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Efficiency of VB vs C#

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I already know vb.net and I am taking the plunge to learn C#.  My question is this; Say I write two identical programs (performs the same tasks and looks the same) , one in VB.net and one in C#.  Is there a speed difference between the two programs?  I have heard C# is more efficient than VB.  Please clue me in on this. Thanks.
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I don't see that C# would be anymore efficient than VB.NET. For each VB.NET line there is an equivalent in C# and the .NET compiler should compile then to the same .NET framework common language code.
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The only significant difference between C# and Visual Basic with respect to performance is that C# allows you to declare "unsafe" sections of code (given the correct compiler options). Unsafe code allows you to manipulate memory directly using pointers, much as language like C and C++ do. Using pointers, there is the potential to improve performance in certain circumstances; the tradeoff being that it's more difficult to program and easier to introduce defects, which can often be tricky to track down.

However, your question assumes you write identical programs. They both compile into MSIL, so give or take any failures in the compilers, there's no reason why one would run faster than the other.
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