Yes, youre right Richard. Anyone starting out today could do worse than get stuck in to VB.NET. Especially if theyre also into adding to the obscene wealth of some of the worlds richest people.

Us old-timers tend to see things from a slightly different perspective, of course. There are plenty of excellent programming tools down-loadable for free off the internet. I would urge anyone genuinely interested to have a go in as many languages as possible (if they can find the time). Then you might be in with a chance of really understanding. If you think in terms of a better way, ultimately you will find it. Meanwhile, you can do anything in C (surely the purest of programming languages?), but for database work I still reckon that dBASE and its derivatives (FoxPro being the outstanding example) is the way! smile

If you don't inspect ... don't expect.