Andrea O. K. Wright on Mon Oct 17 12:01:57 2005

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[PhillyOnRails] Introductions

  • From: (Andrea O. K. Wright)
  • Subject: [PhillyOnRails] Introductions
  • Date: Mon Oct 17 12:01:57 2005

I work with Erin, and I'm helping out with a couple of the Rails projects
she mentioned -- the television station management app as well as the
collaborative language learning tool.

I'm also working on a large Swing/Enterprise Java accounting and
distribution package for a food distributor.

Software development is a second career for me; I had been a journalist.

Growing up, I never imagined I'd go into software development. I had planned
to go into journalism or publishing, and I focused on creative and
expository writing in college. Once it became my job to write, however, it
became a chore.

I thought back to a programming class I had enjoyed in high school. I only
took the course because nothing else fit into my schedule at that time slot.
It was fun, but I never looked into doing more advanced coursework. When
that semester ended I never gave programming a second thought because I
"knew" I wanted to be a writer...until 10 years down the road.

I have been programming professionally since 1994, and it has not lost
***any*** of its allure.

(I go by either Andrea or my initial three initials "AOK")

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Erin Mulder
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 12:54 PM
Subject: [PhillyOnRails] Introductions

Wow.  We're up over 30 people now.  Time to do some introductions and
get to know each other.  Here's mine:

I've been developing dynamic webapps since around 1995 when I started
writing C-based CGI scripts.  Over the years, I've done everything from
Perl to PHP to Cold Fusion, but have spent most of my time on Java.  I
discovered Rails about a year ago and am loving it.  Right now, I'm
working full-time on a Rails app for television station management.

I also try to spend time helping out with Math, CS and Foreign Language
education and have a few projects going on in those areas, including:

 * The development of fun simulation applets and webapps to help K-5
students learn discrete math concepts (mostly Java, but maybe some Ruby
at some point)

 * The creation of a platform for collaborative foreign language
education, where the masses come together to gather, organize, translate
and record learning modules (Rails + AJAX)

  (Both projects can always use more volunteers!)

So... what about the rest of you?  What kind of work do you do?  How did
you get into Rails?  What projects are you involved with?

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