Seeking only short-term Web development contracts where the work is done off site.
- UNIX shell scripts
- MS Word
- MS SQL Server
Contract Web Developer and Technical Writer (2009-present)
Created their Web site: http://www.solemeu.com/
Purple Sage Design
Created and maintained Web sites for their clients:
Wrote developer guides and API documentation.
Rewrote the System Admin Guide for FaxCore 2007, the company's main product.
Quark (2006-2009) - Sr. Technical Writer
Primary duty was to maintain API documentation for various C++, Java,
and C# plugins ("Quark XTensions").
Accucode - Contract Web Developer
This was a brief (three week) contract to perform Java maintenance work
on a large grocery warehouse/E-Commerce system. It was a valuable
opportunity to do full-time Java programming again, after a year of
being primarily a tech writer.
BEA Systems (2005-2006) - Sr. Technical Writer / Programmer
I was a member of the team documenting the BEA WebLogic Workshop
product, an Eclipse plugin IDE used by Java programmers to write
enterprise Java applications running under BEA's WebLogic Server
product. The documentation is installed as an Eclipse plugin. The
authoring tool is Dreamweaver. My specific area was web services, for
which I also write tutorials and code samples. On my own PC, I have
written a web service in PHP that accesses the Amazon web service.
Breakthrough Management Group (2003-2004) - Software Engineer
BMG's main business is consulting and training in the general area of
process improvement, focusing on Six Sigma. I served as the in-house
expert or consultant for Questionmark, a commercial product used to
create online tests for BMG's online Six Sigma Quality courses. I
modified the look and feel of Questionmark and created in-house
documentation on its use, thereby satisfying a previously very unhappy
in-house Questionmark user. I created new reports for ProjX, BMG's Six
Sigma project-management software, using Java, JSP, SQL, and XSLT under
the Cocoon framework from Apache. The ProjX work was done under BEA
Weblogic. I wrote online help, using RoboHTML, for eCourses, BMG's
online course system for Six Sigma. I maintained online help and
manuals for ProjX. I created an IT disaster recovery manual and an IT
departmental policy manual. I wrote a system to send alerts to all
employees by e-mail and AIM; written in Java/JSP; runs under Tomcat,
uses Microsoft SQL Server.
InfoNow Corporation (1999-2003) - Software Engineer
I maintained and developed locators and lead systems. InfoNow's CGI
software is written in Java and JSP. Client data is stored in Oracle
tables, and client access is peformed via the Web. For new applications
for which I was responsible, I designed the table schema and Java
classes and wrote the Java and JSP code. On other projects, I
functioned as a team member, usually using existing tables and classes.
Code used embedded SQL queries. I also used SQL*PLUS to for data
extracts and table and data maintenance. All of this work was done
under Apache Tomcat.
FRx Software (1998-1999) - Technical Writer and Manager
I managed the technical writing group. I created an intranet site for
the technical publications department and encouraged the rest of the
company to use that site to obtain copies of documents. Other
departments subsequently created their own intranet sites. I
reorganized the documents the company included on its CDs, converting
much of it to HTML, and helped the writers who reported to me learn
Qualix (1997-1998) - Technical Writer
I created and maintained an intranet site, including writing CGI
scripts in Perl. I created an HTML version of the Admin Guide that was
shipped with DataStar, Qualix's data backup/replication product. I also
add considerable ease of use and functionality to the HTML manual.
Contract Technical Writer (1995-1997)
I updated the user's manual and the utilities manual for Crystal Ball,
Decisioneering's forecasting/modeling package. I wrote the user's
manual and tutorial for the Windows 95 version of Analytica, a similar
package marketed by Decisioneering and originally written for the
U S West
I wrote user's manuals, operations/installation guides, support plans,
and disaster recovery manuals for a variety of telecommunications
Kapre Software (1993-1995)
I wrote Perl scripts to automate various documentation maintenance
tasks. I maintained the documentation for a C++ toolset. Also wrote
release notes and maintained the style guide.
Contract Technical Writer (1992-1993)
Wild Hare Software
I updated a programmer reference manual for a COBOL compiler.
I updated the user's manual for banking software.
U S West (1985-1992) - Programmer/Analyst
I designed, developed, documented, trained users on, and supported an
information system used to study and report on telephone customer usage
characteristics. I developed numerous small applications to replace
existing manual procedures. Work was in COBOL, Fortran, and C.
Energy Enterprises (1983-1985) - Programmer/Analyst
I maintained parts of the company's oil and gas reserve analysis
program, RAMS, which was then the industry standard program. This
included adding Canadian federal and provincial royalty calculations. I
developed an application to download customer databases from the DEC-20
version of RAMS to an IBM PC and convert them to the database format
used by the PC version of RAMS. Worked on parts of the PC version of
RAMS. Work was in Fortran, Pascal, and PC assembly language.
Contract Software Developer (1980-1983)
I redesigned, developed, trained users on, and maintained an
I designed and developed, and trained users on, a system dealing with
medical referrals. Work was in COBOL and Focus.
I designed and developed a system to track, report, and balance
employee expenses and vendor invoices. I designed, developed,
documented, trained users on, and maintained a system to record and
report on geological samples for the processing lab. I maintained a
commercial project planning/management package (including converting it
from IBM to DEC). I performed feasibility studies of available
commercial packages and data-processing services. Work was in Fortran.
Climax Molybdenum (1980) - Programmer/Analyst
I wrote extensive specifications and functional requirements documents
for a proposed information system for geotechnical data collected in a
mine. Work was in Fortran.
US Mine Safety and Health Administration (1974-1979) -
I performed theoretical investigations and design, analysis, and
programming on ventilation modeling, slope stability, water network
balancing, water tank simulation, rock movements, and geotechnical
simulations. Maintained various health and safety data bases and report
programs. Developed a system for inventory, billing, and employee time
reporting. Developed report programs to reconcile two different health
and safety databases. Work was in Fortran and COBOL.
Martin Marietta (1971-1974) - Aerospace Engineer
I performed navigation error analysis for Viking Mars program. I was
part of the team that developed the deorbit burn targeting software for
Viking. Work was in Fortran.
NASA (1967-1971) - Aerospace Engineer
I performed navigation error analysis for Apollo Lunar program and
Viking Mars program. I was a member of the committee formed to review
available instrument landing systems and choose one for the Shuttle
program. Work was in Fortran.
B.A. in mathematics and physics from Indiana University
M.S. in mathematics from the University of Houston
Weeklong intensive Java course at Sun Microsystems in Broomfield,
Various in-house courses in commercial software packages (e.g., SAS,
FOCUS, ORACLE), and in telecommunications, statistics, orbital
I am the author of numerous published novels and one non-fiction book on solar energy.
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