Roll call: 5 questions for...Tim von Niessen
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We're back, and calling on Tim von Niessen, Consulting IT Specialist with IBM Global Business Services and author of this week's feature article, Programmatically modify Rational datapools.
What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your success?
I have to believe that my success has been primarily due to hard work and diligence. I came into the IT business in 1977 fresh out of high school, taking a job as a junior computer operator back in the days of punched cards. I strive to keep up with modern technology, learning as much as I can through hands-on interaction. I believe that we are each responsible for our own success, and we should treat ourselves as our own business and plan for our own future.
What interests you outside of your job (hobbies, activities)?
I am interested in Android application development, not only due to the rapidly evolving world of mobile computing, but also due to the open nature of the freely available Eclipse Java development tools.
What communities, forums, or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
I find IBM developerWorks to be an invaluable source of knowledge in so many different fields of technology. Input from people worldwide, in different companies, provides an amazing forum for discussion of issues that plague us all. Having questions and answers from real people in real world situations provides a grounded view of the implementation of technology.
I believe that one of the next technologies that will require firmer standardization relates to changes to web based technology to support the touch screen input of mobile devices, adding another layer of complexity to the design of technology-neutral user access. DoJo and jQuery are early front runners, but there are many other similar web interface technologies now emerging.
When you're not working, what do you do?
Read bad science fiction and horror novels to escape the reality of day to day life.
And when the horror novels get to be too much, he retreats to playing with emerging technologies, having created several Media Center computers for the integration of music, films and television. Tim is now focused on the development of Android apps, as well as delving into new ways to create technology neutral web interfaces.