Alexander Griffin - Career(s)
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Web/Internet Programming (a.k.a. LAMP platform)
Throughout my college studies I gained an interest in Internet and Client-Server architecture. I had
the opportunity to work with a vast array of programming languages and systems. This ideal combo
prepared me for LAMP platform architecture. LAMP stands for "Linux / Apache / MySQL / Perl" and is
sometimes referred as the "LAMP stack" or "LAMP platform." When I try to describe what I do
the conversation goes like this:
in Perl. By my estimate there are over 250,000 lines of my Perl code currently in use over various
parts of the Internet. No, I don't speak Klingon and I am not a nerd.
- Alex: "I do LAMP programming"
- Friend: "What does that entail, exactly?"
- Alex: "Well, think of when you're visiting a website. You go to a page and type in some details,
then press SUBMIT. When you hit that button, I take over!"
- Friend: "Oh! You do databases?"
- Alex: "Yes I do, and a lot more. I am also responsible for e-Commerce (shopping carts and checkout),
cyber security (encryption), mission-critical reliability, and vendor data interfaces. That's scratching
the surface, but you get the idea."
- Friend: "Wow, and I thought internet was only about web page design."
I have been a freelance consultant in this field for many years and it is currently the bread-and-butter
of my income. My job is portable! Give me internet and a cellphone and I can telecommute from anywhere
in the world. And I often do. I *love* my career and I have much respect for the clients I work for.
For all structured languages I program in "banner style."
This may be somewhat unusual to most programmers. I feel it is easier to follow than the more popular
"Kerninghan & Ritchie" block style.
See also: Electrical Engineer
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