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Old 06-20-2002, 01:53 AM
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Jeez...I must be up with the 'old man' brigade!!!

I'm 48 and have spent all my working life in electronics/ IT (or EDP as we USED to call it). I used to be Field Engineer for Control Data Corp. That was a great job and a good company to work for. The days when you could climb into a computer to fix it, it never got powered off and had 4 built in refrigerators to prevent melt down!!!

Anyway, Ive spent time designing comms equipment, designing PCs, running my own company doing IT hardware maintenance, making a lot of money, spending ALL of it, getting married, getting divorced.....you know, the usual!!!

Anyway, I've been doing database design in VBA for about 2 years and am definitely a novice! I work for a large Australian freight forwarding company. We are a major user of rail freight here and I develop/ administer database stuff.

I regularly log in here and see where (if!) I can help out. It's a great site and quite different from what I've usually been used to.

If anyone needs Q&A about boolean algebra, I'm your man!!!



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Old 06-20-2002, 02:01 PM
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wow....126 F....thats...well, more than TWICE the temperature here yesterday!!! I'm from oh so crummy Fairbanks Alaska! where in the summer we sweat bullets in 90 degree weather and run around in shorts at 40 below! (I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that actually...) Personally I prefer large furry gloves while driving ....and Loquin's been programming just about twice my life span
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Old 06-20-2002, 02:20 PM
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Old 06-20-2002, 02:25 PM
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Old 06-20-2002, 03:01 PM
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I am 26, and currently in school learning only VB. I have only been using VB for 3 1/2 months now, but i don't really consider myself a complete newbie. I spend about 6-8 hours a day studying VB topics, and then some days I put in another hour fiddling around with VB on my own. I would be able to get more reading textbooks in if this darn website didn't have me addicted to reading it.
I would probably consider myself somewhere between newbie and expert. Through my studying, I have learnt some advanced topics, but for mostly everything I do I need to look it up in a text book (including when I try to post a helpful piece of advice to this forum).
Before starting VB, I was scripting in PHP for about a year and a half, but didn't really get to the expert status in that either. More like itermediate. One helpful piece of advice I could give people is to always review languages that they want to remain good at. I havn't even touched PHP since about 4-5 months ago, and now when I look at it, it takes some time to remember whats going on.

... one more note .... I love VB. PHP is nice, but I've always wanted to know how to make standalone apps. Now I know

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Old 06-21-2002, 02:06 PM
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I guess I'll add my name to this long list.
I go by Iceplug (of course). I am an 18 yr. old college student at Louisiana, USA. I have been programming somewhere between 6 - 10 years and have no idea exactly when. I am a proficient musical student (mostly piano, drums, and trumpet) - became drum major at my high school - went to college right after high school and I am ready to get out! with a diploma of course. I started out by learning a demo version of BASIC, then GW-BASIC, then QBASIC, and now VBASIC... Visual BASIC. I also took courses covering C, I read a little bit about C++, JAVA, and am now taking a course in Assembly.
I have an "affinity" for making puzzles, boggling the minds of others, making action games to relieve stress, and to make strategy games and RPGs to keep my own self entertained. I am pretty strong in math stuff as well as spelling and grammar (reading, writing, and 'rithmetic). I create my own MIDI and artwork (as you can see by my avatar, though I don't spend too much time making avatars) and I hope to get out of college with a computer engineer's degree! YAY!
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Old 07-05-2002, 11:26 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm just curious to know a bit more of the people I'm talking with. I would like, just like that, to know what are you doing in life

I'll begin with me

I was born in Quebec, Canada
I'm 18 and I'm a student in Computer Engenering at the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, ON)

I've always been interested with computers and I've begun with vb3 I think at the High School and from then, I've never stoped to lear about VB. I begun to program more seriously last year when I had a Pascal programming course (Programming introduction).


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Old 07-05-2002, 11:38 PM
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I guess the post is on the next page, but BillSoo started a HUGE HUGE thread a LONG time ago, and now it has over 100 responses, lol.

I'm 17 and live in the USA, and my life consists of Working at Wendy's, programming games and listening to music.
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Old 07-06-2002, 09:23 AM
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Hello,

I want to post something here now because its gotten so long.

Anyway Im 15, and I enjoy skate boarding - or I did until my wheel fell off. I wasnt even doing anything good. Just walking down the stairs and off it came. I have been programming in basic for ages but I dont seem to be getting any better, which is annoying. I like pretty much everything to do with computers, except my work experience which was really bad. I have been a christian for about 2 and a half yrs now and my only regret is not commiting sooner.

Oh and I have been programming for longer than pookie has been alive, so I must be an expert. Isnt that how it works?
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Old 07-06-2002, 11:37 AM
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Oh and I have been programming for longer than pookie has been alive, so I must be an expert. Isnt that how it works?
... heh. Pookie has been programming longer than Pookie has been alive. Wonder how that works?
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Old 07-10-2002, 08:16 AM
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I'm 30 years old, resident of Dublin, Ireland but a british citizen and was born in Ethiopia.

I have been programming in VB for about 10 years, since graduating from Aston University.

I run a small company, Merrion Computing and am using this as a bootstrap venture to build developer tools (and hopefully one day bring them to market?) such as EventVB.dll.

I got married on June 21st of this year (photo on this board somehwere...) and may well settle here for a while.

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Old 07-10-2002, 09:10 AM
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I was born in western Ireland, but live and work in London, England.

Been a programmer for about 5 years now and write mainly internal VB systems for one company. I do however come up with wakey ideas to program and have a number of these sitting at home and do incorporate them into my system occassionally.

