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John Reynolds

John Reynolds is a Santa Fe (as in New Mexico) based programming mentor who has been professionally developing software since 1980.  His primary focus has been on software usability and usefulness, dating back to his involvement with Tandy's DeskMate graphical environment in the late 80's.  Java is his current language of choice, superceding a long relationship with C++ and an early affair with the irrepressible FORTH.


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John Gage's Ad-Hoc Keynote - WCIT2006

Posted by johnreynolds on May 5, 2006 at 5:55 PM PDT

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R.

Security and Privacy - WCIT2006

Posted by johnreynolds on May 4, 2006 at 12:30 PM PDT

One of the three focuses of Austin's WCIT2006 is Privacy & Security, and quite b

Exchanging Innovative Ideas - WCIT2006

Posted by johnreynolds on May 3, 2006 at 11:59 AM PDT

My memories of Tuesday's WCIT2006 Innovation Exchange are a bit of a blur, but it sure was fun. I volunteered to help out, and was assigned to help usher speakers to and from the podium... We started at 8:00 am, and ran non-stop until 6:00 pm... 17 speakers from Texas, Malaysia, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Australia, Canada, and Mexico...

Internet-Access For All - WCIT2006 in Austin

Posted by johnreynolds on May 1, 2006 at 6:08 AM PDT

One big focus of Austin's WCIT2006 is to develop strategies to bridge the digital divide between "Us" (people who are able to read this blog) and "Them" (people who can't access the Internet).

I am an affluent middle-class, well-educated white-guy who lives in a big city in the USA...

The World (of IT) Heads To Austin

Posted by johnreynolds on April 28, 2006 at 11:17 AM PDT

The World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT) is coming to Austin this year... and it should be a lot of fun. This event is held every other year in a different locale (this is the 15th edition).

Teaching Kids to be Thoughtful Programmers

Posted by johnreynolds on April 26, 2006 at 8:18 AM PDT

(Cross-posted at The Thoughtful Programmer)

Today's kids are amazingly creative technophiles...

"Programmer to the Stars" Bruce Tate spotted at swanky North Austin establishment

Posted by johnreynolds on April 18, 2006 at 1:34 PM PDT
Bruce Tate looking disgusted

"What? No Elephant on the menu!?!"

I recently had lunch with "Programmer to the Stars" Bruce Tate at a swanky North Austin establishment...

Product Architecture from a software perspective

Posted by johnreynolds on April 5, 2006 at 2:24 PM PDT

I recently worked with an Enterprise Architecture team to develop a "holistic product architecture" to unify the design of the company's products.

When we began the effort, we quite frankly were not sure what "product architecture" meant, so with the help of Google I did some research and found the following:

Ken Orr's advice to Java programmers (and the secrets of writing good software)

Posted by johnreynolds on March 17, 2006 at 1:49 PM PST

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ken Orr (of Warnier-Orr Diagram fame) to discuss his views on software design and on what programmers really need to know.

In the 1970'

Software for Business People (like my dad)

Posted by johnreynolds on March 9, 2006 at 8:10 AM PST
My father ran a small-town employee credit union in the 1960s and early 70s when most small organizations still used paper to store their records. Information for each account at the credit union was kept on large sheets of card stock.