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"Fish" (David B. Trout) - Professional Profile


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Old timer with over 30+ years experience in the industry.

Started out programming in assembler on IBM mainframes working my way up from novice computer operator to manager of programming department responsible for multi-million-record database updating software for a major credit reporting company, eventually becoming part of a small team responsible for designing/developing a new microprocessor operating system.

Made the transition from IBM mainframes to Windows personal computers in the early '90s when the internet was still young. Started programming on Windows with Visual C++ version 1.0 on Windows 3.1. Currently using VS2005 but plan to upgrade to VS2008 "soon".

Contracted for a short while at Microsoft providing Premier Technical Support for the "Desktop Team 3" (VC++/MFC).

Currently part of the "Hercules" Open Source core development team, allowing me to stay active in both the mainframe area (which is most definitely NOT dead but still VERY much alive and well thankyouverymuch) as well as in the Windows programming area too (which seems to be a good fit for someone with my background).

I'm currently self-employed providing per-hour contract support for Hercules (


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