Michael W. Durthaler

Tosh, Michael J michael.j.tosh at lmco.com
Tue Apr 8 17:41:25 UTC 2008

welcome!  For me, the trick to Perl was figuring out all the shorthand
stuff.  Like knowing that s/something/else/ig; on a line will change the
$_ variable, which can come from a function argument.  Or sorting hashes
in unique ways, I still don't get that syntax yet.
Good luck.


From: developers-owner at bugzilla.org
[mailto:developers-owner at bugzilla.org] On Behalf Of Michael Durthaler
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 1:21 PM
To: developers at bugzilla.org
Subject: Michael W. Durthaler

Dear All,


I'm the new kid on the block and need to make myself known.


What I'd like to help out with is clearing bugs to start with and coming
up with hopefully clever ideas after I'm fully on board.


I've done work on Dot Net Nuke modules, which entails what you folks
call the Module Control View but as usual with Microsoft and .Net, they
have their own name for it.  In a nutshell, I've spent the last 2 years
working a bit with Windows solutions but mainly Web Applications, from
the database end to the "view" end.  I'm quite well experienced in SQL,
would love to learn Oracle and MySQL.  From using the abstraction
structure in DNN (View, code behind, data provider, controller, SQL data
provider, etc.) it's easy to see how and why your code is laid out as it
is.  By the way, this is very neatly and logically organized. Kudos, my
new friends.


I do like to hear back if my submissions are error-free so please info
me not only when changes are needed after submission of patches or files
but please let me know when things are OK.  This allows me to fully take
my attention off an item and really focus on the next one.


As far as computer skills, my typing speed is 42 WPM plus, I'm
experienced with Visual Studio 2005 (.Net 2.0 framework), visual basic.
I've done work in DOS itself but it's been over a decade since I've used
it so some kinks are showing up :-).  I did office solutions for a
company called Axiom International as part of my work setting up their
sales backlines.  I was not the techie at this point but did set up
their Windows solution for sales, faxing from the desktop, emailing from
the desktop, etc.  This was from 95 to 97.


After this, I took work with MC Test Products from 1997 to 2003 and
designed circuit boards for a living.  I worked on AutoCAD versions 12,
13 and 14.  I was also involved a bit with it's coding and have some
knowledge of Auto LISP.


>From 2003 to 2006 I took on other work after the .bomb crash and a
friend of mine talked me into programming with .Net, from there to now,
here I am.


I bring to the table excellent communication skills as far as wording
menus and pages in solutions.  The Center for Sales Strategy
(www.csscenter.com <http://www.csscenter.com/> ) is one client that the
company I contracted with had me do extensive maintenance work on.
Their CEO is the author of a major book on sales, Close Like the Pros so
from his rather arduous input on changes needed, graphics styling, very
demanding work on phrasing and so on I got used to grammar in the
strictest sense of the word.  It was a hard adjustment but worth it as
the person is an excellent author so I learned it right. (Steve Marx is
the gentleman's name, by the way)


Other than that, when I do created a solution I'm a neat freak with how
I lay the code out.  I like things to really work well and will tweak
the daylights out of a piece of code until I really am happy with it.
My experience up until now has been more with maintenance than creation
of whole new ideas so this is a bit new to me.


So far but it's only been a week or so, I find the sense of humor,
attention to quality, organization and so on with this group very
positive.  I think I'll continue to find this and I like the atmosphere
of the group.


Feel free to mail or contact me at any time.  Perl is a new language for
me but I studied C at one point so it's not totally unfamiliar.  Having
worked with the basic coding tools in VB (Visual Studio), the techniques
in Perl are actually easier, I find because Perl is intuitive and has a
no-limits philosophy behind it.  I find with the way it's taught when I
get to the end of a chapter I can actually USE it because frankly, it
makes more sense. (Not that I'll give up Windows, VB, DNN and so on -
it's just too much fun!)


I would love to hear back from anyone in the group and make new friends.
Let me hear from you - please don't let this go un-replied to! :-) (I'm
just too sensitive a guy, I guess)


It's great to be on board - blame Max Kanat-Alexander for me being here.




Michael W. Durthaler

Durthaler Tech Services

.Net Solutions

PO Box 4236

Newark, OH 43058

mdurthaler at sbcglobal.net

740 739 4311 - Desk

740 739 4498 - Laptop


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