Is VBScript or VBA Dead/Dying?

No, VBScript or VBA is neither Dead nor Dying. And VBScript is a very stable scripting language.
Is VBScript Still Relevant? Yes, if you are a windows programmer, it is still worth learning VBScript and it is quick to learn!
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Depending on the Host Environment, the VBScript can run in the following environments: Windows Scripting Host (WSH), Internet Information Server (IIS), Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office products (such as Excel).

VBScript, not to confuse with VB (Visual Basic), is a scripting language. VBScript may seem outdated, and the support for VBScript is discontinued, but it is still being used in many places. Windows administrators may find it easier to learn/write than Powershell scripts.

VBScript is case insensitive so are other VB variants such as Visual Basic, VBA, ASP. The list of Reserved keywords in VBScript can be found HERE .

VBScript supports Object-Oriented programming. You can define classes and create their instances like this:

Class Boy
    Private m_Name
    Private Sub Class_Initialize
       Name = ""
    End Sub
    Public Sub Set_Name(Name)
    	m_Name = Name
    End Sub
    Public Function Get_Name
    	Get_Name = m_Name
    End Function     
End Class

Set Jack = New Boy
WScript.Echo Jack.Get_Name

VBScript in Windows Scripting Host (WSH)

On Windows Platforms, the Windows Scripting Host Environment is still the best place for VBScript, where VBScript is a handy, lightweight, powerful programming language/scripting language for daily administrative tasks.

VBScript with the CreateObject, is able to call unmanaged COM so that it is still a powerful tool (like a hammer) for many many tasks. It is still going to be shipped by the future OS in the forseeable future for many many years.


The VBScript version is 5.6 on Windows XP, 5.7 on Windows 7 and 5.8 (latest) on Windows 10. You can use the following VBScript code to show its version.
MsgBox ScriptEngineMajorVersion & "." & ScriptEngineMinorVersion


VBScript is available on Every Windows Versions since Windows 98 (for Win 95, you need to install mannually Windows Scripting Host). This is great as it comes with the OS (you don't need to download and install the compiler or IDE). You can just open notepad, type in VBScript code, save it as *.vbs file extension. Double click the VBScript file and the VBScript code will be interpreted. For example, open a notepad and type the following, which will compute the sum from 1 to 100 using a single for loop.
Dim S
S = 0
For i = 1 to 100
    S = S + i
Msgbox "Sum from 1 to 100 = " & S

HTML Application

The HTA (HTML Application) is an easy way to write desktop/client software/application using HTML, where you can include VBScript or JScript. Bascially, most HTML files can be renamed as *.hta and you'll be able to launch them as a stand-alone desktop application using the Microsoft HTML Application Host.

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VBScript in Server Side as ASP

VBScript can be used in Server Side (IIS) scripting language e.g. most likely the scripting language used is VBScript in the URL that ends with *.asp. However, the websites that are developed using ASP (Active Server Page) are considered outdated and can generally be replaced by a much modern language or technology such as .NET, PHP or Java.

VBA in Microsoft Office

The VBA stands for Visual Basic for Application, which is mainly used in Microsoft Office products. VBA can be quite powerful in creating customized formulas or Macros. For example,
Dim Data(1 to 500) as String
'Copy all values in Data to worksheet range therange.
Range("therange").Value = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(Data)

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VBScript in Internet Explorer

In Microsoft IE Browsers, you can use VBScript (considering following example). However, you are NOT recommended to use VBScript for browser client scripting, since it is only supported in IE and the Javascript dominates all the browsers.
<script language="VBScript">
  Msgbox "Only in IE!"

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