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George Poth

I have been teaching English in Brazil since 1994 and always wanted to do more for learners than common textbooks can offer. This started with web sites that couldn't reach most students as computers and the Internet are not standard for most people in this country.

Computer tools to help Brazilian students learn a complex language like English are practically non-existent and so I sent some suggestions to software companies. Since Brazil is neither a target market for English textbooks nor for software of this kind, the rejection seemed natural.

As a result, I tried some free developer tools such as Borland's free C++ compiler, Free Pascal, and Envelope's Visual Basic. Envelope's Visual Basic, which is a Microsoft Visual Basic 1.0 clone and still available, suited my taste but I knew it was obsolete technology. In March 2003, I bought a copy of Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard and have been hopelessly contaminated with the programming virus ever since.

I mostly write programs for educational purposes. Having discovered the wonderful world of DirectX recently, I am diving into the most entertaining part of programming: games. One can connect teaching with pure entertainment, learning, and culture.

Articles by this Author
» Custom Message Box
Published 01/30/2004 | .NET Newbie Windows Development | Rating:
Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to show a colored message box with customized texts on the buttons? Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Actually, it's just as easy as designing any other form, maybe even easier. [read article...]
» My First Access Database Program. Part 2
Published 01/21/2004 | .NET Newbie Data Programming Microsoft Access | Rating:
Database applications are quite popular among programmers. At the beginning, however, it seems so awfully complicated. While I can't and don't want to answer all the questions you might have, here's something to get you started. [read article...]
» My First Access Database Program. Part 1
Published 01/20/2004 | .NET Newbie Data Programming Microsoft Access | Rating:
Database applications are quite popular among programmers. At the beginning, however, it seems so awfully complicated. While I can't and don't want to answer all the questions you might have, here's something to get you started. [read article...]
» The Making of Help
Published 01/14/2004 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
Most people don't include help files in their programs because they don't know how to make one. They assume it must be difficult because it's related to programming. Ah, really? You wouldn't believe how simple it actually is. [read article...]
» How to make a DLL with VB.NET Standard Edition
Published 11/19/2003 | .NET Framework | Rating:
Many programmers say: "Stay away from the standard edition because you can't make .dll's and other pro stuff with it". Is it really impossible to make pro stuff with the standard edition? [read article...]
» The Installer
Published 09/20/2003 | .NET Newbie Deployment | Rating:
Making an installer is not necessarily a difficult thing. It's just that you have to know how. [read article...]
» Simple Steps in VB.NET. Part 5 - Approaching the End
Published 07/20/2003 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
It's about time we finished our address book - with a real installer! With data access, making an installer can be a very tricky thing. But there's news: with a little imagination and some improvisation we will get it done without much trouble. Before you install this on another computer, some things need to be done... [read article...]
» Simple Steps in VB.NET. Part 4 - Finishing Touches - The Ugly Duckling's Striking Back
Published 07/08/2003 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
Correcting errors is probably the toughest job in programming, but it's also very rewarding and interesting. It will make our very simple address book a complete and real application. Maybe you will think that our address book is not quite that simple anymore ... [read article...]
» Simple Steps in VB.NET. Part 3 - Address Book 2
Published 06/05/2003 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
Our address book from Part 2 is getting into shape. Tab stops are getting into order, a new icon appears, aside from multiple-line tool tips. Message boxes for simple error handling come into the game. Wow! And even fun handling! Huh? What's that? Let me explain: fun handling is … [read article...]
» Simple Steps in VB.NET. Part 2 - Address Book
Published 05/05/2003 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
Although this project is also intended for the absolute beginner, it builds on knowledge from Part 1. This time, our project is a real user application and will take a bit longer to complete. It carefully introduces skills you might want to use for your own project. By the time we finish this project, you will be able to independently produce your own application of this type. It's mainly a simple address book, but there will be other things as well. [read article...]
» Simple Steps in VB.NET. Part 1 - TheButton
Published 04/24/2003 | .NET Newbie | Rating:
Books for beginners usually teach isolated functions. If you want more than that, a more advanced book is necessary. The problem is that isolated functions don't make a program, which in turn is necessary for the feeling of success. More advanced books are usually too complicated to start with. This article proves that functions don't have to come in isolated form. It also shows that a simple program with essential functions doesn't have to be difficult. You don't need any previous knowledge on VB.NET programming to complete this exercise. [read article...]