I'm A VB: Macario F. Pedraza


Website: http://mfpedraza.wordpress.com/


·        How long have you been using VB?

Since 1993, starting with VB3, but used QuickBasic before that and started programming in BASIC in 1981 (yeah I know, I’m old)


·        What industry do you work in?

Software Development


·        How big is your development team?



·        What kind of apps do you most commonly build?

Mostly infrastructure/framework apps, anything that simplifies programming (I hate doing things twice)


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

An O/R mapper/code generator using XML defined templates, also a BPM Workflow framework


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

In developing a BPM framework, I’ve created a data structure that I call a PropertyTree that is a kind of PropertyBag with integrated data validation and events that is used to support custom fields in data rows as well as cllient/server comunication.


·        What other technologies do you most commonly use?

SQL Server most commonly, although I’m hopping on the Silverlight, LINQ, .Net RIA Services bandwagon


·        What are some of your favorite VB features?

Parameterized Properties, C# 3.0 doesn’t seem to have them


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

I like that it is a very high-level language that lets me express ideas in a very natural way without having to translate those ideas into funky punctuation marks like “other” languages (I’m looking at you C#)

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