While a VB-alike is no use for OS-level stuff and media things, its handy for knocking up applications very quickly, especially for the rest of the world. We could even use Replicants as our 'ActiveX' replacement. Since its Apps that we lack, then I think this is all worth considering - even if they are frontends for POSIX stuff like Postgresql.
*GREAT* point. Replicants are SO underused!!! And I'd really like some sort of RAD C++ IDE.