Wednesday, August 12, 2009


OK, there are DEFINITELY more jobs out there for C# guys than VB.Net junkies. A few years ago, it was the other way around. Wow, I had no idea the landscape had changed that much in the last few years. I'm certainly going to start writing more C# code.

Every job listing I see now is for a C# position, but they will take VB folks and train them, I guess. Which is really just a cruel joke. There are so many people looking for work out there, if you have the choice to hire a VB developer and teach it C#, or just hire a C# developer, which one will you choose? Got to remarket myself as a C# guy.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I started writing the .Net languages when they were initially released on valentines day in 2002. So I've been a .Net guy since day 1. Before that, I was a VB6 programmer, and wrote web sites in Notepad before moving into Homesite, then eventually Dreamweaver.

Would you believe I actually got tapped to teach a VB6 class just a couple of years ago? 2006 or 2007, I think. That old thing will never die. It's still a cool platform I guess. But I went right into VB.Net when I switched jobs and went to work for a local IT consulting firm in 2002. The first project was picking up after another programmer who initially wrote the site in C#. Then I did a small winforms program in VB.Net, then more C#, then web sites in VB. Since then, I've placed over 1,000,000 lines of VB.Net code in production, and maybe 20,000 lines of C# into production. So VB.Net has totally been my primary language for the last 7 years.

Now it seems the workforce is being dominated by C# jobs. I was talking with a trainer yesterday who had cut out all of their VB classes for lack of demand. So apparently people who want to become new or better .Net programmers want to go C#. If you do a job search for VB.Net on any of the major job boards, you find C# jobs where they will consider a VB programmer that can be retrained.

This leads me to give serious consideration to changing my primary language. I'm the only developer at the company I currently work for, so I can write any project in any language I choose. I hate a case sensitive language, and that's why I only use C# when I am forced to now. But I'm sure with time I will get used to all the nuances of the language. I recently had to translate one of my favorite scripts into C# and it was only mildly frustrating. Do you, gentle reader, have an opinion here? What do you think the programming landscape is doing?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DB Connection Strings

Here's how I connect to databases using

In a config file, I typically use an AppSettings value to store the setting like:

<add key="dbconn" value="Data Source=; User Id=sa;Password=; Initial Catalog=MediaDent; Persist Security Info=False" />


Provider=PervasiveOLEDB;Data Source=C:\PWorks;

SQL Server:

Data Source=; User Id=sa;Password=; Initial Catalog=dbname; Persist Security Info=False

MS Access:

Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=C:\dbfolder\viewer.mdb; Persist Security Info=False;





And that's all I've had to connect to recently.