Still run my own private company and have done for the past three years.
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Old 07-10-2002, 12:11 PM
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i would say iam not also a newbie, i made only one program in VB and that was a game, even now i just know simple basics from my general knowledge of programming, i major mainly in JAVA and will consider myself an expert in that language. I know most of you dont like that language but anyway everyone has a choice and taste. These days iam heading a new java project which might come in market soon. I have the same nick - wild_wolf - in the java forums. Some of you know my real name (those who dont know, my name is asrar) and my previous avatar was my own picture, those who use MIrc will see me there every day.

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Old 07-10-2002, 12:19 PM
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I figured I'd add my two cents worth (1.33 cents US, **** Cnd loonie!)

I am currently 28. I originally was an Economics major at Queen's University. Then decided it was too boring. So I switched to the exciting world of computer programming.

I've been programming in VB for 7 months now, C/C++ for 6 years, and Assembly for 3 years (off and on). I originally started off making stupid little BASIC programs on my C64 back when I was 12.

The first time I encountered VB (actually VBA), was in Access 97.
I remember my first impression of VB/VBA was "Screw this! This is too complicated! I'm going back to C."

Now, I mostly make business applications in VB/VBA for the CFPSA.

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Old 07-11-2002, 12:32 AM
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New around here.... even newer to visual basic. I learn it cause i have to... project work for my final year. Getting very intersting though.....

I am currently 19++, getting 20 this year. You would see me around here very often, maybe everyday, cause I am a real idoit when it comes to programming!!!
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Old 07-11-2002, 10:40 AM
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Hi

I am 28 yrs old, a college graduate (HND Software Development) who has recently started work as a trainee systems analyst/ software developer.

I have used vb for two years and have just ventured into interfacing with databases. I have no knowlege of API but that is next.

I would not consider myself a newbie, but still have a long road to travel.
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Old 08-06-2002, 10:07 AM
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And what Do you do in your career?

Me, I am an MCP and work for a Christian Ministry as a COM / ASP developer. Along with MSCMS and SQL 2000.

Presently going after MCSD.
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Old 08-07-2002, 11:09 AM
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I am not a programmer by profession. Primarily, I work as Marketing Services and Research staff by day and occasionally as bass guitar player by night. I play piano too, but not professionally. I don’t earn much on my second job but that's the source of my enjoyment. On the contrary, I don't enjoy much on my primary job but it's a better source of income.

I only write programs to solve problems related to my projects in Marketing.

More than 10 years ago, I was forced to learn programming because everytime I have a project then, I have to explain a lot of things to our programmers who would often dazzle me with impressive arcane tech words I could hardly understand. And when they failed to produce for me a good and friendly program, would automatically blame me because according to them, I could not explain well what I wanted.

My first programming languages were QBasic (later QuickBasic), Turbo Pascal, and Turbo C. I also tried Assembler but immediately abandoned it because after more than 1 month of reading books, all I was able to learn was how to print the word "Hello World" in the middle of the screen.

Later, I also lay low (not abandon) on Pascal and C because it didn't help me much on my work. I continued on VB1, VB3, VB4, and now VB6 and also VBAs for MS-Access and Excel.

In the more than 10 years of programming, some of my major accomplishments were:

Sales Distribution Tracking
Market Planning/Budget/Forecasting System
Market Research and Measurements Systems
Automated Territory Programming and Organization (Excel VBA)
Sales Info Systems
several market research tabulating projects (mostly on Excel VBA)
Field Reporting Systems
… and several other programs converting large files downloaded from AS400 to different PC-based (DOS/Windows) platforms.

I conceptualized/created/planned the projects (my primary responsibilities). Then, designed the system, wrote the programs, test, implement and wrote systems and users manual.

I have little knowledge beyond VB (like API) but I have extensive knowledge of algo on Sales, Marketing & Research solutions, particularly in the Pharmaceutical industry.
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Old 09-25-2002, 02:23 PM
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This is a great historical document. Nice to see that at least some experts were newbies two years ago. I hope I'll read this someday and laugh about my inexperience back then .
Not that I have much ambition in programming, my job area in fact is languages (journalism, editing, a bit of translating...).
But having to edit computer books I got interested and I found out that playing around with vb can be quite addicting, which goes double for this forum. Sometimes I read an American saying that it is late and he's going to bed while it's six hours later here and I'm still up... Luckily I never have to get up early . I learned the basics with c++ but got impatient and wanted to be able to make decent programs right away.

Some facts: I'm a dutch speaking belgian male living in brussels and am 27 years old.

Like others here I've been reading about vb and have heard of a lot more than I can put into practice. This forum helps a lot in this respect, as you have to know what you're talking about when you want to help someone. Usually I have an idea for an answer, test it and find out I was completely wrong. Then I give another answer and some guru points out that it is also completely wrong or not entirely correct, depending on my form that day.

In my own attempts at programming I usually stick to games or simple tools I have a need for. The games barely have graphics, they are word games and stuff like that. I'm very happy that they are the easiest to program, as I happen to like them most.

The reason for my silly name is that I was trying, for about the fifth time, to start reading Ulysses when I registered.
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Old 09-26-2002, 01:53 AM
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41 years old and a computer technician for the government.
State of Queensland about an hours drive from Cairns, Australia. About 4-6 degrees cooler during the day and about 10 degrees cooler during the night than Cairns. Humidity is generally a few percent under 100.
Started with Pascal.
Nine years experience with VB starting with VB3 and VBDOS 1.
I'm now up to VB6 and still using VBDOS 1
I purchase, diagnose problems and repair PC's and install software (MS and inhouse progs) and write the odd few utilities for myself mostly to help with diagnosing netwotk problems.

I'm very intrigued with these thirteen year olds that have registered in January 1970.
I'm not real flash with the maths but sometin' don't seem kosher.

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