"Hello World"

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself to the forums! My names Luke and Ive just started as an I.T Recruitment Consultant specialising in VB.net and the .net framework for a company based in Bristol, UK.

I am new to recruitment and i was hoping people could take 5 minutes to tell me some of thier thoughts on their jobs, the way the language is developing and any other information that could be useful helping me start out!

I have also been learning VB.net for a few months now, so some of my posts be asking for code help too!

I hope i havent posted this in the wrong section, appologies if i have!

Hope to hear from some of you soon.

Luke Cottam
Ashton Consulting
Bristol
UK

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  • : Hi Everyone,
    :
    : Just wanted to introduce myself to the forums! My names Luke and Ive
    : just started as an I.T Recruitment Consultant specialising in VB.net
    : and the .net framework for a company based in Bristol, UK.
    :
    : I am new to recruitment and i was hoping people could take 5 minutes
    : to tell me some of thier thoughts on their jobs, the way the
    : language is developing and any other information that could be
    : useful helping me start out!
    :
    : I have also been learning VB.net for a few months now, so some of my
    : posts be asking for code help too!
    :
    : I hope i havent posted this in the wrong section, appologies if i
    : have!
    :
    : Hope to hear from some of you soon.

    I don't know if my opinion is of much value to you. I'm just a home-cooked programmer :P

    Basically, VB.NET is quite wonderful. It finally makes you feel that you are allowed to program in Windows. What I mean by this is that with VB6 so many things had to go the 'hackish' way through API's. With VB.NET you don't need to anymore and this is quite nice.
    It's also good that the .NET framework is implementable in all the other Visual Studio languages. That means you can develope with the same framework for each language - just a different 'touch' to it.

    Ofcourse, the only down side to it is that for now, .NET framework is not widely installed (not even on the most XP Pc's). But this is just a matter of time before it'll take the upper hand.

    So in all, I'm quite glad with the framework, even though I wasn't at first (mostly because of the incompatibility).

    It's also nice that VB.NET if finally more Object oriented, with Inheritance and such. I missed that in VB6.

    The only thing I really dislike in VB.NET is arrays. I sooooo loved to give my arrays a different Lower Boundary (almost always 1, instead of 0).
    But... I guess I could live with that like I live with it in C.
    However, they made one big mistake:
    [code]
    Dim x(5) As Integer
    [/code]
    This [b]should[/b] create [b]five[/b] items... but it creates 6: 0 To 5.
    And that is really really annoying.

    If you're going to do it like C, you might as well do it right:
    [code]
    int x[5];
    [/code]
    Nice 'n old 5 elements :)

    I just dislike it because it is confusing. In VB6, I used to make clear that it was one more element by adding "0 To [italic]n[/italic]", but not even that is allowed in .NET anymore.

    There you have it: my opinion on the language :) Enjoy

    Best Regards,
    Richard

    The way I see it... Well, it's all pretty blurry
  • seancampbellseancampbell Pennsylvania, USA
    I kind like the way we declare Arrays in .Net, of course since every other big language declares arrays in that manner, it was inevitable for M$ to make their languages do that. I think the main propellant of that was to create enough similarities between C#.Net and VB.Net that they can use the same framework.

    As far as .Net framework... it has come a long way since it has started, and I still think it is just in it's infancy. I love the power of .Net and have not programmed in any other languages and had this much ease / fun...

    It is so useful to be able to write VB.Net applications that run on the internet through ASP.Net...

    I have been a full-time software developer using .Net for about 7 months now (moved from using C++ and Java) and I don't ever want to do any other languages....
  • : I kind like the way we declare Arrays in .Net, of course since every
    : other big language declares arrays in that manner, it was inevitable
    : for M$ to make their languages do that. I think the main propellant
    : of that was to create enough similarities between C#.Net and VB.Net
    : that they can use the same framework.
    :
    : As far as .Net framework... it has come a long way since it has
    : started, and I still think it is just in it's infancy. I love the
    : power of .Net and have not programmed in any other languages and had
    : this much ease / fun...
    :
    : It is so useful to be able to write VB.Net applications that run on
    : the internet through ASP.Net...
    :
    : I have been a full-time software developer using .Net for about 7
    : months now (moved from using C++ and Java) and I don't ever want to
    : do any other languages....

    I've been a programmer for a long time using many different languages such CoBal, Clipper, C, PACE, dBase, Basic(old basic), some assembler. I love VB and its power and ease of use. As far as arrays. I have always assumed that the first array was '0' and not '1' that is the nature of the languages. And even if they had used '1' first would not have bothered me I adapt fast. Started with VB2003 in 2004. Brand new to it was just getting started when I began beta testing for VB2005 and has been using it since 2006. Just starting to get good at it these last six months or so. I am retired from reg. job doing consulting and special programming task as needed.
  • : As far as arrays. I have always assumed that the first array was '0' and
    : not '1' that is the nature of the languages. And even if they had used
    : '1' first would not have bothered me I adapt fast.

    Yeah, like I said: I can adapt to it, as I do in C.
    It just bothers me that in VB.NET "Dim myArray(5)" means I get 6 items. Either they allow specific bound setting used "To", or they do it the C-style, making array size declaration array size declaration and not index of upper boundary declaration.

    It's just a beauty mark ofcourse, and it's nothing compared to the flexibility and power of the new framework.

    Best Regards,
    Richard

    The way I see it... Well, it's all pretty blurry
  • Cool, thanks for your insights guys!

    Whe i learnt Java as part of my degree i HATED defining arrays, the fact that 0 was the first in the array threw me for ages! Yet if i looked at a partition on say, redhat with disk=0 partition=0 i knew that it was refering to the first partition of the first disk!

    Still, i was hoping for a less technical view of the language and maybe an insight of the overall shape of the .net market at the moment, pref from some current programmers / develpers working in the sector!

    Thanks again guys (and girls) for your posts!

    Take Care,

    Luke Cottam
    VB.net Consultant
    Ashton Consulting, Bristol, UK
  • :
    : Still, i was hoping for a less technical view of the language and
    : maybe an insight of the overall shape of the .net market at the
    : moment, pref from some current programmers / develpers working in
    : the sector!
    :

    Well like I said: home-cooked here :)
    Just a hobby for me.

    Best Regards,
    Richard

    The way I see it... Well, it's all pretty blurry
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