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Difference Between VB.NET and Visual Basic


VB.NET is also known as Visual Basic.NET. It stands for Visual Basic .Network Enabled Technologies. It is a simple, high-level, object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft in 2002. It is a successor of Visual Basic 6.0, which is implemented on the Microsoft .NET Framework. With this language, you can develop a fully object-oriented application that is similar to an application created through another language such as C++, Java, or C#.

Feature of VB.NET

  • Inheritance (object-oriented language)
  • Delegates and events
  • Parameterized constructors
  • Method overloading/overriding
  • Type-safe
  • Delegates and events

Visual Basic

Visual Basic (VB) is a programming language developed by Microsoft in 1992. The purpose of this language is to develop an application that can run on different versions of the Windows operating system. A Visual Basic evolved from Basic Language; Basic language is easier to read than other languages. The final version of Visual Basic was released in 1998. Microsoft then launched a Visual Basic DotNet ('VB.NET') language, which is much better than Visual Basic in all aspects such as performance, reliability, working environment, easy to build, and debugging an application.

Features of Visual Basic

  • User Interface design
  • Rapid Application Development
  • Using this language, you can use internet or intranet services in your application.
  • It has powerful database access tools, by which you can easily develop front end applications.
  • It also supports ActiveX technology, in which you can access the features of other application in system application. For example: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, etc.

Difference Between VB. NET and Visual Basic

VB .NET Visual Basic
It stands for Visual Basic. Network Enables Technology. It is also developed by Microsoft, and this language was based on the .Net Framework. Furthermore, it is specially designed for VB developers. It is a programming language developed by Microsoft for the fastest development of a window-based operating system as well as applications.
It is a modern, fully object-oriented language that replaced VB6. VB is the predecessor of VB.NET and was not an object-oriented language. So, it is not actively maintained.
A VB.NET uses the Common Language Runtime (CLR) component of .Net Framework at runtime. It has better features and design implementation as compared to VB-Runtime. Visual Basic uses the VB-Runtime environment.
It is a compiled language It is an Interpreter based language
It does not support backward compatibility. It supports backward compatibility.
It is a type-safe language. It is not a type-safe language.
In VB.NET, data is handled using the protocol. Data Connectivity and handling are done through DAO, RDO, and ADO (ActiveX Data Object) protocol,
Object does not support default property. The Object support default property of virtual basic.
In the VB.Net parameter are passed by a default value. In VB, most of the parameters are passed by reference.
A Multithreaded application can be developed in VB.NET. It does not support the multithread concept.

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