Visual Basic usage slipping quotes a study by market researcher Evans Data which said that “52 percent of software developers surveyed use Visual Basic today, but that 43 percent of them plan to move to other languages, including Java and C#, a Java-like language developed by Microsoft.”

“As they leave Visual Basic 6.0 behind, developers are choosing languages that help them work more easily with emerging technologies such as wireless and Web services development,” Esther Schindler, senior analyst at Evans Data, said.

Citing data from market researcher Gartner, Microsoft said there are about 3 million Visual Basic developers.

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