In high school, I told my dad I either wanted to be a poet, or
a programmer. He told me to take the programmer route, and it's been
a terrific adventure.
I got to work at Digital Equipment Corporation's
Database Research Group while getting my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
from the University of Colorado, and then went on to work at
Hewlett-Packard's database group in California while getting my
Master's Degree in Computer Science specializing in Database Systems
from Stanford University.
I was an active participant on the ANSI and ISO SQL
Committees for Hewlett-Packard, Sybase, Cloudscape, Informix, and IBM.
I researched and implemented relational database systems, object
oriented database systems and object-relational database systems in a wide
variety of languages and platforms. Here's a Tech Report I co-authored on OSQL.
A gem in my crown was developing major
portions of the all-Java
ORDBMS Cloudscape and running several of its release cycles; this
software lives on in the public domain, having been contributed by IBM to
Apache as Apache Derby.
In 2001, I left the technology sector and
diverted to fiber arts. I became a well-known fiber art teacher and blogger,
as Ask The Bellwether. That gave me a terrific opportunity to hone my teaching skills and to be a technology consumer, setting up
my own blog and e-commerce website and developing print publications.
It's great to be combining my fascination with programming with my love
of teaching, here at Olympic College. I look forward to sharing my
industry experience and exploring technology in the classroom.
P.S. Why yes, that is me on the OC Staff & Faculty page.