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Old 10-24-2000, 05:43 PM
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Hummmmmm....where do I start??

No....my name is not really Noah, but, like the Man in the Biblical Flood I have been through an mill and come out the other side shining...hence the name.

I learned a language called BASIC on an HP "Mini-Computer" in 1978. It ran only interpreted Basic and had no permanent memory. It's total capacity was 64K. They needed me to maintain it as an automated tester even though I didn't write the programs.

My second career was as a Printed Circuit board Designer. It was in that biz engineers began to request database extracts to help them in their jobs. The database was simply a series of ASCII files with very odd formats. I did stuff like Pick & Place info, parts lists, automated test point generation. All these were done in C or Qbasic or VB.

I started going to school in 1992 and have an AA in computer programming. I have all my lower division done for my BSCS and my main goal in life (besides winning the lottery) is to complete it. BSCS = Big$$$. No cert will get you there, trust me.

96->98 I was working for an electronic data warehousing firm that made a hardware/software turnkey system to track parts through a warehouse. We used VB, C, C++, and a lot of Java (yuch!!). When the company failed, I worked for a bit using VB to build a package for Rent-A-Garage places. Now I work for a small consulting firm whose main customer is one of the largest providers of dental insurance in the world. I do some desktop apps with VB and a lot of Web apps with SQL, ADO, JavaScript, and ASP. I really like the work and the persons God has placed here for me to work with.

I'd like to thank my Producer, my Director, and ---- I love you, Mom......ahhhhh.....OH! where was I....

My skill level??

Pretty darn good. Especially with this bag of mixed nuts on this forum. You kooks have bailed my cookies out enough that I am most grateful. Even without realizing it. Often just by reading the posts.

I have a knack for programming and love it. I believe that if I don't know how to do it, at least I know who to ask.

As you all know, I LOVE to lend a hand, but, I will not do anyone's job or homework for them.

I believe simpler is better, too many comments is impossible like being too rich or too thin. Standards can help a great deal. Even if they don't prove themselves, if you've stuck to them, when you make a change, everywhere it's the same.

Hope This Helps Ya Know Me,
->Noah


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Old 10-25-2000, 12:48 PM
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Great post - have always wondered who you all were, don't know why I didnt ask really ?

I have been programming on and off (mostly off) the last ten years. I started with GWBasic then moved on to QuickBasic4.5 where I have done most of my work.

I used to write bespoke accountancy modules for Pegasus (a very well known British accountancy software provider) cashbooks, nominal ledgers that kind of stuff.

I moved to VB4 about 3 years ago and more recently to VB6 last year.

I have for the last few years been working for a lighting manufacturer, and have been developing software that calculates the distributed effect of various lighting units within a given space. You draw in the various rooms (using a CAD package I developed) and then place different lights in the room, and the program will calculate the spread of light and show the results using 2D intensity graphs, 3D contour graphs and isolux graphs (all written by myself, no 3rd party graphics here!).

The software is only a very small part of my job (IT manager) but have been doing more recently.

I am quite good with the mathmatical graphical thing (rotating 3D graphics that sort of thing) and tend to have quit a good grasp of most things apart from databases, am just trying to get to grips with it all at present and it is doing my head in. ADO, DAO, OBDC, means little to me.

Everyone seems to have been programming since birth, I only started at about 20, if you've done your maths, your right I turned 30 this year!

On a personal note, I'm married, live in Dorset(England) have also lived in Cornwall and London, and think that this site is absolutly great.

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Old 10-25-2000, 05:52 PM
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Bill, Great Question. I am a retired Navy Chief (freshly 43), working for a multimedia company that develops CBT, mostly for military aviation. I was hired on here for my aviation experience, but it was clear to see, once the aviation contracts ran out, I would be looking for another job. So, I have been learning VB and Authorware for little over a year now. I feel like I am still in the beginner/intermediate range of the VB learning curve, but have found quick, easy and powerful ways to use VB with the access database. I am still working slowly at my own first program, but have found a nitch in creating edit boxes, and database utilities to turn weeks of work (from my co-workers) into a few minutes.

I do what I can to help folks out here, but many questions are over my head. If you haven't noticed, I jump on the easy ones.

