After the Y2K project I was made redundant - My time with mainframe computing was over.
Employment services said that my career was over and that I would never find work in the IT Industry again without a degree.
Being self taught this did not put me off - I took a course in C Programming and with the help of Richard Gilbert and Charlie White learrnt ASP.NET.
That should have been enough to secure me a position as a trainee programmer but it proved not to be the case.
My vision was that the world would change and that on the horizon something would arise that empowered the home user.
My career with ASP.NET was short lived - I did not like the grid that I was using and I tried to get Richard and Charlie to come up with our own standards. I failed - and I have spent 21 years trying to get Richard to do the 3 basic transactions that I need to become a SQL Server Designer. The transactions are simple - A database addition, a database amendment and a database deletion but it is the style of transaction which is thwarting me and it is the reason why Universities do Full Stack IT Courses.
My situation today is that I started looking at MVC - Had a little success with creating views but failed integrating raw White As Milk HTML pages. I struggled until I read the book that Richard supplied on MVC which stated that it was not an extension to ASP but something entirely new. I opted not to read further in the book and left it within chapter one.
My theory being that as a Business Analyst with tools like google forms I can be a hyper effective designer and leave the technical build of SQL Server Transactions up to the true programmers - who with artistic licence can create something magical.
Anyway in 2000 I left the IT industry to start a career in marketing - I obtained a reasonably well paid job.
A divorce in 2002 took me out of the IT game totally - any hope of getting a job as a trainee programmer had to be put aside with two mortgages to maintain.
But my interest in IT never failed - By now I was stacking up second hand computer books and I had networks of PC's in my home. But I continued to fail on becomining a programmer. Richard had moved away and my brother Paul was not showing any interest in me - which was upsetting as I started Paul off in his career as a programmer by showing him Jackson Structured programmming when we truied to develop the game monopoly on the commodore pet.
Throughout the last 21 years Richard and Paul have been there for me when I have had technical queries but the have not devoted any time to progressing my agenda.
As predicted the world did change when the Microsoft Blog came out circa 2004 - I might be wrong by the year but by 2007 Wordpress had appeared and social bookmarking with Deliceous and I was empowered to Develop SSNA.
SNA was IBM's System Network Architecture - The term SSNA now refers to Structured Social Networking where the use of tools like Webadore, Wix. Wordpress, Protopage, Facebook and instagram can be used to perform function.
I can not recall the year that Google forms arrived but that tagged the end of me wanting to become a programmer. The use of google forms now allows me to do SQL Server Design. And to that end I have formed a company called Foundation Consulting.
Now it should be simple we should be able to prototype solutions using google forms - there will be a time when Microsoft or Google or Apple will create functionality to update a sql table and have amendment / deletion transactions - now that really will upset the applecart.
Sadly we have not got to the stage yet where Richard is taking on Google Design - he is still insisting on specifications - some sort of Flow Specification which we are still in the process of refining.
I really need to think of a new name for this methodology - I have used the term Pegasus Agile and Phoenix.
I think i will go for the term Phoenix now i have learnt how to spell it.
So from now we will call the process of turning a Google Document into a SQL Server Transaction - Phoenix. to celebrate my return to the IT Industry as a Sysems Designer once more which was what Sodexo employed me as.
With the support of my great friend Richard - Ex Sodexo and persuasion to get Paul onboard we should do great things together.