Bob Muglia's New-Year ascension from "vice" to full "president" of Microsoft's server and tools business is an important milestone in the company's online transition. Muglia will continue doing what he's been doing for the last few years: driving growth in Microsoft's seemingly ever expanding server and tools business. Server …
Worth how much?
"It's worth nothing that under Muglia, server and tools now accounts for 20 per cent of Microsoft revenue, having grown from $10bn in revenue in 2005 to $13bn last year."
..or would it be worth noting?
If Microsoft want to foster clients and developers they need to make the languages not subject to arbitary decisions on the direction they should go and then every 2 or 3 years change their minds.
Concerning Visual Basic , they are not going to get the majority of developers back unless they stop this fiddling with the language and types of data structures it supports. They also need to go to the original language because the new one is just scripting not a full proper basic language.
One more thing to get developers back into Visual Basic is to bring back the file commands that were taken out to support their own proprietory data formats and controls. Give back the ability to create and amend our own files for our own specific purposes.
eg. OPEN "backup.dat" for random as #filenum (filelen=len(customstruct)
while not end of file
process data and save contents
No programmer worth their salt would choose to use VB.NET when C# is a much cleaner, more syntactically powerful language to program in.
Add to that the fact that any half-decent programmer could write code to emulate the old-school Classic VB file operations, or more probably find someone else has already done it and put aforementioned code online.
Don't embarrass yourself by posting such garbage.