I do appreciate everyone here for the help provided, and for taking the time to reply to this post.

Chuck

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Old 10-25-2000, 09:32 PM
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I'm a newbie. I started VB since last year (VB6). I did database programming (Clipper Dos based)10 years experience.
Now I try to migrate to window based programming. My problem in VB of course just the syntax. Through this forum I got a lot helps from experienced vb programmer. Thank you very much.

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Old 10-26-2000, 12:02 PM
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What an interesting thread! I'm new to the Visual Basic world but have been programming for 25 years. I have experience in languages such as BAL, COBOL, PROTOS, Fortran, PL/1, BASIC, MarkIV, Natural, RPG, and Transact. My experience is mostly in the mainframe/mini environment: IBM, ITEL, Amdahl, CDC, Honeywell, Burroughs, DEC, Harris, and Hewlett-Packard. I've worked on large, multi-year, mega-buck projects: purchasing, storeroom, production tracking, payroll, state DMV registration, and medical research. Along the way, I picked up: Panvalet, TSO, JCL, CICS, DB2, Adabase, IMAGE, Superdex, and DBGeneral. And I took some time (11 years) teaching computer science classes at a state university.

So, now I'm learning Visual Basic and I have to admit, it is different from any other programming language I have ever learned. When I hear people say that it is an "easy" language to learn, I have to chuckle inside. However, when I see how these people are using the thing, maybe I can see why they say that. They tend to be developing small, single user applications designed primarily for personal use on their home PC (i.e. games). However, when you are developing systems for hundreds of users who access your applications over a network and large databases on a mainframe platform, and throw in interfaces to real time interfaces to laboratory instruments, things get a little more complicated.

I look forward to the challenge and I'm sure that I'll be needing the help of all of you. I appreciate the assistance that I have received from you in the past couple of weeks.

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Old 10-27-2000, 08:19 AM
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hey everyone, i'm a 15-year old nerd in sydney aus. i've been playing with programming since i was about 9, when i got tired of playing Gorillas on QBasic and looked at some of the code. somehow i figured out the print and input statements and got writing. i'm very proud of a Qbasic version of Master Mind i got working when i was 11. at high school i've done Pascal for 2yrs and, this year, started VB. I think ive got the hang of it pretty quickly, although admittedly ive never even touched API or databases or anything outside VB.

im quick & good at figuring out how to do something, but i usually use the most inefficient way there is. it struck me how much CornMaster's self evaluation was so much like me. out of curiosity...if ur reading this, try going to http://www.onlinepsych.com/allhealth/tests/ptt and do this personality test...i reckon a lot of programmer ppl are 'INTP's which is what i scored as.

this year (2000-01) i'm 'embarking' on my first really serious bit of software as my major project for my HSC (final exams in aussie schools), trying to make a good-looking cleudo game. it will be large and clumsy and unplanned and poorly documented but it will work >

so, i guess im a novice by your definition, but im surrounded by total dingbats at school and i get the computers award every year so i get an inflated sense of my own skill.

gl to all u VBers out there and i love this site after just 3 days

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Old 10-30-2000, 06:27 AM
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Thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to my post. I certainly was surprised by the number of replies and the detail you all wrote. I guess I touched a nerve <g>. Anyways, I'm glad to see that a lot of "newbies" replied as well as "gurus" since we were all new once.

Also, I was a bit surprised by your ages. It was a lot younger than I expected. In particular, I had mentally pegged Amram71 as in his 20s. I was pretty impressed to find out that he was 13! Another surprise was how far spread out we all are. Somehow I tend to assume most netizens are in the US, or at least in the western hemisphere. So this was a bit of a reality check for me. At least this explains why Dazz is up and about while I'm burning the midnight oil; he lives in England while I live in Vancouver BC.

Again, thanks for all your replies. And if anyone else wants to add their info, please do so!

