Joined Apr 25 2011
61 years old
I am a financial analyst who develops forecast models. This is very data intensive work, but until the last several I years I have had a great deal of support in assembling the data. This has changed with the recent economic downturn. I am increasingly responsible for getting and manipulating my own data. This has forced me to new learn some new skills, and in the process, I have rediscovered some old tricks. Among them is the power of DOS batch files to manage and manipulate text files. I have also recently become interested in QB64. I do a great deal of work with Excel VBA, which is certainly a powerful language but can be terribly slow. I have been looking for some language where I can create executable files that can be called within VBA. Most of the hardcore quants use C++, but I am too old and too stubborn to take the time to learn that at this point in my life. I have also considered FORTRAN, which I used a little during my college days. But recently I have thought about QB64. I first played with BASIC back in 1969 when it was offered as a class at my junior high. Later I fooled with QBasic. Basic just seems to make a lot of sense to me. Beyond that, it has a lot of similarities to VBA.