Crystal L.


Denver, CO

Member since:

June 9, 2012


Do you consider yourself a Microsoft developer?

Yes, I use and teach Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Camtasia (for making videos about Microsoft products), and more -- from beginning to advanced, using and programming/video production, remote and face-to-face, one-on-one and in classrooms. Learning Windows Phone and Windows 8 development

Do you consider yourself a Web developer?

sort of ... I learned HTML in the early 90s and have built my own web pages although recently, my son created a CSS for my website so I could have fancy buttons. In the 80s, I used and taught GML (Generalized Markup Language), so I have a good foundation for markup languages.

Do you consider yourself a Database developer?

absolutely! Databases are my main fascination. In 1983 after graduating, I landed in the Silicon Valley at the forefront of the PC revolution. I worked in a PC store for a few months. I got to open every package and learn what was in the store, and that is exactly what I did. I spent my days reading manuals and scheduling technical demonstrations with hardware manufacturers. I knew just about everything on the market that could go into a PC ... didn't make any money selling stuff so I went back to Colorado and started consulting ... but I digress. The most interesting application I learned was dBASE II, which I used all versions through IV. I also learned other databases on the market. In the 80s, my favorite db was Knowledgeman. I turned over rocks to find people with a computer who wanted me to teach them or write a program for them. I also coded scientific applications with Pascal, BASIC, FORTRAN and a little C. In 1993, I learned Access and the rest is history :)

Do you consider yourself a Desktop developer?

Yes, desktop has been my comfortable place for almost 30 years. I've gotten good at it :) I control Office applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint from VBA in Access. I love how everything integrates! If Access doesn't do it, something else will. I can use the hundreds of built-in functions that Excel provides for worksheet formulas in my Access VBA code and fill in PDF forms. If I want to do it, I learn it and realize again that "impossible" is a word that should not be used with Access! I have thousands of code snippets stored on my machine and they are very well organized. I wrote a Code Documenter I am going to use on all my databases & workbooks when I have some time. Realized the importance of this now that I can't open the stuff I wrote in the early 90s with my working versions. I have lots of tools to document databases & workbooks ... code, controls, SQL statements, data dictionary, objects, ... they are posted on my websites, on wikis, on forums, ...

Do you consider yourself a Mobile developer?

I am still learning. I have been using C# since last summer but it is still not intuitive to me. I have to look almost everything up. I chose to learn C# instead of using VB because more people use it and there are more examples, but its tough! Mobile is the future and I want to be a part of it. Especially to integrate to the Desktop. Desktops will not all go to the Cloud as Microsoft's marketing teams hope. I changed my screen resolution and had to sign out and back in again on Windows 8. That is ridiculous. While I see this as a great opportunity for development, I also see a need for some taming down on storing everything about a user in the cloud right away. Well, sorry about the rant ... but my frustration is also what I will hear from others so some changes would be nice. Aside from that ... Mobile is everywhere... data collectors for desktops ;) Being able to turn one device into many others ... stopwatch, flashlight ... is exciting.


I train & develop remotely from home. Grad from Mines (PE) and live in Golden. Love it ...amazing view, nice yard with gardens, and great neighbors. It is November 10. I still have chard, carrots, and spring mix to eat from my garden :)

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