Computer Answers (1993 - 1994)
Value-added reseller which sold a doctor's office practice management package called Medical Manager (which is still around), assembling the computer and installing and configuring the software. At the time, before widespread small-office computer networking, the computer was a 386 with serial-port attached Wyse terminals. They hired me because doctors were constantly getting new forms from Medicare and insurance companies, and MM had to be programmed to generate reports on the new forms. The report generator was amazingly primitive: each field to be printed on the form had to be specified by entering the (row, column) position as an integer. To provide a faster, more visual interface for creating forms, I wrote a C program to translate a visual representation of the fields in a file (which looked a lot like Perl's format strings) into the MM report file format so I would not have to count the hundreds of row, column positions for fields every time I did a form. This productivity tool was not marketed, because the company went out of business.