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Old 10-20-2000, 06:19 PM
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I was just wondering who reads and posts to this forum. In particular, I was wondering what is the average ability or experience level. After all, the "guru" designation has nothing to do with the *quality* of our posts, just the number. And the "newbie" designation can be equally invalid.

So to start off:
I've been programming in VB for 9 years (my first commercial program was in VB1)
I've brought maybe 8 VB products to market, some legacy, some from the concept stage. Some were translated into various languages and sold world wide.

Most of my programs have something to do with serial communication and/or graphics. Only recently have I had anything to do with databases. Also, while I've been using API calls forever, I've only recently started using classes and custom controls.

So who are you?
Are you a
a) Guru? - extensive knowlege of everything and acts as mentor
b) Expert? - extensive knowlege of multiple areas
c) Journeyman? - working knowlege of VB & API calls
d) Newbie? - student. Use plain VB only.

What areas of expertise do your have?
a) VB only?
b) API calls
c) Database knowlege
d) Classes and Custom controls
e) Other languages (eg. C++)
f) Other specialties?

How long have you been in this game?

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Old 10-20-2000, 07:37 PM
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I've been doing VB for 2 years.
I write programs for myself and friends and 2 pieces of Freeware that I've released on the internet.

I'd consider myself between Newbie and Journeyman.

And areas of expertise???? Hummmm.....
Working around easy problems with long and complex solutions. ;-)
Well I do have odd ways of solving simple problems.

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Old 10-20-2000, 08:10 PM
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I've been doing VB for about 5 years and programming a total of 15 years. I mostly deal with database type applications and/or web applications. I'd consider myself somewhere between journeyman and expert. I know VB in general very well, data stuff in VB very well, and web stuff in VB very well. I've been doing custom classes for some time and use them a lot. I'm weak on API, graphics, and communications stuff with VB. Me and my programming partner have been toying with getting certified and I could probably be VB certified with very little study to refine what I know and fake what I don't know.

In addition to VB I'm pretty good with Access97 (even though it drives me crazy) and very good with web development (I've done PERL CGI, VB CGI, VB Webclasses, and I'm currently loving doing intranet site/app development with Active Server Pages). I know HTML extremely well and I'm very good with CSS and JavaScript.

I used to be much more active on this forum, mostly answering questions. Lately I've been too busy to check it daily and there are many more knowledgeable posters here to reply to all the questions.

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Old 10-20-2000, 10:24 PM
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I've been programming for about a year now in VB.
I started off in C++ but hated it because of its complexity.
I am only now venturing into Visual C++ (for some odd reason because VB can do just about everything C++ can do).
I have an extensive knowledge of HTML, Javascript, and CSS, as well as ASP and Perl.
I would like to learn java, but I consider it a dying language, being replaced by ASP and WebClasses.
Overall, when it comes to VB, I think I am an Expert on the basics and API.
I'd venture into DirectX if I had the time, but I rather spend $40 bucks on a Microsoft game (the only software products they offer that aren't buggy) which I know I will enjoy.
I hate databases with a passion, although I can use them when needed.
They are more complex then they ever need to be (especially Access), and their size is always bigger than necessary.
Give me a good old fashion random access file over a database anytime.

Well, enough about me.

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Old 10-20-2000, 11:24 PM
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I'm a newbie, Bill. Up until last year, not any real knowledge programming to speak of.
My business is advertising design, graphics. Last year
a friend of mine who owns a bar
estaurant was compaining
about his antiquated computer system. I thought It might
be fun to network some pc's and printers to run his business. I bought Corel quattroproVBA and VB6 and went to
work. I didn't really know what I was getting into, but thanks to people like you on this site, and others, I was
able to develop pretty good system for him. I'ts been up and running for about 3 weeks now. My hat is off to the people in this world who take their valuable time to help newbies like me.
Doug

