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by dHarry (Abbot)
on Jul 01, 2008 at 10:09 UTC ( [id://694914]=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

* To whom it may concern *


I know what you're thinking, punk. You are thinking: "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement... but being this is a .44 Magnum the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?... Well, do ya, punk?!

Dirty Harry (1971)

Well actually, my nickname is Harry and I seem to get all the dirty jobs...

Stuff I worked with:

Ada 95; Assembly; (Q)Basic; C; CL; C++; Clipper; COBOL; DCL; DIBOL; Fortran; Java (J2SE & JEE); JavaS‎crip‎t; LDAP; Pascal; Perl; PHP; Progress; RPG; Uniface; Visual Basic; XML (many vocabularies/technologies); SQL (and dialects, e.g. PLSQL).

Mac OS X; MS DOS; Linux (several); OS2; Unix (SUN Solaris, SCO, AIX, UX); Windows (all); Open VMS; OS400.

Access; DB2; Dbase; eXist; (Open)Ingress; iPlanet and IBM directory server; Oracle; Progress; MySQL; MS SQL-server; Sybase ASE & IQ.

Books I have read and recommend (wild mix)

  • Philosophical Investigations (Philosophische Untersuchungen) by Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Being and Time (Sein und Zeit) by Martin Heidegger.
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku
  • The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
  • Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits, Bertrand Russell
  • The Problem of Knowledge, Alfred Ayer
  • The Game is Up (Les Jeux sont faits), Jean-Paul Sartre
  • IT Architectures and Middleware: Strategies for Building Large, Integrated Systems, Chris Britton
  • Travels in four dimensions: The enigmas of Space and Time, Robin le Poidevin
  • A Briefer History of Time, Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow
  • Perl Best Practices, Damian Conway
  • Phantoms in the Brain, V. S. Ramachandran
  • XSLT Cookbook, Sal Mangano
  • A Critical History of Western Philosophy, D.J. O'Connor
  • Fundamentals of astrodynamics, Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White
  • La Buena Suerte, Alex Rovira Celma and Fernando Trias de Bes
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Fortescue, Stark and Swinerd
  • Distributed Systems concepts and design, Coulouris, Dollimore & Kindberg
  • El vendedor de pasados, J. E. Agualusa
  • The King: Chess Pieces, J.H. Donner
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimization Problems, (lecture notes), Beck, J. Christopher; Smith, Barbara (Eds.)
  • The Art Of Software Testing, G. L. Myers (2nd updated version, 2004)
  • Open Source SOA, Jeff Davis
  • Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, Mlodinow, L.
  • ...


Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.

H. H. Williams

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Robert J. Hanlon

Pointers are like jumps, leading wildly from one part of the data structure to another. Their introduction into high-level languages has been a step backward from which we may never recover.

C.A.R. Hoare

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

Hunter S. Thompson

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don't like my answers, don't ask me questions!


It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

Edward de Bono

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