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computer_keys_pdVB vs. C

Visual Basic (also known as VB) is an event driven programming language. This is the third generation of such language and is also an integrated development environment (or IDE). It comes from Microsoft and is used specifically for its programming model –COM. It is lauded as a simple language to learn because of its BASIC heritage and its graphical development features. VB enables rapid application development (or RAD) of GUI applications; access to databases using Data Access Objects, Remote Data Objects, or ActiveX Data Objects; and the creation of ActiveX controls and objects.

C is a programming language for general purpose computers. It was specifically designed for use on the Unix operating system. It is used for implementing system software; however, it has also been known to be used for developing portable application software. As one of the most popular programming languages, most operating systems have an architecture in which a C compiler exists.

VB was conceived to come as naturally as a language for programming beginners. Because of its ease of use, it is capable of both allowing programmers to create basic GUI applications and develop complex applications.

C is an imperative systems implementation language (meaning it is a programming paradigm that describes the computation terms of statements that are meant to change the state of a program and puts those terms into effect). Its design is minimalistic in nature –it was created to be compiled with a straightforward and comprehensive compiler in order to provide low level access to memory, provide language constructs that efficiently map to machine instructions, and to require as little runtime support as necessary. As it is was designed with simple constructs in mind, it is very valuable for those applications that were previously coded in assembly language (a low level language that put into effect symbolic representations of the numeric machine codes needed to program CPU architecture).

Unlike the C language, in VB multiple assignment is not a possibility. Also, the numeric value of the Boolean constant ‘True’ is -1. In VB, logical and bitwise operators are unified. Also, VB contains a variable array base and strong integration with Windows.

C language characteristics are also implemented in order to make the language more accessible to programmers. It allows lexical variable scope and recursion; all executable code is contained within certain functions; and because its structure is also comprised of heterogeneous aggregate data types, it allows data elements that are related to be combined and manipulated as a unit.


1. C is a programming language for general purpose computers; VB is an event driven programming language that was designed to make computer programming easier for programming beginners.

2. C is an imperative systems implementation language; VB does not have the possibility of multiple assignment, but does contain a variable array base and strong integration with Windows.

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