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I deliver complete, readable reports.

Since 1980, my focus has been primarily on the back end of the application stack, where data arrives from a multitude of sources, and is converted into the reports that are the most visible aspect of the system to senior executives. My work builds on The Fundamental Principle of Tabular Reporting, which is as follows.

Every report does the same three things.

- Select records for inclusion in the report.

- Sort the selected records to support the desired grouping and order of details.

- Show the selection criteria, sort order, details, and summaries.

While I can design a front end, I prefer to work at the back end, getting data into the system from outside sources, such as other computers, electronic sensors, and so forth, and getting it out of the system, as reports to IDENTIFY and SOLVE problems.

When presented with a problem, I focus on identifying and solving the root problem for the long term.

Specialties: Design: Relational data base design, focusing on reporting; organization and presentation of large document collections such as MSDS libraries

Development: Powerful, imaginative utility programs and scripts for automated systems management and maintenance

Industries: Property management, Employee Health and Safety, Services

Languages: C#, C++, C, VBA, Visual Basic, Perl, WinBatch, SQL, XML, HTML, Javascript

Outside Interests: Great music (mostly, but by no means limited to, classical), viewing and photographing sunsets and clouds, traveling by car on small country roads, attending museum exhibits (fine art, history, science, technology), long walks, especially where there is little or no motor traffic


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