Is visual basic 9.0 based off visual or is it based off of visual basic 6.0?

Or will a person be able to program in either vb incarnation with this release?
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There's no such thing as Visual Basic 9 (yet).   The current version is Visual Studio 2005 (which equates to v8.0).

It's a sure bet that any future releases will be based upon the ".Net architecture"

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Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, and Mathematics TeachersCommented:
VB6 is dead.....

VB.Net 2003 is based on the .Net Framework 1.1.

VB.Net 2005 is based on the .Net Framework 2.0.
...and to further add to the confusion

VB6 = v6.0
VB.Net 2002 (or with no "year") = v7.0
VB.Net 2003 = v7.1
VB.Net 2005 = v8.0

To answer the other part of the question (without regard to what might have been a typo on the version number in the original question)...

There is a rather steep learning curve (for most) going from VB6 to any one of the VB.Net versions.  The easiest transition is from VB6 to VB.Net 2005 (oddly enough).  There are countless web sites, books, training, etc to help you with the migration

But, on the other hand, VB6 is dead, so you don't have much of a choice, do you?   So go ahead and take the plunge and get started on VB.Net.
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