Rex Swain's Résumé
Last updated October 2014
|Software developer with over 30 years professional experience.
Prototypes to full-scale software products; PC and/or mainframe.
Software Expertise |
Elected Offices |
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
- I am not looking for a position as a full-time employee. Thanks anyway.
- I usually work directly with my clients. While I am not opposed to
contracting through an agency, I only work on an Independent Contractor (1099,
not W-2) tax basis.
- I am happy to meet with clients wherever and whenever necessary, but I do
the bulk of my work from my own office. I do not take jobs that require a
full-time on-site presence.
- 1984-Present: Independent Consultant - APL Programmer
- Using APL+Win to develop Windows applications with interactive charts and graphs
for Winklevoss Technologies (WinTech), which
provides cutting edge technology for valuing, projecting, analyzing and administering
pension plans and retiree life and medical plans.
- ProVal PS is a desktop toolkit for plan sponsors.
- SimMetric is a tool for the strategic management of Endowments & Foundations.
- Developed numerous Web sites for various small companies.
- From 1996 to 1998, headed the development and maintenance of a large (~1500 pages) Web site for
CIGNA Corporation, a major insurance and
financial services company. Performed server administration, CGI programming,
HTML coding, access log analysis, etc.
- Ported a large application from mainframe VM/CMS to a Windows NT LAN,
converting APL2 to Dyalog APL/W and SQL/DS to Oracle.
- From 1990 to 2004, provided ongoing consulting for a Mobil Oil product safety and
environmental affairs application which automated responses to many
EPA and OSHA requirements and was accessed by hundreds of users around the world.
Used VM/CMS, APL2, REXX, XEDIT, CMS Pipelines, GDDM, etc.
Also provided DBA support for a massive SQL/DS database.
- Contributed several programming tools distributed by Dyadic Systems with their
Dyalog APL/W product.
- Developed a PC-based 3270 emulation software package for remote dial-up use of
mainframe systems via IBM Series/1 and 7171 protocol converters.
- Installed and set up PC systems for numerous small businesses.
Trained novice users. Customized application software when appropriate.
- Published several papers for ACM/SIGAPL-sponsored conferences on effective use
and customization of APL/W, APL2, XEDIT, REXX, and SQL.
- Created a shareware utility program to add APL font support for HP LaserJet
printers to Microsoft Word (DOS).
- Designed and implemented a multi-user IBM mainframe payroll and scheduling
system for Mobil Oil using APL2, SQL/DS, GDDM/IMD, and Script.
Performed SQL database administration functions.
- Consulted on an IBM PC and LAN-based integrated manufacturing application
for a Bristol Myers manufacturing plant in Holland.
- Designed, programmed and documented two PC products (screen panel design and
file documentation tools) distributed by STSC, Inc. with their APL*PLUS/PC
- Developed a mortgage backed bond pricing analysis system for an investment
banking company using IBM's PC APL.
- 1982-1986: Parallax Systems, Inc. - Technical Director (co-owner)
Parallax developed and marketed ExecuCalc, the first mainframe
"visi-clone", which duplicated the features of VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3 on
IBM mainframes with 3270 display terminals (see ad).
Over 150 copies were licensed (35 to Fortune 500 companies).
- Designed and programmed the ExecuCalc product using IBM's VS APL, GDDM,
and AP124X for mainframes running VM/CMS and MVS/TSO.
Wrote all documentation, and performed customer support and maintenance.
- 1974-1982: STSC, Inc. (formerly Scientific Time Sharing Corporation)
In its prime, STSC was the largest U.S. supplier of APL-based time sharing services
and software. From 1974 to 1982, the company grew from 30 to 300 employees;
sales of its APL*PLUS products and services peaked at over $30 million/year.
(See STSC History for what happened after that.)
- Held numerous positions, including Branch Manager (New York City),
Technical Director (Eastern Region), and Marketing Manager (International).
Hired, trained and managed marketing, technical and administrative staff in
both the U.S. and Europe. While managing New York City branch office,
responsible for annual revenues of $3.7 million.
Sold and implemented applications for budgeting, pricing, acquisition analysis,
sales tracking, quality control, graphics, manufacturing, and accounting.
- Taught introductory and advanced APL courses to hundreds of students,
mostly corporate employees with no prior programming experience.
Also trained other STSC trainers.
Developed utilities and programming standards for company-wide use.
Exhibited, gave demonstrations, presented papers, refereed papers,
and chaired panels at trade shows and annual ACM/SIGAPL conferences.
- 1970-1974: Vassar College - Undergraduate Student
- Taught intermediate APL course.
- Operated IBM 1401 and 360 systems.
- HTML, Perl, FTP, Telnet, etc., etc.
- VM/CMS; some MVS/TSO
- APL2, APL*PLUS, VS APL
- SQL/EXEC, RXSQL, DCF/Script, XMENU, GDDM
- REXX, XEDIT, CMS Pipelines
- 1996: Migration From APL2 to APL/W
The Journal of the British APL Association
(Vector, Volume 12, Number 4, April 1996; ISSN 0955-1433)
- 1995: Namespaces: APL/W vs. APL2
ACM/SIGAPL APL95 Conference Proceedings
(APL QuoteQuad, Volume 25, Number 4, June 1995; ISBN 0-89791-722-7)
- 1993: The Workspace Manager: A Change Control System for APL
ACM/SIGAPL APL93 Conference Proceedings
(APL QuoteQuad, Volume 24, Number 1, August 1993; ISBN 0-89791-612-3)
- 1991: Automated SQL Documentation Using APL2
ACM/SIGAPL APL91 Conference Proceedings
(APL QuoteQuad, Volume 21, Number 4, August 1991; ISBN 0-89791-441-4)
- 1989: Enhancing XEDIT as an APL Editor
ACM/SIGAPL APL89 Conference Proceedings
(APL QuoteQuad, Volume 19, Number 4, August 1989; ISBN 0-89791-327-2)
- 1980: A group of input utility functions
(by M. W. Gardner and R. H. Swain)
APL80 Conference Proceedings
- 1997-2014: Member of the Board of Finance
of the Town of Washington (Connecticut),
which oversees the town budget and sets the property tax mill rate.
- 2002-2008: Created and maintained municipal web site for
the Town of Washington, Connecticut.
- 1991-1997: Member of the board of trustees of
the Gunn Memorial Library
(the public library in Washington, Connecticut);
treasurer of $2.5 million capital fund raising campaign.
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