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Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:38 PM

The title states my entire question.
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

Is there an error? Is there a post button?

Please provide more information.
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:41 PM

There is a button titled "Start a new Topic" but it is grayed out and contains a message that "You can't start a new topic".
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:43 PM

Copy paste the URL you are where you see that button.
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:51 PM

https://www.dreaminc...cussion-lounge/
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:52 PM

Most likely your account hasn't been here long enough.

Participate positively more!
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:16 PM

As you are aware, I'm trying to keep VB.Net a first class, state-of-the-art programming language on .Net. To that end I'm trying to send the following message to all of the VB.Net programmers here. If you could enable my account to be able to post this in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge that would be great. If you feel like posting the message there yourself, that would be great as well.

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To all those that would like VB.Net to be kept "co-equal" to C#. I honestly don’t think Microsoft realizes how many businesses, government agencies, software companies and individuals actually use VB.Net or software written in VB.Net. So let's make them aware. Let's start a letter campaign (snail mail so they can't just block it like they could email). Let's get every programmer, software company and all of the businesses, government organizations and individuals using software written in VB.Net to send a letter to Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. If your a software company, get all of your customers to send a letter... preferably on their own letterhead.

Below is the address for Mr. Nadella and a sample letter. You can use the letter as is or rewrite in your own words.

TO: Satya Nadella
Microsoft Headquarters
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA
98052, USA


Mr. Nadella,

As the CEO of Microsoft, I assume you are aware that the promise made by Microsoft to keep VB and C# “co-equal” languages on the .Net platform is now being abandoned as Microsoft develops .Net Core and .Net 5. I’m writing to ask, in the strongest terms possible, that Microsoft keep its promise and maintain the co-equal evolution of VB and C#.

Many millions of lines of code and thousands of desktop and web applications used by business and government are written in VB.Net. Thousands of programmers and hundreds of software companies use VB.Net as their development language of choice. The software they develop, maintain and sell creates Billions of dollars of revenue for Microsoft by driving demand for Windows based computing platforms to run that software on.

To fail to keep VB.Net a first class citizen of .Net, and a state-of-the-art programming language, would be a gross violation of the trust that all of the programmers, software companies, businesses and government agencies have put in Microsoft. It would also be a very poor business decision. Forcing a one-size-fits-all solution has never been a successful long term business strategy. It’s why IBM no longer has a virtual monopoly on the computer industry. It’s why Linux and open source software now dominate the web.

There are many other programming languages, most of which don’t require a Windows based platform to run on. Alienating all of the schools, programmers, software companies, businesses and government agencies that depend on VB.Net just to save a few dollars (what amounts to pocket change for Microsoft) is not a long term winning strategy. Penny wise, pound foolish… as the old saying goes.

So again, I strongly urge you to keep the promise Microsoft made to the VB programmers and all of the organizations that depend on their software solutions. Keep VB.Net a co-equal option for developing ALL types of applications across ALL of the platforms that .Net Core and .Net 5 will enable.



Respectfully,




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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:21 PM

You already have a topic on this, and can post it there.

Sorry, I won't be coposting it as I vacillate between c# and vb.net on a daily basis so I so not find it a hill to die on in my daily existence.
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Re: Why can't I start a topic in the VB.Net Discussion Lounge?

Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:28 PM

Yes, I have a topic on this, but it's not in the forums dedicated to VB.Net. The message is obviously only of interest to VB.Net programmers so I would like to post it in their forums.

I can appreciate you not wanting to post it. For me, it's not war between VB and C#. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from using C# or calling for it's demise. I just want Microsoft to KEEP evolving both languages EQUALLY, just as they've done for the last 19 years.
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