I'm A VB: Dave Campbell


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·        How long have you been using VB?

My first language was BASIC, starting in 1984.  I have been using VB since 2000, when I started using VB6.


·        What industry do you work in?

I work in the Public Sector for a political subdivision of the state.


·        How big is your development team?

Including me, one.


·        What kind of apps do you most commonly build?

I write programs that interface with the database for CRUD operations; I write reports; I help the software interface with a company-wide GIS; some of the programs automate Word and Excel and Outlook.


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

A control program for a hydro plant that interfaced with two control boards.  It was ported over from FORTRAN and is still working.


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

I am developing a program that allows our mobile users to input data and run reports from their laptops, then upload the data to the company’s database.  The customers can view their information via the company website.


·        What other technologies do you most commonly use?

I work with SQL Server, ASP.Net, PHP and Crystal Reports.


·        What are some of your favorite VB features?

I like Auto-complete and not having to put a semicolon at the end of every line.  I also like the .Net framework since everything is now truly object-oriented.


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

It’s simplicity and readability.  I have used Java, C/C++ and other languages but nothing beats VB.


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