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Old 10-21-2000, 12:58 AM
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I'm Definitely a newbie! Although I have been dabling in Vb6 and Vb5 for over a year now, but am truly convinced there will always be more to learn. By trade, I offer technical support, training, and troubleshooting for a major Medical Billing software, mostly doctor's and stuff. By the nature of my job, I deal heavily with databases and call Access 97 my home! (Not crazy about Access 2000). I am currently in the process of attemptig to rewrite a program my boss wrote in clipper six years ago that accomidates direct electronic claims. I try to keep tabs on this board and have found it to be far superior to many others out there. I hope to continue writing Visual Basic for many years. Right now I am just trying to get by as I've dived in head first. I find Ican code for a ood 6 hours and then run into a small prolem which takes my two days to overcome. It's frustrating! Thanks to all of you for allowing me a small portion of my sanity!

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Old 10-21-2000, 02:44 AM
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Hello Bill,

I go under the Nick of Karimahta, but my real name is Matthew.


Firstly may I <font color=red>strongly</font color=red> disagree with Paul Nettle's evaluation of himself. I have watched his contributions since joining the forum earlier this year, and his input is always exceptional and solutions are 98% of the time far superior than many others offered.



I have been programming for about 12 years now, cut my windows teeth on Access version 1.0 (seed version). My God did I learn pathence in those days. (Or rather,patience now that my teeth have recovered. My mind is always going faster than my fingers!)

After persisting with Access for many years (as well as doing some old text screen mini computer stuff), I was introduced to the VB world with the advent of VB5 and have been with it ever since.



I have done a lot with Access and a bit with SQL. I love COM and have created numerous ActiveX dll's and ocx's (man, they take some mind bending to get right). I don't know where I would rate myself. When I think I am strong in an area, someone posts something that blows me away. When I think I am weak in an area, sometimes I understand more than I thought. I thin I am strongest in understanding code itself. Anyway, I have given up trying to compare and just enjoy the experience of exploring code anywhere, anytime.



I run a one-man show from home where I tend to various ongoing projects mainly in the database realm of things(although things are coming to a close at the moment so <U>if you need a hand with any projects</U>, etc let me know and we can talk a deal!).

Although I spend most of my time doing stuff like developing a quick HTML editor/preview to do posts for this forum. I have a very underdeveloped web presence at <A HREF=http://'www.beondemand.com'>www.beondemand.com</A> which may one day become live. (I must get some tips off Mr Nettle)



Well, enough rambling. May I say this is splendid forum and I have learnt heaps from all of you lovely people. ;-)

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Old 10-21-2000, 06:52 AM
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Hi,

In work I log in as whelanp, however I couldn't wait until Moday to answer this post...

So, I been using VB since v3 and Access since v1, SQL Server since v5. I suppose I have been programing for around 15 years, initailly using PASCAL and a dodgy version of BASIC (can't remember the exact name (line numbers and plenty of GOTO's and GOSUB's were all the range then!)

The shear versility of VB is what I think keeps me interested especially since v5, with objects and COM/DCOM becoming more and more popular.

I would consider myself an Expert in most areas of VB and have passed numerous MS exams (3 * VB and 2 * Access & 1 SQL Server), although on this forum I'm always picking up tips from you guys.

Getting back to the MS exams for you people that work with VB I believe they are a must. They really seperate the "men" from the "boys". Employers go wild when they appear on your CV.

I mainly work on Banking Applications and have done stuff ranging from simple single user apps to huge (and I mean huge!) whole department type apps (Stock Trading etc)

This type of application really brings out the best in VB, especially now that 3(+)-tiered systems are the norm.

I enjoy this forum, as I like helping people who are generally interested in becoming better programmers, I hate the "Can you give me all the code?" type questions. These people, I believe do make good programmers as they don't want to understand the problem let alone the solution.

Cut "n" paste merchants

Ahhh glad to get that out.

Specific areas of expertise...

