I’m A VB: Dave Noderer (VB MVP)


MVP Profile: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=339A9F64-818D-46B8-A984-9DB6D89B4968

Blog: http://geekswithblogs.net/dnoderer/

Business Website: http://www.computerways.com

Community Website: http://www.fladotnet.com


·        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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