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Posted 14 years ago on 9/27/2006
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I suppose my first post to this blog should be an introduction.

I wear several different hats at Prestwood, but my passions are design and coding.

I've been in love with Borland's Delphi ever since its pre-release. I'd gone to a computing exhibition San Francisco to kick some tires, and pick my development tools for Windows. As it happened, Borland was there - passing out free CDs for Delphi. When I got home and loaded it up, I saw immediately that my world had changed.

At the time, I'd been most recently coding in C/C++, and had no desire to learn yet another language. But Delphi's RAD (rapid application Development) interface - and the blazingly fast compiler - had me hooked within an hour.

I am not, however, a tool or language bigot. While I happen to enjoy Object Pascal, I can certainly see the attraction of C#, VB .NET, PHP, Ruby, and others. If you can become effective in the use of a particular tool, and it gets the job done, it's the right tool for you.

I came to programming by way of being a born "tinker." As a kid, I loved nailing, and bolting things together to make something new and fun - like the catapult I built to rain hundreds of walnuts down on the roof of the neighborhood witch.

No surprise then that, when I began racing bicycles as a teen, I quickly gravitated toward all the adjustments, and tweaks I could to make a bike, lighter, faster, more reliable, more stable, etc.

When I was old enough for an auto, the only one my father would let me buy was a 1938 Chevy Coupe in such bad condition that he was sure I'd never get it on the road. 18 months later, it was fully restored, sported an immaculate paint job, and a slightly "hot rodded," later model engine. With the exception of the machine work on the engine, and an upholstery job, I did the entire restoration myself - which involved a lot of self-teaching in areas like welding, body work, paint, etc.

My penchant for self-teaching has served me well in the programming field. As Mike Prestwood remarked during my job interview, "They don't teach Delphi in college." One of the things I really enjoy about this career is the rapid pace of change. It seems there's something new to learn each day, and every couple of years, there are dynamic and far-reaching changes.

So, what do I do when I'm not at work? Uh, more programming. Like most developers, I suppose, I always seem to have a few pet personal projects on my plate.

But I also enjoy photography, music, the outdoors, fly fishing, and hobby electronics. My wife and I participate in a humble, local garage band. She sings like an angel. I blow a little harmonica - and drive the soldering iron.

So what's it like working at Prestwood?

Awesome!

My boss is probably a certifiable genius - as are several of my colleagues. I most assuredly am not. I have the opportunity to work with some of the most skilled and talented people I've ever known. And, unlike some other workplaces, at Prestwood, everybody is willing to help the other guy up the ladder.

Given the breadth of the skill sets under Prestwood's umbrella, we tend to have many different kinds of clients, many different kinds of projects. One seldom has an excuse to be bored.

So what's to come?

From time-to-time, I'll post stuff that I think might be of interest to other developers, as well as material that may benefit clients and potential clients.

I'll try to monitor responses on this blog, but don't be offended if I don't make an immediate reply: My boss has this idea that I should actually get work done. Imagine.


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Blog Contributed By Wes Peterson:

Wes Peterson is a Senior Programmer Analyst with Prestwood IT Solutions where he develops custom Windows software and custom websites using .Net and Delphi. When Wes is not coding for clients, he participates in this online community. Prior to his 10-year love-affair with Delphi, he worked with several other tools and databases. Currently he specializes in VS.Net using C# and VB.Net. To Wes, the .NET revolution is as exciting as the birth of Delphi.

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