Buddha never said that "Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it." I consider it good advice anyway ;-)
Failed Projects before iText
These are the original slides of my presentation "4 Failures and 1 Hit":
My first employer was TRASYS (but ownership of the company changed since I left).
"Database Underground Flanders" still exists:
Databank Ondergrond Vlaanderen.
This is a publication by TRASYS about the project:
Heidi De Maeyer was the project leader and functional analyst; Erwin Van Hees was the developer; I was the technical analyst and developer.
My second employer was The Reference. Ownership of this company has changed many times since I left.
This is the paper I wrote while working for my third employer (TRASYS again; I was outsourced to the Ministry of the Flemish Community):
This is the original job advertisement for my Job at my fourth employer, Ghent University:
The year salary was nice: between 1.047.141 and 1.561.808 Belgian francs (depending on your anciennity).
That's between €26,178 / $31,413 and €39.045 / $111,654. I started at 1,097,353 Belgian francs (€27,434 / $32,921).
Knowledge of UNIX, C, and Perl was mandatory.
When I applied for the job at Ghent University, I had sufficent experience with C, some experience with UNIX, and no experience with Perl. Before the job interview, I bought a book about Perl, and read it in one weekend.
First Jobs: Salary
While doing research for my book, I dug up my old contracts, and I looked at the gross salary I was paid for my first jobs:
|Company||Start date||Belgian francs||Euro/month||Dollar/month|
|TRASYS (Argius)||April 1997||75,212 BEF / month||€1,880||$2,256|
|The Reference||November 1997||80,000 BEF / month||€2,000||$2,400|
|TRASYS||February 1998||85,913 BEF / month||€2,148||$2,578|
|Ghent University||November 1998||1,097,353 BEF / year||~€2,286||~$2,743|
Take into account that the personal income tax in Belgium is quite high (somewhere between 40 and 50 percent) and that I didn't take the inflation into account when converting Belgian francs to euro and dollar.
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- A software expert is a developer with a manual.
- Envy is never a good reason to start a business, and it’s stupid to try to copy someone’s idea if you can’t add value to the original concept.
The first paragraph has a reference to the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
I listen to music, but my taste in music is questionable. I've selected a handful of songs for every chapters. Sometimes, there's a link to the chapter, sometimes I just like the song.