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Hi. I'm S.J. Straith. I live and work (doing temp work <sigh> as I was laid off in March of 1998) in Silicon Valley.

My roommate and I have been building this page for me since before I was laid off [We both have fun playing with handing coding HTML <G>]. Because of this, I can almost guarentee that I will never "complete" these pages <G>. As you can see though I have made some decisions. (Until she tells makes some more, she gets what she gets, and I get to play. - ljl) [Hey! I'm not complaining! We're both having fun, and I'm not paying her for her share of the work. - sjs]

Who am I?

My main interest is database programming on a PC platform. I work primarily in Paradox using Paradox ObjectPAL. (And if you don't think it's a real application language, you've never really tried it. - ljl) I also am no stranger to data input , which helps when it comes to designing functional input screens.

Update on above paragraph. While I am still very much interested in doing Paradox ObjectPAL programming, I have gotten little call for it in the last few years. However, if someone offered me the chance to work with it again, I would happily do so.

However, I am switching over to Delphi, which is Object Pascal in an IDE. (Integrated development environment, not a hard drive controller. ;-} - ljl) It comes with the Borland Database Engine, although it can be used with third party database engines. It can also act as a front-end tool for larger databases, and supports SQL. (She's got versions 1, 2, and 3 in house. - ljl)

Besides the Delphi and Paradox, I am working with both Visual dBase7 and Java, primarily in the form of the JBuilder IDE, (having copies of both helps), just to round things out.

Still not up to a truly proficient level with Delphi And Java *sigh*

I am interested in learning Oracle and Sybase. I believe that my Paradox and Delphi skills will make the cross-platform switch easier, and give me an advantage over someone who has no other database experience. (Short form: "I know some, I want to know them all..." - ljl) [You betcha! -sjs] Happily, I now have some actually training with Oracle.

I have also been building websites for myself and a couple of groups for the last few years. I am presently working on a site for which I will actually get paid. <G>

For those that really prefer MicroSoft software, I also have a great deal of proficiency with MicroSoft Office. I have MSOS certificates in Word and Excel and have done quite a bit of working automating spreadsheets and Word documents using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). In fact I have started putting some of them up on a seperate website called LittleNifties.

As a member of a household full of techies (And a mad scientist or two - ljl), I have access to a great deal of experience and peer support (and nitpicking - ljl) to aid me in my endeavors. I am currently exploring the possibility of working more intensely in the database programming area. (Translation - more fun, more challenge, more $$. - ljl)

Here is my resume . As I said, I was laid off March 1998, so I am definitely willing to entertain new possibilities. (Please, make the time we've spent putting her resume into HTML format worthwhile. - ljl) [Yeah. Especially since we both prefer to code HTML in a straight text editor, it was a bit of a hassle. <G> But fun. <G> - sjs]

Some of my other interests are:
Software (maps, graphics, etc.), reading (science fiction, fantasy and mysteries), singing and occasionally writing.(and bugging me... ;-} - ljl) [snicker - sjs]

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Please come back soon and visit me (And see what we've done to the page now, he, he, he - ljl).

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This page is a cooperative mangling by S. J. Straith and L. J. Laubenheimer , who's homepage can be found here: Laubenheimer Home.

Updated June 13, 2005.