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Which is better for rewriting an Access 97 app --- VB.NET or C#?

I am about to rewrite an Access 97 application into a more suitable commercial application. What is the best suited language -- VB.NET or C# .NET -- for long term? I am a beginner in both VB.NET and C# .NET, so I will be using this project to become better at the chosen language.
In the big scheme of things, there's very little difference between C# and VB.NET. The important thing in the .NET world is the Base Class Library (BCL). That's the heart of .NET and neither language is anything without them. If I had to pin it down to a number I'd say there's only a 2% difference between the languages. I personally swap between the languages on different projects. I guess it all comes down to if you like putting semicolons at the end of your source lines. Just pick whichever feels more comfortable to you and have fun!

This was first published in April 2004

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