My name is João Pinto, I live in Portugal, near Lisbon. I work for a major car manufacturer company.
Since I know my self, I've been interested in computers, not the hardware part, but the software area, more particulary the programming area. I've started programming in GW Basic, almost 20 years ago! I've worked with all versions of Windows, starting on the 3.1 version, passing on the 95, 98, Me, XP and now I've jumped to Windows 7 without using Vista!
I started doing somethings in VBA while working with Excel and Access but soon I had the needs to go far and I discovered VB6. This jump was because a friend of mine (jpaulino) was always pushing me to make the jump to this language. I was fascinated by the power of this development language and last year I went for the VB 2005 version. I already have the VS 2008 Pro version installed at work and have made some small applications with it.
I'm a self-taught person. I read lots of books that I buy mostly from Amazon and articles that I get from the Internet. I'm always interested on learning new techniques and discover new techologies.
At the age of 39 I went back to school, after about 20 years since I finished High School. I'm taking a degree in Information Systems Managment.
I'm the author of Excel User blog (www.excel-user.com) where I share my knowledge about this tool that I use on my daily work.
So, my "speciallities" are:
Visual Basic .Net, ASP, HTML, CSS, VBA, Excel, Access
Don't spend much time on EE as I would like because time is short.
30/06/08 - Reached the 100,000 points mark in EE
11/07/08 - Achieve my first EE Certification: Master in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software
21/10/08 - Achieve Master in Microsoft Access Database
15/01/09 - Reached the 200,000 points mark in EE
09/03/09 - Achieve Master in Microsoft Access Coding/Macros
24/03/09 - Reached the 300,000 points mark in EE - WIZARD
21/04/09 - 300 questions Answered
28/04/09 - Achieve Guru in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software
08/05/09 - Achieve Master in Microsoft Visual Basic.Net
20/06/09 - Reached the 400,000 points mark in EE
24/08/09 - Achieve Master in Microsoft Office Suite
18/09/09 - 400 questions Answered
06/10/09 - Reached the 500,000 points mark in EE - SAGE
23/10/09 - 500 questions Answered
30/10/09 - Achieve Wizard in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software
October 2009 - Best month ever: 167,535 points
30/12/09 - 600 questions Answered
06/03/10 - 700 questions Answered
16/04/10 - Reached the 1,000,000 points mark in EE - GENIUS
18/04/10 - 800 questions Answered
12/05/10 - Entered the Top 25 Overall in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software
21/05/10 - Achieve Guru in Microsoft Access Database
04/08/10 - 900 questions Answered
08/09/10 - Achieve Master in .Net Programming
04/11/10 - 1,000 questions Answered
25/11/10 - Achieve Guru in Microsoft Office Suite
26/01/11 - 1,100 questions Answered
17/02/11 - 1,500,000 points overall
22/02/11 - 1,200 questions Answered
24/02/11 - Achieve Master in VB Script
31/03/11 - 1,300 questions Answered
10/04/11 - Achieve Master in Visual Basic Programming
20/04/11 - Achieve Master in Spreadsheet Software
03/05/11 - 1,400 questions Answered
16/05/11 - Achieve Genius in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Software
17/06/11 - 1,500 questions Answered
09/08/11 - Reached the 2,000,000 points mark in EE
19/10/11 - 1,600 questions Answered
I can be reached here: jpgpinto AT gmail DOT com