Stephen Williamson
Unit 1, 103 Kempsie Road (click here for a Google screenshot)
Upper Mount Gravatt Brisbane Queensland Australia 4122


E-mail steve@swcs.com.au
Web Page www.swcs.com.au

Personal www.swcs.com.au /myspaceclassic.htm
Close Business Ties since 1986 with Bruce&Gail Riddel now IT Integrity

World view Timeline at the close of 6,026 years: Sep 30 2008
Recorded history: Free Will & Hidden design: 5,995 yrs of man, 31 yrs Son of God
Genesis 45: 9-11 "Come down to me, do not delay — for there are still 5 years of famine"

6,027 yrs approaching 2010
= 2,513½yrs Eden→Exodus
+ 1,000yrs Exodus→Egypt
+ 2,513½yrs Egypt→Eden
at Garden City 6,027 yrs
This is Australia

2 Timothy 2:11-13 "A faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
If we endure we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
If we disbelieve yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself"

Steve's Business Background
Eric, father, was an NCR cash register and accounting machines sales account manager, systems analyst, employer & educator 1956-1981.
1968: Grade 12 at Brisbane State High. Studied languages and economics.
1969: Back Office Clerk / trainee accountant at Wallace Bishop Jewellers.
1970: Money Market Clerk / trainee accountant at Pioneer Sugar Mills Ltd (overseeing, boy, "millions" of dollars with wining/dining etc).

1971-
1975
Mainframes & Mini-computers: with 2015 now my 44th year as a professional programmer. See one definition. First 15 years included 7 versatile years of writing in COBOL.

COBOL, click here for those unfamiliar with its inventor, is an early "natural English" language that gained widespread acceptance, and currently supports over 70% of business transaction processing worldwide. Click here for an article in the Australian. It has 90% dominance in global financial transactions and is also widespread in insurance, airline administration, and government infrastructure. It is a third generation (3GL) language, one of the six languages whose standards are set by ISO/IEC — the other five being C, C++, Fortran, Ada and Prolog. They have 20 participating member countries and 24 observer member countries click here. These contrast with other later 3GL (and 4GL) languages, with their corresponding run-time systems or "virtual machines" built via C and C++ compiled executables, e.g. Java, now owned by the Oracle Corporation.

Click here for a brief summary of 1, 2, 3 and 4GLs.

As a bynote, click here for some stats in answer to the question "Is there still a market for COBOL skills/developers?" The $2 trillion said to have been invested in these English-like, business-oriented COBOL systems over 57 years does play its part. And well written code is both straightforward and robust, explaining why banks depend on it so much.

So, working at Pioneer Sugar's Brisbane office and under tutelage from Arthur Andersen & Co, wrote a Financial Modelling application in COBOL that produced 10 year management reports: Balance sheets, P & L, and Cash-flow analyses, using data on punched cards to serve as the input for the forecasting required. It was an early "spreadsheet" type of application, employing that "Kiss" principle (as much as possible), Keep it simple, stupid . It ran at local Brisbane computer bureaus for a number of years, initially on a Univac 1108, later a CDC 6600. Then, transferred to their North Qld offices and liaising with Townsville software contractors, computerised the canepay and payroll office systems using Basic Plus when the company purchased a DEC PDP-11/40.

In 1976 took a four year sabbatical from the computer world see further details in Christian Retailer section below.

