Difference between VB and VB.NET

VB (Visual Basic) and VB.NET (Visual Basic .NET) are two versions of the Visual Basic programming language, but they have some significant differences:

Language Paradigm

  1. VB: Classic Visual Basic is a procedural programming language. It primarily follows the procedural programming paradigm, where the focus is on procedures or routines.
  2. VB.NET: Visual Basic .NET is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language. It supports OOP principles like encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, making it more robust and scalable.

Platform and Framework

  1. VB: Classic VB was primarily used for creating applications for the Windows platform.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET is designed to run on the .NET Framework, making it platform-independent. It can be used to develop applications for various platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Language Syntax

  1. VB: Classic VB had a simpler and more English-like syntax, which made it easier for beginners to learn and use.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET retains some elements of the classic VB syntax but incorporates new syntax and features to support object-oriented programming and take advantage of the .NET Framework.


  1. VB: Classic VB code is interpreted at runtime. The interpreter reads the code line by line and executes it directly.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET code is compiled into Intermediate Language (IL) code, which is executed by the .NET Framework's Common Language Runtime (CLR). This compilation process offers performance benefits and enhances security.

Error Handling

  1. VB: Classic VB uses "On Error" statements for error handling, which are considered less robust.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET employs structured exception handling using "Try...Catch...Finally" blocks, which provide a more reliable and organized way of handling errors.

Data Types

  1. VB: Classic VB has variants as a default data type, which could lead to unexpected type conversions and potential issues.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET uses strict data typing by default, which means variables must be explicitly declared with specific data types, reducing the risk of type-related errors.

Event Handling

  1. VB: Classic VB uses a single "OnClick" event handler for controls.
  2. VB.NET: VB.NET introduces more comprehensive event handling, allowing multiple event handlers for a single control and facilitating better control over event management.


VB.NET is a more modern and powerful language compared to classic VB. It embraces object-oriented principles, runs on the .NET Framework, offers stronger type checking, and benefits from the extensive capabilities of the .NET ecosystem, making it a preferred choice for modern application development.