|About Ken Howe
Picture of Ken Howe
Picture of Ken Howe with Thom Lamb and Raj Nathan
after presentation of the Outstanding
Achievement Award 2001 at Sybase Techwave San Diego
|My career began in 1987 working for Uni-Lever (an Anglo-Dutch company) as
a computer operator on an IBM Mainframe. Over the next 5 years I was promoted to
programmer through analyst/programmer working with ADABAS/Natural a 4GL programming
language. In early 1993 I started working with PowerBuilder as a Senior programmer and
built my first 'framework'.
After gaining 18 months PowerBuilder experience I went to work for Admiral Computing which
at the time were the Distributors of PowerBuilder in the UK. I worked on several major
projects as a Technical Authority on PowerBuilder.
In March 1995 I emigrated to the USA and started working as a consultant at Entergy
Corporation a large utility company. After successfully completing the development of two
large systems I joined the Application Development Tools team who are responsible for
technology integration and in particular the PowerBuilder Class Library and Mentoring
Project Teams about
Application Design and usage of PowerBuilder and the Class Library.
In 1997/8 I played a lead role in designing the new Distributed Application Architecture
for Entergy, in which PowerBuilder plays a major role. A new distributed Class Library was
developed in house to support the new Breed of Applications.
In May 1998 I returned to
England and am now working for a software house called Marconi Software
Solutions in Warrington. At Marconi Software Solutions my role is a Technical Design Authority/Team
Leader utilizing PowerBuilder, EAServer, Java and other tools to
design and build custom applications for our clients.
|When not at work I run the "Ken Howe's PowerBuilder Tips" and
the "PBDR.COM" web site. I also write a suite of add on utilities including
PBDelta a source code comparison utility for PowerBuilder.
I enjoy online
games such as Asherons Call and Day of Defeat. I enjoy playing football, golf and working
out as well as eating good food and drinking good beer!