VSTO & .NET & Excel

February 8, 2009

VSTO Office FAQ Entry List

Filed under: VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 11:59 pm

The VSTO support team has released the first FAQ for VSTO and Office. It is a start and it single out the most frequent questions together with the answers:

VSTO Office FAQ Entry List

This is good for all developers new to VSTO. What are annoying, at least to me, is that all the answers points to solution where C# is used. We know that this is the preferable language inside Microsoft but why do they continue to ignore all the VB developers? How many average VBA-developers will jump on the C# bandwagon when starting out with .NET? OK, most VBA-developers will probably never touch .NET but those that really do it are forced to either:

a) learn C# or
b) convert all C# code with tools like ConvertCSharp2VB.

I don’t understand why VB does not have the same status as C# at Microsoft, especially when many corporate developers use it on a daily basis.

Kind regards,



  1. I guess it’s just that MS people dont really like wrighting stuff in VB? That or they must be told to write every thing in C#. I would expect to see some stuff in VB, there’s got to be some VB people still there surely?

    Comment by ross — February 10, 2009 @ 1:10 am

  2. Yes, I do agree… Whenever I think of developing a prototype I have to think twice before choosing VB.Net as the resources available are limited as compared to c#. VBA developers will prefer VB.net rather than C#. But we have to live with that :-).

    Comment by Mohan Kumar Karunakaran — April 9, 2009 @ 9:42 am

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