"Phil Weber" <pweber@nospam.fawcette.com> wrote in message
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> Microsoft *is* worried about Java,


True

> which is why they updated VB to be able
> to compete with it on equal footing.


False. The corrected statement should be "which is why they developed C#."

For instance, if you take a look at this interview, you'll see that Anders
Hejlsberg talked almost exclusively about C# relative to Java.

http://windows.oreilly.com/news/hejlsberg_0800.html

As far as I can see, Java was not a consideration in the design of VB.NET,
except in that it was indirectly affected by the desire to maintain
consistency with C#. So Microsoft ended up (probably quite unintentionally)
with 2 Java-killers and no VB6 upgrade path. Brilliant strategy. Truly
breathtaking....

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Regards
Jonathan West