Greetings to all. To continue the introductions, my name
is Tauheed Ahmed, being a Pakistani who has lived and worked in
the US for the past 17 years or so, developing computer systems.
During my working life, I have seen this industry mature in
ways that few of us could imagine back in the late 1970's (and is
still not fully appreciated by most people, I thihnk). My major
interest nowadays (as it always has been, I guess) is to use
improved methods and tools that make it possible to build
increasingly effective systems with increasing ease and surety.
This has meant using the "prototyping method" with 4GLs in the
late 1970's and throughout the 1980's (much to the dismay of the
"true blue programmers" back then), and experimenting with object
oriented techniques (Shlaer-Mellor is what I like) nowadays.
My experience with IT in Africa is limited to a single
one-week visit in 1982 to Nairobi when I set up a bookeeping plus
a payroll application which I had developed on something called
DB Master that resided on an Apple II 64K (that's the kind of
stuff we had back then, kids, and you would be surprised how much
one could squeeze out of it).
I look forward to learning more about IT in Africa on this