[sysadmin] Skills

Allie Graham allie at justus.anglican.org
Sat May 23 00:57:13 UTC 2015

My academic background is in history, religion, and information science.

Most of my work experience has been in academic libraries (with a year 
in a theological library), law libraries, and archives, though I am 
currently working in a public library (where I've been working with 
inner city kids and technology). I've also had part time jobs in 
communications for the last few years.

Most of my recent knowledge has been of the technologies that keep SoAJ 
and AO and our servers running, so DNS, domain registries and 
registrars, Apache configuration, our strange custom databases like 
dio.dat; RCS, ssh and ssh configuration, account creation and deletion, 
Unix shell and shell scripts, straightforward PHP, and HTML, and tracing 
and analyzing email delivery or non-delivery issues.

I'm a power user of Dreamweaver and Photoshop and have also worked 
extensively in Publisher and InDesign, also doing a lot of typsetting 
and most of the print publicity for the downtown library branch that 
doesn't come from our system's one graphic designer. I've used Word and 
Excel macros, but prefer to avoid them.

I'm also quite familiar with resources that,  while available to the 
public, are usually only known to those in their fields (and reference 
librarians), and have a tendency to find the answers to questions rather 
quickly (we don't have to know the answer, just how to find it).

Though I'm not an artist, I'm pretty good at taking sketches and 
suggestions for what documents or pages should look like and making it 
so. Most of my MySQL experience came from assignments in grad school.

On 5/22/15 4:52 PM, Simon Kershaw wrote:
> Since 1986 I've been involved in the internals of database systems -- I first joined my present employer in 1986, left in 1992, and rejoined in 2007. I'm okay with xml, and used to be able to do things like xslt and xpath. My main programming expertise is in C and C++, though these are getting rusty especially the subtleties of C++. I'm old enough to have learnt to programme in Fortran, and my team are still responsible for a good chunk of Fortran code. I've been a Unix user since 1984 so am competent at Bourne and C shell scripting and their successors. I've never written a Windows bat script. Once upon a time I was fairly competent at raw PostScript.
> Since 1995 I've used html, css, JavaScript and the like, including Ajax. I've helped install, maintain and run Movable Type (for Thinking Anglicans) and Drupal (for littlegidding.org.uk). And MySQL, learnt with Perl, largely to implement the NRSV at bible.oremus.org and the Daily Prayer site that is layered on top of it. Some of this also uses Mason -- a Perl-based templating system. I'm tolerably competent at designing relational db data models and the sql queries that go with them. Perl and JavaScript are pretty much the only languages I write these days (though I still code review C, C++ and even Fortran at work). But I wouldn't call myself a power user of JavaScript.
> I can largely handle DNS stuff, managing mailman, writing crontab files etc. At home I run a small Mac network including a Snow Leopard server VM. I've done quite a bit of typesetting using InDesign, including about a dozen liturgical books. (Typesetting was a skill that was common to several of the SoAJ founders. As was a love of Eric Gill typefaces.)
> Like Derek, I'm quite good at text scrubbing and manipulating text into database-able structures. Favourite tools for this are emacs and Excel.
> simon

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