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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mentors - [10:03 AM]

Back when I was a youngster getting my feet we as a professional developer, circa 1987, I worked with a super intelligent, prolific, software developer by the name of Jim Hainine. Jim was a jack of all trades, and quite frequently, master of all. He worked on hardware, he installed networks, and developed applications. Our company's software was written specifically for agricultural cost accounting; Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, you get the picture. Jim worked primarily on the General Ledger product, was the only developer on another product (don't remember what it did) that was written in a 3GL called Clarion, and served as my mentor. He was quite good at his job and taught me a lot.

But Jim wasn't always right, 99% of the time yes, but not always. I remember telling him I wanted to create an application that could be used to mass print labels and envelopes. He said something like "Who needs an application like that?" I never did anything about it because I never had the time, I was too busy trying to get a job as a Windows developer, and let the idea die. Jim remembers that conversation to this day, and has even said "Boy, I missed that one."

Anywho, if you have a Mac, and need to print labels and envelopes, here's a nice little application to try. Labels & Addresses from BeLight Software Ltd.

Oh, and Jim, thanks for all the good advice, I learned a lot.

PS - AgData, the company we worked for, is still alive and kicking.

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