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NetBeans Day Montreal January 12, 2017 Visit https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/netbeansday/ To Register

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Registration is now open for Montreal’s first NetBeans Day. Unlike large commercial conferences NetBeans Day is a community organized event. It is loosely based around a central theme of NetBeans that supports a very wide range of languages, frameworks and techniques. The event is free to attend (with refreshments) and targeted at professional software developers, students and anyone with a general curiosity. Visit https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/netbeansday/ to see our line up and to register.

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In 1980 I bought for myself the most wonderful toy of the day, the Apple ][+. Obsession followed quickly and by 1983 I was writing software for small and medium sized businesses in Montreal for both the Apple and the IBM PC under the company name Omnibus Systems. In the evenings I taught continuing education courses that demystified the computer to the first generation of workers who found themselves with their typewriter on the scrap heap and a PC with WordStar taking its place.

In 1990 I was invited to join the faculty at Dawson College in the Computer Science Technology program. When I joined the program the primary language was COBOL and my responsibility was to teach small systems languages such as BASIC and C/C++.

Today I am now the chairperson and program coordinator of the Computer Science Technology program at Dawson. The program's primary language is Java and the focus is on enterprise programming.

I like to write about the every day problems my students and I face in using various languages and platforms to get the job done. And from time to time I stray from the path and write about what I plan to do, what I actually get around to doing, and what I imagine I am doing.