VBA third most hated language

amongst Stack Overflow devs anyway…

On SO devs can mention tech they would rather avoid. Perl was top at being avoid worthy, then Delphi (is that even still alive??) followed closely by our own VBA.

This is developers so its not really a surprise they prefer to avoid VBA. They want to be playing with new shit not adding business value.

Interestingly SO reported that VBA is still an actively tagged language so still popular in use, just not by devs.

In fact, of those languages disliked by over 3% of mentions, VBA is the only one not shrinking in tag mentions, in fact its growing slightly.

6 Responses to “VBA third most hated language”

  1. Patrick O'Beirne, spreadsheet auditor Says:

    Have you seen http://RubberduckVBA.com? Gamely trying to make a real IDE *within* the VBIDE.

  2. Simon Says:

    Thanks Patrick.
    I remember it from a while ago. Not sure I have ever used it though. I was always an MZ tools fan.

  3. dougaj4 Says:

    Quite interesting, and not unexpected.

    Also quite interesting was the network diagram in the link, which had VBA, Excel VBA and VB way off to the side in a little triangular network of its own.

    I really don’t think that’s accurate at all.

    But that diagram showed Excel VBA as being much less disliked than VBA, which suggests to me that the people who dislike it most don’t actually use it.

  4. fastexcel Says:

    So the Smurf blog has sprung back to life! Good to hear that Smurfdom continues.

    Well if you are trying to make a living as a “professional developer” you don’t want VBA on your CV cos everybody knows thats obsolete amateur stuff …

    and if you are a JS kid then you probably won’t realise that you can’t really do much useful with JS-Office yet (altho the JS-UDF stuff looks very promising), but thats Ok cos you won’t get asked anyway …

    and .Net-Interop is still just a good stopgap until some better solution comes along …

  5. J. Stribling Says:

    @fastexcel — Hmm, I don’t seem to be having any sort of problem making a living with VBA, at all. My company is a multi-billion dollar operation. I think people that hate on VBA are usually a bunch of elitist “code snobs” with little to no idea how much value can be extracted from it for business. Like dougaj4 said above, the people who hate on VBA usually don’t really use it. And what’s the term for people who look down their noses at something simply because it is “other than” their own preferences… help me out here…

  6. Simon Says:

    Hi J Stribling, fastExcels comment was very tongue in check there, he, I and you are all in total agreement about the value of VBA in the real world. However our view is most definitely *NOT* the prevalent one these days. Or do you think it is?

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