The downside to using proprietary microsoft languages are that you are
at the mercy of microsoft in terms of support. A good example is vb6
which they decided not to continue supporting.
Yes, that's true to a point. Although, to be fair Microsoft's C# .Net
language is no longer strictly speaking soully used by Microsoft.
There is the free and open source Mono Project that uses C# .Net as
its development language. So even if Microsoft were to drop .Net
support and C# .Net tomorrow Mono would still be there. That's why I
would recommend C# .Net over J# .Net or VB .Net or some of the other
Microsoft specific languages.
That said, over all, i agree with you. Its not a good idea to use
proprietary languages and tools as Microsoft has a habit of pulling
the rug right out from under a developer when he or she least expects
it. When Microsoft decides to make a change they expect everyone to
change with them and everything you wrote in language x or using API x
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