I have been a Lotus Notes programmer since 1996. I got a degree in Management Information System in college in 1994, and started out wanting to be a Network Administrator. I was working as a hardware/software support tech when I found a higher paying job doing the same thing. Upon telling my current employer, they countered by offering to teach me Lotus Notes Development and give me a nice raise. I took the offer and the rest is history.
I have worked at several different companies over the years including Frito-Lay, Bank of America, and Travelers Insurance in the Dallas, Texas area. Currently I work for Harmons Grocery store in the Salt Lake City area. I had never heard of them before I took the job. They are located only in Utah with 16 stores and an extremely loyal customer base. They are a small private company that is very well run in my opinion.
Early in my career I was extremely motivated to learn new things to help broaden my skills. I took credit classes in Java, C, C#, and Visual Basic. I studied for and obtained certifications, as well as lots of independent study. As I became older and more established I kind of let all that slide to a degree. I started having children, and spent a lot of time fixing up my house. I never did have any trouble finding work, so I didn't worry that my career wasn't really advancing. I guess, to be fair to myself my career did advance. I became much better at project management, customer service, and training. What did not advance, was the technical skills and acronyms that go on your resume.
family blog dedicated to it. In June 2012 after one year on the road, I started looking for work. It did not come as easy as in the past, and I started having interviews without offers which was a rarity in the past. The world continued to change, and I had not changed with it.
Employers were looking for developers who already had XPages experience. I had one that was asking for 4 years of XPages experience. They acted like I was making excuses trying to explain to them that it had only been out for three years at that point. It didn't seem to matter that I had 16 years of Notes experience, all that mattered is that I didn't work with Xpages already. This all was a major WAKE UP CALL for me.
I decided that I had no one to blame for my complacency except myself, and started studying like crazy. I started reading everything I could find on the internet. I discovered Notesin9 videos on YouTube. I bought books and devoured them. I became an IBM certified application developer in version 8.5. My first certification since the R5 update.
After about two months of this, I was able to land the job at Harmons. I was in Bar Harbor, Maine at that time so it was quite a trip from there to get to Utah. I took the job because they wanted someone to work in Xpages but were willing to hire something with out prior experience. The job has certainly not disappointed. I have learned so much in my first six months.
So that is my story, I have decided that I never want to get complacent again. I love learning new things, and hope to share some of them on this blog.
If you ever want to reach me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org