Friday, April 4, 2008

Thinking of an opening line

Starting a blog is like trying to convince a girl that there's more to you than a pair of glasses, some ruffled brown hair and a strange grin. What exactly are you supposed to say?

Let's start with explaining what I hope to do here. There are lots of corporate blogs that are either filled by the managers, or their secretary copywriters. The good new for you, is that I am neither a manager, nor a secretary.

During the day I am a software engineer at MIPS Belgium - a leading provider of laboratory information management systems. At the job, I use a mixture of Progress OpenEdge, Java and -to a lesser extent- C/C++.

After hours, I use Revolution - one of the best-kept secrets in software development, it allows anyone with the gift of reason to quickly create an application by dragging buttons and fields onto a card and adding scripts to them. In an easy to understand English-like syntax, not some mystifying combination of dot-notation and enforced object-orientation.

My plan for this blog is to talk about the technology that I work with - the tools that I build and sell to fellow developers, little bits of code that I write to test a feature or just to satisfy my curiosity, but also the books that I read and try to glean information out of that will help me in my daily occupations.

Don't expect multiple posts per day - given my hectic schedule, it is bound to be more or less a once-a-week affair. But then again, I may enjoy writing entries that I will do it more often. You'll just have to wait and see...