Common Language Runtime in VB.NET

Common Language Runtime (CLR)

.NET Framework is fully based on CLR. It is core component of Microsoft .NET development platforms. Programmers uses any languages like VB, C# etc to write the program and CLR is responsible for executing that code to Common Intermediate Language (CIL).


In .NET Framework developers has freedom to use any language to develop any kind of application. The developers building ASP.NET applications write the applications in either Visual Basic .NET or C#. Many of the other .NET languages in the preceding list are academic experiments only. I personally wanted to become a developer; I concentrated on becoming proficient at any particular language. But when I come to the .NET Framework, however, knowing a particular language is not particularly important. The choice of which language to use when building a .NET application is largely a preference choice. If we like case-sensitivity and curly braces, then we should use the C# programming language. If we want to be lazy about casing and you don't like semicolons, and then write our code with Visual Basic .NET. There are couple of dozens languages available in .NET Framework, some of them I have discussed below which is widely used.

  • Visual Basic: This is very-very highly used language still in Microsoft apps. It is mostly used in windows application development and web development too. It helps the developer to design very complicated applications quickly. It is full flagged OOP programming language.
  • C#: This is second highly used language in Microsoft apps. It is also mostly used in windows based application and web based application developments. It is also full flagged OOP programming language.
  • Jscript: It is fully Microsoft implementation using the main source of ECMA Script which has international standard. It is not object oriented programming langue, it is just object based.
  • C++: This language is derived from C language. It is object oriented programming language but C is object based. It very famous in language beginners.
  • APL: It is very powerful programming language invented from 'A' language. It was first available in 1967 for IBM.
  • Pascal: It is one of the procedural programming language developed by Niklaus Wirth.
  • Java: It is very powerful language used to design web applications mostly. It is object oriented programming language developed by James Gosling for Sun Microsystems.
  • Perl: It is stand for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It is mostly used for reporting purpose. Perl was developed by Larry Wall in 1987.


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