Surviving Big Tech – Post 2

Hello Microsoft VB 6.0

Visual Basic 6.0

I am about to seriously date myself, but why not. Discovering Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 (VB) – for me, was a big experience. I was just out of college and working as a programmer for a Health Company. At that time everything was driven off the mainframe. This is South Louisiana may I remind you – not Silicon Valley.

I hated the mainframe. I hated Cobol. But, I needed to make a living and find a way out of a life everyone I was working with had just accepted. Until the release of VB 6, I had no clue how to get there. I had dabbled with C++, but with no help, coming up to speed was like climbing Mount Everest. Neither was going to happen for me.

Microsoft VB was a game changer. It opened the door to a place I desperately wanted to be at. Installing the tool and building a few forms was like having a spiritual awakening. I was hooked. My employer thought there was no use for it. I kept pushing, until they eventually accepted it “might” offer some value.

A chance was all I needed. I spent as much time learning everything I could. Mostly, a lot of trial and error. This was right before Google was introduced. Back then, developers just had to figure things out by themselves. I know crazy stuff, right?

I eventually left the job doing Cobol and joined a financial company. They saw the appeal of VB and offered me a lot of money. What more could I ask for? This was a tough time because I was still learning so much and I made a LOT of mistakes. But, it was also a time of great excitement and a lot of growth. The growth was not just in my career, but my mid section as well. I had two children during this time.

Stay tuned…

Next Post:

In this series, I will be getting personal. I will be sharing stories of major events (with lots of candor) that led to my career in this industry. A career which you may eventually be surprised to learn I am still extremely grateful to be a part of. Take what you like and leave the rest please.

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