BFOIT - Introduction to Computer Programming

Me - a CliffsNotes Bio

I have been working with computers for over forty years.  The first software that I worked on that was used commercially was device independent graphics software in the days when output devices were Calcomp drum plotters and Tektronics terminals.  I went on to work on DECsystem-10 systems software, predominantly on the operating system, TOPS-10.  Most of the interesting stuff I did was in the areas of performance analysis and tuning, cluster configurations, transaction processing, and robustness.

I moved over to Unix as soon as it became available on Motorola's MC68000 processor.  As one of the founders of Inspiration Systems, I worked on the development of a new environment that blended proven mainframe database and third-generation application development tools with emerging productivity tools and technology, e.g. multi-window user interfaces, spreadsheets, etc... I was introduced to and worked on Sun-1 and Sun-2 workstations here.

I joined Sun Microsystems in 1986 as the first Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA.  I moved into SE management in 1988 and had a variety of territories in the Northeast through 1996.  At this point, Sun decided to experiment with market verticalization.  I took on the challenge of building a Systems Engineering team that supported sales into the education market, nation-wide.  It was in this position that I found the topic of technology in K-12 to be intriguing.  I spent my last year+ at Sun (2001) working in this area.

For the last fifteen years I've been sort-of-retired, doing volunteer stuff at BFOIT, researching curricula for introductory computer programming, teaching a bit, reading a lot.  My rock climbing days are over (at least for now) - I'm working on my golf game which is just as challenging.

(bfoitGuy <at> gmail <dot> com)

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