The first half or so of this article was like reading an anthropological report of a strange culture far away: There were no
programming contests when I was getting started out in the field (1967-1976). I rarely had the kind of technical interviews
that Hoekstra went through,
and did not get any of the five programming jobs I held from 1977 to 1998 through such an interview.
I started reading more closely with
Conor: So, I heard about APL five different times between the year 2010 and 2019.
I started programming computers in February of 1967, when I was a junior in high school. After dropping out of grad school I began a
41 year career in information technology in January of 1977. I have seen a lot of computer languages come and go. So I read
5 Programming Languages
You Won’t Likely Be Using by 2030 with some interest. The only one on the list I had ever used was Perl. It was kind of fun, but
I did not get very attached to it 🙂
Meanwhile, some much older languages live on. Last year COVID-19 demonstrated how much the financial world still depends on COBOL:
Confession: I got through a 41 year career in IT, mostly in banking and government, without ever compiling
or running a COBOL program. I recently saw
A very short introduction to COBOL, which describes how to install COBOL
on a Mac and how to compile and run a very simple COBOL program. So I tried this on Ubuntu Linux 20.04.
My title at work is “Principal Database Administrator.” My employer is looking for another one, to be my peer. Here is the job posting. I helped write it, and it did not get too badly garbled by the HR process. If you want the official view of what I do at work, this is it. If you have the relevant background, and are willing to work closely with me, feel free to apply.
On Sunday morning mia_mcdavid and our son James left here for a road trip. They drove to Michigan, to see Mia’s mother and other relatives. I have been alone here, except for the cat, who apparently regards me primarily as her servant. So what have I been doing? Continue reading →
More than two years ago I took an introductory class on the Oracle database management system. Oracle is used in my organization, but not nearly as much as SQL Server, which is where I had been spending almost all my time. My supervisor was an experienced Oracle DBA and handled such tasks as came up. However, she just left, to take a job in the private sector. I have inherited the role of Oracle DBA. She gave me a lot of information before she left, but there was only so much she could cover in the available time. So I have a lot to figure out on my own. Oracle is very different.
Oracle here at work runs on Linux (Red Hat and Suse). All the time I have spent working on Linux at home will now pay off. The Linux support team hers is small (three people), but very good. I am looking forward to working with them.