Databases and database formats - design, access (ie DAO, RDO and ADO)

Converting badly written "flat" apps to a proper 3-tier system.

Dealing with "other" data from dbase formats to really obsure mainframe stuff (import and export, general processing).


Most important tip for any programmer using any language is standards, standards and more standards.

Good luck to all and keep up the good work!

PS: I think Bill has to best poster to this forum the detail and patience some questions get from him is truly amazing.
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Old 10-21-2000, 12:39 PM
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HI,
I am definately a newbie.. i have been programming for over a year mostly in Turing but also alot in VB..i am getting pretty good but there is still alot i don't know about VB.
other areas of expertise...
i am not an expert but pretty familiar with turing.
this forum is by far the best one i have ever been too and probably on the net.. there are so many amazing programmers here and it is great that they take the time to help ppl with VB.


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Old 10-21-2000, 02:08 PM
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Bill, you are definitely stiring up trouble!!!!

I'd consider myself a journeyman.

Started with AppleSoft 1980. Dabbled in ST Basic & C (Atari), Pascal, VB-MSDOS, VB3 - VB6.

My programs are confined to simple utilities for work, I am a CAD/CAM programmer. My company builds bridges, I program large Burning machines, Mills, Lathes and Punches.

Made a simple converter for Feet-Inches-Fraction to millimeters, Foot-Decimal, Inch-Decimal: Fill in one and it converts it to the others...

Another to calculate the K-factor in bent plates...

Two that work in conjunction with our CAD/CAM software. A macro calls the VB program, which in turn writes a macro for the CAD/CAM and returns to CAD/CAM then executes that macro...

I am in 'hog heaven' now! Previous 10 years was under a man who didn't trust us. I was forbidden to install any program. He actually removed GW-BASIC from our PCs and even removed Win3.11 from a new PC... I used to take my laptop to work and run stand alone utilities. Now we are in a new department, and their attitude is, "Write what you need"! When they found out I was writing & compiling with VB5 on my laptop, they bought me VB6 Pro. They also insist that we take outside training at least once a year...

I find programing like Chinese food. After you are done, you want MORE!

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Old 10-21-2000, 04:22 PM
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I am a software engineer for Cardinal Solutions Group, a privately held company in Cincinnati. I've worked there for two years doing n-tiered development with either VB/ASP/or VB webclasses as the front end, VB ActiveX dll's for business logic and data access services, and Oracle or SQL Server.

I've only worked two years commercially. My last five year in the military was developing databases and front ends for Oracle to track equipment / units in Bosnia, which is where I got most of my experience.

Besides VB stuff, I'm compentent at DB Design, NT Server, IIS, Exchange, Crystal Web Reports, Oracle 7.3 & 8 w/ PL/SQL, and Sql Server 6.5 & 7 w/TransactionSQL, and API calls.

Most of our applications are financial and heavy on the database side.







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Old 10-21-2000, 04:42 PM
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hey Bill... i'm pretty sure your a newbie at writing a root post since your so good and you never ask questions... anyeways, i am 13 years old (boy) i've been 'grammin in VB for about 2.5 years... i love VB.. i consider myself an expert, even though i despise reviewing myself... however i still ask a great a deal of questions, so i'm not the best 'grammer. i know a lot bout the API, but not much about dbases. I'm increasing my knowledge in Classes and Controls a great deal. I know enough to be considered a journeyman of controls and classses. Other languages? ... if you consider HTML a language, which I don't, i know it. I am working into Javascript, but my goal for the next approx.. 2 years is C/C++. i started after my brother who is like a computer expert. I plan to go ionto comp engineering or comp science...

i enjoy playing drums, basketball, tennis, and watching TV. I listen to punk rock and i'm in 8 th grade...

thats it for now... bye

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Old 10-21-2000, 08:33 PM
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I told myself I wasn't going to respond to this question, but here I am. I am a 16 year old with experience in multiple languages including qbasic, vb, html, java, c++, among a few others. I have been programming for 8 years, and I consider myself an expert. (Nomatter what that thing on the side says ) I have extensive knowledge in vb, api, classes and custom controls. I have been making commercial programs for 5 years. Right now I'm working on a full blown nintendo emulator in vb, and possibly encorperating the super nintendo in it also.

