Exciting Times

I attended a local college in the fall of 1987 with the full intention of continuing on to receive a BS in Comp Sci. As luck would have it I fell in with a group of tech geeks who were doing some interesting things with PCs.  Unfortunately, I spent more time writing bleeding edge code than doing the punch card/COBOL work that the school was trying have me learn. While attending a job fair and talking shop, I received an offer with a salary that was higher than I would have made had I completed college and gone into the world of COBOL. So much to my parents’ chagrin, I promptly ran away to seek my fortune in the wilds of the upstart PC industry.

I have always been fortunate and could stay on the leading edge of technology for most of my career. I got into windows development right before it became hot. I started doing Visual Basic back when there was a VB for both Windows AND DOS. Managed to hook up with web development back when a site MIGHT have one crappy image on it and flashing text. Portal technology (Plumtree) became my next thing which morphed into collaboration and enterprise content management. I was lucky enough to work with a beta of SharePoint long before it became what it did.

Over the years of developing software, I become language and OS agnostic. I have written software in both.NET (c#) PHP and Java. I use both Windows 10 and Linux (OSX when needed for iOS) as development platforms. I am very comfortable with Windows server and can be trusted with root on Linux. I like SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB (NoSQL) and Hadoop. I can’t say I like Oracle, but I can write some nice code in PL/SQL.

I am now, for the most part, focused on the world of .NET. But my how that has expanded. Never thought we would see Linux, Hadoop, NodeJS, Angular, Git, Android and iOS development become part of the MS world. And now Mircosoft is embracing open source !! these are very exciting times, and I am very happy to be around to experience them.


It’s not what you think!

Some people new to the gym don’t like that feeling when they first get to the gym and have to walk through it. It feels like all eyes are on you and judging.

I remember that feeling well a few years ago. I had been out of the gym for quite a while due to medical issues and was horribly out of shape. It was even worse for me because I knew what I was before.

But as time went on it took me longer and longer to get to the back of the gym. It starts slow.. the fist bumps from the guys you worked in with before. To over time greeting friends and seeing how people are healing from an injury they incurred.

Now as I walk through the gym, I do know that people are watching. I see the nods of approval in recognition of the changes in my body. I see the fresh faces that have started coming to the gym for the first time because they want to change their lives.

Then when I am working out, I see a new person walk into the gym. Yes, my friends and I are watching you. But we are watching you with approval because you made it here.

Welcome to the club. You got this!

Thanks to Mel Burgess for prompting me to write this with a post he made! Please feel free to share this. I want people to know that they are not alone in their struggle.

Visio 2010 Database Diagram Forward Engineering

Last Wednesday at our local TRINUG meeting, I was complaining about the fact that Visio no longer could generate the SQL to create a Database from a database diagram. Sure you can reverse engineer one. But the creation of a database from a diagram has been left out since version 2003. I mean why provide the tools to diagram a database if you can’t do anything productive with it?

Well I guess I should have looked a bit harder.

There is a project on Codeplex called forward engineer. http://forwardengineer.codeplex.com/ . It will generate the SQL to create tables and databases from your Visio Diagram.

This rocks, thanks guys !