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Software developer par excellence,sometime artist, teacher, musician, husband, father and half-life 2 player (in no particular order either of preference or ability)
Started programming aged about 16 on a Commodore Pet.
Self-taught 6500 assembler - wrote Missile Command on the Pet (impressive, if I say so myself, on a text-only screen!)
Progressed to BBC Micro - wrote a number of prize-winning programs - including the best graphics application in one line of basic (it drew 6 multicoloured spheres viewed in perspective)
Trained with the MET Police as a COBOL programmer
Wrote platform game PooperPig which was top of the Ceefax Charts for a while in the UK
Did a number of software dev roles in COBOL
Progressed to Atari ST - learned 68000 assembler & write masked sprite engine.
Worked at Atari ST User magazine as Technical Editor - and was editor of Atari ST World for a while.
Moved on to IBM Mid range for work - working as team leader then project manager
Emigrated to Aus.
Learned RPG programming on the job (by having frequent coffee breaks with the wife!!)
Moved around a few RPG sites
Wrote for PC User magazine - was Shareware Magazine editor for a while.
Organised the first large-scale usage of the Internet in Australia through PC User magazine.
Moved from RPG to Delphi 1
Developed large applications in Delphi before moving on to VB .Net and C#
Became I.T. Manager - realised how boring paper pushing can be
And now I pretty much do .Net development in the daytime, while redeveloping PooperPig for the mobile market at night.
Member since Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (6 years, 11 months)
  • 26 Sep 2014: Best C++ Article of August 2014 - Second Prize

 

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GeneralThere should be a word... PinmemberMaxxx_15-Jun-09 12:45 
Perhaps there is.
What is it about us (and I know I'm not alone) that makes us repeatedly do something the long way, for which there is an effective shortcut that would take us only a little time to implement?
 
You know - you could work out the regex to do a global replace instead of repeatedly retyping the same text, or you could create a macro to do some other repetitive task -but you don't. Like in VS - I often have to debug server-side code over WCF by attaching to the IIS process - it took me months before I finally wrote a macro to do it for me. Probably took 10 minutes to write the macro (thanks to Google Smile | :) and probably saved at least 5 seconds each time I use it. Even if I didn't use it 200 times, I think my improved mental state would be well worth the extra time.
 
Sometimes, I think, it's because we manage to convince ourselves that it will take us longer to create the shortcut than to do the job - or that the job at hand will never have to be done again.
 
It's related to procrastination (Is that spelled right? I'll look it up later Smile | :) )
 
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GeneralLosing my religion PinmemberMaxxx_1-Jun-09 17:10 
GeneralIn the beginning there was the word, and the word was Machine Code PinmemberMaxxx_12-May-09 14:24 

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