Chair Pros 2002 –Present
Chair Pros is a company that sells and services ergonomic office equipment, including chairs, workstations and accessories. The target markets are facilities that require high-quality 24/7 equipment at emergency centers and call centers.
- Complete design of site: look-and-feel, organization, UI and back end
- Product price lists are integrated with proprietor’s Excel methodology
- One version for Browsers: iE 6-7, Mozilla/Netscape, Opera, Safari
- Custom shopping cart that integrates with email and a quotation system
- Custom leasing form that uses client-sided cookies for form restoration
- Credit card processing
- Animations throughout the standardized product displays
TQ Systems 1984 – Present
TQ Systems is an ongoing project which I originated at the advent of microcomputer technology. The flexible engine incorporates a design for automation of conversations, data collection, forms, or virtually any user interaction. It has broad application for desktop, client-server and web applications.
- Sold first systems for taste-testing of foods in 1985. I was a VAR for HP.
- Original system used HP Touchscreens for collection of data
- System includes data maintenance, statistical analysis and graphing
- Used for a commercially successful shrink-wrapped desktop application for planning (see Dynamic Pathways below)
Rick Graves, Videographer 10/2011 –Present
- Artistic look-and-feel defined by the artist
- Displays all use "overflow:hidden," creating a Metro-style appearance
- Images of any size can be displayed at original resolutions using a flexible mouseover scrolling method
- Videos are displayed using HTML 5 and Flash fallback when necessary
- The entire layout is altered by the client's video display capability
- Image presentations of all types are contained on single page
- Image and video selections are changeable by the artist using a text processor
Enrica Marshall, Printmaker 01/2012 –06/2012
Existing web site was entirely rewritten to improve displays and facilitate the changing of images.
- Artistic look-and-feel defined by artist
- Images and thumbnails of categories are displayed according to the visitors display capabilities
- Image and video selections are changeable by the artist using a text processor
Rob Gage, Photographer 09/2008 –Present
An existing Flash site was converted to HTML 4.01 for efficiency, economy and ease of altering individual images.
- Artistic look-and-feel retained
- Category selection and image presentation contained on single page
- Categories and images are changeable by the photographer's staff using a text processor
LA Envelope 09/2009 –03/2011
LA Envelope is a company that converts printed paper into envelopes.
The stacks of printed paper stock are received from printers and processed with cutting, folding and glueing machines. Their web site was designed to provide online sales, orders, credit card processing, and service.
Various conversion options are displayed and information is collected. When paid, the customer is given a bar code that is associated with each order. These facilitate on-line progress reports and emails upon receipt of substrate, processing and delivery.
- Uses built-in .Net/SQL security.
- Created 3of9 barcode fonts
- SQL with stored procedures
- Progress reports include past and current projects with status
HarborObjects, LLC 09/2006 –03/2007
HarborObjects is a Microsoft Partner software development firm. Blending progressive, state-of-the art emerging Microsoft technologies with established .Net web applications.
- Worked on several web application projects, including a presentation system for a training company and an in-house tracking and accounting system for a manufacturer of window coverings.
- Wrote and optimized for .Net v2.0 CLR using VB.Net, C#.Net, ADO.Net
- Database: SQL with stored procedures
- UI: Web application development: HTML, dHTML, CSS, Ajax, IIS
- Used both MS run-time and W3C v3-4.1 HTML controls
- ADA guidelines were used when practical
- In all cases, W3C standards allowed one version for all browsers and one CSS
- Role definition & differential access rights with SQL mapping & .Net security
- Master Pages, Business Layer, GridViews, DetailViews, etc.
- .Net development provides for simple use of one form per page, without simple control over the quantity of data that routinely makes a round trip. Consequently, there are many opportunities to increase efficiency by implementing many of the programming decisions that have been a priority in the use of "block mode" forms since the IBM 3278 terminal of 1975.
- Ajax is an emergent technology that attempts to transparently deal with the above client-sided issues. Recall that using .Net routinely posts all form definition criteria for each page, unlike most traditional block-mode systems.
- The original white papers of 1999 regarding .Net emphasized using the browser as the transparent container for client-sided threads of asynchronous execution, similar to the Apollo Domain of 1977. Version 3.0 of .Net appears closer to realizing this goal. We will hear more about smart clients in web apps. The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a similarly interesting library of wrappers to make browser-based applications emulate desktop applications. The GDI of Win32 now uses DirectX, so WPF can be expected to provide hardware acceleration to client-sided graphics.
Gemshow-Online 5/2003 –4/2005
Gemshow-Online is a B2C web site for jewelry. I have been intermittently involved in backend integration and operations. The proprietor is another IT consultant that I met when we were both working for the same client.
