I have been a programmer and system analyst since the late 60's. The first computer I did programming on was the IBM 1620, the last commercial computer to use discrete transistors in its logic circuits. I remember staying up all night with the thing (it filled a 20' X 30' room) watching an ADAPT program run to get a computer round off error just as the sun was coming up - this happened often. Languages I have programmed in: APT (the most complicated programming language ever invented - it had a two volume dictionary and a ten volume encyclopedia to explain the functions and statements.), ADAPT (a 3 dimension subset of APT - APT could program in up to 12 dimensions), Fortran, Colbol (Thank God it's gone!), Basic, APL (The best language ever written - a complete application could be written in one, usually incomprehensible line), Pascal, C/C++, VB, VBA, Html/SHtml, Java, XML, ASP, various assembly and machine languages (if you don't like the language you are currently using, try programming in native machine language). I am working strictly in Access VBA now (don't ask me why - I don't know). I have been designing a medical management software using Access. I plan to release it for sale RSN.
I have posted demo databases and Access tips at my website www.thenelson.name.
It you are interested in the medical management software, would like me to do some contract work for you or have some good jokes to share, contact me at:
email: nelsonh <at> nosuffering <dot> com
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