Where are the VB Books for WPF, WCF, WF, Linq & Silverlight?

I definitely prefer VB to C#.  I like its readability.  After all, a programming language should be readable by humans, that is its main purpose. C# with all of its different brackets [{<:%;>})] and punctuation is a 2-hour bug hunt waiting to happen and that is before you need to worry about the semantics of your code. No, I have left C# well alone since .NET was born.

However, with all of the new developments from Microsoft recently VB has had to take a back seat.  Not that VB is lacking in functionality, but it certainly is becoming a second class citizen as far as the technical book writers are concerned.  All of the new books concentraing on .NET 3.5 functionality, such as WPF, WCF, WF, Silverlight and Linq, are being written for C# users. I am not aware of any books written this year which has chosen to give samples using VB as the primary language.

There appears little point in continuing with VB, if I am going to need C# expertise to learn all of these new technologies.

So I have a few of questions:

1. Are Microsoft aware of this and do they propose to remedy the situation with the publication of more VB orientated books?

2. Are you aware of any books written this year covering .NET 3.5 topics such as WPF, WCF, WF, Silverlight and Linq, which use VB as the primary language?

3. Should I cave and give up VB and my code library and start coding in C#?

Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step

Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step

 

Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Step by Step

Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Step by Step

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2 thoughts on “Where are the VB Books for WPF, WCF, WF, Linq & Silverlight?

  1. APress released a bunch of VB 2008 specific titles for WPF, WF and more. http://www.apress.com

    Also, a lot of authors (including myself) are putting both C# and VB samples in their book. John Papa’s new Data-Driven Silverlight book is C#/VB.

    My EntityFramework book (out next month) is all VB & C#.

    You’ll probably find this more than books with “Visual Basic” in the title.

    Not that this levels the playing field, but hopefully it helps somewhat.

    Julie

  2. Thanks Julie,

    I have added a few links to these books on the front page of my blog and encourage any publishers to let me know about any books which focus fully on VB in their texts and sample code.

    I wish you luck with your new book, which according to Amazon will be available on or around 03-Feb-2009.

    Programming Entity Framework

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