I have been developing applications, specifically for the Windows platform, for over 15 years. I tend to do more web development and database development these days, but I have written my fair share of desktop applications and Windows services as well.
I started out writing VB5/VB6 client/server applications while going to college. After a year or so, I made the switch to ASP & COM (web development). When .NET was released as Beta 1, I was lucky enough to be working for a company that let me spend some time doing a little R&D, and I