[sword-devel] Introducing Myself

WILLIAM CASKEY sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 19 Jan 2000 08:45:56 -0600

My name is Bill Caskey, I've been lurking on the list for several weeks now
after initially contacting Troy about participating in the project. My
initial contact was to assist in module conversion and Troy suggested taking
a look at RPMs. I've noticed some traffic the last few weeks on RPM
development so I'm not sure how to help.

I pay the bills by serving as director of research administration at a
pediatric hospital. Previously, I was a research microbiologist with an
interest in mathematical modeling of biological processes and systems (hence
my computer interest/expertise). My PhD is in microbiology with a minor in
systems science. I've programmed in Fortran, Forth, assembler, Pascal, and
Visual Basic, but my sole compiler now is C++ Builder. My programming skills
have become rusty since I moved into administration and I'm maintaining only
three programs:  a database for a drug rehab program, a music program for my
wife for worship music, and a financial reporting program for my church.
Most of my programming today seems to be in Excel directly or as a front end
to a database.

I'm running a dual boot system at home:  Windows 98 and RedHat 6.0 (just
switching from Gnome to KDE). I've been running Linux for about 9 months and
am working with my professional organization to make recommendations for
Linux and Windows users to be able to share files electronically and access
other research administration resources and software.

I do a fair amount of writing as well. Is documentation (for the end user)
needed? Or, are RPMs still a need? (Note: I've never done RPMs so I'm still
learning. Began reading a few weeks ago, but work load, etc. you know the