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Ok, so I am doing some exploring to open the old rep...rep....rep...skillset a bit. Thought I'd look at some web stuff; not done a lot of ASP in a looooong time. So, there I am deciding to look at ASP.Net 2.0.

At work, we have a Safari Books Online subscription. I normally prefer to have a hard cover, real, no kidding book. However, this does let me peruse them and find ones I like, and if I don't want to actually buy it, I don't have to do so. It does allow offline access to some, so it's a good deal.

The book I wanted was there, and I checked it out. I fired up VS and opened the book. I was ready to rock....

It's a C# book. I blinked.

C#? Surely not! Ye gods, I'd not touch any programming language with a C in the title in years. I can read C#, but I don't really write in it. I mean, who decided all those semi-colons were a good idea? No underscore? No With statement? My mind was a whirl. A co-worker named Todd was giving me a hard time...saying things like "C'mon, you wuss" and other encouraging statements that reminded me of my little league coach. Mr. Bell used to quote from "Ulysses" and called us wusses, too. Was hard to take as an eight-year old. Was even harder to take coming from Todd.

Well, at first I thought, no big deal..re-write the examples in VB...you can do that...you've converted code before...no big deal....

I realized that we'd all be using VS2010 by the time I finished converting the examples in the book and actually studied them.

So, here I am...working in C# and cringing.....

 

Wish me luck.....

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:39 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Theo's working in C# or "Where in the heck did all those ; come from????"

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Oh c'mon, you wuss.

If I can do it, you can do it. If you want to use XNA, you're gonna need C# anyway since they're never gonna add VB support (at the rate things are going anyway.)
Left by Blogus Maximus on Sep 25, 2007 1:56 PM

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Dude...seriously...once you go C# you never go back. I had the same sort of reaction when I had to jump into C#, but I love the language now...and I don't know that I could ever go back to VB.NET again.

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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Sep 25, 2007 2:27 PM

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Whoa now D. That's crazy talk.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Sep 25, 2007 5:17 PM

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Oh comeon' D'Arcy! I know you love VB deep inside and you just don't want to say it. :P just kidding man.

I think anybody can be productive with VB.NET and C# at the same time. I used both language on different projects(ofourse this is dependent on what the client wants) and i could say that I don't preffer one over the other... but then again.. the curly brackets inside of me tells me that i'll always be using C# whenever i get the chance. I started in Java, went to VB then VB.NET moved to C# then to VB.NET transported back to C# and will be in C# up until something cooler comes my way.
Left by Keith Rull on Sep 26, 2007 6:31 PM

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After you remove a few trivial differences, and some syntactical-sugar add-ons provided by VB.Net, VB.Net is essentially C# minus the curly braces and semicolons. This might change when C# officially has lambda functions and closures, but for now, I can see no substantial difference between the two languages.
Left by Todd Stout on Sep 26, 2007 9:19 PM

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I too had to start dabling in C# - it actually became a little easier after a (gasp!) Java project I had to work on for a few months. Once I got used to working with Netbeans for an IDE and all of Java's stuff going to C# didn't seem so bad...at least not as bad as going from VB -> Java or VB -> C#....oh and trying all those Java IDE's made me like Visual Studio that much more!
Left by Lou on Sep 28, 2007 9:19 PM

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