Visual Studio, VB 5.0 for the legacy IBM DB2, sockets, sockets2, FTP
- Provided a desktop application
- Located at the site of fulfillment, operated by shipping personnel
- Uses VB asynchronous methods for sockets using FTP protocols
- Download of customer orders from a Unix server to a Windows network
EEE Chairs 03/2004–06/2004
EEE Chairs was an experimental use of novel product identification
- Complete design of site based on customer’s requirements
- Designed a 3-color brochure coordinated with the web site
This was an extended prototype system for online presentation of products and public interaction. Business problems at the company prevented them from carrying out any of the prototypes. Some of the material can be seen at my web site.
- Designs for site based on customer’s taste and products
- Developed the use of rendering standard patterns onto different products
IWay Software 03/2003 –07/2003
This Manhattan software company is part of Information Builders (IBI). They enlisted my help for an adapter to organize HIPAA and HL7 medical data.
XML, xpath, Java, CCOW, meetings and documentation
- Reviewed requirements for XML HL7 migration from HIPAA
- Identified similarities and differences in data requirements
- Provided synopsis of political considerations for practical sales approach
VentureABC.com 10/2001 - 09/2002
This was a design and implementation that was for a portal for those who apply for patents and trademarks. Related products and information services could be sold on line through a membership program.
- Project plans and objectives
- Continual adaptation to client’s objectives and requirements
- SSL and credit card processing
- Downloading of purchased products
- General displays of patent information
- Automated feeds from the patent office to maintain local data for searches
County of San Bernardino, Information Services 04/2001 - 07/2001
Modified and created a portal website for the San Bernardino office of the Jobs and Employment Development Department (JESD). Services in their one-stop centers were represented, including the California State Employment Development Department (EDD), and new business development. There was a job board for locally posted jobs that included interfaces for people seeking and offering jobs. Informational screens were included for services, activities and programs offered by the county.
- Managed team of programmers and a graphic artists
- Frequent meetings with end users
- Regular use of an alpha site resulted in daily reviews of progress
- Emphasis on ADA compliance
Gauss 12/2000 –03/2001
Gauss is a turnkey provider of integrated business interfaces and document processing. They contracted for a method to collect and distribute information to truckers on the road. Kiosks were distributed at truckstops with touchscreens and keyboards.
Microsoft Visual Studio V6.0, Visual Basic, Win32 API, GDI, Borland C/C++ version 6.0, OWL (Borland Object Windows Library), Gauss/Opentext middleware libraries, RAS, Perforce Source Control
- I modified and wrote executables with C/C++ for code that was downloaded to kiosks for UI presentation and form collection.
- MS VB code was designed and written to allow trucking companies to create and edit presentations guiding truckers through the process, using the Kiosk programming.
- The core Gauss library methods handled the copy machines, fax interfaces and document processing in each kiosk used for sending and receiving documents on the road: Bills of Lading, Invoices, Schedules, Orders, and other forms of operational information.
SEI Information Technology (SEI-IT) 05/2000 –12/2000
This Chicago-based consulting firm had 60 staff developers in a Los Angeles office. Although they are a Microsoft Partner company, projects included a wide variety of platforms ranging from classical MS/SQL to EJB.
- Reviewed requirements and wrote proposals
- Met with clients and developers
- Interviewed candidates for employment
- Participated in many technical meetings among the staff
- Previewed emerging .Net technologies
- Used the Rational Suite for prototype development
Medipro (HealthELink.com) 01/2000 –05/2000
A startup funded by an HMO sought to use numerous tool to integrate data from and for hospitals, clinics, insurers, patients and pharmacies.
Microsoft Visual Studio V6.0, Visual Basic V6.0, Visual Source Safe, ANSI X.12: 350, 362, UB-92, HL7, HIPAA, Access, SQL
- Designed ANSI X.12 output from UB-92 and various other forms
- Assessed patterns of usage and user responses
- Implemented screen scraping as an interface to a hospital
- This start-up was applying for and received second-phase financing
Pacific Data Technologies 03/1999 –12/1999
This startup was the data center for thirty-six companies specializing in government records that were purchased and integrated. Assessor’s real estate data was gathered from each county. It was parsed, normalized and placed in a SQL back end for access in web applications.
Microsoft Visual Studio V6.0, Visual Basic, VBA, Microsoft SQL server with stored procedures, t-SQL, Access, Foxpro, COBOL, DataJunction, Brio, Word, Excel, Lotus
- Devised parsing methodologies to extract components of the raw data
- Wrote a large manual for Data Warehousing of these extremely variant data sources. Instructions, hints and snippets provided clues from experience on how to parse for specific address and name information. This became a reference for the dozens of production programmers who processed data.
- Used DataJunction for most adaptations
- Wrote desktop applications in VB for many data sources
ForeignLadies.com 11/1997 – 12/2003
This traditional catalog business made a transition to providing services on the internet. Initially, I provided programming services full time, and was later contacted periodically for advice and troubleshooting.
Microsoft Visual Studio V5.0, Visual Basic, VBA, Access, ASP and VB desktop, IIS, HTML
- Wrote desktop applications in VB version 5.0 to qualify and repair data.
- Wrote and modified the web presentation portion of ASP/HTML code