Who says you can’t teach an Old Dog some New Tricks? I’m not really old, I’ve heard it said that you’re only as old as you feel, so that makes me around 29 years old ;-). Over the past couple of years, most of the software I’ve written has been in C and C++.  A few years ago, while I was working at Prescriber’s Letter I received an introduction to SQL, ASP.NET, VB.NET and XML. I had opportunities to analyze SQL queries and write & debug stored procedures. I created panels for the PDA portions of the website. At the time I didn’t understand why everything was done the way it was; I learned enough to be dangerous. Of course when the pressure is on, you don’t always get to learn the big picture until after you’re done with the project.

Part of my required studies at American Sentinel has been taking a class in Advanced Visual Basic. One of the more important things I’m taking out of the class is the use of Multitier architecture. I never considered separating the presentation, logic, data layers from each other as part of the initial design. It makes total sense, especially when you’re designing for modularity & maintainability.

I have to admit, going back to school has been a great experience for me. This dog is finally getting the big picture.

Till next time, take time to learn some new tricks