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I have not really decided if I liked the old site better than the new, but I definitely find myself spending less time reading articles and I rarely venture into the various programming forums anymore. This could simply be due to a change in my personal priorities, who knows.
It does seem that having the Forum menu structure collapsed so I cannot readily see where there are new posts, means they are not calling for me to go and take a look.
I have given up on using the Mobile version of the site on my phone (Nokia Lumia 920). Once I am in a forum, I cannot figure out how to navigate to another forum (except for the Lounge of course). Mouse hover on the community menu does not work on the touch, which also makes reporting on anything very, very difficult.
On our quiet nightshifts as a tech, I first really started messing about with VB3, then onto VB4. I wrote a well testing application for the shift, as a standard approach for all the techs to use to minimise human error factors when calculating the test data traditionally done by calculators. and then poorly controlled spreadsheets. Then the other shifts adopted it.
It saved about 25minutes man time per test, and usually did 1 test per day, so you can see the savings it made. And it generated a standard html output as a report that could then be attached to an email for sending to town.
I got a spot bonus which was probably not far off a months wages (after tax) for my efforts.
VB6 started off my career. My first major project, as a very green freelance contractor was VB6, because although strictly speaking I learnt to code in TurboPascal at uni, I found VB6 great for a beginner to get real world, working apps into the field.
I remember my first project, I was estimating roof tile materials, the company usually sent 20% extra material to cover estimation errors and breakages. My error rate vanished after I wrote the program (on a commodore 64) except I had to transcribe the results to paper after the calcs.
The program eventually formed the spec for an app written on a PDP11 I think, I did not get a bonus, they fired me (I was a really crappy salesman).
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