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Zac Harlan


    Name - Zac Harlan
    How long have you been coming to CRineta? - off and on for a couple years then got serious about two years ago.
    Where do you work? - J&P Cycles
    What do you do there? - Lead Programmer Analyst

    How old were you when you started programming? - I was a "late bloomer" because i didn't "experience" my first program until i was a freshman in college.  ;-)
    What was your first language? -  C/C++... though I really shouldn't say that because I never got that good with it.
    What was the first real program you wrote? - If you consider college "real" i wrote a pretty neat "High Five" card game in Java.  If first means first paid program it was probably a software licensing tool for Deere which managed just in time scripted installs with available licenses.  It was pretty neat because it used LDAP, classic, SMS, etc...  To my knowledge they still use the thing.
    What languages have you used since you started programming? -  C/C++, Java, Perl, Pascal, ASP, C#, VB.NET, VBA, ABC, XYZ, PDQ, etc...
    What was your first professional programming gig? - I got hired on to work with John Deere at their world headquarters as a software installation script tester, which turned into a script writer.  Wise install master, you complete me!
    If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming? - Yes, in fact i would have had a more focused interest in it.  I went to school to play football so i haphazardly picked out my degree... which led to a degree in computer networking.  Turned out that after college i could only get a job as a mattress salesman or a computer programmer.  I tried out the programming and the rest is history! (Good history that is)
    If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be? - Take this stuff seriously.  If you have aspirations to be a 9 to 5er, pick a different profession.  To be good, it's got to come from the guy.
    What's the most fun you've ever had ... programming? - This may sound corny but I have the most fun writing applications that make someone else's job easier.  That and one time i wrote fizz buzz in boo while sky diving...  It's kind of a toss up.  
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:27 PM | Back to top

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