Monday, March 24, 2008

XML DTD as Data Requirements

I've forgotten how much I've enjoyed generating requirements. There's something almost soothing about generating a System Specification from a bunch of functional descriptions, and then derive that down to a series of Software Requirements Specs which can be used to actually build software.

It's fun.

Anyways, now that I'm about to push on to design documents, I realize that I'll need to generate some DTDs for XML Messages which I'll be sending back and forth as well as utilizing as local data storage.

Luckily, I have found a tool for that. Hit Software has an online converter which takes in an XML file and generates either a DTD or an XML SCHEMA. Additionally, you can import a DTD and get back the XML SCHEMA. Makes generating those things bunches easier.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Wowzer, it's been a while....

It's been so long since I've had content to push to this blog. After all, the work at SAKS ended up not being very mind-stimulating. Or technical. I'd hesitate to call it actual work, but for the fact that they paid me to show up, despite the fact that I didn't want to be there.

All of that is over now. I've managed to acquire a job where I actually use all those skills I shoved into my head while working for TECHSOFT. And it's actually fun! Well, I think it's fun, but then again most people don't enjoy designing software with the same fervor as I.

Anyways, I am now employed by a technology company here in Jackson named Software Consulting Services (SCS). SCS is similar to TECHSOFT, as both do hardware sales, network engineering and software engineering. So, imagine the happy dance I get to do now that I'm actually designing software once again.

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