08 June 2019
I am a retired corporate lawyer living in Cleveland, Ohio ten yards from Lake Erie. I got into computers when I went out to buy stereo speakers and they were too expensive and I came home with a Commodore 64. That was about 1982.
In 1985 I read Byte’s review of the Amiga so I got one, started an Amiga user group and started learning to program. I began with C and was the King of prototypes for awhile as prototypes were being introduced into C.
The user group did a group buy of the only hard drive available for the Amiga. Twenty-megs and we thought we would never fill it up!
One of the members of the user group had a business connected to the internet and did a demo for the group. I started getting on the internet with a 1200 baud acoustic modem. No web, only usenet, ftp and mail.
In April 1994, I, and many others, were the first recipients of commercial spam. A couple of jerk immigration lawyers had a solicitation for clients sent to hundreds of usenet news groups (newsgroup spam). I responded to the unwanted post saying that the group (comp.system.amiga) was for Amiga users and the post was unwanted. No surprise, I got no reply.
I like languages and got really good with the Amiga Rexx language. I wrote a graphic front end to the Byte online bulletin board. I used Perl for a long time. Learned HTML from a book while on vacation. I have played around with Java, go, Swift, Visual Basic(oh well), Python, PHP and a few others.
I started using NetBeans when I had my only formal programming training -- a worthless college Java class (pun intended) in 2011. Once the class was over I stopped writing Java since what I was primarily doing was websites.
My development environment is an iMac with CoolBeans, writing PHP based websites using Bootstrap 4, CodeIgniter with MySQL databases on the backend. I use TextWrangler for text editing. I am doing one site using CoolBeans on a Windows 10 machine for reasons that seemed logical at the time.
I am a hobbyist. I really enjoy programming, but I also enjoy duplicate bridge, and gardening. I am a political junkie, but I can’t say I have enjoyed it for the last few years(WTF). I tell my bridge friends that I don’t know whether I would rather play bridge or program. I have about the same number of books for each. But programming gets me out of bed in the morning and CoolBeans is my tool of choice.
I get paid for some of the websites, but that is really more for the site owner’s peace of mind than my desire to make money programming.
I can be reached by email. I am always looking for bridge partners!