1980-
1982
Employed on NCR mini-computers and writing in COBOL in an interactive multiprogramming environment, adapted Property Rates, Cash Receipting and Debtors applications for various Local Government Councils. Trained Council staff throughout Qld & NSW.
1984-
1986
dBASE II. Transition. In April 1984, contracted to develop a database for Human Resource Management on a $10,000, single-user, IBM XT (hard disk) computer . At Christmas, contracted at Myers Indooroopilly to develop a multi-user customer database using Digital Research's Concurrent DOS. Also, wrote a Stock and invoicing system for Southern Carpets in Logan. In 1985, now back on mainframes, upgraded Qld State Govt COBOL applications and trained staff on the ICL computer at Dept of Main Roads. In April 1986, back on PCs, wrote a General Ledger and Debtors program for churches and aid organizations (Australia-wide), again in dBASE II.
1986-
2008
PCs: Data Analysis & Database Management on 16-bit DOS and 32-bit Windows, designing & building numerous systems using dBASE III PLUS, an easy-to-read scripting language and database management platform, that accessed Excel-friendly dBASE tables through its data engine (written in C, marketed by its US developer Ashton-Tate). Click here for a summary of its language and syntax. The fact that it came as a database manager as well as having a 4GL language led to an almost universal acceptance by programmers. Click here for an early 1986 interview with its author. Initially single-user, upgraded in 1992 to WordTech's dBXL (dBASE) data engine and its Quicksilver multi-user compiler, as it provided a well-behaved, protected mode environment with windowing extensions for each application.
Working with Datacare (now IT Integrity) who supported each installation, Steve wrote feature-rich, integrated systems for hundreds of sites, involving thousands of employees. Full office systems were thus installed at: Qld Theatre Company & Northern Securities on Novell networks, then, working with Blue Nursing staff at Moorlands House (originally owned by the Mayne family - see Mayne Hall below) wrote Domiciliary software for 62 of 63 Blue Nursing (BlueCare) Centres in Queensland (Brisbane excepted). During the 90s, implemented clients' care data on Apple Newton handhelds for RN nurses in the field, and installed office systems at Anglican, AOG, Baptist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran and Uniting Church Aged Care Homes, Bible Colleges and Christian wholesalers - see below.
With Windows XP Professional edition, stable multi-tasking finally arrived coupled with advanced networking features.

In 2001, web enabled Jack Bradford's Brisbane Junior Theatre.

2000-
2014
Microsoft SQL Server: Web-based Database Management in Active Server Pages scripts, combining server-side commands in SQL and VBScript with client-side commands in HTML and JavaScript to provide search pages for retail staff. Wholesalers upload their in-house database tables daily for retailer enquiry purposes and download orders subsequently placed. In 2005 Care and Share Products invested in a mobile platform using Dexterra software so their sales team could download full copies of the customer stock and backorders database to their Symbol barcode readers via cable or WiFi or at a pinch GPRS, and be able to take (offline) and transmit (online) orders from almost anywhere in Australia. In 2007 wrote a Stock Database program for CBAA.
This completed Steve's decentralized distribution database package: DEDICATION II DAD
Christian Retailer Background
1975-1976 Following a time of encouragement and prayer with a number of close brothers and sisters, started distributing Christian books and records to individuals and church prayer/youth groups through Ayr, Home Hill and Townsville.
 
1977-1978 Inspired by their Bookshop in Brisbane, became Townsville secretary for the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship Int'l and opened the Bookshop in the main street of Townsville. Ran a number of concerts with overseas artists, one of the first being an outdoor Larry Norman concert at the newly opened Dean Park Sound Shell, with Larry performing rock and ballads on high action classical guitar and grand piano, great acoustics and heart-felt message. Jamie Owens followed next in Bowen, then concerts with Barry McGuire, Honeytree, Chuck Girard, Randy Stonehill in Townsville, then - later in 1984 - a Phil Keaggy concert at UQ's Mayne Hall in Brisbane. Every concert included Australian artists in support.
Christian Wholesaler Background
1979. Warehouse manager for Rhema Records and Keystone Magazine. Travelled twice to U.S.A.
1982-1986 Business manager in Australia for DTS Records & David Smallbone Promotions Pennant Hills Sydney.
1987-1996 Royalty Systems / Stock & Debtors software at Alpha & Omega Records now Crossroad Distributors - Keith & Joyce Bray.
1990-2012 Stock & Debtors software at Harvest Christian Products (Christian Art Gifts) & until 2002 GPH in New Zealand.
1991-2001 Stock & Debtors software at Lighthouse Christian Distributors.
1993-2008 Stock & Debtors software at W A Buchanan & Co
2003-2014 Stock & Debtors, Payroll, General Ledger & Creditors software at Care and Share Products.
2007-2009 Stock Database manager for Christian Bookselling Association Australia.

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