Looking Towards Calmer Seas Ahead

For the first time in a long time, as far as soft­ware work is con­cerned at least, I’ve felt more and more like the May­tag Repair­man. After many weeks up to my ears in cus­tomer issues; these hec­tic times may be draw­ing to a close, with more peace­ful waters ahead.

I remem­ber when one of the Com­put­er Sci­ence pro­fes­sors at UAHuntsville once told me that soft­ware real­ly is a machine, though most peo­ple don’t think of it as such. There real­ly are mov­ing parts, and though they are micro­scop­ic; their design makes a huge dif­fer­ence when you start to use some­thing heav­i­ly in a busi­ness crit­i­cal envi­ron­ment. These are the lessons I have been learn­ing first-hand over the past cou­ple of years.

I start­ed out at the job I am work­ing now as a novice, who knew a lit­tle about every­thing; work­ing on a soft­ware project that, while gen­er­al­ly well designed, had some scalability/stability issues in cer­tain areas; as well as some user expe­ri­ence issues which need­ed addressing.

Now I’ve been through some major storms, in a man­ner of speak­ing, and I feel like I can real­ly do some­thing sig­nif­i­cant now. I’ve seen pesky issues arise as our cus­tomers grow; some­times spend­ing weeks track­ing them down and fix­ing them.

In the process of mov­ing through these issues, I’ve learned a great deal about tun­ing up MySQL and HQL (Hiber­nate Query Lan­guage); as well as tun­ing the appli­ca­tion itself. I’ve learned that the most impor­tant place to start opti­miz­ing is the appli­ca­tion itself; because oth­er­wise you are just wast­ing your avail­able resources.

I’ve got­ten into this rou­tine where I hunger for more wis­dom and hands-on expe­ri­ence. Often, when I get a free evening, I’ll go to the soft­ware sec­tion of the book­store, drink cof­fee and absorb as much infor­ma­tion as I can. I real­ly love keep­ing up with the lat­est inno­va­tions. When the oppor­tu­ni­ty aris­es, I like to employ what I learn in the projects I’m work­ing on.
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