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This site is a transcript of my professional notes. I speak many languages... computer languages that is... and it can be troublesome at times to remember it all. So I developed this site mostly for my own reference.

Feel free to browse... some things are not yet complete because they are in the process of being transcribed from the old fashion pen and paper i.e. the volumes of composition note books that I filled one at a time... over the years... as they sat in front of my monitor.

If some things don't make much sense... well... these are my notes. They make sense to me.

NOTE: My spelling... although getting better... is still in the atrocious stage. In the world of programming one doesn't have to be good at spelling... just consistant.

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About Me...


My career in software started back in high school in the late 70's on a teletype wired to a main frame. At the time I wasn't aware of the details other than the school had a 2000th share of the processor.

I spent hours in that Computer Lab. That's what it said on the door... Computer Lab... a half empty storage room with a stand alone teletype and a chair.

I wrote BASIC programs to do stupid tricks like flip a coin 10,000 times. It was a lot of fun... didn't know I was launching a career. Computers have come a long way since then.

Joined the Air Force... always wanted to be a hero... traveled around the world 4 times... worked with VACs systems... some programming. Then one day our fearful leaders dropped $4,000.00 paper weights on our desks. The Old Zenith 150's sporting Intel 8088 processors. Back then you had to have a math Co Processor (the 8087). The rest is history. There was no internet and programming books at the library were scarce. So... had to hit the manuals and figure the rest out.

Windows had not yet come around at that point... Yes it was the days of the Command Prompt!     .... eeeeewwwwww! Command Prompt

For most people... this was like showing Dracula the Cross! Folks feared this little symbol. So... I wrote a lot of menu programs to access word processors, spread sheets and the like... So they didn't have to look at the C Thingy!

For that I was considered a guru, the smartest guy in the room, a true American hero... when... in reality... all I did... was sit infront of the most expensive paper weight in history longer than anyone else!

As I progressed... I already knew BASIC... moved on to Ashton Tates dBASE. Developed a few catalog systems for training, libraries, etc. Once automated the job of an entire eight man shop... I was a real hero there.

It wasn't long before I was developing inter-related systems that cross feed information. Commanders could have relative information at their finger tips to aid in making crucial manpower discisions.

When I moved on to Niklaus Writh's pascal I wrote the DEX... a card contact system that sat in the top corner of your screen (desktop today) to keep track of contacts, things to do, etc. It was fairly simple... an image of 5 cards... using the arrow keys you could move the data which made it look like the cards were moving. Turned out to be quite attractive and a very useful tool. I loved Pascal, very structured.

Experiencing Dennis Ritchies C and of course Bjarne Stroustrups C++ was enlightening. The C style sytax was a breeze. Beleive it or not it is structured similar to Pascal. Although I liked C/C++ and I wrote a significant amount of code... I didn't spend a large amount of time there. At that time I was out of the Air Force and 4th generation languages were easier to build a lucrative career in. So I moved to PowerSoft's PowerBuilder and Tom Siebels Siebel. Unfortunately there was a lot of travel and I was raising children.

After a long time of traveling around the globe... I had my first taste of Java! It was love at first site. Learning C/C++ was a plus. Been doing java for almost 20 years now. The entire foundation that runs this application and many others is all written in java. I still code PowerBuilder but most of what I do is in Java.

Now a days... I develop customized web applications based on the T-Handle which is a frame work I built, all written in java. I have my own data center and I offer web and email services. Thanks to the web... I never really leave the house.

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Site Powered By...


This site is powered by the T-Handle... a device of my own creation. It's written in Java and uses my lds foundation classes.

  • base library lds-base
  • html library lds-html
  • network library lds-ne
  • web library lds-web
  • xml library lds-xml

These classes are not yet complete. New classes are added practically every day. But they do the job.

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Naviguessing Your Way Around...


A couple of things that may help with navigation with the T-Handle.


Content Cells


Each page... regarless of the template being employed... is made up of Content Cells. A Content Cell is an entitly or a topic. Like Welcome or Navi-Guessing Your Way Around.

The Content Cell: contains three seperate parts...

  • Title - the title of the entity or topic, e.g.: Welcome
  • Content - the Content itself, the text, images, etc...
  • Stats - stats about the content, when it was created and last updated
Content Cell Outline

These are a few tricks as outlined in the graphic...

  • Clicking the title will Collapse the Content Cell. Click it again to open it. Some Content Cells are initially displayed in a collapsed state while others are displayed in an open state. As a rule of thumb the newer or more important content is displayed in an open state.
  • Double clicking the title will collapse all content cells. Use this to get to the bottom of the page or to see all the topics in a collapsed state. However, any content that was already in a collapsed state will be opened since it just reverses the state.
  • The Stats (on the bottom) indicate when the content was created (left) and when it was last updated (right). Clicking it will take you back to the top of the page

The Side Nav Bar


The side navigation bar is an outline that illustrates three (3) levels. As you drill down into the topics... To go up one level click the top item.

  • The top level is where you came from...
  • the center level is where you are...
  • and the bottom level is where you can go.

Example:

  • Level I <-- Where you came from
    • Level 2A
    • Level 2B <-- Where you are
      • Level 3A <-- Where you can go
      • Level 3B <-- Where you can go
      • Level 3C <-- Where you can go
    • Level 2C

This gives the user (mostly me) the ability to go back a little bit instead of starting over from the top. Sometimes I forget where I was.

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