hello everyone,
I am new to this forum and i have bin thinking on starting a career in programing(not web programming for now). i want to learn a language that can stand out in years to come.

i have been gathering materials on vb6 but i fear its becoming obsolete with no back end support. besides that migrating applications in vb6 to .net is not worth the stress as not all codes can be fully migrated easily.More also the syntax has changed in .net so migrating to .net would take some time to master the new environment

my question is this. should i start with vb6 or .net.(i also plan on doing cross platform later on when my skills have become advanced.).I really need tips on the programming world in general.

would appreciate advices and tips to start off for newbies like me