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VB.NET (Visual Basic .NET) is an object-oriented programming language introduced in 2002, designed to operate on Microsoft's .NET framework. VB.NET evolved out of the classic Visual Basic (VB), the last of which was version 6.0, released in 1998. VB.NET is intended to replace the old VB, which was considered too lightweight to impact application design. VB.NET is a much more robust language and highly versatile, with numerous ways in which it can be applied. Though it's primarily known for its use in creating Windows applications, it's also widely used to build items such as Windows media controllers, console applications, web services, web controls, and web control libraries.