Microsoft’s Visual Basic.Net language, which brought Visual Basic to the .Net Framework, has just hit an all-time high in the monthly Tiobe index of language popularity. But is it just a temporary high before the language falls? Tiobe suspects this could be the case.

The language was ranked No. 5 in the December index, with a rating of 7.127 percent. That surprised Tiobe, which offers software quality services. Visual Basic.Net also was ranked No. 5 last month, albeit at a rating of 6.49 percent. Although Visual Basic.Net's ranking steadily has grown since September 2010, when TIobe began tracking it separately from classic Visual Basic, the last two months saw a major spike in interest.

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