If your scope was limited to desktop Windows applications and you only used Microsoft tools yes. Perhaps you missed that a large amount of applications (including Visual Studio :-)) were written in C++. Not to mention that the much older language COBOL is still around โ€ฆ.

In the end VB disappeared for two reasons, which make your comparison something like comparing apples and oranges:

  1. VB was a proprietary Microsoft product, that itโ€™s manufacturer decided to discontinue. JavaScript has been open from the start and adopted by a much larger audience as a result (not to mention that the software and it world back then looked massively different)
  2. VB lacked in scalability, performance and a number of other areas. JavaScript covers those better, albeit not in a perfect way, thanks to the infrastructure provided by nodejs and web browsers

The say that you think JavaScript sucks (note there is no x in that word). Be my guest, Iโ€™d take any other language over JavaScript if it fits the solution. That doesnโ€™t change the fact that its use is a lot broader than VBs ever was, nor any of the things I mentioned before.

P.S. just to make clear: I mentioned my 25 years experience to indicate how JavaScripts use and implementation have evolved over that period, not to make myself look like the old wise man. If thatโ€™s what triggered you, think about why ;-)

CEO at Schinchoku and software architect at Delphino Consultancy B.V. โ€” writing about software, and about the Shinchoku startup.

CEO at Schinchoku and software architect at Delphino Consultancy B.V. โ€” writing about software, and about the Shinchoku startup.