August 7, 2009
C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. With its many innovations, C# enables rapid application development while retaining the expressiveness and elegance of C-style languages.
C# programming language developed by Microsoft as part of the .NET initiative and later approved as a standard by ECMA and ISO. Anders Hejlsberg leads development of the C# language, which has a procedural, object-oriented syntax based on C++ and includes aspects of several other programming languages (most notably Delphi and Java) with a particular emphasis on simplification.
Visual Studio supports Visual C# with a full-featured Code Editor, project templates, designers, code wizards, a powerful and easy-to-use debugger, and other tools. The .NET Framework class library provides access to a wide range of operating system services and other useful, well-designed classes that speed up the development cycle significantly.
Visual C# .NET may have a few more “power” features such as handling unmanaged code, and Visual Basic .NET may be skewed a little toward ease of use by providing features such as late binding.
However, remember that the .NET Framework is intended to be language independent. When you must select between Visual Basic .NET and Visual C# .NET, decide primarily based on what you already know and what you are comfortable with. It is easier for Visual Basic 6.0 developers to use Visual Basic .NET and for C++/Java programmers to use Visual C# .NET. The existing experience of a programmer far outweighs the small differences between the two languages.