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Old 10-30-2000, 03:10 PM
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Who am I? not really sure myself, but in regards to VB i consider that the tittle of Jouneyman to be fairly accurate. I'm not overly proficient in VB, but i know a few things. I do agree, that the tittles designated to members such as newbie, jouneyman, expert, or guru is a little inacurate to suggest the skill level of a particular member. becuase the skill level is dictated(sp) on the amount of replies that particular members has posted, and not based on the knowledge or difficulty of the question.

i'm taking computer science, which focuses more on the grand scale of the computer industry, such networking, databasing, programming, hardware and software. when i finish i won't really a specialty in anything but rather know/ have a good knowledge in most areas of computers. I would like to specialize in programming when i'm done though!

What a great question to ask billoo!and i see a lot of people have the same opinion.

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Old 10-30-2000, 09:26 PM
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I am a newbie in VB. Only 3 months experience. Currently 22.
I have 2 yr experience in c/c++, 1 yr experience in java.
Other knowledge include FLASH, Dreamweaver, HTML, javascript, vbscript, assembly language.

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Old 10-30-2000, 09:35 PM
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I am an intermediate pragrammer at 3d corp.
hehe not a "novice" as in my title haha
ANd I do like Bad Religion!!!!

Punkrock on my veins..... ARRGGHHUU !
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Old 12-10-2000, 12:33 PM
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I'm a novice VB programmer (with a bit of Excel VBA) creating stock index related applications for my own trading use ie. not actually working as a programmer. Most of the stuff commercially available for day-traders LOOKS impressive, but omits the stuff you REALLY need ! (how coincidental...)
I'm 43 and based in the UK or South Africa depending on the time of year.
Great forum - thanks !

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Old 12-11-2000, 07:12 PM
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I feel like the newbie among newbies.

I started programming in VB in mid-October.

Now I'm working for a very small company that does medical database stuff in MUMPS. We do the front end in VB.

I have zilcho experience in any other area of computers, other than being a user. My degree was completely unrelated (I'm 25).

I'd love to talk to any other female programmers, if there are any out there!

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Old 12-12-2000, 06:06 AM
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Hi... I am Duane and I am an addi... Oh wrong place...*grin* I am 34 and I have been programming off and on for about 12 years now... Started in the old GWBasic, progressed to QuickBasic (was killer not having to use those line numbers anymore... LOL)... Dabbled around in C, Pascal, Assembly... Graduated to VB about 6 years ago... Have written various applications for work use... Have done several contract programs on my own... My programs have covered a wide variety from API to Database, just whatever is needed... The kind of programs I like to write are those that everyone tells you are impossible to do... *grin* I would consider myself a Journeyman... All of my programming knowledge has been self taught (yeah one of those)... The one area of VB I am seriously lacking in is the Classes and Custom controls... Bout time I take that one by the horns... *grin* I would like to to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of you... I have learned a lot here... And am looking forward to being an active participant...
Duane...

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Old 12-12-2000, 07:33 AM
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I think I allready replied to this question. Seems to gotten lost in conversions or something.
Anyway, I'm a 41 year old programmer from Belgium.
I have some 14 years of working experience, but before that I have been tapping around on different computers among which a TI-99-4A, a C-64, a C-128 followed by all of the PC-models (XT and up). Most of which was game programming.
In my life as a programmer, I became multi-lingual (Basic, Visual Basic, Pascal, Cobol, RPG, Fortran, C, C++, Progress)
Most of my programming was in Basic, Visual Basic, RPG and Progress. Both Basics on my own, untill some 6 months ago, when I turned to full time VB programmer. RPG and Progress were used by the firms I worked for. All of the rest has faded for the most.
I consider myself a good experienced programmer, but I also know I still can learn a lot about VB like API-calls.
I think this is a great site with many helpfull sugestions.

Merlin is the name, and logic is my game!
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Old 12-12-2000, 08:35 AM
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Well, I started in 1969, as an IBM mainframe systems programmer, primarily using assembler language. I did that until I helped start up my current company in 1989.

In 1979, I developed VisiFile, which was marketed by VisiCorp. They sold that until about 1983.

I wrote our first suite of products, CheckGard, in 1989, using QB45 and then MS Professional Basic 7.1.

CheckGard was re-written in C and I currently write products using VB6. We currently market two systems I've written that work with our PayBase system. ERADS, an eMail and faxing system for eCommerce, and PayView, an imaging storage, retrieval, and searching system.


