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old dog learns new tricks

OK, when I first realized I was going to have to learn how to develop applications with the .NET framework, I was a little scared. After working within a mainframe environment for over 25 years, I thought it would be hard to get a grip on object-orientation and active server pages.

Good thing I just dived in and did it - my first web application went live yesterday. Nothing fancy, just a little screen that accepts two user inputs and runs a stored procedure on an SQL Server database with those.

Of course I still need to learn a lot more to be considered an expert, but I am now confident, that I will be able to learn these things on the job. This is so much fun!  medium_FirstProject.JPG


New Year - New Job



I admit I had been worried when Lincoln Foodservice Products said they didn't need me anymore. Two days before Christmas is not the perfect time to be looking for a new job. Life seems to be at a standstill over the holidays, only your bills keep coming in at the usual pace. 

But, since Lincoln was a temporary assignment from the start, I had been constantly looking for something more along my lines anyways. I strongly believe in never giving up, and I stayed optimistic throughout all of 2006. On my last day at Lincoln I had an interview during lunch hour, for a programmer position with Indiana Tech.

Yesterday I received a phone call from their HR Director. Out of over 50 candidates they had interviewed three - and picked me. I was so excited, thrilled, happy! Finally a *real* job, a career that fits with my experience, skills and personality. January 16th 2007 is going to be my first day. This year is off to a very good start.

Here's where I work now:  Indiana Tech's website


OK - job secured for another month

It took some patience on my part, and some talking on Lincoln's part - but now at least I know I'll have a job to come back to after our trip to Munich.

I'll be a temp for another month, to fill the 1000 hours with Office Team so Lincoln can have me for free. And then, "if something comes open" during that time, I might be hired permanently.

That gives me another month to show them all the tricks I know, and maybe learn a couple new ones. I'm getting a lot of good vibes from people there, we'll see.


I get to wear jeans again

Now that the new office in fabrication is set up, the Merco team wanted me down there, so that I can really help with production planning and scheduling.

It took me half a day to clean my new desk, move my stuff, get the computer hooked up. medium_BoxOffice.jpg

Now I'm right there, where all the fun and action is, inside the factory!

I love it! I'm not alone in a cubicle anymore, there's four very nice guys in here with me.

And the dress code isn't all that strict either - as long as I don't walk around outside the office with open-toed shoes, or without safety glasses on.


once a programmer, always a programmer

medium_excel.jpgIt took Lincoln Foodservice Products, Inc. about 4 months to find out that I can do more than just make copies and mail letters.

Once I had gotten my hands on the project schedule, they wanted me to improve and automate the production schedules and the vacation schedule....... and there's more in the pipeline.

Now, I haven't done much Excel VBA programming before, none at all, to be precise - but with a little help from Tom and doing some reading and playing around with it, I'm getting there.

The main thing is: I'm having fun!

The job isn't boring anymore, my colleagues and superiors seem to appreciate my work more, and I might be securing my temporary job and turning it into a permanent one. 


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