Glen Cooper wrote:
Congratulations skeleton567 on your seniority in programming! Have you worked on mainframes?
Glen, great pun there on the 'seniority'. My career began back in the 60's on IBM 360 and older machines, and later on included Burroughs/Unisys and on to Dec/Vax machines, but in the early 90's moved to the PC world when I got to the Windows environment. Early on I was enthusiastic about the Apple offerings, but soon became disillusioned and never looked back. At one point in the 80's I did go back to a community college for night courses to do a bit of catchup in the mainframe world just in case an opportunity came along. Once I moved into DB design and development, over the years I used DB2, DMS II, Ingres (the worst DB system ever!).
I don't recall the earliest version of SQL Server that I worked with but it was in 1991 when I went to Bandag, Inc, now a part of Bridgestone-Firestone, as my last employer. They were a large IBM installation and were moving into Windows and SQL Server to support remote applications across their world-wide dealer network. The closest I came to mainframes was when I went into our server farm which was next door to the 'computer room'. There was some batch interfacing of SQL Server to it, then using SQL Server Replication to communicate with the dealer servers.
Of course now I am very obsolete in all but the Windows world and fast becoming obsolete here too!
I had a funny experience this morning in a doctor's office where a lady mentioned that she had a few years on me because she was in her 60's. Then I told her I turned 78 last spring!
I really enjoy SQL Server Central because it keeps me in touch with what you all are facing and dealing with now. Otherwise my wife and I regularly share a bottle of our favorite wine on the patio and have lots of younger folks in the 'hood who stop in and visit after their workdays. We have 4 business owners, an attorney, and a Toll Road Commissioner as neighbors. I think maybe they are attracted since I keep a good supply of red and white wine and amber beer. We also have a famous Amish community about 40 miles away that has wonderful smoked cheese and sausage that I get in regular shipments.
Yesterday I ordered myself a new 32" 4K UHD monitor as the second display for my i9 laptop. Yes, SQL was a very good career investment. Life is good for this old programmer.
One of the best days of my IT career was they day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.