Jan Steinman


I had the great pleasure of working with Ward in the 80's in Tek Labs (www.bytesmiths.com) (AKA "The Great Smalltalk Consultant Spawning Grounds").

Now I search the world for companies in search of objects.

Since forming Bytesmiths in 1991, I've worked on trading systems on Wall Street (who hasn't!), built a telecom management system in Switzerland, and a network management system in Canada, among other things.

I'm particularly interested in the impact of Smalltalk on the development process, and I wrote a column in The Smalltalk Report (www.bytesmiths.com) and give conference presentations (www.bytesmiths.com) on the topic.

Coming back to the theme of this site, I'm interested in

"patternizing" human collaborations. (Of course, shrinks have been doing this for decades...) What kind of person makes a "natural Smalltalker," whatever that is? What kind of person never "gets it?"

Don Olson has a great collection of these people patterns, to which I'd like to add to Anti Pattern the case of The Loaner, a person you don't want to meet on a late project!

Update: I'm no longer doing professional software development. Instead, I haul my photography around to art festivals, where lots of people admire it and don't buy it. :-)

So now I'm strictly an amateur (from Latin "to love") hacker. Visit my new (as of 2002.09.11) Wiki at www.bytesmiths.com.

Reinventing myself once again, I'm now in the process of developing an "ecovillage" with a number of other like-minded individuals. We have a wiki at www.EcoReality.org. To prevent referrer spam, it's closed, but send me a note about your interest in the topic, and I'll add you as an editor.

Also possibly of interest: "Veggie Van Gogh" is my vegetable oil conversion of a diesel step van. We also have an '89 Dodge Cummins diesel, '85 VW Jetta diesel, and an '82 VW Vanagon diesel -- all running on biodiesel. We're pretty much fossil-fuel-free!

Back to the topic at hand: I have a bunch of info about Veggie Van Gogh on a wiki at: www.Bytesmiths.com. It's closed-editing -- let me know if you want an edit account there.

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