The History Of (My) Coding – Part 7 Pool And Panto

New century, new start. Or in my case, not so new as I returned to familiar ground in the centre of Manchester… Agencies can be a rare and strange breed. Even when you decide that you want to switch contracts they rarely help you, its almost as if they are in denial. This appeared to […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 6 Birdies And Bugs

After three contracts travelling to Leeds, Chester and Oldham, it was a welcome change to head back to the easily commutable Manchester city centre… By Spring 1996 the fashion retailer had ditched Mantis. The 4GL that worked particularly well with the hierarchical database Supra was causing all sorts of problems. Performance, record locks, unfamiliarity; it […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 5 Fantasy Cricket And Cowboys

After years of familiarity it can be a big step out into the unknown swimming with the sharks, but I needn’t have worried. The big wide world of contracting was not exactly a showcase for excellence… I marketed myself as a senior analyst programmer, with skills in COBOL, CICS, VSAM, Supra, and if push came […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 4 Fashion And Freelancers

  Eleven years is a long time to be in the same job. Could I perform as part of a team? Would my coding skills be up to scratch? And what was the beer like in Manchester? The last few weeks of my time at the brewery should have been a period of handover, but […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 3 COBOL, Cricket and a Copper

A few years into my IT career I ditched Assembler for COBOL and hoped that I would never have to go back… COBOL was a revelation. It was horse drawn carriage to motor car, Betamax to VHS, black and white to colour. After the relatively slow and long-winded Assembler, I could churn out COBOL code […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 2 The Punk Programmer

My forty year career in IT blossomed in the late 1970s as I learned a valuable lesson about continuous stationery and undertook my first legacy modernisation project… The seventies were drawing to a close and technology was moving at pace. Actually, if you compare it to technological developments today it wasn’t really moving that quickly. […]

Executing A Legacy Modernisation Project

Introduction Once upon a time your computer systems were cutting edge technology. Your IT department was a shining light of innovation and your staff were young and creative. Now your staff are older, wiser, more experienced, and they need to be because the resource pool to maintain and enhance your ageing technology diminishes by the […]

The History Of (My) Coding – Part 1 Cards And Catastrophes

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2018 sees the fortieth anniversary of my first job. It was in IT – and I never left! To ‘celebrate’ I have delved into my mental history books to illustrate the forty year journey… I was quite bright as a child. Bright enough to be advanced a whole year which meant that I attended grammar […]

GDPR – Helpline Is At Hand!

I have been engaged on GDPR with a variety of clients for well over twelve months, and whilst conferences, webinars and other such events can give you a broad understanding of the regulations, there is nothing quite like working hands on within a business to give yourself a flavour of the challenges and unintended consequences […]

GDPR – In the news

GDPR has not yet hit the headlines in the way that it ultimately needs to. The ICO continues to issue guidelines and yet their communications appear to be buried amongst the multitude of spam and other general email notifications, I have spoken to a number of people who are registered with the ICO, and who […]