I got a private comment asking me about the “seven years of experience” I talked about in my previous post. Let me explain what I do and do not count:

  • I do count the time I worked for MiniSAT, now defunct, in France, as Directeur des Systèmes d’information – a title far more pompous than the work I did, which was that of a network admin and team lead for a small team of Perl and PHP programmers;
  • I do count the time I worked for Harvest, in France, as Ingénieur de Développement C++, where my job was to maintain a modular framework for their calculation engine while writing a new one and helping the rest of the team out with their C++ questions
  • I do count my job with Optel Vision, in Québec, where I have worked as an Programmer-Analyst, Analyst, Team Lead, Project/Program Manager and (now) Chief Software Architect
  • I do count my work with Vlinder Software, which I run
  • I do not count my work with Real Life Systems, which is the previous incarnation of what Vlinder Software is now, but which was far more like a hobby than like real work.
  • I do not count my studies, nor any of the internships, research projects or other phytopathology-related work.

In much the same way, I do not often mention that I am a published poet, that I write fiction and that I study Christian theology. When I say “seven years of experience” I mean “seven years of making a living doing software engineering”.

About rlc

Software Analyst in embedded systems and C++, C and VHDL developer, I specialize in security, communications protocols and time synchronization, and am interested in concurrency, generic meta-programming and functional programming and their practical applications. I take a pragmatic approach to project management, focusing on the management of risk and scope. I have over two decades of experience as a software professional and a background in science.
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One Response to Seven?

  1. Paercebal says:

    I can and do confirm about the time Ronald spent at Harvest.

    I, as a developer, was part of the team he helped so much, sometimes despite itself… Ronald understates his contribution, here: The performance issues of our application were critical, and Ronald did bring us useful insights, very needed experience and solutions.

    Ronald, I did learn much in the few months you were with us, and much of my current knowledge of C++ is based upon what I learned with you.

    Thanks, and Hi from France !

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