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· How long have you been using VB?
I jumped in with Access 1.0 in 1993 then converted a couple of apps from VB 1.0 to 3.0 in 1995 or so. Previously used the Microsoft Basic interpreter on the Altair 8800 which came on paper tape in 1975/76.
· What industry do you work in?
Whichever industry wants to pay my bills. Over the 15 years of having my own company have touched almost every industry.
· How big is your development team?
At one time grew to 20 but now there is just a couple of us plus whatever I work with at customers. Typically less than 5.
· What kind of apps do you most commonly build?
Mostly web applications and windows services to do back end automation.
· What’s the most interesting app you’ve ever built?
I think the most interesting I worked on was a vision inspection system for a glass factory. They put in sand and a lot of heat at one end, extracted a continuous ribbon from a molten tin bath and then a multi-camera vision inspection system detected flaws in the glass sheet and controlled spray markers down the line to mark the defects which then determined where the sheet cuts would occur.
· Please tell us about an app that you’re working on at the moment.
Integration of a call center with a cloud based dialer system via web services. Forcing myself to use Entity Framework to see what it’s limits are.
· What other technologies do you most commonly use?
I live and breathe SQL server… Transact SQL is my second language.
· What are some of your favorite VB features?
On occasion I have to use C# which is a fine language but I find the case sensitivity can easily lead to stupid errors that just don’t happen in VB.
I like the continuous compile, it makes tracking down errors very easy.
IntelliSense is the best, it makes searching through millions of combinations a breeze.
· What do you like most about VB as a programming language?
With Visual Studio it’s just easy and simple to use with minimum hassle. I know I can start a new project and target any kind of application that can be written for Windows.
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