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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Ready or not, here comes my Blog!

Well, after several months of "blog envy" (ie. really enjoyable reading) I've decided to launch myself into the blogosphere.

Hopefully it will be much more successful than my wiki launch a couple of years ago. I think I got about 3 hits in the first 20 minutes and that's about it.

So, stay tuned for weekly (I hope) postings. I'm planning to blog about a myriad of topics but will probably try to stay focused on Visual Foxpro and IT related stuff. I have been employed with Orion Group going on 9 years.

I have been developing with Fox versions going back to Foxbase+ when I worked as a "computer operator" for an RV manufacturing company in 1988. I had a brief encounter with Dbase III+ but then soon discovered Foxbase, and the rest is history. About the only other database development tool I've worked with in that time (other than very limited Access work) was Uniface, which kind of gave me my first exposure to client/server databases as we used Oracle on the backend. This was for a mortgage servicing application.

This has been a very busy couple of years for me at Orion Group. Lots of new projects using VFP 9.0 as well as enhancements and maintenance of existing VFP apps.

This week I will be travelling to a client in Ca. to do a system cutover. I have been supporting them since 1993 when I wrote their first line of business app in Foxpro for Windows 2.5 (not long after it was realeased) We just finished up their second re-engineering project (last time was 1999) which will get them up on VFP9, VFE2005 and SQL Server 2000. They have been running on Fox tables all this time and have never had to purge or archive! Their first app was written in FPW2.6 and I used the Codebook 2.0 framework which I enhanced with my own toolbar icons, etc. The last re-write used VFP6 and VFE5.5 (VFE6 was still in early beta at the time or I would have gone with that) Oh yeah, and they also run Foxfire 3.0 and are eagerly awaiting the release of Foxfire 8. This is just one example of the type of projects I am currently involved with at Orion Group.

We are also keeping an eye on .NET and have been getting some people certified on that platform so we are ready when the right opportunity comes our way for that. In the meantime, VFP continues to provide a very rich development environment. I have also done some .NET interop (both ways) as well as published and consumed XML Web Services using VFP and .NET.

Well, enough about "work". In my "spare" time I am an avid Irish football fan. I live close enough to walk to the games. I've had season tickets the past 4 years and was at the ND vs. USC game which many in the media are saying is one of the best football games they've ever seen. My seats are 12 rows back in the end-zone where Matt Leinert was "pushed" in by Reggie Bush. One moment I will never forget as long as I live. My nephew was the lucky one who got to go the game with me for his 17th birthday.

When football season is over, I like to spend time tweaking my "gamer" PC and playing Battlefield 2 (much to the chagrin of my loving and very understanding wife, Pauline). I play with an online "clan" called "Matureasskickers"

Thanks for visiting and please come again.

- Randy Jean

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

1 comment:

Rick Schummer said...

Welcome aboard the blogosphere train. Looking forward to the posts.