich Evans Data completed in Aprilindicates that not only is the Visual Basic follow-on language popular amongst VB developers, but so is Java and C#.