in all aspects of building an Internet presence
Design: Involved in all aspects or any subset of areas of web site design
Programming: Specializing in PERL, PHP, .NET C#, xhtml, css, XML, SQL
Lead a team of engineers and HTML producers that architected, designed and built
a site-wide dynamic zone-aware content management system that emphasized near-total user
transparency while maintaining ease of use for the webmaster. Integrated disparate web
sites into a coherent intranational web presence. Arguably the first site-wide CMS ever deployed
Founded the research and development branch. Worked as liaison between design and
technology. Lead the Advanced Projects team whose responsibilities included developing
the first generation of new CNET sites.
Working from an outline of abstract marketing goals, developed functionality, workflow,
design and user interface of a full-featured banking and investment web application.
Helped develop the architecture and behavior of the back-end application.
User interface developer and user advocate. Developed DHTML/XSLT/XML web-applications,
content pull & content management systems and client-side tools and applications.
Converted vast quantities of legacy HTML, database and SGML content conversion into XML.
Created AJAX before it was called AJAX.
Web Browser Kit." written 1993 - 94 pub 1996, John Wiley & Sons, NY. At
that time Netscape existed only as a student project called Mosaic. The book is slowly
being revised and updated but will eventually be available for perusal here.
|A short history of Delux
Internet Systems Consultants|
1993: "Anybody ever heard of the Web?" Oddly enough, just the evening before,
a new web browser was released from the University of Illinois. I had downloaded
Mosaic: what I saw made my head spin. I answered the call. About ten minutes later,
I was writing a book about the newborn web for John Wiley & Sons, NY.
The only people who knew about the web back then were engineers and students. In
the early days, good design on the web was practically non-existent. Quickly, though
somewhat unwittingly, I became a creative and design consultant and webmaster. I
began taking fewer system administration contracts and more web development contracts.
I began to understand that to have effective sites, smooth communication between
design, with its intangibles such as negative space and eye tracking and engineering's
concretes, such as event handling and hierarchical approach, was required. To gain
this communication, I would have to learn the language of the engineer. This need,
as well as having a number of clients requesting advanced capabilities from their
site, prompted me to learn a number of programming languages.
Thinking that two sets of eyes were better than one; twenty sets better still, I
formed the Internet Special Interest Group (ISIG) at BMUG (Berkeley Macintosh User's Group). I used the ISIG as a testing
ground for my book's concepts and to gather news and rumors. It worked better than
I could have expected. I came in contact with numerous venders, connected people
and most importantly, those that would grow into being webmasters.
Contracts were originally for small entrepreneurs, but I soon grew into working for
larger businesses. To help ease the load, I began sub-contracting other webmasters,
programmers and designers. We worked within an informal structure where teams would
be built, worked like mad, then disbanded. Most every group formed had a different
constituency, depending on the needs of the contract. This became what is now called
Delux Internet Systems.
Delux Internet Systems has, over time designed and built an array of technological
wonders including Search Engines, Shopping carts, Dynamic site creating mechanisms, web-based
site managment tools, etc.