I have over 20 years
experience in the IT industry, from working in corporate teams
developing and integrating domain-specific database applications, to
independent consulting in data integration.
My strengths include relational database modeling and analysis; user
interface design; object-oriented API development; team communication
and management; and technical documentation and editing.
Work Experience and Activities
Oracle Developer / Database Team Resource Manager at
EC Wise, Inc (2007 - Present)
My responsibilities include client liaison, preparation of technical
design specifications, performance tuning, Oracle database
administration for client QA and user acceptance environments; defining
and documenting team standard practices in development, source control
and release management.
- Re-engineering the build process of our client’s database tier
and enabling clean automated builds of multiple versions.
- PL/SQL development and refinement of platform APIs in the
- Performing code reviews for clarity, accuracy, and performance.
- Repository Steward of the source control system of the database
tier for a major client project, and performing release management
and deployments of version updates to production environments.
- Mentoring database team members in the US and China in technical
issues, and working with Project Managers to prepare project plans
and ensure that development work for our clients proceed smoothly
and to schedule.
Data Integration Consultant, dba Spacefold, for
Bally Technologies, Las Vegas, NV (2005-2007)
- Designed and implemented a web-based portal in .NET 1.1 to show
aggregated data from a variety of disparate data sources throughout the
business, bringing common data together into a composite view, with
expanding and collapsing regions for usability. I ported this to .NET 2.0 in
- Update and migration of various FoxPro systems. Implementation of web
services exposing these systems, and fulfillment of additional
data-mining/output requirements, for external browser- and application-
Software Developer, dba Spacefold, for Microsoft
Corporation, Redmond, WA (2003-2006)
- Designed and implemented new features of Visual FoxPro 9.0, as
part of the Visual Studio Data Team at Microsoft. These features include
language enhancements as well as Integrated Development Environment
enhancements. This work included several phases in separate engagements,
culminating in SP2 in 2007.
Solutions Developer, at Acxiom Corporation, Little
Rock, AR (1999-2003)
My responsibilities included working as an integration engineer in
the Strategic Alliances team, working with development teams at
companies looking to integrate Abilitec and the Acxiom Data Network into
- Presented with an Acxiom MVP Award by Acxiom’s AbiliTec Software Business unit for mentoring
their team on XML messaging API issues.
- Maintained and extended a web service engine that provides a mechanism
for query and update of a hosted Oracle prospect and customer database by
third-party clients using SOAP transactions, using the Tomcat servlet
container and SOAP toolkit components from the Apache Software
Foundation, writing the web services and multi-threaded business
logic in Java 1.3.1, using JDBC and JSP pages for support and
- Installed Siebel eBusiness application server and developed and
documented a set of worked examples or “Labs” (using Siebel’s own
courseware as a model) that walk a prospective Siebel configurator through
the process of integrating Acxiom’s Batch CDI and real-time Solvitur4
Knowledge Broker XML service into a customized Siebel application.
- Co-developed a Java console application that listened for MQ-Series
messages, transformed them using XSLT into Acxiom’s Knowledge Broker XML
request format, and posted the results back on to a response message
queue. Used Java 1.2, IBM’s MQ-Series Java SDK, and custom
Knowledge Broker toolkit code.
- Prepared a proposal for how Acxiom could express their current and
future products in a consistent XML messaging format. Although not adopted
globally across Acxiom, many projects and business units in Acxiom used
this document as a starting point for developing their specific XML
- Designed and maintained a collection of Java
packages, API documentation, and examples intended for integration by
Acxiom and other third party developers to easily access Acxiom’s online
- Co-created and taught a training course on
XML messaging over HTTPS to a customer who wished to incorporate Acxiom’s
real-time data cleansing into their application offering.
- Implemented version 1.3 and 1.4 of Acxiom’s Data Network product, allowing
real-time access to Acxiom’s InfoBase data via XML over HTTPS, using West
Wind Technologies’ WebConnection and Visual FoxPro.
- Awarded a Bravo Project Excellence award for work on the ADN Software Development Kit.
- Designed an improved user interface for Acxiom’s data cleansing wizard.
Implemented the revised wizard using Visual FoxPro, delivering a complete
installation program using InstallShield.
Team Manager / Senior Consultant at
Cornerstone Software, Auckland, New Zealand (1993-1999)
- In addition to being Technical Project Lead on many customer
engagements, I mentored and acted as advocate for other developers
on all Cornerstone projects.
- Lead developer on Accommodata's
original reservation application, taking their existing
data base application and re-engineering it, eventually extending it into
their first online web-based booking engine.
- Designed and developed a client-server application that transparently
switched back-end databases on a single code base using Visual FoxPro and
Microsoft SQL Server. This was then documented thoroughly so that the client who had no previous
experience in either platform could continue to develop and maintain the
application. I presented a session based on this work at a FoxPro
development conference in Frankfurt in 1998. (See
Speaker, at Technical Programming Conferences (1995 -
I have presented sessions at many programming conferences, in the US, Germany, Australia and New Zealand:
dFPUG Visual FoxPro Konferenz, November 2004, Frankfurt, Germany
Advisor/Microsoft FoxPro DevCon, October 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada
Microsoft Visual FoxPro DevCon, June 1999 Palm Springs, California
Visual FoxPro Konferenz, November 1998, Frankfurt, Germany
FoxTeach Visual FoxPro Conference, May 5-7 1996, Toronto, Canada
Ashpoint 4th Australasian FoxPro Technical Workshop, 1995
Technical Article Writer, various publications
I have written several programming articles and had them published in
technical magazines, including
FoxTalk July 1993, Pinnacle Publishing
Inside Visual FoxPro May-Aug 1996, Cobb Group
Fuchs dFPUG Newsletter 1998
Some of these articles are now hosted at
Software Developer at Telecom New Zealand, Auckland,
New Zealand (1989-1993)
Responsibilities included writing requirements, business analysis,
and working in teams to develop and enhance corporate in-house
applications using dBase 3, FoxBASE+, FoxPro, Borland Turbo Pascal, and
FoxBASE for Macintosh.
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical &