Five Reasons To Go For C# Over Visual Basic .NET

The war between C# and Visual Basic .NET seems as if it will go on forever. We've come across several discussions that pit the case-insensitive aspect of Visual Basic .NET code against the very terse syntax of C#.

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It's easier for Visual Basic 6.0 programmers to use Visual Basic .NET, and for C++/Java developers to use C#.Net. Both languages have access to the same framework libraries so the differences between them are really very minor. Even so, there are subtle differences between the two languages.

Both Visual Basic .NET and C# .NET are powerful programming languages based on Microsoft .NET framework, but here are five reasons why we prefer C# .NET:

1. Operator Overloading is the one of the best features in C#. It is a specific type of polymorphism. It refers to the ability to define a new meaning for a built-in operator. Visual Basic .NET does not offer this feature.

2. C# .NET offers language support for unsigned data types. One can use them in Visual Basic .NET, but they're not the part of the language itself.

3. C#.Net allows 'unsafe' code, such as the pointer arithmetic. Unsafe code is still managed code, as it runs within the CLR (Common Language Runtime). Visual Basic .NET does not permit the use of 'unsafe' code or the use of pointers.

4. We can generate XML documentation from the comments in the source code using C#.

5. In Visual Basic .NET, the compilation of code happens in the background, which is good for small projects. Developers working on large projects have found that IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) slow down considerably as the size of the project increases.