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Old 10-21-2000, 10:40 PM
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In VB I am a novice. In life I am at the point of retirement. Would that I could have been able to program since grade school, but computers were almost unheard of in those days.

I consider myself a competent newbie. I have only been at VB programming for about a year. I write for myself, but have a program that is now being evaluated by our local medical school. It isn't anything complex, but it is detailed.

I am attempting to become proficient in database programming, but don't seem to find enough time to get all the knowledge and writing done that I need.

I am also working on ActiveX programming and have dabbled in HTML.

Dave


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Old 10-22-2000, 07:38 AM
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well im 16, ive just started a college course on VB, before that id been programming VB on and off for about a month, i consider myself a novice. i can make basic app's and the occasional basic little game.

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Old 10-23-2000, 05:04 PM
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I've been doing VB for about 2 years and consider myself a Journeyman with a lot to learn! While in college, 15+ years ago, I took courses in Pascal, COBOL (no pc compilers back then), and FORTRAN. I work in the engineering business, so most of my applications are engineering and database related. I've never taken a course in VB so sometimes I wonder if I'm going about things the right way. Oh well, live and learn......

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Old 10-23-2000, 07:25 PM
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I would have to say either an Expert or a Guru. I can help with API calls, Database (RDO,DAO,ADO,SQL,Access, data warehousing), classes and custom controls, application design issues (OOP!) code or GUI, C/C++, x86 Assembler, Pascal, Fortran (please don't though; I HATE it), HTML, JavaScript, Java, Perl, AppleScript, hardware, networking, etc.....

I am 21 years old and wrote my first code when I was 10 years old on a Tandy Color Computer good old BASIC. I dabbled with a Timex Sinclair and a TI-99. My parents bought a real computer (386DX-40) when I was 13 and I quickly learned my way around DOS 5.0, Win 3.0, Batch files, and headed straight for Quick Basic 4.5.

I started with graphics/game programming as I imagine most teenage programmers do nowadays. I soon realized how limited I was in QB45 and wanted to go further. One of my dad's co-workers knew me and when he upgraded from Borland Turbo C++ 2.0 to 3.0, he gave me the old version. I was very excited until I looked at what C looked like. I was flabbergasted. I didn't even think about it for a while when I was in high school (I was more interested in hanging out and chicks).

I took Pascal my freshman year and it made perfect sense to me. The next year I took Supercomputing (i.e. Fortran 77). Fortran is what drove me to the next level. It is a horribly archaic language. I finally had the determination to learn C (not C++) and start working on a game. I installed the compiler and within two weeks, I was writing code that good enough that my dad was amazed (he's a VB programmer now, but was a VC++ programmer then). I started playing with the primary thing that games use, GFX. I was using a graphics library that I downloaded of the net (which was nothing more than NCSA Mosaic 1.0; Netscape 2 came out shortly thereafter and I was SO intrigued by the fact you could change the background to another color or an image using a line of HTML). I found that the library was able to build a nice little palette editor, which was my first *real* application. I used another application to draw the images and used my palette editor to import the colors and add them to the 256 colors that were available. This effectively combined all the image palettes into a single list of 255 colors that I saved as a binary file and was able to load it and set the VGA cards palette.

It worked great for a simple task like that, but failed miserably when trying to write a graphics-intensive game with the graphics hardware available at the time (I had a Trident SVGA card with 1MB of RAM). I bought a book called "Teach Yourself Game Programming In 21 Days". It was for C programmers. I read the book in 3. It was a great help to understand how the different subsystems of a PC work, but again failed when trying to use it for a game engine. I had to take matters into my own hands.

