A Builderau.com.au story says that "Microsoft introduced VB .Net in 2000, and since then, developer use of
VB6 and older versions has declined steadily. Many of those leaving the
language behind are migrating not to VB .Net but to non-Microsoft
languages such as Java, according to some surveys."
"For example, a November 2004 survey of EMEA developers by Evans Data
found that Visual Basic had lost 25 percent of its EMEA developer base
This news is a little surprising considering that a lot of Java folk refer to Visual Basic as the standard for ease of use and hope that Java will one day be just as easy to use. The story talks about why developers might be moving away from VB but does not discuss why they are choosing Java over other options form the Microsoft family.
The story also talks about how the VB community
has launched a campaign of defiance over a decision to end support for
Visual Basic 6.