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Old 12-12-2000, 10:22 AM
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Howdy Folks,

I guess posting to this thread is kinda mandatory - so here goes:

I have been involved in programming since 1987 and have been at my current position as the Director of a Programming Department since 1994. I have had the honor of working and learning from some of the best regardless of any official organizational chart – a silly concept in the world of process automation since skill and leadership are not necessarily reflected in bean counter structures. In that time I have programmed or led development teams using TRS-80 Basic, C, dBASE, QuickSilver, Clipper, and Visual Basic. My favorite languages are Clipper and Visual Basic – but that may change if Microsoft butchers their language.

I probably would place myself in the Journeyman/Expert range. I have extensive knowledge of VB, databases, and the various interfaces to databases that are available. I would consider my knowledge of classes and custom control development to be pretty good but not expert. I am passable in the use of API calls, but really don’t like using them since Microsoft enjoys playing with them. I would consider myself incredibly ignorant in anything to do with graphics, cute little random number stuff, or game development – so discount any post I might inadvertently dump on you in these areas.

We are now in the process of exporting an Enterprise wide VB application to the web environment. This is easily one of the weakest and least controlled environments I’ve ever worked in. VBScript anyone, Java ****lets and taglets for everyone. Got to go, someone’s bleeding over here on the edge…

Later

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Old 12-12-2000, 11:20 AM
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Lets see.

I'm 30 years old, have been programming in VB for off and on close to six years, and have during that time developed several enterprise wide systems. I took a few years to work on Network Management areas, but stuck my foot back in the water over a year ago, developing a couple more enterprise wide systems, this time using ASP with VBScript.

I would classify myself as an expert except for the newer com+ technologies, because I am not really up to speed on them yet.

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Old 12-12-2000, 12:19 PM
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Hi! I would consider myself somewhere between a novice and a journeyman. I have been programming in Visual Basic for about two years now doing mostly GIS and simulation and analysis modeling. I don't do much programming with anything else, but I do know a few other languages such as C++, HTML, COBOL. I guess I have a pretty good working knowledge of databases and SQL.

There's always a lot of confusion over my username too. It's supposed to read KatEyez44 (as in cat eyes). A lot of people assume it's KateyEZ (understandable). And, no, I'm not 44, I'm 23. 4 just happens to be my lucky number.

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Old 12-12-2000, 05:42 PM
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Hi all,

I am 25, and have been programming in VB for only a few months (6 or so). I very much consider myself a novice at all this. I learnt VB because of my job, which incidentally has taught me a couple of other major languages too (which I think is wonderful). I find myself getting stuck in VB in places where others wouldn't, so when I find out (or sometimes figure out) how to do what I'm meant to do, I'm pretty happy. Every now and then I think - Hey, I'm a VB programmer... and then I wake up

I'm getting better at this, but if I were you, I'd take my posts with a grain of salt - I definitely don't have the sort of experience behind my posts than most of the guys on the forum. Nonetheless, I enjoy being here to answer a few simple questions and learn from others.

To answer Bill's question about expertise: I know Cold Fusion (and the standard web languages) much better than I do VB, and then comes Foxpro and C++. I started in 4th Dimension, which is quite a useful relational database language, but it is obscure in the mainstream programming world.

HTH ya Bill!

Steve



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Old 12-17-2000, 07:05 AM
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Normally I wouldn't reply to this, but what the heck.....seems like a good Idea.....

I am a UK radio presenter. I do a daily program which is braodcast to an audience of 11 Million. Yes I play records! Well actually not even CD's now, but the theory is the same. My job is to present music mixed with humour, news, current affairs and the obligatory interviews.

Visual Basic is purely a hobby for me. I have been VB'ing for around 3 years. I am entirely self taught, bar the odd book and CBT course. I would regard my skills as Expert in radio, and not so expert in VB. Like many, I am very good in certain areas of VB, and rubbish in others. I can turn 3 lines of code by an expert into 4,397 lines of code by me to do pretty much the same thing!

I like VB, I hate Microsoft. I think George W is about the worst Presdent America has ever had. I would rather trust Nixon anyday.

I think that the forum has a lot to gain from a lot of people, but I truly believe for everytime we receive help, we should offer help, and give thanks.

There you have it, a mini day in the life of.......

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