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About Ken Howe

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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

Career
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.

Interests
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!

 

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