I'm A VB: Joacim Andersson, Visual Basic MVP
· How long have you been using VB?
I’ve used VB since ’91. Starting with VB1.
· What industry do you work in?
I currently work for a company that creates SaaS solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.
· How big is your development team?
We are a small team of 5 developers working on new development. We also have a few people that do customer specific customization.
· What kind of apps do you most commonly build?
We mainly use ASP.Net but we also have a bunch of internal tools built using WinForms and MFC. We also have an Offline version of our CRM system that uses WinForms.
· What’s the most interesting app you’ve ever built?
This is a very hard question since I’ve been in the industry for so long. But one cool thing I worked on recently is called IMScripter which is a scripting environment that we use to create scripts that does certain jobs on various scheduled time. This is a WinForms app that uses the CodeDOM and reflection to be able to build and run scripts. I wrote a blog post about it here: http://msmvps.com/blogs/joacim/archive/2009/06/16/using-the-codedom-to-do-scripting-with-net.aspx
· Please tell us about an app that you’re working on at the moment.
I work a lot with our offline version of our CRM system. It’s a WinForms application that, when you’re connected to the Internet, can synchronize the data with the database using a WebService.
· What other technologies do you most commonly use?
Except from VB I also develop using C#, but that’s not really another technology. I used to program a lot in C/C++, Java, and Delphi. Of course SQL Server, so T-SQL is an important part.
· What are some of your favorite VB features?
I love XML literals, which in my mind is the best thing since IntelliSense was added in VB5. I also love LINQ and everything that comes with that, such as extension methods, lambda expressions, and type inference.
· What do you like most about VB as a programming language?
I’ve always loved VB for its simplicity and productivity boost it gives me. Being the first true RAD tool it is.
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