I started by finding some help on the net. That helped alot and seemed to scream one thing. For games, use low-level assembler for time-intensive tasks. So, I opened up my Turbo Assembler manual and taught it to myself. Before long, I have a VERY fast 320x200x8bbp graphics engine. I also wrote several other guts to the game engine (a round-robin multi-tasker that used the RTC, a driver for a SoundBlaster Pro, mouse and keyboard hooks/drivers). Now I was ready for the game itself.

I started to realize how difficult it was going to be to track a sprite using a struct (Type for you VB guys). I stumbled on the concept of a class. I asked my dad and he thoroughly confused me. After about six months of reading numerous books, asking questions, surfing the net, I finally understood what OOP was all about. I now started using a class for the sprite and turned it into an object and used inheritance, overriding, constructors, etc. My dad was always telling me that programming isn't where I wanted to go and that game programming was even more of a dead-end. I listened. Someone I knew wanted me to write some code and I was going to get paid! I was only 15 years old. I couldn't even work at McDonald's! I worked there for several months but do to cutbacks and my grades, I was unable to continue.

I was thinking about another application I had in mind and started to write what I called "Windows". No, no, what I mean is I needed an event driven application that used high resolutions and had buttons, text boxes, etc. So, I took the library I wrote for games and converted it to 640x480x4bbp. Unfortunately, I neglected to save the previous version! Anyway, I got the base down and started building objects such as Button, Text, ScrollBar, etc. It looked a lot like Windows because I did screen captures and used my graphics library to redraw them using lines and rectangles. I showed my dad and he immediately said "Why are you wasting your time? Just use Windows!" I said that I didn't understand all that stuff in Win.H. He said, why don't you use Visual Basic?

I had never heard of it, but I quickly found a book at the library and started learning. The books were for VB2, but I ended up with VB3. It was sooo cool. It made me so mad that I did all that in DOS for naught.

I ended up losing almost all the code when I built a new PC for myself....err....my parents. But I was able to start afresh with Win95 and VB5.

The last three years I have done more of systems work, but I was always supporting programmers. For the last year, I have been coding 80% of my work week, but still help out on the systems/network issues that arise. I am doing my best to help all of y'all, but I can't do much since I work about 50-60 hours a week, plus church and my wife, etc...

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Old 10-24-2000, 12:32 PM
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Sheesh, I feel like a baby. I am a 19 years old. I started with the basic language when I was 10 and did some pretty nifty stuff but stopped for about 9 years. I've been dealing with VB6 for about 2 months. I am currently working on a marketing program that keeps track of salespersons, market leads, and other information. I am also interested in web bots and spiders.

I am still trying to learn databasing. Starting out it feels like there is soooo much to go through, but I suppose I will get there one day. In any case, I am very glad I stumbled accross this website.

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Old 10-24-2000, 12:53 PM
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Well, first of all, there is no way I'm an expert in VB, so don't believe my title - journeyman would be more accurate.

I'm 22 years old, and started programming when I was eight, when my parents bought me a Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 (128K!!!!!). My parents never invested much in technology, so up until 3 years ago, I was programming in Quick Basic on a 286 with 2MB RAM! I took computing at school (A Level for thoses who understand the English school system!), but then left to become a cycle mechanic in a sports shop. 2 and a half years ago, a friend got me a job at a major insurance broker as an MIS analyst. I started with VBA in Excel, and then progressed on to Access, and then eventually VB5 which I still use, as I can't convince the boss to pay for a newer version.

Most of my programs are simple data recording utilities for use in the call centre, but I have produced a few more complex applications, such as a multi-task scheduling tool which I have used every day for the last year. I have some experience with ODBC databases, but mostly Access.

Well, enough about me.....

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Old 10-24-2000, 02:57 PM
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Hold off on the upgrade till VB.Net and you two will reap more benefits.

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