The first day on the job, newly trained and ready to make a difference. I stood outside in the cold and waited in excitement an early morning in January. I blew hot air into my cold hands while jumping on the spot.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a man walking by. "You must be Philip," said the tall smiling man with glasses and a stubble. "Come inside!". He unlocked the door and led me to my desk.
On the desk were fresh flowers and a computer was turned on. Before I had a chance to thank my new co-worker, an energetic bald man came sweeping into the room. "Have you worked with an iPAQ before?".
I looked at him and answered, "I've worked with phones before." "Great! We need an extract from the machine database, which we must be able to show on AGROMEK on Thursday. Can you fix it?"
"Of course," I answered without hesitation. Although my mind was full of questions and my heart rate was over 100.
The bald man was my new boss, a great person I came to care greatly about. He quickly drew a outline of what he needed and I got to work.
"What database do you use?" I asked my new smiling co-worker with the glasses.
"MySQL. I'll just get you a login. No even better you can just check out this project in SVN so you can see how we do it."
I checked it out and took a scared look at the files that popped up. .plx, it's the Pearl shit. I had made a project in Pearl 2 years previously. Or mostly a "Hello, world".
Oh well, it reminded me a lot of c, so naively I thought it would be okay.
I looked up at the bookshelf and spotted the "Dromedary". SNAP!
Immediately I went to war, comparing the book with sample code. I got something onto the screen very quickly. This might work.
I was thinking that sequence programming has the advantage of being straightforward with very few tricks, just code.
Time flew by as a feeling of being part of a movie montage filled me. My fingers flew over the keys
"Hi? Not going for lunch?" The smiling man with the glasses waited for an answer.
"One moment, I just have to ..."
He left the room laughing.
Before I knew it, I had something that seemed to work. I quickly transferred it to the iPAQ and ran in proudly to my new boss.
In his office, he was sitting with a headset in his ears and drummed merrily on his desk. His right finger indicated that I had to wait a second.
"Well, let's say so! Yes."
"Are you done?" he asked teasingly.
"I certainly have something for you to see!"
He smiled sincerely and reached out to take the iPAQ.
"Let me see. You can ... And then you should be able to see ... That's it. OK."
I was full of hope and awe. It felt more real than any exam I had taken. At the same time, less frightening, but much more important.
"Oh, don't think you're done, we need to have the designer in on this. But the functionality hits the mark. Very impressive."
I was all smiles and seemed several feet taller that they.
When I went home, I borrowed the "Dromedary" for a while, spending the whole week reviewing it from end to end.
One year later, when I gave my notice, I told the bald boss that I had almost no experience with Pearl. He laughed and said he hadn't noticed anything.
Sometimes, a can-do spirit can make up for a lack of experience. This was one of those times!