I know this is a really old (a year ago) post, but I started reading Phil's blog again since he came back, btw: welcome back Phil.
Phil makes a good point here and during the past year it's only gotten worse. There is a really easy way to resolve this. Expert VB.NET developers need to release WELL WRITTEN Code and Programs to the public the same way they did with VB3, 4, 5 and 6. The incredible shortage of quality code for people to follow is amazing, most of the good stuff that is being downloaded for FREE (which like it or not is what really fueled the popularity of VB) are written in C#.
Cases in point, .Text, dasBlog and RSS Bandit.
Julia Lerman laments the VB.NET stigma and C# elitism being perpetuated by the trade press. In particular, she refers to this editorial in asp.netPRO magazine. I found that editorial troubling as well. In it, Elden Nelson writes:...
Whether it's just or not, white developers make more money, get work more easily, and enjoy more prestige than minority developers
(Or, as one of the commenters on Julia's blog suggests, "...male developers make more money, etc. than female developers")? If the situation is 'not just,' as Nelson implies, why isn't he working to change it?
I for one plan on doing something about it, I have been working feverishly in every spare moment to get a couple pieces of work out the door to be posted here, more news on them hopefully soon. If any of you knew how little free time I actually have, you would be amazed...
I know for a fact that there are enough Advanced VB coders out there that can write quality software to demonstrate that Professional VB Coders don't deserve the beating they take from C#ies.
In Fact, I know there are many VB Coders that can run circles around even the upper eschelon of C# Bigots. Unfortunately, for the community, alot of them have retired (wealthy) or gone on to something other than writing code of any kind.