VB Variants Rank High in Top-Paying Freelancer Skills, Popularity — Visual Studio Magazine
VB variants rank high in terms of highest paid freelance skills and popularity
Despite being rejected by Microsoft, Visual Basic continues to have a high place in various popularity and salary indexes. The latest examples come from the freelance development platform Upwork and the TIOBE popularity index.
(Editor’s note: Microsoft has objected to the word “obsolete.” A spokesman said the terminology was incorrect and that the company was “committed” to the language, but was “not currently developing”.)
Upwork, which describes itself as an “online talent solution,” combines its pool of freelance developers with organizations seeking “flexible access to quality talent.” The company just released a list of the 15 most lucrative programming languages based on average hourly rates.
In this ranking, Excel VBA ranks 4th at an average rate of $ 60, while VB.NET ranks 6th at $ 59. A quick look into the VB.NET developer stable reveals more than one developer profile with associated hourly rates in excess of $ 90, while some Excel VBA developer profiles publish rates in excess of $ 130.
[Click on image for larger view.] Upwork Top 15 (Source: Upwork).
However, this is not the usual ranking of popularity or full-time wage status, as Objective-C (which Apple has combined with Swift for iOS and Mac development) is at the top of the list and Windows PowerShell is third after Golang. Usually these popularity / salary indexes are driven by the usual cast of characters like Python, Java, C variants, etc. So the Upwork ranking could reflect the demand for more niche skills than easy-to-find mainstream skills.
But one of those mainstream indices, the TIOBE index, has just released its ranking for August 2020, which shows that Visual Basic is maintaining its position in the top 10 at 6th place, after falling 0.97 from the August 2019 ranking Percent has risen.
[Click on image for larger view.] TIOBE Index Top 10 for August 2020 (Source: TIOBE).
The “Classic Visual Basic” from the 90s fell from 16th place in the TIOBE ranking in August 2019 to 17th place in August 2020.
[Click on image for larger view.] TIOBE Visual Basic over time (source: TIOBE).
Upwork’s data comes from the company’s database and is based on average hourly rates calculated by U.S. freelancers for contracts from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. A minimum of 10 projects and 40 hours of reliability were billed for each skill.
The TIOBE index is based on the number of qualified engineers worldwide, courses and third-party providers using popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo! Use Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube, and Baidu to calculate the ratings. “It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most of the lines of code were written,” it says.
Although Microsoft said earlier this year that “we have no plans to evolve Visual Basic as a language” when it joins the new .NET 5 world in November, VB flavors and third-party offshoots continue to evolve in the industry.
For example, Visual Studio Magazine covered various developments in the VB ecosystem this year alone, including:
David Ramel is the editor and writer of Converge360.