Julia Lerman laments the VB.NET stigma and C# elitism being perpetuated by the trade press. In particular, she refers to this editorial in asp.netPRO magazine. I found that editorial troubling as well. In it, Elden Nelson writes:
Whether it's just or not, C# developers make more money, get work more easily, and enjoy more prestige than VB developers.
He then recommends that VB.NET developers learn C# at their earliest opportunity, presumably to cash in on the cachet.
Now, I don't disagree that it's a good idea for VB developers to learn C#. But I do object to asp.netPRO's tacit endorsement of language bigotry. What if the editorial had said:
Whether it's just or not, white developers make more money, get work more easily, and enjoy more prestige than minority developers
(Or, as one of the commenters on Julia's blog suggests, "...male developers make more money, etc. than female developers")? If the situation is 'not just,' as Nelson implies, why isn't he working to change it?
Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2003:
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