Hello everyone from sunny Phoenix. My name is Layne Vincent. While I’m not the newest memeber of the Alagad team I am the newest to the blog-o-sphere.
My career in tag based meta-languages started back in the late 80’s when a colleage asked if I would like to learn SGML. Over the course of the next several years I wrote hundreds of DTDs and FOSI’s (there’s a term you won’t hear much anymore) while also teaching the fundamentals of document analysis and SGML implementation to clients such as Lockheed, Bell South, Alcatel and GTE.
During the mid-nineties I decided that HTML was the wave of the future and being that HTML is just a subset of SGML, it seemed a perfect fit. I went to work for Nortel and while I was there I came upon a requirement for an employee database. After looking around for a good way to implement it I found this new application called ColdFusion. It was version 1.0. Well, after spending my entire adult life wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had finally found it.
After Nortel I moved on to Hewlett Packard where I enjoyed many years of ColdFusion development. One day a young intern named Jeff Chastain walked into my office and asked if I knew of a good language to use to design a web site with a database backend. The answer was obvious and now you know the beginning’s of Jeff’s career in CF.
As many developers do, I decided it was time to go it alone and form my own company. As those of you who are going it alone probably know, it can be both rewarding and frustrating. About a year and a half ago I decided to throw in the towel and sign on with Alltel. Alltel is a terrific company to work for and I have nothing but rave reviews for them. I have a question though, "When Doug Hughes asks you to join his team, how do you say no?". The answer is, you don’t.
So here I am at Alagad, diving deeply into all things OO and loving every minute of it. In the future I hope to write articles on anything and everything I can think of. Hopefully some of you will find them interesting or helpful or perhaps both.
Well, time to get back to work,
See you all soon.