I'm A VB: Chris G. Williams (VB MVP)


MVP Profile: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=D81FAC63-665A-44BA-AEF7-8CFE3588E7EF

Blog: http://www.blogusmaximus.net


·        How long have you been using VB?

I’ve been using VB since version 3.0, way back in 1993. It was love at first sight.


·        What industry do you work in?

Software Consulting. We serve pretty much every industry.


·        How big is your development team?

It varies from project to project, anywhere from 1 to many, with local and offshore components.


·        What kind of apps do you most commonly build?

Web, Windows, Services, Games, all of the above. As a consultant, I get called upon to build a pretty broad variety of things.


·        What’s the most interesting app you’ve ever built?

I’m not one to pick favorites, since each has had its own set of challenges, but the VB/XNA stuff I’ve been doing has been a lot of fun. If I had to pick one, it would be my pet RPG project: Heroic Adventure! that I’ve been working on for a few years now. I started it in VB.NET 2003 and it’s still going strong.


·        Please tell us about an app that you’re working on at the moment.

I’m building a MVC application that does reporting with some 3rd party components and we’re also using quite a bit of JQuery. It’s proven to be an interesting challenge getting all the pieces working together properly.


·        What other technologies do you most commonly use?

If Microsoft makes it, I’ve probably used it at some point on a project, although I use other stuff too. The open source community has some great tools. I’ve been using MVC and JQuery a lot lately.


·        What are some of your favorite VB features?

I’m not sure I can narrow it down to just one favorite, but I think XML Literals are pretty sexy, and LINQ is pretty awesome as well.


·        What do you like most about VB as a programming language?

Ease of use, familiarity, and how easy it is to jump into someone else’s code and quickly figure out what’s going on.


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