Lots of new features are in store for future versions of VB, according to Amanda Silver of the VB Team. Check out the great Channel 9 interview with Amanda at TechEd to see her talk about LINQ, dynamic typing and Intellisense, improvements in native/Pinvoke calls, multitargeting different versions of the .NET Framework, and other cool stuff. Amanda discusses the pain of having to cut line continuation removal from VS 2008. Unlike C languages, , Visual Basic doesn’t require a trailing semi-colon to denote the end of a statement. It does need a character to indicate when the statement does not end.

Paul Vic muses over the possible elimination of the need for continuation characters in most common cases. Although VB can’t completely eliminate continuation characters, Paul thinks it can get pretty close.