VB.NET Dev. - "How long did it take."
C\C++ Dev. - "Around 2 1/2 years."
VB.NET Dev. - "Oh. I made a Napster Clone and conquered the world in half the time it took you to do that."
C\C++ Dev. - :-X
VB.NET Dev. - "Yup, Visual Basic .NET pwns."
VB .NET uses .NET Framework, which is somewhat simple to use. It elminates having to download large bits of runtime files required to run earlier VB apps. If you have .NET installed, you most likely can support a VB .NET app.
VB .NET is often sterotyped as being a lazy, or noob language. Funny, you can program the exact same thing in VB .NET as you can in C++. Oh, and easier too.
VB .NET: Oh, I'm just programming a tabbed web browser getting ready for distribution.
C++: Oh, sounds cool, how long did that take to make?
VB .NET: Oh, only about an hour.
C++: Really? Wow, ironicly I'm working on the exact same thing! I'm almost done too!
VB .NET: How long have you been working on your tabbed web beowser?
C++: 5 Years. I'm thinking of switching to Visual Basic .NET.
VB .NET: Good idea.