10 years, and never missed a day

On May 31, 2000, I formally left United Technologies Research Center and joined the Golden Consulting Group (now BIT Advisors) as a full-time technical trainer.  I’m posting now to celebrate the fact that, having just passed my 10th anniversary at a technical trainer, I’ve still never missed a day. 🙂 I spent almost 12 years… Read More

My approach to academic teaching

I recently read a fascinating post by Joel Spolsky entitled “Capstone projects and time management”.  It’s highly opinionated, as usual, but makes several interesting points about teaching computer science in academia. He basically claims that academic computer science doesn’t teach you to use modern tools, or do version control, bug tracking, teamwork, planning, etc., etc.,… Read More

O’Reilly screencasts coming

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a “digital content director” at O’Reilly. He said he was building up O’Reilly’s catalog of screencasts on technical subjects and wanted to know if I wanted to participate. The plan would be for me to come to California, where a camera crew would record me teaching… Read More

Podcast on Pulse in education and training

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a BriefingsDirect podcast about using Pulse in academic and training environments. For those who aren’t aware, Pulse is a product created by Genuitec (the same people who make the MyEclipse IDE) that allows you to manage Eclipse profiles and plugins. I’ve used MyEclipse in my academic courses… Read More

NetBeans 6.1 is a lot better than I thought

This week I’m in New Haven, CT, teaching a class that combines UML and Java Web Services (an odd combination to be sure).  The client wanted to use NetBeans as their primary IDE, and I always try to accommodate that if I can. My last exposure to NetBeans was back in version 5.5, I think,… Read More

Our last, best hope … for message digests?

So I’m teaching my course in Securing Java Web Applications (my third one in the last six weeks) and we got to a section that discussed the MD5 algorithm for generating message digests. One of the students asked, “whatever happened to MD’s 1 through 4?” I simply couldn’t resist saying, “MD’s 1, 2, and 3… Read More

My winding career path

I got a question today about why I left the aerospace engineering to become a software developer and trainer, especially when the aerospace field is so popular at the moment.   I’ll assume for the sake of argument that the questioner is right about the popularity of aerospace engineering.  I don’t know any more, for obvious… Read More