The name ZebSoftware comes from the Zebulon Sunflower, which has an amazing geometric pattern that exposes the power of phi, or the golden ratio. Ta'boot, I live at the base of Pikes Peak, which was named after the explorer Zebulon Pike. I use the golden ratio in building websites/software user interfaces, and Pikes Peak keeps me fit by hiking around/over it.
- Security1st. Help keep the internet, software, and/or your privacy safe.
- Deliver uniform, reliable, and maintainable software.
- And, always do your best!
I'm a software developer looking for work. I started writing software in 1990 after receiving a BA in Mathematics with Computer Science Emphasis from Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO. In the year 2000, I received a C++ Object-Oriented Programming Certificate from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO.
If you're in need of software or website design, development, and/or support then please
I started writing C and x86 assembly code for Softronics that developed a communication and terminal emulation application (Softerm) bundled with IBM's OS/2 and also ran under Windows 3. Highlights: I developed a script based OS/2 and Windows dialog formatter that followed the IBM CUA (Common User Access) standards and supported multiple languages. I received a huge bonus in my effort to get our product converted and released into 14 different languages. I stayed with this job for 6 years, but had to move on after the pc, UNIX, & Windows Servers overtook the mainframes/terminals.
I then moved on to testing tape drives for the Quantum Corporation, and stayed with this company for 12 years, until the magnetic tape gets replaced with cheaper hard drives and solid-state disks.
Serving as lead software engineer (10+ years) for Quantum's “Ongoing and Reliability Test” software, I tested SCSI tape drives & libraries, solid state disks, and disk backup systems. This tester software under my development started running in 1 reliability lab and then grew to become a critical required tester for design, engineering, process, production, and customer verification testing. This software was purchased by at least 2 other companies and ran worldwide. It had to be bullet-proof to provide critical data for timely executive decision-making and had to run for months on end without stopping. It was written in C++ and used Windows SCSI pass-through (SPTI) over SCSI, Fiber Channel, SATA, SAS and USB hardware connections. The ‘real-time’ output test data was communicated to a Windows server application, using Winsock 2 packets, which then stored it to a SQL Server database.
Commentary: I developed this software to be reliable like its objective on testing our products. My favorite company offered-class was the SCSI Nuts and Bolts class. I enjoyed the 1's and 0's, the big-endian, little-endian, and the SCSI spec.
I designed and developed .Net component library to provide a SCSI protocol for all internal Quantum applications from product design to production testing. This software was written in C# and script driven from sending a complex SCSI mode sense command to a full and verified bit by bit write/read tape. The second component communicated to the CRL class library was a Win32 dynamic linked library (DLL) written in C++, which communicated the SCSI commands using Windows SCSI pass-through (SPTI).
I was team lead developer of a multi-threaded C++ Windows application to automate, control, and monitor up to 48 DLT tape drives ‘simultaneously’ running a 96 hour confidence test using the COMM (RS-232) interface on 1 pc. A script engine was included for controlling the tests with encrypted scripts written by the process engineers. Components to this application included test status updates to a central reporting application through a socket connection, which in turn talked to hand held devices used to instruct the operators of tests requiring their attention; COM based interfaces to VB and VC++ executable's for the GUI; data collection.
What I've learned:
- Develop with quality. Which means the software needs to be reliable, consistent, maintainable, and secure. To achieve this means to develop tidy ‘bullet-proof’ code in a ‘as is required’ secure environment and then test, test, and keep testing. Testing not only enhances your skills for coding but always improves the interface. When editing other people's code try to stick with their style, which in turn improves your style.
- Design with the top-down method. Shoot for the stars…and then discuss the feasibility, time and money. Research many possible methods to reach the goals. Then draw a blue-print.
- Develop from the bottom-up. Get the nuts and bolt's working then continue up from there. This allows the development process to test the important components as your building and testing on top of it.
- Design your interface using phi (Golden Ratio). From nature to buildings the Golden Ratio is just pleasing to the human eye. Add comments while coding and logging/tracing capability throughout the source code.
- Recognize not to let time and/or money overtake security. As displayed recently, the risk of security is unmeasurable. As technology advances and hackers evolve the security should continue with support and updates.
- Keep it as simple as possible. When possible, always use the core/native/default/built-in components.
What I'm looking for:
- A challenging software/website design/development/or support job
- Supporting or maintaining older software
Over a year ago, I volunteered to support the local Women's Resource Agency's website after I learned they were paying $100 an hour for updates and/or changes. That's just not right for a non-profit agency that is only trying to give back to the community. The good news for me was the fun and challenge I was having learning about website maintenance and updates. So I created the company ZebSoftware to find and/or create more work for that is also my passion.
I also learned from the Pikes Peak Women group about the need for a “capture in one place” our local community work, responding to our recently changing political environment. Within 3 weeks, I created/published this website Pikes Peak Social Activism Calendar. To respond quickly, I used the Joomla content management system, complemented with a free version of the dpCalendar extension. This website tackled the initial objective: however, I'll continue to make improvements and upgrades. We now have over fifty registered users creating events.
However, this too was a volunteer job. Now, I need to find a “fair trade price” paying job.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado