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John S. Koziol

Mail: jskoziol4@comcast.net

May 2010 represents a milestone for me. It was 10 years ago this month that I appeared at the DevConnections conference in New Orleans and made some contacts and decisions that dictated the next several years of my life. It was right after this conference that I began, for no particular reason but that I liked the guys, to become closer socially to members of the Fox Team and the support guys in North Carolina. When a Fox Team test position opened up early the following year I was contacted to see if I was interested. I wasn't at first (lol) but push came to shove and I ended up being a software design engineer/test on the Team in June 2001.

I had a blast even though 2001 - 2005 represented a very trying time for me personally. When Mike Stewart stepped down as Lead and I was asked to assume the role things got even more interesting and I did much more than just write test plans and code: I was doing budgeting, work and contractor management, helping decide feature sets and risk assessment, et al.

I haven't done hardly anything with VFP since late 2005. Not by choice but by what people were willing to pay me to do. I see VFPX and all of the community efforts and I'm glad to see it still chugging along. One day, maybe, I'll get a call to jump into a VFP project...man, I'd love that. Until then, I'm developing in .Net and writing a lot of SQL code.

2010 also represents the 25th year since I started serious development work in xBase languages and 23 years since my first FoxBase+ application. Has it been that long???

  • 1979-1982: Part-time independent software developer working primarily on small retail and inventory systems. Apple II and TRS work, mainly.
  • 1982-1983: Full-time systems analyst working on figuring out where AT&T had buried cables and pairs. COBOL, JCL, and punch cards.
  • 1983-1984: Full-time student.
  • 1984-1985: Microcomputer "expert" at Burger King Corp. Was harder than it sounds.
  • 1985-1986: Head "PC dweeb" at a major insurance company.
  • 1986 : Lead programmer for a Brazilian bank. Sucked.
  • 1986-1988: VP of Development for a company that went bust. During that time was also an associate professor teaching basic database and DP stuff.
  • 1988-1991: Independent software developer. Specialized in banking and insurance.
  • 1991-1995: Owner of Nexgen Computer Corp. At it's zenith, a 12 employee consulting firm with cruise industry and financial industry clients.
  • 1995-1997: Independent developer. Worked with NOAA and other governmental agencies. Did a lot of insurance work, too. Also worked on a massive POS project.
  • 1997-1999: Software Engineer/Architect for a consulting firm in Tallahassee Florida. Lots of design and peer review work.
  • 1999-2001: Independent developer. Engineering and insurance work.
  • 2001-2005: Software design engineer/test at Microsoft.
  • 2003-2005: Managing all testing for second half of VFP8 and all of VFP 9.
  • 2005-2005: Commander-In-Chief, VFP Test World Headquarters, MS. ONLY tester for a while, hence the title.
  • 2005-2005: Idiot stepson in Database Explorer testing. Never got the hang of the automation framework they used.
  • 2005-2005: General curmudgeon-at-large as of July 15th.
  • 2006-2008: Team lead for Homeland Security project and I don't want to have to kill you :-)
  • 2008 : Curmundgeon-at-large again.
  • 2008-2010: Software engineer with ASD in Tallahassee. Web projects.
  • 2010- : Software Test Engineer with Ultimate Software Group in Weston, Florida.
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  • ( Topic last updated: 2010.09.27 08:54:39 PM )