First day on the job, graduate and ready to make a difference. I stood outside in the cold, waiting in suspense the early morning of January. Breathed warmth in my frozen hands while I was jumping on the bandwagon.
In the corner I saw a man walk by. You must be Philip said the smiling man with glasses and stubble Come inside. He read up and showed me the way to my desk.
There were fresh flowers on the table and a computer was on. Before I could say thank you to my new colleague, an energetic bald man came blowing into the room. Have you worked on an iPAQ?".
I looked at him and replied, I've been working on phones before. Super! We need an extract from the machine database that we can show on AGROMEK Thursday. Can you fix it? "
Of course. I answered without hesitation. Even though my brain was full of questions and my heart rate was over 100.
The bald man was my new boss, an amazing person I got to like a lot. He quickly drew a sketch of what he was going to use and I got started.
What database are you using? I asked scared my new smiling colleague with the glasses.
MySQL, you just got a login, no even better you can just check this project out in SVN, so you can see how we do it
I checked it out and looked scared down at the files popping up. .Plx, it's Pearl shit. I made a project in Pearl 2 years ago. Or mostly a hello world.
Oh well, it reminded me a lot of c, it's good enough - my naive brain thought.
I looked up the bookshelf and got the Drummer ". HAPS!
Immediately I went to war, comparing the book to sample code. I quickly got something up on the screen. This could work.
Sequential programming has the advantage of being straight out of the way, I thought, not so many tricks, just code.
Time flies, the feeling of being in a time-short montage filled me. Fingers flutter over the keys
Hello? Are you not going to lunch? - The smiling man with the glasses was waiting for an answer.
Wait a minute, I'm just going to ..
He walked out of the room laughing
Before I looked around, hadI like something that seems to work, I hurried to transfer it to the iPAQ and proudly smiled at my new boss.
In his office he sat with his headset on and drums merrily on the table. His right finger indicated that I should wait a moment.
Namely, we say that! Yep "
Are you done? He asked teasingly.
At least I have something to see! "
He smiled heartily and reached out to take the iPAQ
Let me see if you can. Yeah. And then you should be able to see. Namely. Ok.
I was filled with fear and apprehension. It felt more real than any exam I had been to. At the same time less frightening, but also much more important.
You must not think you're done, we just have to have the designer on. But the functionality is right in the closet. Very impressive.
I smiled all over the five and grew a meter that day
When I went home, I borrowed the Drummer from home secretly, spent the whole week going through it from end to end.
A year later, when I quit my job, I told the bald boss that I had almost no experience with Pearl, he laughed and said he had not discovered anything
Sometimes courage and hard work can make up for a lack of experience. This was one of those times!